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June / July 2020

Web:  Email:  Local newsdesk phone: 01 667 3317

Serving Sandymount, Irishtown, Ringsend, Pearse Street, Docklands, Ballsbridge & Donnybrook

Daniel Ceitlinn and Chris Andrews helping clear the litter Mary O’Neill and Margareth Dunne – gloves handover with distancing

cleaning and cycling

n Kathrin Kobus heading out from Sandymount Green in differ-
n Saturday Ringsend Tidy Towns or ent directions. Overall, 54 Sandymount Dod-
R.I.T.E. members came together at the der Wheelers took to the roads, in 13 quartets
Men’s Shed Cambridge FC, picked up and one father and daughter duo for a shorter
their gear and started along the footpath lead- spin of 20 km, scheduled to start in 20 minutes
ing past the carpark at the stadium and towards apart time slots.
The Square in Irishtown. The event was organised by Thomas Davy,
Originally the clean-up had been planned but the idea and with it the choice of charity
for the 23rd, but that date got blown over. came from member James Forbes. “I like cy-
Much safer to postpone it for a week. Among cling and I like dogs. I decided on Autism As-
the group was Marian Finn, also fondly called sistance Dog Ireland, because I’ve seen what
Marian Finn, the drain specialist ‘the drain cleaner’. a difference it can make to a family. It costs Getting gear ready
Local TD Chris Andrews joined at the €22,000 and it takes two years to train an as-
square together with his successor as Dublin sistant dog. Currently, there are 50 children
south East councillor Daniel Ceitinn. on a waiting list, but only 30 dogs are in train-
It will take a while for all Tidy Towns groups ing.”
to return to their regular meets. With the charity chosen, Sandymount Dod-
But even if there is no national competition der Wheelers had found a good cause to be
being held this year our local groups through- out and about on the Bank Holiday weekend.
out Dublin 4 from Ringsend to Donnybrook Plus the new cycling lanes that have sprung
will surely continue their work, with all neces- up over the past few weeks are worth explor-
sary precautions regarding distancing and han- ing as well, especially along the quays.
dling their equipment followed to the letter. By lunchtime all groups had safely returned
Sunday got even hotter, temperature wise. to the Green’s BuJos to enjoy coffee and pas-
The early starters of the Sandymount Dodder tries.
Wheeler charity cycle spin were the lucky ones To date the Sandymount Dodder Wheelers
when they headed off from just before 7am have raised €3,797 for Autism Assistance
on a 50k cycle within the currently advised 5 Dogs.
km radius. So between 7 in the morning and You can support the charity via the follow-
Two wheelers around 1pm you could spot the blue lycra tops ing link: Wheelers outside Bujo

Thomas Davy, centre, James Forbes on the right

Page 2 June / July 2020

Government announces new

NewsFour Newspaper COVID-19 research projects
is part of a DEASP
Community Employment
Programme he Government has an- across higher education and all dis-
nounced 26 new COV- ciplines have self-mobilised to re-

NewsFour ID-19 research and

innovation projects to comple-
direct research activity toward the
national response to COVID-19.
ment existing third-level re- The current situation has brought
Editor search activity. to light very many examples of
Beibhinn Byrne Projects will address key ar- relevant research being undertaken
eas such as frontline healthcare, in higher education. Research pro-
Online Editor diagnostics, infection control, jects already underway have been
Kathrin Kobus contact tracing, mental health, re-purposed to solve multiple chal-
potential treatments, and man- lenges arising: the stories below
Journalists agement of the mitigation demonstrating, as well naturally
Kathrin Kobus measures related to social dis- as health and medical research, the
Eoin Meegan tancing and isolation. The 26 projects cover a huge Enterprise Ireland, IDA Ireland, role of ICT research, psychology,
Peter McNamara The Government announced range of areas including: the Health Research Board (HRB) law, and many other disciplines,
David Prendeville details in April of the first 26 Creating a secure, reliable sup- and Irish Research Council (IRC). in Ireland’s COVID-19 response.
Geneva Pattison projects that will receive €5 ply of high-quality reagents to en- Minister for Training, Skills, In- This highlights the value of the
million funding under the new- able large-scale testing. novation, Research and Develop- broad-based research which is un-
ly-established national, coor- Producing PPE for frontline ment, John Halligan said “I want derpinned by the core investment
dinated research and innova- health staff using state-of-the-art to acknowledge the ongoing sup- in our higher education sector and
Shay Connolly
tion response to the COVID-19 3D printing equipment. port from the higher education which provides the bedrock of Ire-
Barry Saunders
pandemic, complementing the Tracking the genetics of the institutions and researchers across land’s public research system.”
ongoing research work already COVID-19 virus in Ireland. the country that have undertaken Researchers across higher edu-
underway in higher education Online resources to support a vast array of actions to support cation and all disciplines have
Gemma Byrne
institutions. healthcare professionals who have and deal with the challenges we self-mobilised to redirect research
Speaking at the announce- answered Ireland’s call for COV- face. Research, development and activity toward the national re-
Design and Layout ment, Minister for Business, ID-19. innovation will have a significant sponse to COVID-19. All of our
Eugene Carolan Enterprise and Innovation, Why don’t we keep our dis- role to play in our response to universities and institutes of tech-
Heather Humphreys TD said: tance? Evidence for more effective Covid-19. Governments around nology have developed research,
Ad Design “Research, development and communication in the pandemic. the globe have also rapidly mo- innovation and/or technical assis-
Dara O Riordain innovation will play a signifi- Getting a measure of silent in- bilised research in tackling the tance projects that are adding sig-
cant role in tackling the COV- fection: a key to COVID-19 recov- crisis, and the opportunities being nificantly to the national effort to
Photographer ID-19 pandemic. The projects ery planning. provided to our research com- combat the virus and assist us on
Gary Burke announced today are part of a Minister for Health Simon Harris munity will ensure a coordinated the path to recovery.
national drive to find solutions said: “Research and development and meaningful contribution to A research sub-group of the
to the challenges we face. is critical to supporting Ireland’s solving some of the challenges Senior Officials Group has been
“Right across the country, National Action Plan in response we are presented with during the working to facilitate an exchange
Sandymount our research community in our to COVID-19 and in navigating a current crisis. It is through sustain- of views across Government and
Community Services, higher education institutions way forward for individuals, com- able investment in research that provide an overview of research
13A Fitzwilliam Street, and businesses, both indige- munities and society as a whole. In we will beat Covid-19 and future programmes, priorities, and gaps
Ringsend, Dublin 4. nous and foreign owned, have these extraordinary circumstances pandemics, as well as generate the relating to the evolving COVID-19
mobilised to address these key I am delighted to see such collabo- insight and understanding to sup- pandemic.
Telephone: (01)6673317 issues. The projects announced ration and coordination in a col- port responsive social, economic
today, which take in health and lective battle against COVID-19. and cultural policies. In response Image courtesy of Science Foun-
E-mail: social care as well as policy These projects have real potential to the pandemic, researchers right dation Ireland. and industry, will help to ad- to have an impact on the health

The Editor’s Corner

dress how we can ease the re- and wellbeing of patients, families,
Website: strictions over time and get the healthcare workers and the health-
country back up-and-running care system. In particular, having Our front page on this issue is a snapshot of the resilience,
again.” suitable treatments or vaccines is
community and hope that continues in daily life during these
The research projects are part the best exit strategy from COV-
Opinions expressed in NewsFour strange and disruptive days. Families, community groups
of a broader initiative by the ID-19 and the related restrictions
do not necessarily represent
Irish State to mitigate and man- we are living with so I am com-
and locals all over Dublin 4 and indeed the country are, de-
the views of Sandymount
age the COVID-19 pandemic mitted to ensuring a coordinated spite the restrictive conditions, keeping it real, keeping them-
Community Services.
by unlocking the potential of and proactive approach is taken to selves and daily life going. Sometimes it’s the little things
Irish-based researchers and in- ensuring that COVID-19 patients other times it’s bigger activities but both indicate the care for
novators, and to complement across all settings in Ireland have our environments and one another is proving unstoppable.
similar work around the world. access to new and emerging treat- You can’t stop or quarantine the audaciousness of the hu-
All of the projects were inter- ments as part of clinical trials.” man spirit. Our better qualities are contagious too and life
nationally peer reviewed at the This initiative is overseen by a will go on, the hope of people simply being ordinary and
assessment stage. coordinated Rapid Response Re- getting on with it and creating positivity under trying cir-
More than 350 applications search, Development and Innova- cumstances is inspirational and signals that not only will life
were received with these final tion programme established by continue as normal but perhaps even better than before.
26 proving successful. Science Foundation Ireland (SFI), June / July 2020 Page 3

Niall Horan donates finance, safety, and housing. At its

peak, ALONE has received more
than 1,100 calls a day.
The support line, which is run-

€100,000 to ALONE ning in collaboration with the De-

partment of Health, the HSE, and

Local Authorities, is available to
LONE, the organisation lives of older people. all older people including those
that supports older people, We work with all older people, who have not used ALONE’s ser-
has welcomed support including those who are lonely, vices previously.
from Irish singer-songwriter Niall isolated, homeless, living in pov- ALONE provides Support and
Horan. The global star is donating erty, or are facing other difficulties. Befriending, Coordinated Support,
€100,000 to the charity, enabling We support them through these Age-friendly Housing, and BCon-
them to continue to provide vital challenges to help them find long- nect technology and community
assistance to older people at this term solutions. services. We use individualised
time and into the future. With additional resources being support plans and provide one
“Through interactions with the put towards COVID-19 activi- point of contact for older people
Irish government and HSE about ties, and fundraising events being to access health, social care, hous-
critical and immediate support cancelled or postponed, Niall’s ing and other services to improve
that Ireland needed, I found out donation will help to ensure that physical, emotional and mental
that ALONE was a charity doing ALONE’s services have the finan- wellbeing. ALONE enables out-
fantastic work looking after older cial support they need to continue comes including improved quality
people all over the country. With and develop further into the future. of life, community activation, and
greater support they will be able to “We are so grateful to Niall for implementation of national strate-
reach so many more, always a pri- his amazing donation which will “At the moment we are putting make this happen.” gies.
ority but especially during this un- make a huge difference to ALONE huge resources into keeping the ALONE continues to encourage Contact ALONE on 0818 222
precedented crisis. It’s a real pleas- and the older people we support, national COVID-19 phone line older people who need advice or 024 if you have concerns about
ure to help such a great cause,” said and we would like to thank him for older people operating and en- support to call their support line, your own wellbeing, or the well-
Niall. for his wonderful generosity,” said suring that older people have the 0818 222 024 from 8am-8pm, being of an older person you
ALONE is a national organisa- ALONE CEO Seán Moynihan. emotional and practical supports seven days a week. The ALONE know. Further information can
tion that supports and empowers “Our message throughout this pe- they need to get through this crisis. helpline offers advice and sup- be found on
older people to age happily and riod to every older person has been We want to ensure that the support port for COVID-19 and other is- If you would like to donate to
securely at home. We support in- ‘you are not alone’. We would like we provide, which has proven so sues that are coming up for older support ALONE’s work, visit
dividuals and their families, work to thank Niall for helping us to con- vital over the last few weeks, can people at this time, including dif-
with other organisations, and cam- tinue to make this a reality and sup- continue after the crisis is over. It ficulties in relation to physical and
paign nationwide to improve the port older people across Ireland. is supporters like Niall who help to mental health, loneliness, isolation, Pictured: Niall Horan.

Active Kids Academy

changed everything, the stakes are ercise. So that hour isn’t as daunt-
higher: ing as it sounds. In a time when
“Sport has the power to increase so much is being asked of parents

n Eoin Meegan tings; in schools as a Special Needs confidence and self-esteem. To this can sound like another unnec-
ental health in Assistant, running mental health teach children to set goals and work essary burden but it shouldn’t be.
the pandemic hits programmes, building a success- to accomplish them. To learn to fail Nobody is expecting you to become
small children too.” ful children’s fitness and wellbeing and recover. To build resilience and a PE teacher or coach overnight,
So says Fitness Instructor, Personal business, running her own sports a sense of belonging. A place where strong attitudes to carry through life. you have more than enough to do.
Trainer, Gym Manager, Mental programmes in preschools, Montes- they belong, where they are accept- It’s fun, it’s safe and it’s their own Thankfully there is plenty of help
Health Activist, Special Needs As- sori schools, primary schools and ed, where they can excel regardless little community. Their club, their available.
sistant and Children’s Fitness Con- Additional Needs Units, Lisa points of ability. It’s who they are and what class or their place.” “So many businesses like my
sultant, Lisa Redmond, who runs out that for children, sport is a vital they do.” Then add in all of the obvious own have moved online and are
Active Kids Academy and Stretch- outlet for emotions and life stresses. These classes and clubs are vital, benefits such as improved health, offering free support to families. I
n-Grow Wicklow. “It gives them a balance and especially to children with addition- skill development, increased fitness, post a daily video, email workouts
“It’s more than just exercise. The boosts mental health, teaching ben- al needs and their families. There is better coordination, balance and and provide Zoom appointments for
loss of an outdoor life means our eficial coping skills from a young already a shortage of services avail- agility to name but a few. families to try and bridge this gap.
children have lost so much more. age, helping them develop positive able for children and it is crucial So what do we do when that is “We are trying to build an online
As we adapt to our new normal and habits to deal with challenging is- that we ensure that every child has ripped away without warning. How community, to give back some of
plough our way through lockdown, sues. It’s where their endorphins are access to a programme which meets do we explain it to children and how those things that the children are
it’s time to assess the emotional ignited, sparking happy debris into their specific needs right now. do we fill the void? Luckily, Lisa missing. We want every child and
impact that the loss of normality is their lives.” A wide range of services has been – with years of working with young family to have access to exercise
having on our children. Even from the age of two we removed at this time so if we can people’s mental and physical health whilst in lockdown but we also
“Take sport and exercise, for ex- instil positive mental health habits keep children moving and provide a issues – can help. want to take the pressure away from
ample. It’s not just an hour running and educate children about how do- structured activity programme, the “We can endeavour to develop parents.”
around a field or bouncing around a ing little things such as being kind to benefits for children and their fami- online communities,” she explains. Lisa is available to talk about how
studio. To children around the world yourself can make big differences. lies will be immeasurable. “We can ensure that we help our to get our children through these
it represents a whole lot more. With years of experience working “We need to remember that abil- children to keep active. An hour a difficult times as well as the chal-
“For many it’s a safe community, with children with mental health is- ity is what a child can do. Therefore day can be so beneficial. The good lenges facing self-employed people
a place to be themselves, socialise sues and additional needs, Lisa has it is more important than ever that news is it doesn’t have to be a con- at the moment.
with their friends in an inclusive seen first hand how beneficial any we create an online community tinuous hour, you can do it in bursts. You can contact Lisa at Ph.
environment and get a break from form of activity or exercise can be and let all children flourish as they “Also a lot of things that you are 0877813980 or by email at: ac-
life.” for every child. gradually adapt to the change and probably doing already such as your tivekidsacademyireland@gmail.
After 15 years working with chil- Under normal circumstances, continue to achieve beyond our ex- daily walk, bike rides, playing in the com
dren and young adults in ages rang- when we aren’t distancing, Lisa pectations.” Lisa adds. garden and going up and down the
ing from 2 to 18, in a variety of set- points out that exercise “gives them But now that COVID-19 has stairs fifteen times all count as ex- Image courtesy of Lisa Redmond.
Page 4 STAYING WELL June / July 2020

New “Cocooning with Top Seven Tips – Living with

COPD in a time of COVID
1. Prevent infection. Keep all
6. Don’t delay seeking help. If
you have a flare-up of your usual
COPD symptoms, have other

COPD” Information Pack

your equipment such as nebulisers symptoms that concern you, or
clean by wiping down or washing have a “new” cough or fever, con-
after use. Wash your own hands tact your GP immediately.
with soapy water before and after 7. Mind your mind. Stress and
flick through for advice as to how use. You should also keep your anxiety are a common feature of
to best maintain their physical and distance from other household living with COPD and likely to
mental health. members when using a CPAP or be even more so at this time. Take
“I would encourage people non-invasive ventilator as these care of your emotional health
if they know of someone with are considered aerosol-generating and talk to family and friends, or
COPD in their neighbourhood to devices. Remember to stay at your fellow COPD support group
reach out and see if they could home, wash your hands and don’t members, over the phone or on-
benefit from some additional touch your face. line. Try your best to keep up a
support at this time. A phone call 2. Check your supplies. Make routine and use social media in
to ask them how they are do- sure you have one month’s sup- moderation. Check out the men-
ing in terms of managing their ply of your medicines so that you tal health supports and services
symptoms and to ask whether won’t run out unexpectedly. If available at
they might need to see a doctor, you have a back-up prescription
or to pick up some prescription for steroids and antibiotics – a COPD Support Ireland is the
items for their rescue pack, could “rescue pack” – ensure that you national umbrella body for COPD
make a huge difference to them. have your supply of these and that support groups nationwide and
I would also urge people with they are in date. Many pharma- works to raise awareness of the
COPD to pay close attention to cies are now offering a delivery condition, to advocate on behalf
their own signs and symptoms. service. of patients and their families, to
They will know if they are hav- 3. Breathe. Now is the time to enable peer support and self-man-
ing a flare-up of COPD and, if really get into a routine of doing agement, and to support research
concerned, they should seek the controlled breathing exercises and educational initiatives.
medical advice without delay so and chest clearance techniques People who have questions
that they can be monitored. The you have been taught to help get about how best to manage COPD,
COPD Adviceline is available on rid of phlegm. They will help with and who wish to speak to a spe-
Freefone 1800 83 21 46 where relaxation too! cialist respiratory nurse for infor-
people can speak to a specialist 4. Exercise. While you may be mation and advice, can telephone
respiratory nurse if they need ad- cocooning and advised to stay the national COPD Adviceline on
ditional support.” at home, you can still engage in Freefone 1800 83 21 46. This is a
physical activity which is so im- call-back service and an appoint-
Biggest Cause of A&E Admis- portant to help improve breath- ment will be made for a nurse to
sion lessness. The more you do, the return the call at a time to suit

n Eoin Meegan with the HSE National Clinical COPD is perhaps more familiar more you will be able to do. Go you. The line is open Monday to
new “Cocooning with Programme Respiratory and the to people as emphysema or bron- out for a breath of fresh air in your Friday, from 9am to 5pm.
COPD” information COPD Adviceline. chitis. While there is no cure for back yard, garden or balcony or, The “Cocooning with COPD”
pack with tips and ad- The pack is available to down- this lung condition, it is treatable if that’s not possible, why not do information campaign has been
vice for protecting physical and load at or can be and can be managed to give the sit-to-stands, or march on the spot kindly supported by the Com-
mental well-being for people ordered for postal delivery free best possible quality of life. in the comfort of your own sit- munity Foundation for Ireland
with COPD has been announced of charge by texting the word The most obvious symptoms ting room? Check out COPD & and A. Menarini Pharmaceuti-
by COPD Support Ireland. “COPD”, plus name and ad- are a persistent cough with or Me for a variety of exercises that cals.
People with COPD are one of dress to 51444 (standard network without phlegm, and difficulty in you can do or tune into Ray & Ó For more information on
the vulnerable groups more at risk charges apply). breathing. While smoking is the Sé Fitness 15 for some exercise COPD and COPD Support Ire-
of serious illness if they contract predominant risk factor, recent tips on RTÉ One at 2.20pm each land, visit
COVID-19 and are estimated to Information Pack Aims to Ad- research has shown that family weekday.
number half a million people in dress “Digital Isolation” history, chronic asthma, air pollu- 5. Eat well. Try
Ireland. Joan Johnston, National Co- tion and occupational exposure to to maintain a well-
The pack contains the COPD ordinator, COPD Support Ireland, harmful fumes, dust or gases, also balanced diet, eat-
and Me self-management book- believes that the pack means that play a significant role. ing little and often
let, the Staying Well – Cocoon- people with COPD don’t have to There are approximately rather than having
ing from Coronavirus booklet, worry about being digitally iso- 500,000 people in Ireland liv- big meals. Eating
and a COPD communication lated as well as being socially iso- ing with COPD yet, worryingly, the right food can
card which patients can complete lated during this pandemic: only half of these have been for- provide the energy
with their healthcare professional “We know that for many people mally diagnosed. According to your body needs to
in making an action plan to help with COPD that not only are they the most recent statistics, there breathe and build a
them manage their COPD on a socially isolated at the moment, were 11,341 people hospitalised strong immune sys-
daily basis. but they are also digitally isolated from Dublin as a result of COPD tem to help prevent
It features information on to a large degree. They may not between 2016 and 2018. Indeed, and fight infections.
COPD, its risk factors, symptoms have access to the internet and, COPD is the most common dis- If you need help with
and diagnosis, as well as pro- even if they do, they may not ease-specific cause of emergency your shopping be-
viding techniques to cope with know how best to go about using hospital admission among adults, ing delivered, get in
breathlessness, exercises that it.” with Ireland having the highest touch with your local
people can do at home, tips for The ‘Cocooning with COPD’ hospitalisation rate for COPD of authority which can
minding mental health, and guid- pack aims to bridge that gap by all OECD countries in 2015, the help. Don’t forget to
ance on nutrition. The pack has providing people with informa- last year for which international drink plenty of fluids
been developed in conjunction tion in to their hands that they can data is available. too. June / July 2020 NEWS / COMMUNITY Page 5

The Sikh Community provides

free meals for frontline workers
n Eoin Meegan during the boom Celtic tiger
urdwara Guru Nanak years a second wave of IT pro-
Darbar is a familiar fessionals, doctors, nurses and
sight in Sandymount, students arrived here. The Sikh
located just outside the village community are now an integral
on Serpentine Avenue. part of Irish society.
Formerly a cinema and then a When the government restric-
theatre, for the past 34 years it tions were announced, Gurdwara
has been a Sikh temple (Gurd- congregations were suspended
wara), the home to the Sikh com- in the interest of public safety.
munity in Dublin, and the centre However, volunteers took it upon
of Sikhism in Ireland. themselves to cook and deliver
In 1986, when there were only meals to frontline workers during
about 15-20 Sikh families in the pandemic, as well as continu-
Dublin, the community elders got ing to look after the homeless.
together and bought this build- As word spread within the
ing, which was to become the community more people volun-
first Sikh Gurdwara in Ireland. It teered to cook, while others do-
is named after Guru Nanak Dev nated groceries. Approximately
Ji, the founder of the Sikh faith, €10,000 has been raised online
and is open to all faiths, includ- over the past two months. Gur-
ing non-Sikhs. dwara volunteers deliver meals
It is not only a place of wor- to all the major hospitals (nine in
ship, but also a place of social total) in Dublin, and to 17 Garda
gathering where communal stations, in addition to homeless
meals are shared. The Gurdwara people, people in quarantine, and
serves free vegetarian meals to students.
visitors, and for the last three Over 40,000 free meals have Dilmeen Kaur, one of the di-
years they have also been serv- been served to frontline workers rectors of Gurdwara in Dublin,
ing food to the homeless in Dub- and those in need since the ini- told NewsFour: “Seeking ‘sarbat
lin once a week. tiative started two months ago by da bhala’ (welfare for everyone)
Today, between 1,500 and the Irish Sikh community. This is part of Sikh prayer, and the
1,800 Sikhs live in the Republic is truly a wonderful achievement community is just giving practi-
with roughly another 300 living and the Gurdwara community cal shape to its prayer!”
in Northern Ireland. Sikhs came has been receiving amazing feed- Beautiful words, and we too
to Ireland in the 1970s (they’ve back from everyone at large. at NewsFour would like to ex-
been in Northern Ireland since The Gardaí dropped in on three tend our thanks and appreciation
the 1950s) predominantly from different occasions to say thanks, to the Sikh community for their
the Punjab region of India. and staff from all the hospitals kind gesture.
The original migrants were have written to them sending
mainly restaurant workers and messages expressing their grati- Images courtesy of Gurdwara
small business owners. Then, tude. Sikh Community.

Donnybrook welcomes Arthur (surname Guinness) the new English

bulldog who lately arrived here from Cork. We hope he’s doing
well and keeping his family happy during these lockdown times. If
anyone sees him on his daily walk say hello (remembering to keep
social distance!).
He belongs to Carla and Paul (seen in photo) Anderson.

Photo courtesy of Clair Lambert.

Page 6 PERSONAL WELFARE June / July 2020

Wellness Workshops now online

n Eoin Meegan often confused community
ith Covid-19 domi- with an array of tips, tools and
nating all the head- techniques during this time of
lines at the mo- crisis when most of us are still
ment, we may be in danger staying at home.
of overlooking other critical The Wellness Webinars
problems in society: mental deal with pertinent topics for
health, domestic abuse, child the times we now find our-
vulnerability, and the topic un- selves living in, addressing
der scrutiny here, suicide and issues such as managing our
self-harm. thoughts, finding out which
Suicide or Survive (SOS) part of life is bothering us the
are a nationwide Irish charity most, and just learning how to
focused on breaking down the rediscover hope again in our
stigma attached to mental ill- lives.
ness, while ensuring those af- People can now register to
fected have appropriate qual- attend the webinars at www.
ity recovery services. and then
To this end, they run Well- sues have been with us for a respect and acceptance. Ire- underpins the work of SOS is follow the links to the webi-
ness Workshops, along with a long time now – the Corona- land has the 17th highest rate that behind every statistic on nars on the events calendar.
variety of other programmes, virus crisis has forced the or- of suicides in Europe, and the suicide and self-harm there is The SOS Wellness Work-
most notably the Wellness Re- ganisation to re-imagine their fourth highest for males be- a real human being: a brother, shops have migrated with ease
covery Action Plan (WRAP), delivery channels, and think tween 15 and 24. father, sister, wife; a loved to their new home online. As
a two-day empowerment pro- of how they could get their There is an inordinately high one. Their ethos is: “A world the webinar series is spon-
gramme that aims to facilitate impactful material and very male to female ratio of suicide where everyone is empow- sored by the HSE through
individuals to make better positive message out to those here. And when it comes to ered to look after their mental the office of the National Of-
choices by developing their who need it most. And so the self-harm, which notably, is health and less people die by fice for Suicide Prevention, it
own personally-tailored Well- SOS Wellness Webinars were more pronounced in females, suicide.” comes funded and at no cost
ness Action Plan. born. this too has increased, by 20% They have noticed that since to the end user. We support the
Starting from humble begin- Given that mental health is according to latest statistics. the Covid-19 pandemic an ex- message from the SOS team at
nings in Shankill some twenty a very personal and often a Addressing this problem is tra layer of fear and panic has this time: Stay at Home. Stay
years ago, the charity now has messy subject, the team at SOS something society as a whole found its way into our daily Safe. And Stay Well.
a global reach. approach this issue with their needs to tackle with the ut- challenges. This has given
While not a response to long-standing commitment to most urgency. them the added impetus to Image courtesy of Suicide or
Covid-19 – mental health is- genuineness, understanding, The operating principle that reach out to a vulnerable and Survive.

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has launched ‘Hairdos continued to work and got us
for Heroes’, an initiative that through this, stronger than
will offer free haircuts and ever! Please do give up just
blow-drys as a way of giving one day of your time to say a
back to frontline workers. big thank you to our frontlin-
Great Lengths is enlisting ers.”
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ticipate and is offering event during this time. on marketing@greatlength- Great Lengths UK & Ireland volved, the more we can give
planning and kits, as well as When COVID-19 is far be- comments: “We are really ex- back as an industry. Front-
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Hairdos for Heroes encour- country’s top hair stylists as a hard at the moment to keep us not, we’re calling on all salons
ages salons throughout Ireland way to say thank you. and our families and friends to be involved and give back.
to dedicate one or two days to The campaign will take safe. The hairdressing indus- This is a great initiative and
providing frontline staff with a place nationally on Sunday try has been hit hard with sa- one which hopefully salons
free cut and blow dry when it 6th and Monday 7th Septem- lon closures and pauses in pro- up and down the country will
is safe again for salons to open ber, and salons can select one duction and sales, but most of avail of when this crisis is fi-
and resume service. or both days to participate. us can’t even begin to imagine nally over. And when we’re all
The free pamper session will Salons can register their in- the hardship our frontline staff looking forward to a decent
reward frontline staff for their terest in participating by con- have had to endure. When sa- hair cut! June / July 2020 Page 7

Sandymount Hotel celebrates 65 years

as Dublin’s Oldest Independent Family-run Hotel
n May 2020, Sandymount Hotel Family and Employees of Sandy-
celebrates 65 years in business. From humble beginnings as a mount Hotel.
Sandymount Hotel, Dublin City’s As an extension of the family, the con-
oldest family run hotel, owes its four-bedroom B&B to a tinued success and longevity of the busi-
roots to George Loughran and ness is attributed hugely to the people
his wife Rosaleen. They opened the leading Four-Star, employed at the hotel. Several of the team
doors on 2nd May 1955 under its origi- have worked at the hotel for decades.
nal name, Mount Herbert Hotel. It was 187-bedroom Hotel Beatrice O’Donoghue on the Front Desk
also their home. Three weeks after they team has been working at the hotel for 38
moved in, Rosaleen gave birth to the years.
second of five children, John, who cur- Rose Foley the hotel's Accommodation
rently runs Sandymount Hotel with his Manager is celebrating 32 years at Sand-
son Gerard. ymount Hotel.
George came from a large farming Maria Condron has been John’s secre-
family and his talent for carpentry and tary for 21 years.
building soon had the business up and In fact, John met his wife Audrey at
running. Raising a family was not with- the hotel in 1975. Audrey was inter-
out challenges and in the busier sum- viewed by John’s parents and secured a
mer months, they all slept in one bed- role at reception. John and Audrey are
room to cope with the demand during high season. In May 2010, when Lansdowne Road Stadium celebrating 40 years of marriage this year.
The couple were able to extend by purchasing reopened as the spectacular Aviva Stadium, John de- Pictured below are John and Gerard Loughran,
neighbouring properties. The hotel now comprises cided it was the right time to rebrand as Sandymount father and son owners of Sandymount Hotel
eight Victorian Houses! The Loughrans were often Hotel and commissioned the impressive five-metre For more information please contact Ciara Kelly,
ahead of the trends. In the 1960s they were one of bronze Sandymount Lineout sculpture which stands Marketing Manager at Sandymount Hotel
the first hotels to have central heating and ensuite proudly at the front entrance. Notwithstanding the Email:
bathrooms. cost in the middle of a recession, it was important Telephone: +353 83 800 7715
A formidable team, George and Rosaleen instilled not to miss the opportunity with the reopening of the Sandymount Hotel, Herbert Road,
an ethos of heartfelt care and service for their guests. stadium. Sandymount, Dublin 4
This legacy continues right into the 21st century Sandymount Hotel adopted a ‘greener’ approach Website: | Email: info@
through father and son John and Gerard Loughran. to its business in 2012, by introducing a dedicated | Tel: +353 1 6142000
For many years, the hotel was known as a temper- Green Team to improve the carbon footprint of the Facebook: @SandymountHotelDublin
ance hotel because it did not have a public bar. That hotel. A Green Policy was introduced, and many Instagram: @Sandymount_Hotel
changed in 2000 with the welcome addition of the awards have been received including ‘Europe’s LinkedIn: @sandymount-hotel
Line Out Bar. Leading Green Hotel’ three years in a row at the Twitter: @SandymountHotel
World Travel Awards, 2017, 2018 and 2019.
In 2016, under the guidance of George and Ro-
saleen’s grandson Gerard, Sandymount Hotel began
an €8 million total refurbishment project which led
to the awarding of Four Star status from Fáilte Ire-
land. 2020 marked the final stage of refurbishments,
with the remodelling of the front façade of the hotel
and car park.
Just three DART stops from Dublin City, the ho-
tel is situated in leafy Dublin 4. The beautiful Sand-
ymount Village and beach are just a 10-minute stroll,
making the hotel an ideal spot for quiet relaxation
away from the hustle and bustle of the City Centre.
Page 8 HISTORY / LOCAL June / July 2020

Getting street smart with Logainm:

The history of Dublin 4 street and place names

n Geneva Pattison
he extension of the
tioned travelling dis-
tance from two kilometres to
five kilometres was a small,
but very welcome, improve-
ment to our everyday lives.
It’s wonderful to just be
outside, although we often
find ourselves walking the
same routes and seeing the
same scenery and it can get
repetitive. Something curi-
ous that we pass every day,
that can be overlooked on
occasion, are our local street
If you search for it, there’s
a wealth of history and sto-
ries surrounding our local
place names. One begins to
wonder how did these unu-
sual names come to pass,
or has anything been lost in
translation? Even though li-
braries are currently shut,
there are many ways online
to find this information for
yourself. is a great web-
site to begin your search. This
website is a comprehensive
database which has compiled
all of Ireland’s place names
in Irish and English. The
Logainm project was devel-
oped by Fiontar and Scoil na (Bóthar Raglan), on the sur- cord of the placename dating streets are steeped in stories ments/HistoryoftheArea.pdf
Gaeilge in conjunction with face, traditionally have major from around 1488. of battles won and lost, of
the Place Names Branch of Irish connotations, through Even before this era, Pool- old trades long past and his- Link to the PDF on the Pla-
the Department of Culture the work of the famous beg was understood to be torical figures remembered. cenames of South Dublin.
Heritage and the Gaeltacht, poet Patrick Kavanagh and part of the lands of Thorn- There are many other av- http://source.south-
and is continuously updating later, The Dubliners. How- castle from as early as 1306, enues of investigation and
its list of place names. ever, Raglan Road’s naming however 1488 was the first discovery with regards to stream/10599/4930/2/
If you would like to find came to pass in 1857, upon time it was officially docu- Irish place names and an- South%20Dublin%20Place-
out the name of a local street the end of the Crimean War. mented. The name Thorncas- cient street names. The next names.pdf
in Irish, you can search for it The road was named after tle dates back to the 1200s, time you’re out on your walk,
by entering the English name Lord Raglan, FitzRoy James when the Fitzwilliams grant- see if you can reveal some of Link to the Jstor article from
into the website’s search bar. Henry Somerset, who was ed land to their ally, Walter that history for yourself. the Old Dublin Society on the
When you see both trans- the commander of the Brit- de Ridelford the Lord of history of Thorncastle street.
lations of any given street ish troops sent to the Crimea Bray. On this land, he built Link to the Logainm web- h t t p s : / / w w w. j s t o r. o r g /
name side by side, certain as- during wartime and the road a fortress surrounded by a site below. stable/24616022?read-
pects of their history become was named to commemorate whitethorn hedge (hence, h t t p s : / / w w w. l o g a i n m . i e / now=1&seq=1#page_scan_
apparent. You can tell almost his service. ‘thorn’ ‘castle’) within his en/res/171 tab_contents
immediately whether a place Looking through a PDF South Dublin township.
has Viking, Norman or Eng- available from dublincity. Even though this fortress Link to the PDF on the His- Link to information about
lish heritage, but where does ie, dedicated to the history was in Blackrock, Ridel- tory of Poolbeg below. the Fitzwilliams and Dublin
Dublin 4 fit in? of the Poolbeg area, there’s ford had a residence in Don- h t t p : / / w w w. d u b l i n c i - 4.
Many streets in Dublin 4 some interesting historical- nybrook and this is likely t y. i e / s i t e s / d e f a u l t / f i l e s / http://www.mount-
were named during the 18th ly early information avail- where Thorncastle Street c o n t e n t / Wa t e r Wa s t e E n -
or 19th centuries, so natural- able. The names of places gets its name from. v i r o n m e n t / Wa s t e Wa t e r / MM300/1700_1900.html
ly they have names inspired like Poolbeg (derived from Ireland has had many inva- R i n g s e n d Wa s t e w a t e r % 2 0
by places in England, or the words ‘little pool’), date sions throughout the centu- TreatmentWorksExtension/ Pictured above: Donnybrook
English surnames. back all the way to medieval ries, from the Vikings to the RingsendWastewaterTreat- Village in August 1927.
Places like Raglan Road Ireland, with the earliest re- Normans and the Tudors. The mentWorksExtension/Docu- Image courtesy of flickr. June / July 2020 Page 9

The NewsFour Crossword ……Compiled by Gemma Byrne

To print out this crossword form on your home (A4 size) printer:
In the print dialog box, select ‘Print page 9’ and ‘Scale page to fit’
before pressing Return key.
Remember to print out extra copies for neighbours and friends
(subject to health and proximity regulations).

1) Unabating (9)
5) Test run (5)
8) Factual programme (11)
10) Wine en Francais (3)
11) Stumbling blocks (13)
13) A skilled professional in beauty or psychology (9)
14) Remove errors from software (5)
15) What is your problem with this meat? (4)
16) Language peculiar to a specific region (7)
18) Crux, of a problem say (3)
20) Gardening tool (3)
21) The land of opportunity (3)
22) Nonsensical (6)
25) Perfect (5)
26) A durable cotton material (9)
28) This cabbage is dark and curly (4)
29) A particularly chilly branch of science (10)

1) Sign or hint (10)
2) Refreshing green salad fruit (8)
3) Happening at the same time (14)
4) Kernel which is often roasted (3)
5) Hormone secreting gland (7)
6) You would struggle to see this 80s hit from
Alison Moyet (9)
7) Hyperopia (4, 11)
9) Truculence / sass (8)
12) This will leave you on the edge of your seat (11)
Name:………………………………………… Telephone:…………………………
17) Slow your car down for this fossilised resin (5)
19) Soft cheese with an edible rind (4)
23) College, in short (3)
24) Semi aquatic mammal prized for its fur (4)
27) Noise (3)

Solutions for APRIL / MAY 2020 Crossword

Across: Down:
1) Tribulations; 8) Riveted; 9) Elapses; 12) 1) Trift Store; 2) Invoice; 3) Utter; 4) Ar-
Prize of €25 book token. Post entries to
Friar Tuck; 13) Adage; 14) Apt; 15) Sleuth; dour; 5) Ice Skating; 6) Sap; 7) Basketball
NewsFour, 13A Fitzwilliam Street, Ring-
17) Haiku; 18) Outdo; 20) Rot; 21) Ag; 22) Court; 10) Amateurish; 11) Stab in the Dark;
send, Dublin 4 by 24th July 2020.
Enact; 24) Isle; 26) Repayments; 28) Ragu; 16) Too; 17) Haggle; 19) Trample; 23) Toy;
29) Electric Blanket. 25) Stub; 26) RTE; 27) Mer.
Page 10 GARDEN June / July 2020

n Geneva Pattison
imited outdoor space makes creating a garden
difficult. Add in the fact that if you’re three or
even six storeys up from the ground level, un-
sheltered from harsh winds and without an inch of soil,
things can get even more problematic.
Brightening up your apartment’s outdoor area with
potted plants on the balcony is a fantastic idea. How-
ever, people are often discouraged when plants wither
and die due to demanding watering schedules, un-ideal
planting conditions or inadequate light sources. Don’t
give up just yet. If you struggle with growing green-
ery on your balcony area, read on, as we consider all
the variables that will improve your chances of striking

Plant Up, Not Out.

First, let’s talk about planting container options. pot one-third of the way in the previous pot’s soil as plants that can withstand many different harsh condi-
These days, there are numerous container planting so- you fill each stacked plant pot. When you’re finished as- tions. Spring bulbs are something you can rely on year
lutions for limited spaces, from modern living walls to sembling, plant your flowers as normal and water them after year and hyacinths and daffodils are a wonderful
DIY hanging gardens. Most people don’t want a sea of thoroughly, until you see the water leak out into the base place to start. Hyacinths come in a variety of colours,
small pots taking up the entire floor space of a balcony. tray. The wonderful thing about this method is that you they’re beautifully scented, hardy in cold weather and
If you’re one of these people, something that may work can also use up plastic nursery pots for this DIY. you don’t need to dig them up and store them indoors
for you is using vertical planters. If you decide to go with plastic pots, make sure to in winter.
These types of planters can come in all shapes and weigh each pot down with a handful of stones in their Most varieties do not grow higher than 6-12 inches,
sizes, maximising your flower output with minimum base before adding soil. Linked below are some exam- making them great for balconies exposed to frequent
space taken up and many are DIY-able. Here are two ples of different tiered pot planters from Clay Pot Crafts winds, something taller plants simply couldn’t handle.
ideas to consider. for inspiration and an easy to-follow step by step guide Hyacinths will live happily for many years in a potted
from the Get Busy Gardening website. container and ideally the bulbs should be planted in ear-
The Tiered Terracotta Planter. ly Autumn for March/April flowering.
Inspired by tall, elegant Georgian flower fountains, The Pallet Planter. In the same vein, daffodils are another colourful op-
this type of planter would be perfect for people who al- Keeping with the space-saving theme of vertical tion to consider. The daffodil, Narcissus ‘Tête-à-tête’, is
ready have a selection of pots at their disposal. Depend- planting, another option people have been opting for in the most popular and reliable genus for small container
ing on the size of your pots, you may need to purchase recent years is the re-purposed pallet planter. This idea planting. Growing to around 15 to 20 centimetres tall,
a large, round, flat tray to steady your tiered vertical is great for both large and small balconies, you just have this plant is hardy to most conditions and small enough
display. The pots should be placed in ascending order, to source the right size pallet to suit your outdoor space. to be missed by the winds.
starting with putting the largest plant pot on top of the Hopefully you can get your pallet for free, but you’ll Another small daffodil variety especially suited to
flat tray which should also be filled with soil. Bury each need gardening tarpaulin and certain tools handy. barrelling wind conditions is the narcissus bulboco-
Disassembling your pallet is not necessary, just turn
it upright and on its side. Roughly cut out rectangles of
tarpaulin to fill the empty spaces of the planter. Remem-
ber to leave enough slack to fill up with compost and try
to make the tarpaulin reach as deep as the base of the
front facing planks of wood.
Carefully secure the tarpaulin to the edges of the emp-
ty sections with an upholstery staple gun. Don’t worry
about neat edges, you can trim them down afterwards.
Fill each section with compost and you’re ready to plant
flowers! If you’re not keen on the shape or colour of
the original pallet, as mentioned previously, you can cut
sections apart, paint or redesign the pallet to suit your
Below you’ll find an easy to follow online guide by
the Floral and Feather blog and a selection of ideas by
the Garden Lovers Club website on how to build the
best pallet planter for your space.

Flowers For All Weather.

Let’s face it, Irish weather is unpredictable. That’s just
a fact. Between torrents of rain one minute to sweltering
heat the next, it’s difficult to get a handle on any given
plant’s health, even for ‘well weathered’ gardening ex-
perts. However, there are certain types of flowers and June / July 2020 GARDEN Page 11

dium, also known as the petticoat daffodil. Much like until Winter. This clematis will do well irrespective of months. The Winter pansy is a much sturdier variety
hyacinths, daffodil bulbs should be planted in early Au- whether you have a South, North, East or West facing than the Summer pansy and requires less care and less
tumn. balcony. Prune the plant in late Winter or early Spring light in general. Pansies usually have a two-year life
Summer flowers and plants for container balcony to encourage abundant flowering. cycle if cared for properly. However, if the flowers are
planting need to be largely drought resistant. If you’re Winter flowering pansies are wonderful for adding pollinated well by insects, they will produce seed heads,
looking for something with colourful foliage as well some colour to your planting container during colder meaning they can self-seed themselves in the container
as a flowering period, hebe shrubs could be the or you can collect the seeds yourself and replant
plant for you. They’re drought tolerant, frost them. If you’re growing Winter pansies from
hardy and require little to no pruning as they seed, take care to plant the seeds late in Sep-
stay compact in size. tember, for a late Winter to early Spring display.
Colour wise, the hebe ‘heartbreaker’ or ‘fro-
zen flame’ varieties both have gradiented foli- More information from:
age with lower leaves remaining green and Tiered terracotta pot planters.
white and newer leaves putting on a purple and
pink show. Hebe flowers range from lavender er-tutorials/
to fuschia to deep purple depending on the ge- Tiered terracotta pot planter step by step guide
nus of plant. The plant will tolerate full sun to with pictures.
partial shade in Summer, but this shrub does
not like to be waterlogged, so be sure to water planter/
the shrub at least once a fortnight during very Garden Lovers Club pallet planter ideas.
sunny and dry conditions.
If you want a showy flower display but aren’t let-planters/
keen on maintaining multiple planters, consider Step by step easy pallet planter DIY guide from
looking into climbing plants. Clematis ‘Bill the Floral and Feather blog.
Mackenzie’ is a relatively hardy deciduous
climber, which will flower all through Sum- easy-diy-pallet-herb-planter.html
mer and well into Autumn. The flowers form
an attractive star shape and are sunshine yel- Images: Hanging plant wall grate - Needpix.
low in colour. As the plant moves through Au- Climbing plants on balcony - Pxfuel Red pallet
tumn, you’ll be gifted with striking fluffy seed wall planters - Piqsels. Daffodil Bulbocodium -
pods which will add interest to your balcony up Wiki Commons.

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Reusing food waste for

a greener indoor space
from the bag as you seal it up and make sides of the cut-off base within seven to
sure to keep it in a warm, shaded place ten days, depending on its environment.
indoors. Much like how self-contained Much like the avocado plant, once the
terrariums work, the moisture, heat celery has developed healthy new roots
and air create the perfect microclimate and fresh leaves after a few weeks,
within the ziplock bag for germination transplant it to a pot with soil.
to occur. Ultimately, the leaves and new stems
Germination should only take a will be much shorter than what you
few weeks during the warmer Sum- would expect from that of a supermarket
mer months. Keep an eye on the mois- celery, but you’ll still be able to make
ture levels within the ziplock bag and one hell of a salad or stock nonetheless.
if you notice your paper towel drying If celery isn’t to your taste, try using the

n Geneva Pattison out, moisten it as needed. Eventually, same method with the cut-off end of a cessful in growing a citrus tree, even if
his period of our lives is undenia- the avocado seed will split and produce head of lettuce, as the growing premise it doesn’t produce fruit, it will provide
bly hard. With travel limitations, a thick white coloured root. Once the is exactly the same. you with delicate, fragrant flowers and
bans on public gatherings and root reaches around 2-3 inches long, it’s If you’re stuck for something to oc- beautiful glossy foliage indoors for next
people unable to visit friends and loved ready to be potted in soil. cupy the kids indoors during this strange to nothing.
ones, it’s difficult to see the light at the The pictures in this article are from time, this little experiment could be If you’re trying to sprout a peach
end of the tunnel right now. However, my own experiments growing avocado a great way to teach them practically or nectarine seed from a pit you have
while we’re all doing our bit to stop plants and should give you a good in- about the life cycle of plants and the en- saved, take into account that the pit it-
the spread of Covid-19 and isolating at dicator of what to expect during the vironment, while encouraging less com- self is not the seed. The pits in peaches,
home, there are a few family friendly different stages of growth. To acceler- puter and screen time. nectarines and apricots are seed pods,
‘seeds of hope’ we can still sow. ate the growth of the green shoot, re- Remember, if your base cutting fails which need to be split open to reveal the
Composting food waste has been on use the plastic ziplock bag and place to re-grow don’t look at it as a loss. seeds inside.
our eco-friendly radar for many years it over the nursery pot. This again cre- Redefining food waste can sometimes To do this, first clean and allow your
now, but what if some of the fruit and ates a ‘mini greenhouse’ for your avo- be a bit of a learning curve. There are pit to fully dry out for a day or two.
vegetable waste that we throw out could cado shoot by increasing the humidity some wins and some fails, but you won’t When it’s dried out, find the side of the
be used for something much more fun? and encouraging speedy growth. Bear know till you give it a try. pit that juts out the most and gently, us-
Next time you go to throw out your fruit in mind, it takes any fruit tree grown ing a blunt table knife, split the pit from
seeds, consider saving them to grow from seed a number of years to mature Tips for Sprouting Different Fruit that side. Inside, you should find one or
your very own tree, or try regrowing and produce fruit, but this is an invest- Seeds. two almond shaped seeds. These can be
your very own salad from vegetable ment for the future. Look after your Avocados may not be your thing, so germinated using the damp paper towel
scraps. These projects are suitable for avocado tree and eventually, it’ll look try the cost-effective germination meth- and plastic bag method, but they prefer
most age groups and fun for the entire after you. od above with different varieties of fruit to germinate in a cool place. In hotter
family. and vegetable seeds. Here are a few tips climates, some people even germinate
How to Regrow Celery. to consider when trying to germinate them in the fridge. It should be noted
Growing an Avocado Tree from Seed. It’s refreshing, crisp and helps form the various seeds indoors. that peach, nectarine and apricot seeds
The premise of this simple method basic stock of any good soup. If you’re Growing an indoor citrus plant from should never be ingested as they contain
works extremely well for avocado pits thinking about throwing out the base of seed could be a fun Summer project to a poisonous compound, please be aware.
and when completed correctly, it yields your bunch of celery, next time save it try out. To ensure some success, try us- Growing any plant from scratch needs
a high germination rate. The best thing and re-grow your very own bunch. This ing varied germination methods and patience, perseverance and a positive at-
about this seed germinating method is, is a great project and you only need a keep in mind, the more seeds you sow titude.
you don’t need any soil whatsoever. few items for the task, including a small the higher your potential for success. Likewise, reimagining what we would
The tools you’ll need for this task are bowl or dish, a cutting implement, some Start a few clean citrus seeds using the usually consider the waste products of
a paper towel, a ziplock plastic bag and water and of course, the celery! wet paper towel and ziplock bag tech- fruit and veg is also an exercise in posi-
some water. Step One: Take your bunch of celery nique. Set aside a few extra seeds and tivity. When you think about it, if we can
Step One: Gather your avocado pit. and, using a knife, cut the end portion peel the thin layer of pale skin off half apply those traits to our current trying
Using a clean sponge and warm water, off two inches above the base. of those seeds and start them in a sepa- times of crisis, we can make it through
clean off any remaining remnants of Step Two: Fill your dish with an inch rate bag. If you have access to compost anything and grow a few plants along
fruit. You’ll know the seed is fully clean of water and place the cut-off celery base or soil, try starting a few seeds in nurs- the way.
when the outside no longer feels slimy inside, making sure the root producing ery pots too. As mentioned before, this
or sticky. Allow the clean seed to air dry. end is completely covered in water. could be a fun science project for the Further information about regrowing
(An optional step you may like to try is Step Three: Place your container in a kids to get involved in. celery is available from this website.
removing the thin brown outer skin of bright place, but out of direct sunlight. Using seeds from saved lemons, limes
the seed to speed up the germination Hopefully you’ll start to see a little bit or oranges to grow an indoor citrus tree celery-from-a-bunch-848229
process) of growth within a week. Every few is great for a couple of reasons. Firstly,
Step Two: Dampen a kitchen paper days, change the water in the container buying citrus trees whether they’re or- Get more detailed instructions about
towel thoroughly, but not so much as to and at the same time, namental, an edible va- growing lemon trees from seed from the
mulch and break apart the paper towel. check it daily to make riety or one of the min- website below.
Wrap the damp paper towel around your sure the water doesn’t iature varieties can be
seed loosely, to allow room for the roots evaporate. very expensive. Giving lemon-tree-from-seed
and top sprout to develop. The celery should the DIY seed germina-
Step Three: Place the wrapped seed in start to produce new tion a try, will save Above: Avocado plant at two months
your clear, plastic ziplock bag and seal green growth in the money in the long run. and five months. Left: Lemon tree.
it shut. Don’t squeeze out all of the air centre or, around the Secondly, if you’re suc- Photos: Geneva Pattison. June / July 2020 GARDEN / NEWS Page 13

A rare Bloom for 2020:

Bloom at Home
n Geneva Pattison location, budget or skill set. A
ith the ongoing re- gardening project is a great way
strictions on pub- to fill your time at home and get
lic gatherings and your creative juices flowing.
events, the annual Bloom in the Try building a bug hotel and
Park event was a little bit differ- re-wilding an area for wildlife,
ent on this occasion. or plant some pollinators and
Bord Bia announced in a re- make some space for birds.
cent press release that they were We’re encouraging everyone,
“bringing a flavour of Ireland’s no matter what space they have
largest gardening and lifestyle available, to get out there and
festival into your home” this give it a go!”
year. On Sunday May 31st, the Videos of cooking demonstra-
Bord Bia social media channels tions, gardening panels and dis-
and cussions are available to watch
hosted a series of online garden- on Facebook. You can view
ing talks, live Q&As and cook- all the Bloom news and events
ery demonstrations to mark the online by visiting their web-
occasion. site, Instagram, Facebook page
To kick off the event, Presi- or by following the hashtag
dent Michael D. Higgins gave #BloomAtHome.
his opening address, which Happy gardening and stay
was given remotely from Áras safe!
an Uachtaráin. The President
touched on many subjects such The Bord Bia Bloom at Home
as the legacy of Bloom, the re- webpage.
silience of nature and the effect https://www.bordbiabloom.
that covid-19 has had on our com/bloomathome/
wellbeing. garden design for smaller out- the start of summer with the Bloom Show Manager, has also The Bloom Instagram
He also spoke about the im- door spaces. festival’s many fans and par- stated on the website: “Covid-19
portance of biodiversity, sus- Gary Graham, the show man- ticipants. For the past thirteen has brought us many challenges bordbiabloom/?hl=en
tainable food production and ager of Bloom, with Paul Maher years, Bloom has become a plat- but it has also given some us The Bloom Facebook page
our collective responsibility to a former curator of the Botanic form for Bord Bia to highlight more time to experience the joy
curb climate change. President gardens and Fiann Ó Nualláin, the joys of gardening and indig- of gardening at what is the most BordBiaBloom/
Higgins made a very poignant the holistic gardener, discussed enous horticulture and promote exciting time of year for grow-
comment in the latter half of choice plants as they strolled the best of Irish artisan food and ing and planting. In May, when Images: Logo courtesy of the
his speech, saying that there are through the Victorian kitchen drink, while also raising aware- temperatures are on the up and Bloom PR.
“lessons for the state and pri- garden in the Phoenix Park. ness around important issues frosty nights are rare, there is Photos courtesy bordbiabloom.
vate sector to learn” in relation Garden designers Andrew such as climate change and sus- so much to do, whatever your com
to what is deemed appropriate Dunne, Jane McCorkrell and tainability. These topics are as
housing for people, and with re- Oliver Schurmann took part in a vital as ever as we navigate the
gards to “access to open space, panel and answered many ques- current crisis in our own homes
particularly shared open space.” tions about gardening during and communities. Through
Online cooking demonstra- lockdown. Bloom At Home we want to
tions on Facebook were given The people of Bloom also recognise one of most important
by Neven Maguire on how to shared tips and tricks on how elements of the annual festival
cook a delicious-looking bok to get your garden looking its during the Covid-19 crisis; the
choy steak salad and later by best during the summer on the coming together of many differ-
Donal Skehan, who made sum- Bloom website. ent facets of Irish society on the
mery lamb shish kebabs with Tara McCarthy, the CEO of June Bank Holiday weekend.”
pickled vegetables. Bord Bia stated on the web- Bord Bia in conjunction with
The online gardening talks site: “Although we can’t host RTÉ ran a competition to en-
covered a range of topics such Bord Bia Bloom in the Phoenix courage people to keep the spirit
as gardening for wellbeing, Park this year, Bloom At Home of Bloom alive this year by shar-
plants through history as well as is a chance for us to celebrate ing pictures and videos of their
garden and plants with them on
social media. You can view all
garden and plant photos of those
who got involved by searching
the hashtag #BloomwithRTE or
#BloomAtHome on Instagram
and Facebook.
Gary Graham, the Bord Bia
Page 14 TELEVISION June / July 2020

Review: Normal People

n David Prendeville sweet as this could cause such
he undoubted televi- outrage amongst wrong-minded
sion highlight of the people.
Covid-19 lockdown pe- What truly elevates this pro-
riod has been the launch of the gramme beyond most romances
much-anticipated adaptation is the electric chemistry be-
of Sally Rooney’s ecstatically tween the two lead performers.
acclaimed bestseller Normal Every glance, every gesture be-
People. tween the pair is utterly impact-
The series is a co-production ful and brilliantly illustrative of
between Dublin 4 based pro- their relationship and evocative
duction company Element Pic- of romantic love.
tures, BBC Three and Hulu. It Abrahamson has long shown
is directed by our own Lenny a talent for drawing superb, nu-
Abrahamson, who did the first anced, completely believable
six episodes, and Hettie Mac- performances, from Pat Shortt
donald, who did the remaining in Garage to Brie Larson, who
six episodes. won an Oscar for her perfor-
Each episode is half an hour mance in Room. Here, he and
long. RTE have been showing Macdonald’s approach compli-
two episodes per week since ments the searing talent evident
April 28th, while the entire se- in both Daisy Edgar-Jones and
ries was released on the BBC Paul Mescal.
iPlayer in the UK and on Hulu This is a terrific programme
in America. and has deservedly captured the
The show follows the roman- zeitgeist in these difficult times.
tic relationship between Mari- The show has been sold to more
anne and Connell, whose love than 20 territories worldwide,
first blossoms in sixth year of including France, Germany, It-
secondary school in Sligo, and aly, Spain, Australia, New Zea-
who then both attend Trinity land and Japan.
College together. It has broken records for
We witness the evolution of viewership on the BBC iPlayer
this passionate and tender ro- and has gained much attention
mantic relationship and the on social media, with everyone
various ups and downs that en- from Mia Farrow to Kim Kar-
sue over the years. The parts of dashian tweeting about it.
Marianne and Connell are per- It is another wonderful suc-
formed brilliantly by Daisy Ed- cess story for Element Pictures,
gar-Jones and Paul Mescal re- the more sad and sweet. ance that permeates throughout who in recent years have en-
spectively. There are also strong In its depiction of Marianne much of the show. joyed the glamorous Oscar cam-
supporting turns throughout, not and Connell’s relationship, the The show’s frequent sex paign of films such as Yorgos
least from Sarah Greene as Con- show touches on a number of scenes recently prompted the Lanthimos’s The Favourite and
nell’s mother. themes such as class, consent, ire and outrage of callers on Abrahamson’s Room.
The show is beautifully shot domestic abuse, sadomasochism Joe Duffy’s Liveline radio pro- It will likely be remembered
by Suzie Lavelle and Kate Mc- and depression. These themes gramme, much to the amuse- as something of a landmark in
Cullough. Stephen Rennick’s are dealt with and presented in ment of most. In these difficult Irish television, although the ab-
score complements the bitter- an honest and frank manner, but times there was something sence of RTÉ in its production,
sweet, emotive nature of pro- also with the elegance and nu- oddly comforting that a show as is a terrible indictment of the
ceedings superbly. State broadcaster, both finan-
The production design and cially and otherwise.
costume design by, respectively, It is another wonderful exam-
Lucy Van Lonkhuyzen and Lor- ple of the talent possessed by
na Marie Mugan are equally of a Abrahamson. In this writer’s
first-class standard. opinion, this stands as his best
The script, adapted by Rooney work since Garage. It is also
herself, alongside Alice Birch clearly demonstrative of Mac-
and Mark O’Rowe, is lean and donald’s skill, whose work I
finely constructed. was less familiar with. The
Abrahamson and MacDon- show will likely launch long ca-
ald have done a wonderful job reers for Edgar Jones and Mes-
of giving the show something cal, it’s two transcendent lead
of a nostalgic glow that height- performers.
ens even further the extremity
of emotion entailed in youthful Pictured: Daisy Edgar-Jones
romance. It feels like these are and Paul Mescal.
memories being played out in Photos: © Element Pictures /
front of us, making events all Enda Bowe. June / July 2020 CULTURE Page 15

Film industry makes

tentative moves
towards normality

n David Prendeville combining with another cin- The Fleadh’s decision became uled for release in April, was the of cinephiles to get back in the
he Coronavirus pandem- ematic behemoth, the Venice inevitable upon the release of first to postpone its release, to cinema?
ic has seen the cancella- Film Festival, in an autumn ex- the Government’s roadmap that November. Other big titles such While industry eyes will be
tion and postponement travaganza. However, Venice’s ruled out the reopening of cin- as the belated Top Gun sequel on these films in search of some
of much of the Spring/Summer slot in September also looks far emas until August 10th at the Top Gun: Maverick quickly fol- signs of what the post-Covid 19
Film Festivals. Most notably, from certain at the present mo- earliest. It remains to be seen if lowed suit, pausing its release to cinema landscape looks like,
the Cannes Film Festival – one ment. it will be possible to host other December. even more uncertainty sur-
of the cornerstones of any cin- Closer to home, The Galway festivals theatrically (while ad- However, Christopher No- rounds when films can go into
ematic year – was unable to go Film Fleadh, has chosen to hering to social distancing). lan’s much-hyped sci-fi action production once more. The UK
ahead in its usual May slot. move online. Speaking of the Countries have varied quite dra- picture Tenet has stood firm in Department of Digital, Culture,
However, the uncertainty as to move, Film Fleadh Programme matically in terms of when cine- its July 17th release date. The Media and Sport recently an-
what would / will happen to the Director, Will Fitzgerald said: mas can reopen. Some European film, rumoured to have a budget nounced, as reported by Screen
2020 edition is emblematic of “Moving the Fleadh online countries have already allowed in excess of 200 million dollars, International, that film and tel-
the uncertainty of these times in doesn’t mean replicating the their return, whereas they are in stars Robert Pattinson and John evision productions which com-
general. Like many other things, event in a digital space, but re- the final phase of Ireland’s plan. David Washington. The epic is ply with social distancing meas-
it is extremely difficult to pre- imagining it to be the best on- The UK plan to reopen cinemas now being seen as the film the ures can restart. Whatever about
dict when it might be safe to line experience possible. There on July 4th. industry’s hopes are riding on as social distancing in cinemas,
hold a film festival once more. will be a reduced, more focused The Spring/Summer cinema signalling a tentative step back it seems nigh on impossible to
Upon the initial postponement programme because we don’t season has also been decimated, toward normality. imagine social distancing being
in May, Cannes chairman Thier- want to split audience attention with inevitable high-profile re- It is then followed by another implemented on film and televi-
ry Frémaux suggested that they when we don’t have a physical lease date postponements. Many blockbuster the week after, with sion sets. And if it is impossible
hoped to go ahead with the festi- event space keeping us all to- smaller and independent titles Disney’s equally expensive then realistically when can we
val in June or July. That, howev- gether. We want to give every have moved to online distribu- live-action Mulan film also re- see shoots go ahead?
er, now has also been ruled out. film their moment in the spot- tion. maining steadfast in its release As with everything else in the
The main competition of light and make every selected Some have suggested a plans current climate, uncertainty and
Cannes 2020 still hasn’t been film part of a united conversa- knock-on effect of the pandemic If Tenet and Mulan are ulti- differing opinions and specula-
officially cancelled, although its tion.” is that it could hasten the move mately able to open as planned, tions abound.
sidebars such as the Director’s People will be able to stream away from theatrical releases in it will be fascinating to see how It has been announced that
Fortnight strand, have been. films online from the Fleadh the long term, in favour of films they perform at the box office. the BBC soap EastEnders will
Frémaux has ruled out moving website at limited times. Tick- going straight to streaming ser- They would have both been pre- start shooting again next month,
online, as other festivals are do- ets will also be limited to the vices. It is clear, however, that dicted to be amongst the biggest while some independent Ameri-
ing, as I discuss below. Indeed, capacity of Galway’s Town Hall no matter how much and often films of the year in the pre-Cov- can film productions are also
given some of the titles that Theatre, the main venue used some people want to forecast id 19 times. slated for Autumn. The details
were rumoured to be premiering for Fleadh screenings. The fes- the death of the cinema experi- Will people be cautious about of if and how the shoots intend
at the festival – news films by tival’s online edition will also ence, the bigger films remain going to the cinema even if they to implement social distancing
Paul Verhoeven and Wes Ander- feature live-streamed film mak- determined to have their theatri- are deemed safe to be open? remain unclear. There has yet
son – to name but two, it seemed er Q+A’s, audience participation cal run. The people behind these How much of an impact will to be any announcement as to
unlikely that moving online via social media and conferenc- pictures, like Cannes’ Frémaux, reduced capacity have on box- when filming can or will resume
would be feasible or be agreed ing software such as Zoom, as do not regard online viewing as office returns? Or will their in Ireland.
upon by production companies, well as live-streamed master- a viable alternative. receipts thrive on the fact that
producers, directors etc. classes, panel discussions and The new James Bond film, No they will have such little com- Photo of Christopher Nolan,
There are rumours of Cannes the Fleadh’s industry meetings. Time to Die, originally sched- petition and by the eagerness above, courtesy of Flickr.
Page 16 ENTERTAINMENT / ARTS June / July 2020

Together at Home: The Virtual

Concert with an Irish Connection
effort to date. the possibility, if any, of holding lor Swift, Usher and Victoria
For his part, Kelly said he was their charity concerts online. Beckham.
proud to be involved in something They approached Lady Gaga, Joint digital hosts for the even-
that would help fight the global who had been involved with fun- ing were the three main stays of
pandemic of Covid-19. draising for Global Citizen in the US television: Jimmy Fallon of
“We at Teneo have a long-stand- past, to seek her advice on how The Tonight Show, Jimmy Kim-
ing partnership with Global Citizen such a “concert” could be held. mel of Jimmy Kimmel Live and
and are deeply committed to doing When Kelly and Evans called her Stephen Colbert of The Late Show.
our part to help rally private sector they found the mega-star self- It was first aired on various net-
support for this critical effort,” he isolating at home as she suffers works in the US between 8pm and
recently told The Irish Times. from fibromyalgia, a condition 10pm (1-3am Irish time) on Satur-
The impressive roster of To- that affects the nervous system and day April 18th. RTÉ put on a two-
gether at Home performers also causes chronic pain, and which hour special on Sunday, April 19th,
featured powerful contributions puts her in a high-risk category for at 7pm, with Doireann Garrihy and
from chart-topping Irish artists Covid-19. The notion of stars per- Eoghan McDermott giving an Irish
Hozier and Niall Horan. The con- forming in their own homes took take on proceedings.
cert is available to view in full on hold. And by the end of the con-

n Peter McNamara digital generation”. YouTube. But if you’d rather not versation, Lady Gaga was fully on Intimate Performances (and
ne World: Together And, like Live Aid, there’s an sit through the entire six hours, board as curator of the event. Fancy Living Rooms!)
at Home,” the two- Irishman at the helm: Tipperary- many media outlets offer a “best From then, things came together Of the 270 million people who
hour star-studded born Declan Kelly served as ex- of” showcase. with a dizzying speed. In ordinary tuned in to watch the Together at
virtual concert featuring Lady ecutive producer of the One World
Gaga, Taylor Swift, John Legend, event. That said, compared with
Elton John, and numerous other the more in-your-face Bob Geldof,
artists, took place on Saturday Kelly keeps a low profile, and to
April 18th. date has yet to be seen gesticulat-
This unprecedented musical ing onscreen, asking for “f***ing
event, organised by Global Citi- money”.
zen and the World Health Organi- After quitting journalism, De-
zation, raised $127.9 million for clan Kelly went into business con-
health care workers and coronavi- sultancy and co-founded Teneo
rus relief, and was viewed by stag- in 2011, a firm in New York with
gering 270 million people across links to the Democratic Party. Last
the globe, on television and digital year, he sold a majority stake to a
platforms. private equity group for more than
Together at Home was a lock- $350 million. He remains as Teneo
down concert for a lockdown chief executive and chairman.
world. The biggest artists in the He is said to be proud of his
world performed free of charge roots in Portroe, Co Tipperary and
from their own living rooms. The Teneo is the main sponsor of the It takes a moment of serendip- times, it would be a staggering Home concert, most were there
money raised – through individual reigning All-Ireland hurling cham- ity… challenge to assemble so many to enjoy the music, and to bear
and corporate donations – will go pions. Heʼs also the older brother The idea for the digital concert stars to perform at one event. Now, witness to this historic event. Of
toward funding personal protec- of the newly elected Labour leader, came from Kelly and Hugh Evans, however, with live events can- course, there must have been a few
tion equipment (PPE), testing kits Alan Kelly. the chief executive of Global Citi- celled across the board, and many of us ordinary folk who couldn’t
and laboratory capacity, especially Kelly is well-known in phil- zen, a New York-based NGO that of the world’s biggest talents at pass up a chance to peek inside the
in the developing world. Itʼs been anthropic circles. This will be seeks to end extreme poverty in the a loose end at home, Lady Gaga homes of these stay-at-home stars.
described as “the Live Aid for the his most public fundraising 59 poorest countries in the world didn’t have to push too hard to win In modern-looking living rooms,
by 2030. Kelly is on the charityʼs commitments. in plush and cosy bedrooms, and
board and his company Teneo has Among those who took part in light-filled spacious conserva-
partnered with Global Citizen on were Andrea Bocelli, Billie Eil- tories, the stars came onto our
many previous initiatives. The To- ish, Billie Joe Armstrong of Green screens in single file and made
gether at Home event grew out of Day, Chris Martin of Coldplay, their contribution.
an even more ambitious series of David Beckham, Eddie Vedder, Of course, some connected bet-
Global Citizen concerts slated to Elton John, Idris and Sabrina Elba, ter with their audience than oth-
happen in September. John Legend, Keith Urban, Kerry ers (quite literally in a few cases,
Global Goal Live was to be a Washington, Lang Lang, Lizzo, due to dodgy broadband). The
series of eight concerts on the five Maluma, Paul McCartney and Ste- great Sir Paul McCartney made
continents to raise money to fight vie Wonder, Alicia Keys, Amy Po- the rookie mistake of filming his
global poverty. Those concerts ehler, Awkwafina, Camila Cabello, contribution in portrait as opposed
were provisionally slated for Sep- Celine Dion, Ellen DeGeneres, to landscape mode on his phone.
tember 26th with Dublin as a pos- Jennifer Lopez, LL Cool J, Lupita And, instead of showing us inside
sible venue, but, like everything Nyongʼo, Matthew McConaughey, his home, Sir Elton John chose a
else, are on hold at present. Kelly Oprah Winfrey, Pharrell Williams, more unusual place to record his
and Evans soon began to consider Sam Smith, Shawn Mendes, Tay- musical piece: millions watched June / July 2020 ENTERTAINMENT / ARTS Page 17

Following an earlier all-the-feels

rendition of “Mad World”, Adam
Lambert keeps glam and carries on
with the turbo-charged bop ‘Super-
power’, and the reliably magnetic
Christine And The Queens delivers
an early stand-out moment with
spine-tingling versions of “People
I’ve Been Sad” and “Mountains
(We Met)” – busting her moves
on an occasionally distracting
squeaky floor.
When Lady Gaga appears for the
main event, she declares: “What
I’d like tonight, if I can, is to give
you the permission for the moment
to… ‘Smile’ ”, before launching
as the legend belted out ‘I’m Still less others rushed to tweet vari- into a theatrical cover of the Nat Green Day‘s “Wake Me Up graphed version of “The Prayer”
Standing’ on a grand piano bi- ations of the cry: “Wait Hozier is King Cole ballad. Stevie Wonder When September Ends”, written is fluid, seamless, and heart-warm-
zarrely located beneath a basket- Irish?” Better-informed fans were poignantly tackles his late friend about Armstrong’s father, who ing.
ball hoop – and we thought white shocked by the ignorance on dis- Bill Withers’s “Lean On Me”, be- died of cancer, is poignantly ac-
men couldn’t jump. play. One tweeted, with no small fore Paul McCartney pays tribute companied by footage of empty Page 16, from top:
Irish star Niall Horan played an amount of ferocity and scorn: to his late mother Mary, who was streets. Despite vowing never to Lady Gaga performs at home
acoustic version of his song Black “how did y’all not know Hozier is a nurse and midwife, then takes to sing “Soon You’ll Get Better” live during the concert she curated.
and White from his latest album, Irish?” Right on. the piano for “Lady Madonna”. because it concerns her mother’s Mick Jagger and The Rolling
along with some of his more For their contribution, reliable Throughout the night, each per- cancer diagnosis, Swift delivers Stones poked fun at themselves,
well-known tracks, including Las Vegas showmen The Kill- formance is followed by Trócaire- its powerful, vivid lyrics about telling the watching millions:
the smash-hit Slow Hands. After “We could be in trouble here –
his performance, the former One grandads can’t work Zoom!”
Direction singer received much Elton John chose an unusual
praise online for his guitar skills. spot to make his contribution.
It seems people were glad to see a (Not pictured: Bernie Taupin at-
pop star able to play his own stuff. tempting a three-pointer).
Fans tuning in to Together At
Home were left stunned to discov- Page 17, clockwise from top:
er where chart-topping star Hozier Twitter decided that Jessie J had
is from. As we all know well, the one of fanciest living rooms on
30-year-old, whose real name is show.
Andrew John Hozier-Byrne, is a Taylor Swift gave a heartbreak-
proud native of Bray, Co. Wick- ing rendition of the never-be-
low. fore-performed “Soon You’ll
Appearing on screens against a Get Better”.
simple wall, and wearing a dash- Kesha – shortly before she was
ing black polo neck jumper, Hoz- assaulted mid-performance by
ier sang his heart out on Take Me several of her feline friends.
to Church, to the delight of fans. ers, deployed the bulletproof “Mr style segments highlighting some praying in doctor’s waiting rooms Declan Kelly, the Tipperary-
However, after Hozier delivered a Brightside” as a duo (with a Casio of the heroes involved in combat- – visibly overcome at points – to born executive producer of the
message of solidarity and support keyboard straight from Peter Kay’s ing the awfulness outside. devastating effect. virtual concert.
to frontline workers in his Irish ac- Phoenix Nights). Rita Ora brings The show avoids any direct po- The grand finale, meanwhile, Céline Dion, John Legend,
cent, many took to Twitter upon pop-video style different camera litical points, but it’s hard to see included a surprise group per- Lady Gaga, and Andrea Bocelli
seeing the singer on screen, as they angles to the banger “I Will Never it as anything other than a ring- formance by Céline Dion, John teamed up with pianist Lang
couldn’t believe he is an Irishman. Let You Down” – and teams up ing endorsement of the WHO, this Legend, Lady Gaga, and Andrea Lang, to end this historic char-
“How did I not know Hozier is with Liam Payne remotely for coming mere days after President Boccelli teaming up with pianist ity concert on a high note.
IRISH no wonder I luv him,” one their Fifty Shades Freed collab Trump’s announcement he would Lang Lang, to end the special on a Concert images courtesy of
bewildered fan wondered. Count- ‘For You’. defund the organisation. Also, al- high note. Their remotely choreo- Global Citizen.
though the event mostly passed in
a spirit of all-in-this-togetherness,
Beyoncé, while she wasn’t sing-
ing, took a moment to deliver an
added dose of reality. The former
Destiny’s Child singer highlighted
in no uncertain terms the effect of
coronavirus on black Americans
who “disproportionately belong to
those essential parts of the work-
force that do not have the luxury of
working from home”.
The most powerful moments
arrive when personal tracks from
Billie Joe Armstrong and Taylor
Swift are imbued with new contex-
tual resonance.
Page 18 BOOK REVIEW June / July 2020

projects that never were and the

Book Review: reasons for that. Correspond-

ence over years between Bu-

Luis Buñuel
ñuel and Spanish essayist and
poet Juan Larrea detail a film
called Illegible, Son of a Flute
that never saw the light of the
day. It’s amazing to witness the
A Life in Letters journey of this ultimately failed
project, which gives a terrific il-
lustration as to the extent of the

n David Prendeville Spain after the Civil War, ini- variables that must be balanced
his superb book gathers tially moving to the US where in order to get a film made.
together a comprehen- he worked for the Museum of After years and years of try-
sive collection of some Modern Art in New York. He ing, Buñuel managed to secure
of the most important and wide- then moved to Mexico in the funding for the film, only for
ly relevant examples of Luis 1940s. him and Larrea to then disagree
Buñuel’s correspondence. While exiled in Mexico, Bu- over matters of the script, and
Many of the letters in the book ñuel made the revolutionary sur- for the project to collapse. We
have never been published pre- realist social realist picture (the also get a glimpse of a collabo-
viously and almost all of them sort of paradox he thrived on) ration with Alec Guinness that
appear here for the first time Los Olvidados. He also made never was.
unabridged and in English. The other superb, subversive films It’s also fascinating to see
correspondents include Salva- such as El and The Criminal how long Buñuel struggled for
dor Dalí, Louis Aragon, Feder- Life of Archibaldo De La Cruz – work and projects when he was
ico Fellini, François Truaffaut, two films that have sadly never in the USA and, initially, in
Jean Vigo, Joseph Losey and been released on DVD and are Mexico. In correspondence with
many, many more. The letters badly in need of a restoration. close friends, Buñuel retains
are presented in chronological The critical success of Los an unshakeable optimism that
order and are divided into ten Olvidados had brought Buñuel something will come up around
chapters that represent the dif- back to the attention of the in- the corner. We see this belief
ferent stages of Buñuel’s long ternational film scene, garnering sustained through close to a
career and fascinating life. rave reviews and winning the decade of fallow years, making
Buñuel, considered the father Best Director award at Cannes. screened in his native Spain un- My Last Sigh, and gives won- his eventual successes all the
of surrealist cinema, was born This eventually led to him being til 1977. derful examples of the mischie- sweeter which sets a terrific ex-
in the small Aragonese town of allowed back to work in Spain Buñuel spent the 1960s and vous humour and unique world- ample for artists trying to make
Calanda in Spain in 1900. He by Franco, whose Minister for 1970s predominantly making view of this great director. their way in the world.
moved to Paris in 1925 and first Culture felt it would be a good films in France where he made The book offers a wealth of The book is edited by Jo Ev-
came to prominence with the PR move in the early 1960s. a formidable body of late career insight into Buñuel’s creative ans and Breixo Viejo. Evans is
notorious Un Chien Andalou Buñuel was given carte masterpieces including Belle de process and how he worked the Professor of Spanish Film,
(1929), famed for its eyeball blanche by his Mexican produc- Jour, Tristana (both of which with his closest collaborators. Literature and Culture at Uni-
slitting scene, and which Buñuel er to make whatever he wanted starred the great Catherine De- The letters exchanged between versity College London. Viejo
co-wrote with Salvador Dalí. and was rather surprisingly af- neuve), The Discreet Charm of him and Dalí in discussing Un is Visiting Assistant Professor
His follow-up to this, L’Age forded complete freedom by the the Bourgeoisie (which won the Chien Andalou feels utterly of Film Studies at Barnard Col-
D’Or (1930), was no less con- Spanish authorities as well. best foreign language film Oscar priceless in the unique access lege, Colombia University, USA
troversial in its scabrous digs at However, the film Buñuel in 1972), The Phantom of Lib- it affords the reader as to the and Senior Research Associate
Christianity and the hypocrisy made, the scathing satire Vir- erty and That Obscure Object conception of such a mam- at University College London.
of bourgeois society. idiana (1961), was denounced of Desire. He died in 1982 and moth work of cinema and sur- Luis Buñuel: A Life in Let-
Buñuel returned to Spain af- by the Vatican, immediately stands as one of the very best, realism. Charting the sometimes ters is published by Blooms-
ter an invitation from a wealthy banned by the Spanish govern- most innovative film directors extremely fraught nature of the bury Academic.
Spanish businessman to run a ment and all prints of it were or- of the twentieth century. friendship between Buñuel and
production company, Filmófo- dered to be destroyed. However, This anthology works as a Dalí, feels almost like an intru- Left: Luis Buñuel.
no. The outbreak of the Spanish a print made its way to Cannes, wonderful companion piece to sion of privacy, albeit an utterly Below: Scene from The Discreet
Civil War brought Filmófono where it promptly won Buñuel Buñuel’s own typically hilari- riveting one. Charm of the Bourgeoisie.
to an end. Buñuel fled Franco’s the Palme D’Or. It would not be ous and surreal autobiography We also get a glimpse of the Photos: Flickr/Wikimedia. June / July 2020 HOME ENTERTAINMENT Page 19

performances from its leads, while the script, characteriza-
tion and dialogue feel surprisingly fresh.

The Thing
John Carpenter’s hugely influential science fiction horror
movie. The extraordinary special effects put most modern
films to shame. Available on Netflix.

Options It Follows
David Robert Mitchell’s superbly imaginative film is a
modern horror classic and must-see for horror and film fans
alike. Available on

Midnight Cowboy
John Schlesinger’s moving, influential best picture winner
provides a wonderful snapshot of a bygone era. Scenes in
Warhol’s factory particularly stand out. Available on Netflix.

What Did Jack Do?

Wonderfully eccentric short from and starring the peerless
David Lynch. Available on Netflix.

Bobby Robson: More Than a Manager

n David Prendeville The Assistant Much-admired documentary about the late, great English
s we remain encouraged to stay at home as Kitty Green’s insidiously unsettling examination of manager, who had wonderful spells with Barcelona and
much as possible and the re-opening on cin- sexual harassment and abusive power dynamics in the Newcastle, as well as the English national team. Could pro-
emas is still some way off, here I take a look workplace follows a day in the life of a young intern at a vide a well needed fix for those missing football.
at some of the latest streaming options for film and TV. production company. Available on
Top: Photo of Roger Doyle courtesy of Anne Lavery PR.
Mubi Library The Curious Works of Roger Doyle Below: Bachelors Walk covers the life and times of three
The most significant streaming announcement for cinephiles Irish feature documentary which explores the life’s work thirty-ish guys sharing an old house by the Liffey and is still
of late, has been that Mubi is opening up its library. This of Irish composer Roger Doyle as he gets a chance to delightfully and sometimes darkly humorous. On RTÉ Player.
means that a wealth of content that had expired, in some cas- stage one of his most ambitious musical projects; his first
es long expired past its thirty-day window, is now available electronic opera. Presented with this opportunity, late in SMALL ADS
once more. Much of the content is available with no add-ons life, it might just be Roger’s last chance to bring his mu-
for Mubi members, though some titles are rentals. Some of sic to a wider audience. As the film observes the prepara-
the highlights include retrospectives of Godard, Buñuel and tions for the opera, it takes a trip through five decades
other sections, which cover everything from modern clas- of music from the man they call “The Godfather of Irish
sics to short films. electronica”. Featuring contributions from his many col-
laborators including actress Olwen Fouere, theatre direc-
The Last Dance tor Selina Cartmell and some of Ireland’s first wave of
Hugely acclaimed documentary series on Michael Jordan pioneering filmmakers from the 1970s and 1980s – Joe
and his extraordinary career. Available on Netflix. Comerford, Bob Quinn and Cathal Black. Available on
Sea Fever
Irish director Neasa Hardiman (who’s helmed huge TV Bachelors Walk
shows such as Jessica Jones) makes her feature debut with RTÉ have released all episodes of the popular early 2000s
this much-admired sci-fi horror set aboard a West of Ireland show on the RTÉ Player. It’s fascinating to see how Dublin
trawler. Available on has changed over the years. The show crackles with great
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Live Aid:
the “Global Jukebox”
35 years on
n Peter McNamara hard to imagine a world before 41. He attended Blackrock Col-
his summer will see the Live Aid. These days, pop stars lege, where he was bullied for
35th anniversary of Live are a de facto branch of the in- being a poor rugby player and
Aid, the greatest charity ternational emergency services, for his middle name, Zenon.
rock concert the world has ever offering a swift response to ma- After working in the UK and
seen. Masterminded by Dublin- jor natural disasters with char- Canada as a slaughter-man, a
born Bob Geldof, the event was ity singles and concerts – Lady road navvy, a pea canner, a mu-
organised in aid of Ethiopia, and Gaga’s “One World: Together at sic journalist, and a children’s
the terrible famine it was suffer- Home” virtual concert being the television host, he returned to
ing. Live Aid took place on Sat- most recent such event in a long Ireland in 1975, and became
urday July 13th 1985. line. lead singer of the Boomtown
Two simultaneous concerts Live Aid grew out of Band Rats.
took place in the UK and Amer- Aid, and the Christmas 1984 In 1978, The Boomtown Rats
ica: 70,000 fans filled Wembley charity single, “Do They Know had their first No. 1 single in
in England, and 100,000 came It’s Christmas?” In fact, after the UK with “Rat Trap”, the
to J.F.K. Stadium in Philadel- that single was released, the first first new-wave chart-topper in
phia. spark of an idea to stage a sub- Britain. In 1979, they gained in-
On top of that, with the help of sequent charity concert to raise ternational attention with their
all-new satellite technology, the ever more funds for Ethiopia ac- second UK No. 1, “I Don’t Like
concerts were broadcast live to a tually came from Boy George, Mondays”. In 1980, their single
worldwide TV audience of over the lead singer of Culture Club. “Up All Night” was a huge hit
1.9 billion people in 110 coun- At the end of 1984, other per- in the U.S. and its video was help. The pair soon came to the the fastest selling single in UK
tries. The transmission even formers from Band Aid joined played frequently on MTV. conclusion that the best option chart history, selling a million
reached behind the Iron Curtain, him onstage for a sing-along of The Christmas single that led would be to make a charity re- copies in the first week alone
which at that time still stood as the super-group’s song. George to legendary concerts was in- cord. and passing three million sales
a barrier to the West. All in all, was so overcome by the occa- spired by a series of reports that As Geldof recalled himself: on the last day of 1984.
the TV event lasted a whopping sion he told Geldof that they Michael Buerk made for BBC “I rang Sting and he said, yeah, The fundraising efforts got an
16 hours. should consider organising a television news programmes count me in. Then I got on to additional boost when Wham!
Live Aid eventually raised benefit concert. Speaking to the in 1984, which highlighted the Simon Le Bon, and he immedi- singer George Michael, who
$127 million in famine relief for UK music magazine Melody famine in Ethiopia that was tak- ately said tell me the date and had appeared on the Band Aid
African nations, and the pub- Maker at the beginning of Janu- ing place at the time. Duran Duran will clear the di- single, donated all the royal-
licity it generated encouraged ary 1985, Geldof agreed. The BBC News crew were the ary. The same day I was pass- ties from his competing 1984
Western nations to make avail- “It’s a logical progression first to document the famine, ing by this antique shop and single “Last Christmas” to the
able enough surplus grain to end from the record,” he said, “but with Buerk’s report on October who is standing in there but Band Aid Trust. Wham! ended
the immediate hunger crisis in the point is you don’t just talk 23rd describing it as “a bibli- Gary Kemp from Spandau Bal- up selling over a million copies,
Africa. about it, you go ahead and do cal famine in the 20th century” let… he said he was mad for it and became the biggest-selling
It’s incredible to consider that it!” and “the closest thing to hell on as well… suddenly it hit me. I single never to reach number
a famine on the scale of Ethiopia Earth.” The reports shocked the thought, ‘Christ, we have got one in the UK.
in 1985 would never be allowed A “biblical famine” – an ur- UK, motivating the British peo- the real top boys here’, all the
to unfold without intervention gent response ple to inundate relief agencies, big names in pop are suddenly The only man for the job
again, thanks in large part to the Robert Geldof was born such as Save the Children, with ready and willing to do this. I Once Boy George gave Gel-
belligerent persistence of one on October 5th 1951 in Dún donations. knew then that we were off, and dof the idea for a charity con-
man. Laoghaire, Ireland. When he Geldof and his then-partner, I just decided to go for all the cert, the Irishman set about
This has become such an icon- was six, his mother Evelyn died television presenter Paula Yates, rest of the faces and started to making the seemingly impos-
ic moment in rock history it is of a cerebral haemorrhage, aged watched the report broadcast on ring everyone up, asking them sible happen. In that Melody
23 October and were also deep- to do it.” Maker interview from January
ly affected by it. A few days Written by Geldof and Ure, 1985, Geldof’s vision was al-
later, when Yates was present- “Do They Know It’s Christ- ready taking shape.
ing the weekly live music show mas?” was recorded in a single “The show should be as big as
The Tube, Geldof happened to day on November 25th 1984 by is humanly possible,” he said.
speak to Midge Ure, lead singer Band Aid, a supergroup consist- “There’s no point just 5,000 fans
of Ultravox (they had previous- ing of the biggest British and turning up at Wembley; we need
ly worked together for charity Irish musical acts at the time. to have Wembley linked with
when they appeared at the 1981 Released on 3 December 1984, Madison Square Gardens, and
benefit show The Secret Police- and aided by considerable pub- the whole show to be televised
man’s Ball in London). licity, it entered the UK Singles worldwide. It would be great
Geldof told Ure that he want- Chart at number one and stayed for Duran to play three or four
ed to do something to alleviate there for five weeks, becoming numbers at Wembley, and then
the suffering in Ethiopia, and the Christmas number one of flick to Madison Square where
Ure immediately agreed to 1984. The record also became Springsteen would be play- June / July 2020 CULTURE Page 21

Live Aid as the moment that

made stars of U2.
The Irish band used their al-
lotted time in a less than ortho-
dox way. They opened with a
decent performance of “Sunday
Bloody Sunday”, and went on
to play a 14-minute rendition
of “Bad”, during which Bono
was mostly absent from the
stage. The unexpected length of
“Bad” limited the band to two
songs; “Pride (In the Name of
Love)”, their recent hit single,
had to be dropped. Coming off
stage, it was hard for the band to
see their contribution to the day
as anything but a failure, and a
missed opportunity.
“We were really depressed,”
said The Edge. “Bono felt it
had been kind of clumsy and
that generally the whole thing
hadn’t lifted up.”
In the stadium, there seemed
to have been an element of that.
Guardian journalist Pete Paphi-
des was in Wembley on the day.
ing. While he’s on, the Wemb- thing very special indeed. was all for a good cause! and blasted out a tailor-made Watching U2’s performance,
ley stage could be made ready Although there were a handful The “Jukebox” Comes Alive medley of their greatest hits. he was left feeling mostly con-
for the next British act like the of notable absences (Michael Broadcaster Richard Skinner Ten minutes in and the incom- fused. “From my vantage point
Thompsons or whoever. In that Jackson and Bruce Springsteen opened the historic concert with parable Freddie Mercury was on the pitch, near the halfway
way, lots of acts could be fea- being two), it’s difficult to name the words: “It’s twelve noon in in full flight; he got the crowd line, it was hard to tell what
tured and the television rights, a major artist at that time who London, seven AM in Philadel- singing along in his trademark was going on. All we knew was
tickets and so on could raise a was not slated to play some- phia, and around the world it’s way, and his incredible sus- that, during “Bad,” Bono was
phenomenal amount of money.” where on the bill, either in the time for Live Aid.” tained vocal at the end of their gone for an awfully long time,
Among the many, many peo- US or the UK. Everyone played On a beautiful, sunny day, back-and-forth became known while the rest of his group acted
ple involved in organising Live for free, subject to terms they the concert began at Wembley as “The Note Heard Round the as the musical equivalent of a
Aid were Harvey Goldsmith, probably hadn’t suffered since Stadium with Status Quo, and World”. The band’s six-song set plane circling the airspace near
who was responsible for the the very early days of their ca- their song “Rockin’ All Over opened with a shortened version Heathrow awaiting permission
Wembley Stadium concert, and reers. the World”. After a performance of “Bohemian Rhapsody” and to land.”
Bill Graham, who put together Each act was given roughly from Paul Weller’s Style Coun- closed with “We Are the Cham- It was only the following day,
the American leg. The concert 20 minutes to perform. There cil, Bob Geldof himself took to pions”. when Paphides watched the
grew in scope, as more acts would be no sound check. In the stage to perform with the It was Geldof who best TV tapes back, that he realised
were added on both sides of the many cases, a band was denied Boomtown Rats. Before kick- summed up Queenʼs impact. what seemed to have happened.
Atlantic. the use of a lot of their own ing off their first number, he “They were absolutely the best Bono had jumped off-stage to
Tony Verna, inventor of in- equipment, with many having to told the capacity crowd, “I’ve band of the day,” he remem- pull a fan from the audience. He
stant replay, was able to se- re-tune songs for stripped-down just realised this is the best day bered. “They played the best, had picked her out and danced
cure John F. Kennedy Stadium sets. Musicians shared and bor- of my life.” had the best sound, used their with her, planting a kiss on her
through his friendship with rowed gear, and at the centre of The Rats performed “Rat time to the full. They under- cheek. It was a poetic moment,
the Mayor of Philadelphia. In the stage was a big red light that Trap” and “I Don’t Like Mon- stood the idea exactly, that it captured on television, it stood
this fashion, countless industry would come on when your time days”. During the latter, the was a global jukebox. They just out beautifully from most of the
professionals volunteered their was up. band stopped mid-song, after went and smashed one hit after other more predictable perfor-
time and money, and innumer- The stages were built. Fun- the line “the lesson today is how another. It was the perfect stage mances of the day.
able favours were called in as draising centres were set up in to die”. In that moment Geldof for Freddie: the whole world.
people got into the spirit of Gel- countries all over the world to raised a fist, to huge applause. And he could leap about on Continued on page 22.
dof’s vision. receive donations. As the corpo- Queen’s twenty-one minute stage doing We Are The Cham-
Effectively organised in 12 rate and television sponsorship performance, which began at pions. How perfect could it
weeks, the date and locations deals were finalised, Geldof 6:41 pm, was voted the greatest get?”
for the gigs were announced seemed to use every trick in the live performance in the history After the gig, Mercury’s first
with only a month’s notice. Still, book to maximise funding. of rock in a 2005 industry poll words in his trailer were: “Thank
the newly-Christened “Global Throughout preparations, the of more than 60 artists, journal- God thatʼs over!” Adrenaline
Jukebox” had little trouble sell- Dubliner pursued his vision ists and music industry execu- still pumping, he knocked back
ing out. After the monumental with blunt force of will. To give tives. a large vodka to calm himself.
Band Aid single, and with so one example, when negotiating It’s hard to imagine that their The first person he met outside
many stars adding their names an official drinks partner for the blistering performance came as the door was a grinning Elton
to the bill, the event gained a US event, he played Pepsi and something of a surprise – at that John. “Damn you!” he said to
momentum all of its own: pro- Coke off against one-another, time, Queen, the rock-and-roll the triumphant Queen singer.
fessionals, broadcasters, celeb- telling one company that their mainstay of late-1970s, were Other well-received perfor-
rities, and punters alike knew rival had offered him an extra somewhat out of fashion by the mances on the day included
that the concerts that were com- $1 million in fees, when they’d mid-80s. They took to the stage those by U2 and David Bowie.
ing into shape would be some- done nothing of the sort. Sure, it at Wembley in the early evening Many musical journalists cite
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Continued from page 21.

Twenty years later, the Sun

newspaper tracked down that
fan and reported that Bono had
saved her life.
“The crowd surged,” Kal Khal-
ique claimed, “and I was suf-
focating – then I saw Bono.” In
fact, Bono had long made a habit
of pulling girls out of the audi-
ence and dancing with them. It
seems very unlikely that Bono
hadn’t planned to do the same
thing at a show where this one
powerful moment of personal
interaction would be beamed
live on television sets around the
Would there have been a fa-
tality that day had Bono not mi-
raculously seen her face from the
stage? In the event, the world
enjoyed a tender moment, and actually never uttered. Still, the minutes of the song. half a million pounds. Live Aid, that would’ve been a
people finally began to see Bono Irishman knew how to push: after At the conclusion of the Wem- The impact of Live Aid on goal for him to clean himself up
as the messianic hero he wanted his outburst, donations increased bley performances, Bob Geldof famine relief has been debated to do that gig.” Lynott died less
to be. Every available U2 album to £300 per second. was raised onto the shoulders of for years. One aid relief worker than five months after the con-
returned to the charts, and the The Philadelphia concert soon the Who’s guitarist Pete Town- stated that following the pub- cert, from complications associ-
band soon went on to write and came online, and included reun- shend and Paul McCartney, for licity generated by the concert, ated with his drug and alcohol
record their seminal record, The ions of Crosby, Stills, Nash & a rousing rendition of the Band “humanitarian concern is now at addictions.
Joshua Tree. Young, the original Black Sab- Aid charity single. the centre of foreign policy” for All the same, such criticisms
bath with Ozzy Osbourne, the western governments. haven’t done much to tarnish
“Give me your f***ing money” Beach Boys with Brian Wilson, The legacy of Live Aid Geldof has said, “We took an Geldof’s reputation. He received
Throughout the concerts, and surviving members of Led Geldof, the ever-unsatisfied issue that was nowhere on the many awards for his fund-raising
viewers were urged to donate Zeppelin. Phil Collins, who had idealist was heard to gruffly ask political agenda and, through work, including being invested
money to the Live Aid cause. performed in the United King- at the end of that monumental the lingua franca of the planet by Elizabeth II as an honorary
Three hundred phone lines were dom earlier in the day, began his day: “Is that it?” That was it. – which is not English but rock Knight Commander of the Order
manned by the BBC, so that solo set with the quip, “I was in History had been made, and the ‘n’ roll – we were able to address of the British Empire in 1986.
members of the public could England this afternoon. Funny world has never seen anything the intellectual absurdity and the In actual fact, Geldof is entitled
make donations using their credit old world, innit?” to cheers from like it before or since. moral repulsion of people dying to use the post-nominal letters
cards. The phone number and an the Philadelphia crowd. When the show was over, the of want in a world of surplus.” “KBE” but not to be styled “Sir”,
address that viewers could send Duran Duran’s four-song set after-parties began. And if the Critics of the event point to the as he is not a citizen of a Com-
cheques to were repeated every marked the final time the five carry-on after the Band Aid re- lack of control the Live Aid Trust monwealth realm. Nevertheless,
twenty minutes. original band members would cordings are anything to go by, had in where and how the relief the nickname “Sir Bob” has
Nearly seven hours into the publicly perform together until they must have be raucous affairs money was spent. The organisers stuck like glue.
concert in London, Bob Geldof 2003. Their set saw a weak, off- indeed – following the recording tried, without much success, to When faced with criticisms
enquired how much money had key falsetto note hit by frontman of the charity single, rumour has run aid efforts directly, channel- about the shortcomings of Live
been raised so far; he was told Simon Le Bon during “A View it that Status Quo brought a little ling millions of pounds to NGOs Aid, Sir Bob has always given a
about £1.2 million. To put it to a Kill”. The error was trum- bag of something to the studio: in Ethiopia. Much of this ended firm reply: “I’ll shake hands with
lightly, the Dún Laoghaire native peted by numerous media outlets musicians snorted, sniffed, and up going to the unstable Ethio- the Devil on my left and on my
was said to be somewhat disap- as “The Bum Note Heard Round danced the night away. pian government of Mengistu right to get to the people we are
pointed by the amount. Geldof the World”, in contrast to Freddie Geldof and his team had origi- Haile Mariam, and was report- meant to help.”
marched to the BBC commen- Mercury’s triumphant effort at nally thought the Live Aid con- edly spent on Soviet weapons.
tary position to push the audi- Wembley. Le Bon later recalled cert might raise £5 million – the On another point, BBC cov- Page 20: Bob Geldof, Boomtown
ence into giving more. that it was the most embarrassing current tally stands at around erage co-host Andy Kershaw Rats singer and mastermind of
The BBC presenter David moment of his career. £150 million raised as a direct asked: in a concert for Africa, Live Aid.
Hepworth attempted to provide a There were a few other small result of the event. He mentioned organised by someone who ex- Queen who gave a blistering
postal address to which donations foul-ups. The transatlantic during the concert that the Re- pressed concern for the conti- performance in Wembley.
could be sent. Geldof knew that broadcast from Wembley Stadi- public of Ireland gave the most nent, why didn’t Geldof “see fit Page 21: The stage is set for the
people wouldn’t go to the trou- um failed during The Who’s per- donations per capita, despite be- to celebrate or dignify the place US performance at JFK Stadium
ble of posting their money – they formance of their opening song ing in the midst of a serious eco- by including on the Live Aid bill in Philadelphia.
needed to be made to give on im- “My Generation”, immediately nomic recession at the time. a single African performer?” The promotional poster for Live
pulse, and for that reason the tel- after Roger Daltrey sang “Why What was disappointing was Thin Lizzy keyboard player Aid, designed for free by Pe-
ephone line was a much more im- don’t you all fade…” – the last the lack of donations from big Darren Wharton also expressed ter Blake, who also created the
portant means to win donations. word “away” was ironically cut companies – banks, oil compa- regrets about the band not be- iconic Sergeant Pepper’s album
As Hepworth read out yet another off when a blown fuse caused nies and other major players. It ing asked to perform. “That sleeve.
PO Box, Geldof interrupted him the Wembley stage TV feed to was left to the general public to was a tragic, tragic decision,” This page: U2 also stood out
in mid-flow and shouted: “Fuck temporarily fail. Also, while donate, which they did. Music he said. “It could’ve been and from the pack on that day in
the address, let’s get the phone performing “Let It Be” near the fans dug deep into their pockets, it should’ve been the turning 1985. Here, they are pictured
numbers.” Although the phrase end of the show, the microphone including one mystery woman point for Phil. I mean he had a performing with Paul McCart-
“give us your fucking money” mounted to Paul McCartney’s from England who boosted the few problems at the time, if he ney in Hyde Park, at the 20th an-
has passed into folklore, it was piano went dead for the first two funds by personally pledging would’ve been asked to play niversary Live 8 concert in 2005. June / July 2020 Page 23
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Keep your pets safe in hot weather

he ISPCA provides the If you do witness an animal
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are sharing some summer tips contact the local Garda station
and advice to help keep your pets immediately or dial 999 /112 in
safe during warm weather. an emergency and call our Na-
ISPCA Public Relations Man- tional Animal Cruelty Helpline
ager Carmel Murray said: “We on 1890 515 515.
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Dogs Trust have set up a new service which anyone However, Dogs Trust take down all your dog’s require-
who is listed on the government’s website as an essential ments, e.g. dietary needs, the kinds of walks they like, if
worker, and who may not have time to look after their they sleep indoors or outdoors, and so on, and do all in
favourite friend, can avail of. All you need do is register their power to ensure your dog is placed in an environ-
online and Dogs Trust will match your dog up with a ment that is conducive to their needs and what they are
suitable foster home. used to. Further, they maintain weekly contact with all
This service is free and only available to frontline the fosterers and insist on being kept up to date with the
workers. wellbeing of the animals, so you can be at ease that your
Ciara Byrne of Dog’s Trust says: “Over the last few pet is given the best possible care.
weeks I’ve watched in admiration as our frontline work- So, let Dogs Trust look after your best friend during
ers have stretched themselves to the limit. Working long- this crisis, having the peace of mind that they are in safe
er hours to keep us safe, looking after us in hospitals, and and loving hands, leaving you free to get on with the
ensuring we have food and supplies to keep us going. Your dog will become part of the pre-existing fostering amazing work you’re doing. This service will be availa-
If you’re one of our fantastic frontline workers, thank programme which Dogs Trust runs. In this programme, ble throughout the whole Covid-19 crisis. Unfortunately,
you so much for all that you do. Looking after your dog all applicants wanting to become fosterers must first at- it is not available to people in Northern Ireland, only in
shouldn’t be an additional worry for you.” tend a talk and fill out an application form, and then a the Republic.
That is why Dogs Trust has launched a free Dogs Trust member of Dogs Trust visits their home to make sure
Frontline Foster Care Service, offering essential workers everything is in order. To take part, if you are an essential worker, and to
temporary foster care for their canine friends. During this time of restrictions, interviews are con- get your free Dogs Trust Frontline Foster Care Card,
This is how it works: a member of the Dogs Trust team ducted by phone and applicants are required to send in just go to and complete
(wearing PPE) will collect your dog from your home, photos of their homes and the space where your pet will the online form. Dogs Trust is a charity receiving no
ensure their belongings have been cleaned and disinfect- be temporarily living. Dogs Trust take great care to en- government funding and depends on the kindness of
ed following specific hygiene protocols, just as a precau- sure a very high standard of foster homes, and they will animal lovers to fund their work.
tion, and then place them with one of their approved fos- endeavour to match your description of your dog, and
ter families until you’re ready to take them home again. his/her needs and usual lifestyle to those people they al- Image courtesy of Dogs Trust. June / July 2020 POETRY Page 25

The Shellybanks
Barry Saunders
T The Coming Of The Virus
Shay Connolly

Heading down the pidgeon house road on a sunny May day

Just me and the grandson as it’s his favourite place to play
The rest will follow down soon as we have been sent on ahead
S Where did you come from, when will you go?
You make us sad and sag, like a weeping willow
Do we have to suffer, so the world can recalibrate
Is this the final chance, we ask, or are we too late?

Get a good berth was the last thing Polly said Did you come in nature’s way, the Earth to regulate
Twenty one degrees today in our Costa Ringsend The few mad men and women who were deciding all our fate

Yes we are really lucky to have this little godsend Stripping all our natural wealth, our homes and lands and all
Lunch soon after noon sees one massive spread Had you to come, to ensure, those greedy few would fall
Washed down with mugs of tea and we are all well fed Did you come to stop the burning of the Earth
Full tide in around ten past four and water so warm and clear Is your goal to warn us, of the need for our rebirth,

Strong blowing wind brings high waves and delighted kids and adults cheer Does the lesson have to be, so terribly, terribly cruel
Then back to the beach as the kids dig up the sand To stop the greed and put an end, to this global rule.
Sandcastles built followed by massive holes dug sure isn’t life just grand Does it have to be so general, the horror that lays in store
Dinner time now is the call from the wall

Are we all guilty for allowing them, come inside our door,
A mad scramble back sees not one of us fall Should we have been braver and thrown them all back out
Chicken and salad lots of Lars corned beef too Is it because we closed our eyes and didn’t raise a shout
Potato, ham, curried rice and even bowls of stew
We cannot fight you, with all the arms that we have made

Everything’s soon eaten so the shout goes out to put back on the kettle The nuclear button, the aerial bomb or the hand grenade
While we wait for it to boil it gives the oul tummy time to settle Must we slow, slow down, and learn the errors of our ways
A slice of madeira or would you try some lemon cake Did you have to come among us to put an end to all this craze
There’s coffee slices, jam doughnuts only this morning put in the oven to bake
Are you far into your circle or is there more to go,

Nearly six o clock now so time to put on our walking shoes Have we destroyed so much, that the lesson must be slow
Out to the red lighthouse sure no better place to choose Is this our ultimate sacrifice, so our children can survive
Just after eight it’s time to pack up and hit the road Is this the final warning, to keep humankind alive
Covered in sand which itches the sunburn

Oh man, woman, boy or girl, no matter where you are
No one cares as we cannot wait to return Don’t ignore the signals that this virus spreads afar
Can see old familiar faces from down through the years There is a chance, that we could dance, once again in love
Shellybank ghosts laughing, splashing and same delightful cheers . And pray it won’t be long until, the virus is a dove.

Catching the sun

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