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April / May 2021

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Images OF Tents On The Dodder

Pose Questions About Homelessness

n Dermot Carmody countered by people who have be-
year of staying at home come homeless should be seen in
has been a huge chal- the context of the wider causes of
lenge for everybody, but homelessness. Problems experi-
for one section of our commu- enced on becoming homeless are
nity the constraints and vicis- greatly exacerbated by the fact of
situdes of Covid19 have added being homeless. For example the
a new layer of difficulty to an RTÉ Investigates report highlights
already fraught set of circum- the fact that while in a large num-
stances. Homelessness in Dub- ber of cases people suffering from
lin continues to be a serious drug addiction did so before they
problem, and one symptom of became homeless, and that a large
this is the familiar sight of small proportion of those consider their
tents pitched along locations problem with drug use got worse
like The Grand Canal and the as a result of the misery of being
Dodder river. trapped in homelessness. Addi-
Ringsend-based graphic de- tionally the report demonstrated
signer Sharon Kirkpatrick noticed that people may either start to use
the proliferation of these tents in drugs or relapse into drug use be-
the course of her regular rambles cause they lack other resources to
in the area, on which she usually cope with the difficulty of being
photographs local landmarks and last recession,” Sharon explains. from The Grand Canal by Dub- life under a skimpy canvass by homeless and hopeless. The avail-
scenery. “Due to lockdown, I’m Though she is keen to emphasise lin City Council, whose agents the side of a waterway in hostile ability of drugs, and the prolifera-
going off the beaten tracks,” she that her knowledge of the situ- believed the tent to be empty. weather? tion of other drug users who can
told NewsFour. “Consistently ation is rooted in her experience More recently many expressed The recent RTÉ Investigates be encountered in the emergency
every time I do I’m finding a tent. some years ago, Sharon is clearly concern when a number of tents report in January brought to light accommodation provided, cou-
This is equally intriguing and affected by seeing the effects of were removed earlier this year by some of the underlying issues, pled with the attendant problems
wrong on so many levels.” homelessness scattered along the DCC. The Dublin Region Home- where on the one hand the coun- of violent or criminal behaviour in
Sharon was particularly moved waterways. “I can’t even begin less Executive (DRHE) defended cil-run DRHE is claiming there is some hostels that might be associ-
by the plight of those relying on to imagine what living in a tent the removal pointing out that it surplus emergency hostel accom- ated with drug use, leaves some
these flimsy shelters as she has in the bitter cold could do to your was not legal, safe or sanitary for modation available for anyone people feeling they are safer in a
had experience of working with overall and mental health,” she people to pitch these tents where finding themselves without a bed tent by the Dodder or The Grand
people affected by homelessness says. they did. Further, the executive in the capital, whilst on the other Canal. Here at least they may feel
some years ago in a previous ca- The plight of homeless people claimed it was in contact with hand a casual walk around the they have some space which is
reer. “I worked in frontline home- living in small tents around the people living in the tents and that city will provide you with proof their own, and some control over
less services including high sup- city has come to the fore regu- some had active tenancies and that some people either choose to who they share that space with.
port (emergency hostels), HIV larly in recent times. Last year therefore no need to use tents for live in tents, or feel that this is the As suggested by Mike Allen,
Respite, Rehab, and with other there was an outcry when a man accommodation. best option of an unenviable bad Director of Advocacy for the
non profits over the years un- received “life-changing” injuries If that is the case, however, then lot. homeless organisation Focus, in
til I was made redundant in the during the removal of his tent why do people elect a precarious This aspect of the problems en- that programme, the bigger issue

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with the provision of such emer- ways. And while no one would sued in a coordinated way at na-
gency accommodation however, dispute that there is a need for tional and local government level
in addition to the ones highlighted temporary emergency accommo- here. If more people are actually
above. In some cases people who dation provided by local authori- being removed from the cycle of
NewsFour Newspaper do not come from Dublin cannot ties and others in order to address homelessness and given the op-
is part of a DEASP access emergency accommoda- the immediate needs of people portunity and support to move
Community Employment tion here. The issue of policy in sleeping on the streets, a perma- beyond their situation into a more
Programme this regard and of its execution nent solution must be to the fore dignified life there would be a fi-
is further muddied in that the in any long-term policy develop- nancial benefit for the country as
NewsFour DRHE appears at odds with the
government’s policy as stated by
However the conversation
a whole, with valuable resources
going towards the creation of per-
the Minister for Housing, Lo- about policy on homelessness is manent homes, instead of being
cal Government and Heritage, not a new one and there is evi- funnelled into temporary emer-
Eoin Meegan
Darragh O’Brien. O’Brien actu- dent frustration that we have not gency accommodation.
ally apologised to one individual moved on from this to a proac- We’re not saying the solution is
Online Editor highlighted by RTÉ Investigates tive long-term solution. There is easy, and it does require resources
Geneva Pattison and stated that people in his situ- a consensus that any such solu- at a time when dealing with the
ation should be given emergency tion must focus on the provision Covid19 pandemic has skewed
Journalists may be one of policy, whereby accommodation in Dublin where of actual homes for those who do the focus of all government re-
Peter McNamara resources are being used to pro- it is available, in contradiction to not have one, a so-called Hous- sources. However sights like that
David Prendeville vide emergency accommodation, the apparent policy of the DRHE. ing First policy, which not only in Sharon Kirkpatrick’s photo-
Geneva Pattison which in some cases may perpetu- In addition, the information about speedily escalates people from graph of the shiny, magnificent
Dermot Carmody ate the problems of those clients inspections of the suitability of emergency response situations to and empty Aviva Stadium loom-
Michael Greene using the services rather than di- contractors providing emergency permanent housing solutions, but ing over someone’s tent-home
recting resources towards actually accommodation is unpublished, also vitally provides support ser- huddled on the banks of the Dod-
Contributors finding permanent homes for peo- which lack of transparency makes vices for its clients in areas like der must remind us that despite
Felix O’Regan, ple. Allen and others have point- the discussion about policy and mental and physical health, sub- efforts all around, we have a seri-
Gavan Bergin ed out that by providing stable action on homelessness more dif- stance abuse and debt manage- ous problem and are a long way
Paul Brannock, accommodation for people you ficult. Speaking for the DRHE ment, among others. from finding a serious solution.
Ger Siggins can give them a base in life from Mr. Jordan said in the programme Housing First is a European
Chris Andrews, which it then becomes possible that such reports were considered policy which could, given po- All images courtesy of Sharon
Michael Gavin, to deal with underlying problems an internal matter between the litical will, be prioritised and pur- Kirkpatrick
such as mental health issues, trau- executive and contractors and not
ma from domestic abuse or drug for publication, a position with
Crossword use. which social policy experts, and
Gemma Byrne Defending the DRHE in the perhaps many ordinary citizens,
same programme, its National Di- would surely disagree.
Design and Layout rector of Housing Bob Jordan said Agencies such as Focus and the
Joseph Martin it was a priority of the Executive Peter McVerry Trust do much vi-
to progress people to longer term tal and difficult work with limited
housing solutions, but said that resources to address the needs of
Ad Design
the emergency accommodation homeless people, and to progress
Dara O Riordain
provided was necessary to protect them from the cycle of emergency
them in the meantime. There ap- accommodation and rough sleep-
Photo Diary Design
pear to be a number of problems ing in tents, car parks and door-
Gary Burke

Community Services,
13A Fitzwilliam Street,
The Editor’s Corner
Ringsend, Dublin 4. We all breathed a sigh of relief this We can all take precautions against a forgetting Darkness Into Light (pg.
year when April arrived. At last the virus. It’s harder, however, to recog- 26-7), a movement that has been ad-
Telephone: (01)6673317 first shoots of recovery and a return to nise and respond to the damage and dressing suicidal ideation for the past
living outside a straitjacket appeared deep malaise that prolonged exposure nine years; both organisations deserve
E-mail: on the horizon. However, the road map to lockdown can cause; the impact on huge credit for their work in the area out is still hazy. We now need a clear people’s mental health, loneliness, iso- of mental health; a theme also touched
plan for the resumption of outdoor lation, and domestic abuse. Many are on in an upcoming film on Dublin’s
Website: dining and outdoor culture to revive suffering in silence, and the pandemic, Forty Foot (pg 4), and a unique art the flattened economy. despite its real threat, must not be al- sale in aid of the Jack & Jill Children’s
lowed to eclipse a compassionate re- Foundation (pg 7) elsewhere we look
Opinions expressed in NewsFour The much vaulted 17m injection of sponse to that suffering. at recovery from physical brain injury
do not necessarily represent capital to create ‘European-style’ out- (16-17).
the views of Sandymount door dining needs to encompass all as- And it’s to these issues that we give
Community Services. pects of social interaction; restaurants, particular attention in this, our first This must be a time for hope. Sensi-
cafes, room for buskers, open spaces, print issue of 2021(February/March ble precautions, along with the com-
Printed by and the reopening of all pubs, not only issue available at, prehensive vaccine programme should
Webprint, those serving food. This plan must by highlighting important projects obviate the necessity for any further
Mahon, Co. Cork also include a major boost to kick start like Walk in My Shoes (pg 32), and lockdowns. A new optimism is being
Dublin’s nightlife which right now is a the campaign to reframe mental health ignited, as together we are about to
graveyard. stigma (pg 33), both initiatives of St complete the last leg of this journey
Patrick’s Mental Health Services. Not out of darkness and into the light. April / May 2021 Page 3

DUBLIN SAMARITANS: PANDEMIC all know, pressures can become

overwhelming at any time of the
Dublin Samaritans is one
of 22 voluntary-run branch-
PUTS PRESSURE ON VOLUNTEERS day or night and it is vital that
we can continue to offer a confi-
es across Ireland. The organisa-
tion also engages with people
dential and non-judgemental lis- via email and offers one-to-one
Dublin Samaritans’ Volunteers double their hours pressure. Run by 290 unpaid tening service to those who need personal sessions when restric-
to cope with pandemic pressure volunteers who devote their it… 24/7.” tions allow. Anyone who is ex-
time to offer a non-judgemental “People who call us are from periencing distress can contact
and empathetic listener to those every walk of life and age Dublin Samaritans on its free
in need. A volunteer usually bracket. They talk to us about a phoneline 116 123, free even to
commits to a three hour shift range of topics including lone- a mobile with no credit,  or vis-
every week and one overnight liness, isolation, relationships, it
per month. With added pres- finance, abuse, the future, and, branches/dublin. 
sures from the Pandemic, many in the last year, the struggles of Like all charities the Dublin
are now doing two shifts weekly living through lockdown fea- Samaritans has seen a drop in
and two overnights to ensure that tures in almost every call. It’s fund-raising opportunities and
the service remains available to so important to talk and our in donations. Dublin Samaritans
everyone who needs it 24 hours amazing volunteers are special- is volunteer run, employing just
a day. Dublin Samaritans is the ly trained to just listen without one full-time and one part-time
largest branch in Ireland and judgement.” Anne, who is a vol- administrator to organise the
provides approximately 20 per unteer, went on to say. running of the branch.
cent of the total listening time, Volunteers are the lifeblood of “If something is troubling you,
over 14,000 hours of listening Dublin Samaritans. Anyone in- no matter how large or small you
in 2020. Throughout lockdown terested in becoming a volunteer feel it may be, don’t be afraid to
almost all callers have men- participates in an interview and pick up the phone.” concluded
tioned Covid-19 as contributing follow-up selection process. Po- Anne Vaughan.
to their distress and reason for tential volunteers undergo com-  
EVERY six minutes someone risk of suicide. Run by volun- calling the Dublin Samaritans. prehensive training before they Those who wish to contact the
in distress phones Dublin Sa- teers, many have doubled their A Samaritan is available 24/7.  can take calls. They are then service can call 116 123 or vis-
maritans*. The ‘listening’ ser- listening hours to ensure that the Director of Dublin Samari- mentored for a period of time it
vice provides a lifeline to thou- service can remain open 24/7 at tans, Anne Vaughan said, and, following a final interview, branches/dublin
sands of people in Ireland each this crucial time.  “Ordinary people do not only they become full volunteers.
year who are troubled, in dis- The Pandemic has placed the experience anxiety between the Volunteers all participate in con-
tress, struggling to cope, or at organisation under immense set hours of nine to five. As we tinuous ongoing training.
Page 4 FILM April / May 2021

The Forty Foot on Film

feature or a series…” “It’s a topic that we’re both

Caolan added: “It kind of very interested in and it’s some-
organically grew I guess. We thing that I’ve had personal ex-
just chatted about stuff that we perience with, particularly while
knew, the different experiences teaching and working with teen-
from growing up with our fami- agers.”
lies, school and adolescence re- The film is a story about a
ally. Despite growing up in very teenager (Sean) who is living in
different countries there were his own world and is trying to
a lot of similarities and that figure out his own issues. He is
helped guide and focus us on oblivious to what is happening
what we were going to make a inside his family with his moth-
film about.” er and with his grandmother,
The more Caolan told Brian and the whole dynamic.
about Dublin, the more inter- Brian explained the film’s ti-

ested he became and that’s why tle, he said: “The Forty Foot is
he Forty Foot, a screen- “When I came back from cameras and I ended up work- The Forty Foot is set in Dublin. an historic swimming area in
play and film project Spain, I started to take screen- ing as a content producer, that’s Caolan added: “The more we Dublin, it’s very well known.
written by two MetFilm writing a little more seriously; what piqued my interest in doing talked, the more we knew that People jump into the freezing
School Berlin graduates; Caolan Dublin is quite an expensive it more professionally. At some we were going to write a feature water at Christmas time. It’s
Flood, and Brian Hose was se- place to live and I was ready to point I got really tired of Mar- film.” an important filming location
lected for the 2021 international experience something different. keting and the grind of living in Brian said: “While we were throughout the film, ‘Sean’ vis-
Junior Entertainment Talent I chose to study my Masters at New York City, and I thought it talking through our project, one its it with his grandmother, his
Slate (JETS) Initiative. Only 27 MetFilm School Berlin, because was a chance for me to go and theme that was really important mother and with a friend and it
potential film projects were se- I was looking for a film school study Film and I went to Berlin to us was dealing with mental takes on a bigger, more symbol-
lected. that taught in English but could and studied BA Practical Film- health, and how, especially in ic meaning.”
The Forty Foot is a coming- give me the lifestyle and the cul- making at MetFilm School. young boys it’s not so easy to “We’re in the early develop-
of-age story, set in Ireland. Writ- ture that I really wanted to expe- Brian chose Berlin because talk about mental health strug- ment stage, we are still develop-
ten by Caolan and Brian, who rience. Berlin ticks all of those he was looking for ‘something gles, and I think that was one ing the script, so we are applying
come from Ireland and the USA boxes.” different’, he said: “I had lived of the reasons that we wanted to certain script development
respectively, the story is very The Richard Ayoade film in the US my whole life, my to set it in Ireland. There’s been funds in Ireland, and maybe in
close to both men’s hearts. Submarine had a big influence mother is from Denmark and I a big conversation there about Germany. One of our next steps
Caolan who is originally an on Caolan. always thought that I would live mental health.” is to find an Irish co-production
Economics graduate, and spent “It came out in 2010, so I in Europe someday, and I really Caolan agreed he said: “Yes, partner.
time teaching English in Spain would have been 16 or 17 when love European films and I want- it’s something that’s not talked “We will be filming in Ireland
explained: “I really enjoyed I saw it. It’s a coming-of-age ed to get a European perspective about really, not to put Ireland and it’s an Irish story so it’s only
teaching teenagers, I enjoyed film, really stylised, and it was on cinema.” down or anything, but suicide natural to work with an Irish
their energy much more than different to all the American He said: “Right after we rates are very, very high, and production company.”
teaching the younger kids – I coming-of-age films that I’d graduated from MetFilm School yet, internationally people look Besides Germany, the partner
didn’t have the sort of patience seen. Berlin, we were looking for a at Ireland as this very happy, fun countries are currently Canada,
and energy for 5–6-year-olds, “I was a really awkward teen- new project, I had seen Caolan’s culture which it is, but there is Ireland, South Africa, Norway,
but the cheekiness of teenagers ager and this film really con- graduation film, and I really this other side that people don’t Great Britain, and the USA, and
was fine by me.” nected with me. It was really re- liked it. It was a coming-of- talk about. the aim is to support young tal-
There was always a part of latable, and I’d love to see more age story, and I had worked on “People don’t talk about sim- ents in an ever-growing interna-
Caolan that wanted to make of those kinds of stories told.” a coming-of-age story too, my ple emotions. People don’t say if tional film market.
films, he said: “While I was Brian’s route to film school own graduation film was about they‘re happy or sad, and that’s Traditionally, the JETS Initia-
studying Economics, I realised was a little different to most teenagers in a physical educa- kind of basic stuff and if you’re tive takes place during the Ber-
that I really did not want to do other students, his first job was tion class, and we kind of con- a teenager you can’t stretch to lin International Film Festival.
business and economics, I al- working in a hair salon as a nected around those themes and simple emotions that you need JETS: More information here:
ways loved English and writ- hairstylist, then he went to study decided that we should try and to express. And then there’s
ing, and storytelling when I was Marketing. His first marketing write something together. consequences to that, the conse- jets-2021-selected-participants/
at school. So, I started to teach job was with a start-up in New “We met up several times quences are there for everyone More information about
myself about screenwriting be- York. over a few weeks and shared to see. And, only now are people Caolan and Brian can be found
cause I knew that’s what I was He said: “While I was work- our own memories from adoles- really talking about it, only now on their respective websites:
passionate about, I knew that’s ing in marketing, that’s where I cence, we didn’t know whether are people trying to bring about Images: Caolan Flood and Brian
what I wanted to do. got exposed more to video and we would create a short, or a change but it’s very, very slow. Hose; the Forty Foot - Pinterest. April / May 2021 Page 5

A Clean Sweep for the Liffey

branches and other natural ob-
jects get carried off by the tide.
With the Liffey Sweeper it is
hoped to prevent this before
getting to sea. The sweeper has
a large hold and all the debris
collected will then be sorted,
what can be recycled will,
and the rest sent to Covanta’s
Waste to Energy Treatment
The MV Liffey Sweeper’s
role will be to sweep from the
upper part of the River Liffey
at Butt Bridge to the mouth of
the River and Clontarf area, in-
cluding the basins and all the
shipping berths within Dublin
Port. Using its large front cage
The Liffey is about to be- environmental development ject, a scheme which envisions This can include so much plas- and additional side cages, it
come a lot cleaner thanks to research project, which has removing detriment from not tic waste, such as bottles, cans, will collect both floating and
the launch of the new Liffey been designed over the last only the Liffey, but the Tolka plastic bags and all kinds of neutral buoyancy debris. Well
Sweeper. “This is the first two years to help prevent the and Dodder too, and which has household items, which sadly done to Jimmy and all con-
project of its kind to tackle accumulation of all non-natu- received assistance from Co- people discard mindlessly. cerned for making our rivers
environmental waste,” Jimmy ral debris and to stop it getting vanta, through its Community It all ends up in the open sea and planet a safer and cleaner
Murray, Director of the Irish into the sea and the biosphere, Gain Fund. where it can become a danger- place.
Nautical Trust, and the man where it affects marine wild- The aim is to remove all ous hazard to fish and wildlife
behind the ambitious project, life. The ship will be part of floating debris from these riv- and threaten the marine eco-
says. “It’s an ecological and the River Liffey Cleaning Pro- ers, and from the Port area too. system. As well as that tree
Page 6 ART/CULTURE April / May 2021

The Majesty of Ice: BEACONS - new photographic exhibition

by Daragh Muldowney

n David Prendeville While it was originally hoped the lake becomes a vast frozen of being under water. Life un- across glaciers in Iceland, tak-
EACONS, a new ex- that the exhibition, which start- plain. Crossing the lake can der the sea seemed like another ing photographs of the opposing
hibition by Photog- ed on February 17th and runs be a hazardous journey as the world, where he made an instant climates and conditions. The
rapher Daragh Mul- until April 14th, would be able ice comes under huge pressure connection with the elements. images from the two trips were
downey, celebrates to take place physically in The causing it to either break apart Shortly after Daragh bought a launched in 2007 as his first
the beauty of ice and the small Copperhouse Gallery, Covid re- exposing the frigid water below Canon camera, a thirty year old themed exhibition called ‘Sand
pine trees found along the vast strictions have meant that Mud- or crush together creating large model he still uses occasionally, & Ice’.
ice roads of Lake Baikal. Mul- lowney is instead hosting Zoom jagged hummocks. To help trav- and began to take photographs Beacons is Daragh’s third
downey has been travelling to sessions, where he brings his ellers across the ice, the locals to convey his experiences and book of his photography. He
Lake Baikal, Siberia, the largest audiences through the exhibi- mark out an ice road by drilling love of nature. His photography previously had success with
freshwater lake on the planet, tion (in location) via video ar- holes and ‘planting’ small pine aims to present a surreal per- ‘Jewellery Box - Ireland’s Hid-
for the past three years. He has ranged specially made for this trees that act as markers, ‘bea- spective and the small detail of den Gems’ and ‘Out of Thin Air’
been compiling work for his lat- set up. As he guides the invited cons’ guiding the way.  nature that we often overlook. which won the 2015 FEP Euro-
est exhibition which documents guests through the exhibition he Photographing this ancient As a result, his work gently re- pean landscape photobook of
his many trips to this alluring talks about the project and indi- road system was a fascinating minds us to appreciate our beau- the year award.
area of breathtaking natural vidual pieces. These Zooms are experience for Muldowney in tiful planet. More information on the exhi-
beauty, creating stunning im- limited to 6 people and they last many ways and he feels that Daragh began exhibiting his bition and Daragh Muldowney’s
ages that illustrate the immense about an hour. People can ask his documentation of this unu- work on the railings of St. Ste- work can can be found at: htt-
attraction of the ice there and questions about each piece at sual and unique way of life is a phen’s Green in Dublin in the ps:// 
the small trees that mark out the the time also. beautiful human story that also summer of 2002 and due to the
road traversing the frozen lake. Lake Baikal is one of the highlights the immense natural success of this exhibition he Images courtesy of
Muldowney is proud to present most biodiverse places on earth beauty of Lake Baikal. founded Dúlra Photography in Daragh Muldowney
his work in the eight-week ex- as it is home to thousands of Daragh’s interest in photogra- February, 2003. Daragh’s com-
hibition in conjunction with his species of plants and animals, phy originally developed, when mitment to developing his work
recently released beautiful art many of which are endemic to he completed a Scuba Diving was further demonstrated when
photobook of this work, both the region. In winter, tempera- course in 1992, where he was he travelled across the Sahara
entitled BEACONS.  tures drop as low as -40°C and awestruck by the experience in Morocco, and then trekked April / May 2021 ART/CULTURE Page 7

Incognito 2021 Online Art Sale

Take part in Incognito 2021 of the famous national and in-

Online Art Sale on April 22nd ternational faces taking part
and support the great work this year are U2’s The Edge,
of the Jack & Jill Children’s rock star Bob Geldof, fashion
Foundation designer Paul Costelloe, come-

dians Jason Byrne and Tommy 3. Note down details of the
he Incognito art collec- Tiernan, artist Don Conroy and artworks you wish to purchase
tion comprising 287 art- Nobel prize winner Dr William for your wish list.
ists from Dublin is now Campbell. 4. Be ready to go online on
live at with So, whether you’re an art Thursday April 22 at 10am
the online art sale taking place collector or a bargain hunter, sharp when the sale goes live
on Thursday April 22 at 10am there’s something for everyone and choose your selected art-
sharp. And all in support of the at Incognito 2021. works.
Jack & Jill Children’s Founda- In the five years since its in- 5. Once your purchase is suc-
tion. ception, Incognito has raised al- cessful, let the suspense begin
What’s so incredibly fun and most €450,000 for Jack & Jill’s for your chosen piece of art to
exciting about Incognito com- home nursing care for children arrive in the post!
pared with any other art sale is with highly complex medical Full details on the purchase
that the identity of the artists conditions, including end-of-life process can be found at www.
behind the paintings – for sale care. This equates to more than
at €60 each – is kept top secret 28,000 hours of specialist home
until the sale has closed. nursing care provided by Jack & For more information on the
Jill nurses and carers the length vital work of the Jack & Jill
Down to a Fine Art and breadth of the country. Children’s Foundation, visit
The Incognito collection is For Carmel Doyle, CEO of
made up of 3,000-plus original the Jack & Jill Children’s Foun-
postcard-sized artworks in a dation, Incognito 2021 is about continuing to restrict our pub- How Incognito Works: Images: Former Dublin GAA sen-
range of mediums, from oils and generous, talented artists turn- lic-facing fundraising and our 1. Register online in advance ior hurling team captain, David
pastels, to glass and metalwork, ing their art into a real currency charity shops still closed, we are of the online sale on Thursday Sweeney, one of more than 1,200
in a sale that is usually a sprint for care: relying hugely on the generosity April 22 at – artists taking part in this year’s
to the checkout. Everything sold “Each year, Jack & Jill has to and support of the public for In- with the sale likely to sell out Incognito online art sale
out last year in just 15 minutes! raise over €4 million to contin- cognito 2021. in minutes, it will save precious Carrickmines artist Jules Coll
Among the Dublin artists tak- ue doing what we do supporting “Each piece sold translates time in your sprint to the check- A small selection of artworks in
ing part are Jill & Gill, Ruthie families to look after their sick into almost four hours of spe- out on the day. this year’s Incognito 2021 Online
Ashenhurst, Una Sealy, Maser, children at home, where they cialist home nursing care for lo- 2. Browse the collection of Art Sale
Robert Ballagh, Guggi, Mo belong. Less than 20 percent of cal children, turning this beauti- 3,000-plus postcard artworks,
Kelly, Ed Miliano, Jules Coll, our funding comes from Gov- ful art into a real currency for each numbered without artists’
Duda and Bridget Flinn. Some ernment, and with COVID-19 care.” names identified.
Page 8 REMINISCENCE April / May 2021

Snapshot of a Dublin Past along the Shelly Banks

n Paul Brannock
Prior to this, the road went, from by a computer generated im- the Tip was here the only person
“ I must go down to the seas again, for the call of the running what is now the 3rd last bend, age of a lower Manhattan type sleeping rough was a homeless
tide. Is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied.
(John Masefield) ” straight onto the wall. In those
sizzling, seventies summers (my
development which would have
destroyed this sanctuary. Thank
man we knew as Redbeard. He
lived in a wooden hut which
teenage son doesn’t believe we the heavens it will never see the he shared with his trusty com-
had them), the No.1 bus would light of day. panion, an escapee greyhound
take you to the ESB gates on I look out again. The Hill of from Shelbourne Park. Now,
the long stretch of the road, the Howth, the Bailey, the North in the inner sanctum of Nature
timetables of 8am, 1pm and Bull, the Half Moon club on Park, every possible place of
5pm, being strictly adhered to the meandering wall, and at the shelter contains a tent or corru-
so as to accommodate workers end the Red of Poolbeg Light- gated iron hoarding. Simply put,
along the route. If you missed house. The waves are drowning this is a shocking indictment of
the 5pm one, you had a hell of a the wall. What a spectacle! The Irish society. In my opinion, the
long walk to South Lotts. Other two ships have themselves me- people in power for the last two
memories of those times are of andered through the various sets decades, in cahoots with their
being burned several times dur- of buoys which border the ship- masters, native and foreign, are
ing 1976 and running out to the ping canal and the first one ap- every bit as culpable as those of
far off Cockle Lake for a swim pears to be about to collide with the 1840s.

by the old rusty buoy, being the lighthouse. An intriguing
stung by jellyfish, then having thing to witness at about 4.30pm Fumble in their greasy till
to run all the way back in order each evening is the arrival of up and add the halfpence to the
to get warm. Not a pleasant ex-
perience for a skinny kid as it
to five ferries snaking their way
through the doglegs of the canal,

seemed like ten miles. My da but longer evenings are required
and uncle Robert took way too to behold this. The Kish, a white Food banks may have re-
much delight in all this. dot near the horizon. To the placed workhouses and soup
Nowadays, the landscape has right, the lights and piers of Dun kitchens and there isn’t any-
changed dramatically. In con- Laoghaire Harbour, the town one dying from starvation, but
trast to many scenarios, the area itself, Killiney and the barely there has been far too many
is becoming ever more beauti- visible obelisk or ‘witch’s hat’. people living and dying on
ful. This is mainly due to the Bray Head in the background, our streets, and quite frankly,
encroachment of the sandbar to little Sugarloaf (Sliabh Chu- again it is human greed that has
the right of the chimney stacks. lainn), the Dublin/ Wicklow caused this. All of us should be
The strand was officially de- mountains, all along to Strand ashamed for allowing this situ-
clared a beach about 30 years Road, Sandymount, which ac- ation. And when we think we
ago and the sheer amount of cording to a local historian was have it bad ‘cos we can’t go to
sea which the dunes have gob- built so the English monarch, the pub or restaurant, maybe we
bled up in the meantime is as- Victoria, on her fourth and final should reflect on this and really

tonishing. I reckon the spit will visit to Ireland in 1900, could be thankful that we have a roof
have joined up with the corner catch a glimpse of the majesty over our heads. Change must
nother New Year in 1977), I look firstly into the of the nature park in less than of the bay from her carriage. come!
and another new bay, spotting a couple of incom- two years. Reclaimed land au Presently, as we know, this road The Shelly Banks, the Liffey,
day. Friday has ing ferries. It is 12 noon, the tide natural. It’s a magnificent view has again become a bone of con- the Bay. Snapshots in memory
come again and de- is almost fully up and there is from where I’m standing.  All tention. Of course, during her of a lifetime spent here, of learn-
spite the dreadful monotony of a strong easterly wind swelling along the coast trail to our long reign the bay would have been ing to swim, of digging lug-
these deathly times, I still feel up the waves and crashing them buried childhood sandpits, it is one of many points of export worm and fishing with friends
that ‘thank crunchie’ feeling. hard on the rocks below, creat- the same. Palm trees flourish. during An Gorta Mor, when vast at the lighthouse. As we know,
Pivotal to this is that I happen ing that sound and sight which ‘The trail is beautiful, be still’ quantities of food were shipped time truly flies. In these present
to be overlooking my favourite is magical music to my senses. is engraved on a bench behind out by English and Irish mer- times of highs and lows, ebbs
spot in Ireland. I have viewed This instils in me a further feel- me. Apt description indeed! chants whilst millions of poor and flows, the Shelliers are  in-
many such beauty spots around ing of inner peace and wellbe- The ruins at Costello’s, battered people, Catholic, Protestant and deed a Godsend. Assuming I
the country, but the Shelly ing. The rougher the sea, the since by the fury of a thousand Presbyterian starved, shameful- survive the waves of this pan-
Banks never fail to capture my calmer I am. It must be like this storms, grow ever more pleas- ly sacrificed for greed. Beneath demic, I will walk this beauti-
heart. Being a proud Ringsend- for a lot of people, I suspect, cre- ing to the eye as the sea beats where I now stand, there lies the ful place for a few more years.
er of many generations from ating a wonderful contradiction, its waves and chisels its marks tattered remnants of a tent. This When my own ship has sailed,
both sides of my family, the storm and calm intertwined, a on our one time oasis; though was home to some unfortunate I wish some of my ashes to be
Shelliers, the river and Dublin sense of freedom perhaps? it’s a pity the paintings of sev- for a number of years. I wonder scattered where I am now stand-
Bay are woven into every fibre Dominating the entire view eral schooners which adorned if he has found a proper home ing and some at our beloved
of me. For these places conjure of course, are the twin chim- the walls have been stripped by and hope he is alive. Though I Costelloe’s. I will finish with
up many memories as they are ney stacks of the former ESB the elements. Silt and sand have visited here often, I never saw my Father’s favourite saying
an integral part of my childhood station. As I continue my gaze been driven high into this unique him. Just recently, I noticed for nothing is more true: “Time
and family history. The water along the road, I can remember little corner of Dublin Bay and some weather-beaten Christ- nor tide waits for no man.” Hey,
of the Irish Sea, and the Liffey the new car park being con- the whole area has been trans- mas baubles hanging from a let’s be careful out there!
which comes to meet it are our structed, along with the steps formed into a stunning montage tree right behind where he lived.
meeting of the waters. They are, which lead onto the beach. This of natural beauty, all this set I felt deep sadness and anger Abridged article from ‘Ringsend
as the man said, in my blood. was probably 1978.  Also, a new against the backdrop of the Bay. about this. People Home and Abroad’
As I stand on the corner of stretch of road was laid to lead I’m reminded of the now defunct Right now, another home
Irishtown Nature Park, or the around to the Shelly Banks, for- PD party and their preposterous is being cobbled together in a Image: Paul Brannock
Tiphead as we knew it (closed ever cutting off the old route. dumb proposal, accompanied nearby clump of trees. When April / May 2021 Page 9
Page 10 OBITUARY April / May 2021

Brian Siggins: A Tribute

up in the newly-built O’Connell night before the national mara-
Gardens, and moved next door thon trials and thus finishing
when he married Maureen Ge- fourth – the first three finishers
oghegan in April 1961. went to the Olympic Games.
The Gardens were devastated He was also a keen hiker and
by bereavements in 2020, losing a long-time member of An Oige.
Thomas Johnston, Michael By- He spent a summer holiday
rne, Chris Daly, Dot Trehy, Joe walking along the Rhine and
McCann, Therese Cunningham was delighted to return there
and Christy O’Connell, while with Maureen on a retirement
Brian’s death robbed it of its cruise.  They were both active
longest resident. and committed to those less for-
Brian spent all his working tunate in the community and for
life in Ringsend Tech. He had their service they were awarded
been an excellent student at Star a joint Sean Moore Award by
of the Sea and Westland Row, Dublin City Council in 1990.
winning a scholarship to study Table-tennis became Brian’s
on after his Intermediate Cer- passion and he was a dogged,
tificate. But his father had died unhurried player with a lethal
when he was just ten years old backhand. He ran the teachers’
and his family’s needs meant he leagues for many years and also
had to forgo school and take up set up Star of the Sea Past Pu-
an apprenticeship. pils TTC with his brother David.
In Ringsend his keen mind, The club ran for more than a
skilled hands and willingness decade and helped develop three
ensured he found new opportu- Ireland internationals as well as
nities and he was promoted to providing a valued community
Laboratory Technician where resource for teenagers.
he spent most of his career. His Brian had a full, generally
diligence and helpful nature was healthy retirement until the last
remarked on by many of his four years. He was well cared
former pupils and colleagues. for by the staff of St Vincent’s
He later taught woodwork and and Blackrock Hospice, and by
metalwork and would have been his daughter Ethel.
n Ger Siggins a fantastic teacher if allowed There’s an old African prov-

ation that he helped hundreds of present and its politics as he de- to pursue that route. He retired erb which says that when an old
rian Siggins was one of children with school projects on voured the newspapers and TV in September 1998, just four man dies, a library is burned to
those people on whom the neighbourhoods as well as programmes and he looked to months short of fifty years’ ser- the ground. Never a truer word
great communities are other writers and historians. the future with hope, an interest vice. was spoken in the case of Brian
built, and his loss inflicted a He sprang to national fame that was reinvigorated with the He always kept busy and kept Siggins.
great blow on his family, his in 1973 when he chanced upon arrival of his fifth grandchild, his days packed with his many
neighbours and the people of some wooden stakes from Wood Tilly.” interests and passions. From NewsFour would like to pass
Ringsend, Irishtown and Sand- Quay that had been bulldozed Brian was born in Holles his earliest days he was a keen on our condolences to Ger (a
ymount. and dumped by Dublin Corpo- Street in January 1933, eldest sportsman – he was an excellent founding editor of this paper) on
His passion for the history of ration in Ringsend Dump. He surviving child of Jack Siggins athlete whose greatest regret the loss of his father.
the area, and his deep and broad enlisted his children to help sift and Ethel O’Keeffe. He grew was having an asthma attack the Images courtesy of Ger Siggins.
knowledge gathered over dec- through the mounds and they
ades, was recognised and re- found several important arte-
spected all over the city. He was facts that ended up in the Civic
a member of the Old Dublin So- Museum.  His appearance on
ciety for more than 50 years and the television news was recently
served as its Hon Secretary for restored to the RTE website.
more than 20 of them. He was thrilled to win the
His greatest interest was the Old Dublin Society medal for
history of the three villages the year’s best lecture of 2009,
and his research and conserva- while another of his great inter-
tion kept that alive and kicking ests led to his book to mark the
through many years of lectures centenary of the Herbert Park
to history societies, community exhibition. The Great White
groups, schools and old people’s Fair was a best-seller and went
homes. He regularly made his into a second edition.
photographic collection avail- But as his life-long friend,
able to libraries and churches, and brother-in-law, Fr Jim Ge-
and indeed the pages of News- oghegan wrote in a tribute read
Four. at his funeral: “As a historian
He was generous with his Brian loved the past but was
knowledge and it is no exagger- never stuck in it, he loved the April / May 2021 ADVERTORIAL Page 11

A Dentist’s Guide to
Tooth-Friendly Snacks
Jennifer Collins, lead general fore impact on dental decay. damage it can cause to teeth.
dentist at Northumberland Den- Avoid snacks that tend to linger,
tal Care in Ballsbridge. #3 Try a crunchy bite such as raisins and other dried
Eating crunchy fruits and veg- fruit which are both sticky and
Six tooth-friendly snack- etables such as apples and pears full of sugar.
ing tips: or carrot and celery sticks will
stimulate production of saliva, #6 Maintain a routine
#1 Balance and variety which helps to wash away any To help prevent long-term
A tooth-friendly snack rou- plaque. Raw fruits and vegeta- dental concerns, it is impor-
tine should include a balance of bles are a natural abrasive that tant for children to maintain
foods that are low in sugar and can help to keep children’s teeth a basic dental care routine at
high in minerals such as calci- clean. home. Despite the challenges
um, phosphate and Vitamin D. of lockdown, try to ensure that
For healthy snack options which #4 Save treats for mealtimes they brush twice per day for
are kind to teeth, try cheese Rather than grazing on treats two minutes with a fluoridated
cubes, natural yoghurt, oat- throughout the day, try to save toothpaste appropriate to their
cakes, raw vegetables and fruits. sugary snacks such as biscuits age.
and chocolate for after lunch
#2 Offer water or milk or dinner. Saliva production Dr Jennifer Collins is lead
A healthy snack regime is an amount of time sugars are sit- Ideally, opt for water or milk increases during meals, which general dentist at Northumber-
important part of every child’s ting on our teeth, which adds at snack times. Drinking water helps rinse away sugary food land Dental Care in Ballsbridge,
diet, but is it possible to meet to the likelihood of cavities and will help to dilute any acid at- particles and can reduce the risk part of the Dental Care Ireland
those endless lockdown snack tooth decay. To protect teeth tacks caused by sugary snacks. of cavities. group. For further tips and ad-
demands and still protect their from long-term damage, it helps Try to avoid fizzy drinks, di- vice on looking after your oral
teeth? to be mindful of hidden sugars, luted beverages and even fruit #5 Avoid lingering snacks health, visit northumberland-
“The problem with constant as well as both the timing and juices or smoothies, which can The longer sugary food stays
snacking is that it increases the frequency of snacks,” says Dr all be high in sugar and there- in your child’s mouth, the more
Page 12 April / May 2021

Great Initiative by Young Irish Woman to

Promote Irish Products Online
munity. Launching last November with one goal in year. Hence, losing the multiplier effect. However,
mind- “to give back”. To date, the ladies have signed Croia Ireland is the solution to this issue by offering
up over 100 Irish suppliers from small businesses to access and convenience to a wide range of products
larger well-known brands and have over 700 prod- all produced in Ireland.
ucts live on the site including gifts, jewellery, home-
ware and decor, beauty, food and drink, Irish designer Croía Ireland Founder, Ciara Hennebry said: “Shop-
clothing, artwork, and cards. ping locally and supporting Irish talent has always
been a huge passion of mine and so the Croía journey
Founded by 25-year-old Ciara Hennebry during the began in 2020 as I saw this as the perfect opportunity
Covid-19 lockdown in early 2020, the young entre- to give back to Irish businesses and provide to them
preneur saw a gap in the market to set up an online not just a selling platform, but an empowering and
platform to support the growth of Irish brands and encouraging community to become a part of. Our vi-
products. Now more than ever before, accelerated by sion is to become the go-to online store for high-qual-
the adverse effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, more ity Irish goods that are fashionable and made with
consumers are choosing to shop online, and there is love. We want to promote longevity and durability
During the pandemic, consumers started to show real a growing sentiment across the Irish consumer-base in online purchases; a piece from Croía is something
concern and urge to support Irish businesses. How- to support local, buy Irish and in turn boost the wider to have in your heart always. 2020 has been a tough
ever, although the intention is there, consumers still Irish economy as a whole. The need for such a plat- year for us all, especially for our homegrown busi-
struggle to source Irish products online, especially form that supports Irish businesses is clearly reflected nesses, but we have been delighted to see the wel-
when there is the temptation to use the convenient in Croía Ireland’s powerful social media presence, as coming and positive reaction so far from both suppli-
platform ASOS. Croía Ireland’s mission is to solve the Croia ladies have already successfully and organ- ers and potential consumers alike, so we cannot wait
this problem by making shopping local effortless. ically grown their Instagram following to over 16.5k for the Croía journey to begin.”
Croia Ireland is a new one-stop-shop for buying Irish followers.
brands and Irish made products, making it simple for For more information on Croía Ireland visit here htt-
consumers to buy Irish. The online trading platform Every €100 spent locally is worth €500 to the Irish ps://
is run by all young women and is a place where Irish economy. Yet, more than two-thirds of Irish expendi-
businesses can connect with a targeted online com- ture is spent online and disappears overseas each

Capital Credit Union introduce New Switcher Loan

ing Capital Credit Union, in recent years has been strong.  comfort of their home.   
The vast majority of Credit Unions have substantially
modernised their operations and they are now well placed Capital Credit Union also has a Member Service Team to
to provide credit facilities to the thousands of personal and facilitate enquiries outside of office hours and those unable
business customers impacted by recent announcement. to call into their local branch.  A member of staff can be
 While well known for our range of personal loans, Capi- contacted by phone or email from 8.00am to 8.00pm on
tal Credit Union now offers business lending, mortgages, weekdays, and between 9.00am and 2.00pm on Saturdays.
At a special reduced interest rate of 6.9% (7.1% APR*), home, life and travel insurance. Reliable and efficient on-
the introduction of the Switcher Loan from Capital Credit line banking is now the norm and the uptake from mem- For more information on the new low-interest rate Switch-
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Loans of up to €100,000 are available at the new reduced   borrowings, savings or financial products, visit www.capi-
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borrow with their local Credit Union, ahead of more costly Unions are well positioned to step in and fill some of the
finance options. void left behind in the Irish banking sector.” Capital Credit Union is regulated by the Central Bank of
In light of Ulster Bank’s departure and the closure of Bank Ireland.  Loans are subject to approval.  Terms & Condi-
of Ireland branches around communities in Ireland, many Credit Union borrowers have the flexibility to repay a loan tions apply.
consumers will switch to Credit Unions - rather than go to balance ahead of time with no financial penalties or costs
the two big banks. for doing so. Warning: If you do not meet repayments on your loan,
  your account will go into arrears.  This may affect your
Commenting on Ulster Bank’s planned exit and the closure “The pandemic has affected all individuals and families, credit rating, which may limit your ability to access credit
of Bank of Ireland’s branches, Gerry McConville, CEO of and many of them financially.  At Capital Credit Union in the future.
Capital Credit Union, said:  the focus is on our community, and on developing finan- Changing your loans may result in you paying over a long-
“It’s unavoidable that some banking customers will be cial products that our members need, when they need them er term and/or paying more interest over the life of your
badly hit when Ulster Bank exits the market. most”, Gerry McConville added. loan.
  Representative example: €15,000 loan repayable over 5
Unlike in other countries, such as Canada and the USA, Capital Credit Union has nine offices based in south years. Rate of interest 6.9% per annum variable. *APR
Irish consumers have an over-dependence on a couple of county Dublin and the south inner-city, with over 50,000 (Annual Percentage Rate) 7.1%. 60 monthly repayments of
large national banks and, as a country, we have tradition- members. Membership is open to people living, working €296.31 per month. Total amount payable is €17,778.65.
ally underutilised local banking and credit options. or studying in the catchment area.  
But it’s not all bad news for consumers – there are options. With online banking and the ability to join the credit union Jonathan Fenton T: 01 299 0400
online, individuals in the area can join the Credit Union, or Caroline Moody T: 087 265 2485,
The level of development in many Credit Unions, includ- apply for a loan and draw it down online, and all from the E: April / May 2021 ADVERTORIAL Page 13

New Life for Old Graveyards

new Columbarium wall in the graveyard of St Image: courtesy
Matthew’s Church, Irishtown, was dedicated by Dublin Inquirer
Archbishop Michael Jackson on Sunday Febru- A FINAL RESTING PLACE
ary 28th 2021 during a Service of Holy Communion
which was livestreamed to parishioners who could not
attend due to Covid restrictions.

Set in the tranquil cemetery adjacent to the church, the

new Columbarium wall will be the final resting place
for parishioners and the wider community welcoming
all faiths. It has been designed to provide a natural en-
vironment within the Irishtown, Ringsend and Sand-
ymount area. Visitors will notice the historic setting that
provides an offering of peace and tranquillity and an op-
portunity of reflection.

St Matthews Parish website will also provide a dedicat-

ed family page to upload comments and condolences,
and for people to offer their memories of their loved
ones. Further the Parish Administration is on hand to as-
sist with all aspects of pre-planning internment require-
ments, ensuring peace of mind for those left behind.
The St Matthew’s Church Columbarium Wall is
Columbaria are walls with niches into which urns and
cremated remains of loved ones are placed. They are now available to book a final resting place for
in wide use throughout Europe and are now starting to your loved ones in the Community. For more
become popular in Dublin. With just over thirty percent
of all funerals in Dublin now being cremations, and details and to receive a Brochure, call the St
land and grave plots becoming as rare as hens’ teeth,
this looks to be the way for the future. NewsFour has
Matthews Parish Office on 087 254 0378 or
also learned that approval has been granted for another email Jonny Bell at
Columbarium for the old cemetery in Donnybrook. This
is really good news as it will mean the ancient cemetery
(going back to the time of St Broc) will once more be
in use.
Page 14 LITERATURE April / May 2021

From the creators of Normal

People - Conversations with
Friends to hit our screens
n David Prendeville
collaborating with director Len-
ny Abrahamson and writer Alice
Birch who will work alongside
writers Mark O’Halloran (Ri-
alto), Meadhbh McHugh (Ask-
ing For It) and Susan Soon He
Stanton (Succession) on the
12-part drama for BBC Three in
partnership with Hulu, made in
association with RTÉ.
Filming will take place this
year in Dublin, Belfast and
international locations yet to
be confirmed, with the Oscar-
nominated director at the helm
of Normal People, Lenny Abra-
hamson (Room, The Little
Stranger, Frank) returning and
sharing the directorial duties
with Leanne Welham (Pili, His
Dark Materials).
Conversations with Friends
follows Frances (Alison Oliver),
a 21 year old college student, as
she navigates a series of rela-
tionships that force her to con- While Melissa and Bobbi flirt at Element are so excited about
front her own vulnerabilities for with each other openly, Nick the incredible scripts from our
the first time. and Frances embark on an in- amazing team of writers which
Frances is observant, cerebral tense, secret affair that is sur- we have been developing with
and sharp. Her ex-girlfriend, prising to them both. Soon the the oversight of the brilliant
now best friend, Bobbi (Sasha affair begins to test the bond be- Lenny Abrahamson. We can’t

Lane) is self-assured, outspo- tween Frances and Bobbi, forc- wait to start filming with Lenny,
ollowing the outstand- ple’s Paul Mescal) will play ken and compelling. Though ing Frances to reconsider her Leanne and our wonderful cast
ing success of Normal Frances, Sasha Lane (Ameri- they broke up three years ago, sense of self, and the friendship and crew to bring Sally’s ex-
People, Dublin 4 based can Honey, The Miseducation Frances and Bobbi are virtu- she holds so dear. traordinary novel to the screen.”
production company, Element of Cameron Post) will star as ally inseparable and perform Lenny Abrahamson, Execu- Dermot Horan, RTÉ’s Direc-
Pictures, recently announced the Bobbi, Joe Alwyn (The Favour- spoken word poetry together in tive Producer and Director, com- tor of Acquisitions and Co-Pro-
casting for the BBC and Hulu ite, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Dublin. It’s at one of their shows ments: “I feel so excited to be ductions, said: ‘Normal People
TV adaptation, in association Walk) as Nick and Jemima that they meet Melissa (Jemima collaborating with four such su- was such a phenomenal hit on
with RTÉ, of Sally Rooney’s Kirke (Sex Education, Girls) Kirke), an older writer, who is perb actors to bring Sally’s bril- RTÉ last spring, and has broken
debut literary sensation, ‘Con- as Melissa, in this unique series fascinated by the pair. liant novel to the screen. Over all records on the RTÉ Player.
versations with Friends’. that is both a complex coming Bobbi and Frances start to the last few months it has been a We’re so delighted to once again
Alison Oliver, an emerging of age drama and a very modern spend time with Melissa and privilege to work alongside Ele- work with Element, on this ex-
talent from Lir Academy (whose love story. her husband, Nick (Joe Alwyn), ment Pictures and our extraordi- citing new production.’
graduates include Normal Peo- Element Pictures is once again a handsome but reserved actor. nary team of writers to get the Conversations with Friends
scripts to a point where we all will air next year on BBC, Hulu,
feel so excited to start shooting. and RTÉ.
I’ll be joined by a world class
crew (many of whom worked on
Normal People) and supporting Images: Alison Oliver courtesy
cast and I’m particularly happy of Lir Academy
to have Leanne Welham come Lenny Abrahamson - newstates-
on board. I’ve been an admirer
of her work for a long time and Sasha Lane -
I have no doubt she will bring
great skill and subtlety to the
episodes she directs.”
Ed Guiney, Executive Pro-
ducer and Company Director
of Element Pictures, adds: “Ali-
son, Sasha, Joe and Jemima are
the dream cast to lead Conversa-
tions With Friends and all of us April / May 2021 LITERATURE Page 15

Book Review:
A Ghost in the Throat
force of Eibhlín’s words calls ence, in her past life studying Eibhlín’s story, she wonders
to her from across time. One dentistry. Not just on morality, what motherhood looked like
voice calling to another, to the fleeting nature of life or for her?
share in the love and the loss. the selflessness of giving your A Ghost in the Throat is an
So engrossed with this poem body to science, but the space astounding piece of work. It
was the young Ní Ghríofa, that surrounds life and life af- marries the unusual with the
that she found herself fill- ter death. She recalls dream- mundane to create this beauti-
ing in the blanks with tender ing about the dissection room, fully empathetic award win-
caresses and dramatic thun- well before ever seeing it in ning text. Ní Ghríofa’s person-
dering hooves, from her own person. The room itself haunts al reflections feel like a friend
imagination. This is only the her, in a neutral but transform- relating their story. More often
second iteration of the writer’s ative way. It acts as a liminal than not, her words will sum-
life intertwining with the Cao- space, a portal between her vi- mon you forth through the
ineadh. As the book develops, sions of her past self and her pages to stand next to her, to
we see how the poem has acted future self. share in the joys and sorrows
as both a guiding light and a The role of motherhood fea- of life.
protective entity to Ní Ghríofa, tures heavily in the book, with In creating this text she has
often shaping her movements Ní Ghríofa laying out her own in a way come full circle, for
and charting her life’s path. trials with a complicated birth just as Eibhlín called out to
All roads seemed to lead her to and witnessing mothers and her, Ní Ghríofa has called out
Eibhlín Dubh Ní Chonaill. babies struggle in the neonatal to us and this time, we will
The author fills in some of wards. She brings the reader’s listen.
the missing pieces surround- attention to the emotional
ing the life of Ní Chonaill bond between mothers and ba-
with care, despite there being bies and internal and external
very little written accounts of fights mothers battle to pro-
her in her childhood home at vide for their children. This is
Derrynane or being married to also reflected in her search for
Airt Ó Laoghaire. She was the
aunt of political leader Daniel
O’Connell and even in rela-
tion to that fact, there is little
written mention of her. While
delving into her research, Ní
Ghríofa reflects on the fact
that much of Eibhlín’s patch-
work history has been mould-
ed by the writings of men. The
subject of Caoineadh Airt Uí
Laoghaire, is her husband and
his death, which often eclipses
Eibhlín as the wordsmith and
speaker. Like a woman writ-

n Geneva Pattison
map out her day to day life, ten out of history, she has been
inner of the 2020 the chores and childcare ritu- “occluded by the shadows of
An Post Book als that keep her world ticking men”. A Ghost in the Throat
Awards’ Irish Book over. We are introduced to Eib- combats this notion, through
of the Year category, A Ghost hlín Dubh’s Caoineadh, a la- Ní Ghríofa’s conscious choice
in the Throat is a truly unique ment that seems to melt away to include accounts and lists
and delicately woven piece of the author’s current surround- of her daily cleaning, cooking
prose. Doireann Ní Ghríofa’s ings and welcomes us back to and childcare responsibilities,
book invites the reader to dis- her childhood, the very first a reflection that the everyday
cover the realities, worries time she and Eibhlín met. Of labours of women matter and
and innermost thoughts of her course, she jokes that Eibhlín should be celebrated. These
own life, her experience with “... had been dead for centu- tasks help shape her day, give
motherhood and her journey ries.”. The author paints a pic- it meaning, while she dedi-
to discover the lost history of ture of herself as a young girl, cates the space in between to
Eibhlín Dubh Ní Chonaill’s pulled from her daydreaming, studying the Caoineadh, her
existence. into the harsh and emotional search for truth.
The book begins with a pow- world of a poem from the As Ní Ghríofa continues
erful statement.“This is a fe- 1700’s. to research and reflect on the
male text”, an exclamation, a Upon her second encoun- poem, we see her lay out her
eulogy, an elegy and a remind- ter with Eibhlín’s poem, the own version of a lament. She
er that the everyday lives of writer is a teenager and finds illuminates the complex rev-
women matter. The beginning herself engrossed in the ro- elations she had while dis-
of the book sees Ní Ghríofa mance of the text. The sheer secting bodies donated to sci-
Page 16 HEALTH/INTERVIEW April / May 2021

Looking After Your Brain:

Headway Interview for Brain Awareness Week 2021

n Geneva Pattison
people with a brain injury who
ational Brain Aware- want to interact within the com-
ness Week took place munity. We also have psycho-
from March 15th to logical and vocational services,
21st this year. To mark the im- often people with a brain injury
portant date, NewsFour got in cannot return to work immedi-
touch with Headway, a char- ately, because they spend a lot
ity that offers help and reha- of time in hospital. So we would
bilitation to people who have help them rehabilitate and pre-
suffered an acquired brain pare for a return to work.
injury, while also offering ser-
vices to families of those who NF: Do you offer support to
are affected. Headway is a free people with more severe brain
to access charity for people injuries too? People who are
with acquired brain injury or bedbound or paralysied?
their families and they can be
accessed without GP referral Sara: Yes, Headway would
through the Headway website. work with a wide range of peo-
Sara Sabbioni of Headway ple, from mild brain injury to
chatted with us about the people who are severely injured.
charity’s services, how to ac- For example we would work
cess services in the pandemic with people who live in the hos-
and how best to mind our own pital full time, who may come
brain. into our centres for rehabilita-
tion and also work with people
NF: When was Headway es- who can live independently and
tablished? would come in unassisted. Our
services are really tailored to the
Sara: It was established in person’s needs, we always say
1985, so quite a long time ago. that a brain injury is very unique there’s been a lot of talk in the bed. I think this is so wrong, the healthy lifestyle with a healthy
The aim of Headway was a sup- because it’s such a complex or- media about sport related head message people should under- diet with regular exercise. These
port group started by families gan. Every situation is different, injuries. What steps would stand is that if they experience days our lives are unfortunately
in the beginning, because as so you have to listen to the per- Headway recommend to see unusual headaches or hit their very stressful, we push our-
you can imagine a brain injury son’s needs and what they want that sports related head injuries head, they should err on the side selves to our limits. So some-
is such a traumatic event that to get out of the sessions. become less frequent or eventu- of caution and go to their GP times self care and reminding
involves not just the person af- ally cease? or go to hospital. People often ourselves of what our priorities
fected but the whole family. At NF: Headway seems like a think that acquired brain injury in life are, can help a lot. Some-
this stage now we are in Dublin, very goal orientated charity. Sara: A few years ago, a col- just happens to elderly peo- times I talk with clients about
Limerick, Cork, Kerry and Car- With all the charities currently league of mine started the “If in ple, or that it happens because this and they say that it’s really
low, so we have grown quite a suffering due to the pandemic, Doubt, Sit it Out” campaign (in they might live a certain life- an eye opener, they didn’t real-
bit. how can people best support relation to concussion aware- style with drugs or alcohol. But ise what their priorities were.
Headway? ness). Rugby players have re- from our data, the average age Their priorities may not be to
NF: It’s wonderful that you corded videos in support of it. of people who access Headway make loads of money or work
have expanded to so many plac- Sara: There are different She would have done quite a was 47.7, so that’s pretty young. forever, but rather to look after
es, but I’m sure there’s always ways, we have a Facebook page lot to raise awareness about A large percentage of which themselves and spend time with
room for more growth to reach and a website, www.headway. this issue and Headway would would access our services for family would be their real goals
more people? ie. If you go on our website, we do so too when we can. But the a stroke or brain hemorrhage. in life. So my advice would be
have a donation section where pandemic has made everything People don’t realise that a brain to slow down a little bit and look
Sara: Absolutely and I have they can see Headway’s bank much harder than before, before injury can happen to anyone and after what matters to them a lit-
to say that because of the pan- details so they can make a bank we would visit schools and hos- can happen out of the blue. tle more.
demic, we have moved most of transfer or they can send us a pitals to try and raise awareness
our services online at the mo- cheque. On our Facebook page about this issue. NF: The NAI (Neurological NF: Because stress can affect
ment. A lot of people who live there’s a section on the bottom Alliance of Ireland) released a a person’s brain psychologically
down the country who would that says “Donate” and people NF: So would speaking up report on the 15th of March de- and physically, would you rec-
have struggled to commute for can donate any amount they about any suspicious brain or tailing severe gaps in neurology ommend practicing mindful-
services can now access certain want to, they can also set up head pain be important in terms services and aftercare in Ireland, ness as a relaxing or protective
services from their computer at fundraising events for us. Re- of early intervention? with regards to funding. Con- method?
home, with our online training. cently we have been creating sidering that there are around
But obviously there’s always online events and online quiz- Sara: Yes that would be 800,000 people in Ireland living Sara: Absolutely and mind-
room for improvement. Be- zes to raise money and they can key sometimes. I have been in with a neurological condition, fulness is something we do in
tween all our centres, we serve be found on our Facebook page. Headway for the past 13 years how can the everyday person Headway on a regular basis. We
1342 adults and family mem- So it’s a bit of fun and it’s for and what is surprising to me best protect their brain health? have several groups going and
bers. (Outside Covid-19 times) a good cause, if people want to is, I still hear people or clients it definitely has a positive effect
we have a centre where people join in the more the merrier! saying “I had a headache for a Sara: Prevention is key. Ob- on the mind.
come in daily, a helpline, a com- number of days and it didn’t go viously check and rule out
munity integration service for NF: In the last couple of years away” and they just take to their any suspicions and maintain a NF: In terms of Brain Aware- April / May 2021 HEALTH/INTERVIEW Page 17

ness Week this Year, how is 39 organisations be funded by

Headway getting involved in the state to reflect the true cost NF: Has the
spreading awareness? of providing these services.” experience be-
ing involved
Sara: (Pre-Pandemic) We Interview With Volunteer on a voluntary
used to do quite a lot in the cen- and Service User, basis for Head-
tres. We had coffee mornings, Caroline Leonard on way’s fundrais-
went into hospitals and more. Headway’s Work. ing, helped you
This year it will be a little more on your own
low key unfortunately. We’re journey of re-
trying to do as much as pos- NF: How did you find out covery?
sible online, like holding cel- about Headway?
ebrations, events and spreading Caroline: Yes
awareness online. Caroline: When I was di- I suppose so.
agnosed with my condition, Initially when
Data from 2019 shows that there wasn’t a lot of informa- I think of fun-
Headway’s service demands tion available. It was very dif- draising I think
have increased by 27%. The ficult to source help, so I found of people out-
data showed that they are serv- it through trial and error really. side (fundrais-
ing 1342 clients in the repub- I knew of Headway in the UK, ing on streets),
lic of Ireland who have an then I found out about them in but we come up
acquired brain injury and had Ireland. with the ideas
962 helpline calls that year. In together. For
2019, 446 people were referred NF: What services did you example, there
to Headway for assistance or, feel benefitted you most? are some peo-
referred themselves or fam- ple in there who
ily members, which shows an Caroline: I should mention are artists and
increase of nearly 100 people before this, that there’s nearly a they have been
when compared with the previ- year waiting list to get any of the involved in
ous year. The precise average services from Headway. They creating the art
age of people accessing the do a full assessment looking at behind the char-
service was 47.7, with 56% of what you’re going to need and ity Christmas
people referred suffering non- after that there’s still a waiting cards. I would
traumatic brain injury versus time. This is because they don’t have previ-
44% receiving a traumatic brain have enough resources. But they ously operated
injury diagnosis. Statistics from do really important neuro-psy- at a very senior
Headway also show that client’s chological work, yes the physi- level, so I got
wellbeing and life satisfaction ological side (of brain injuries) stuck in and felt
improved upon receiving inter- is important too, but you’ve also very strongly
vention from Headway. got communication challenges, about Headway
memory issues, thinking issues needing to be promoted more, own experience) It’s a real chal- and fundraising everywhere for
Any brain injury is drastic and and emotional issues. Headway along with more funding and lenge that question. Overall, in cancer awareness, I’d like to see
is for life. It can lead to disabil- have specialist neuro-psychol- more general awareness about one hospital I’d rate the service brain injury awareness get to
ity, impaired motor functioning ogists that understand all of brain health. I’ve had as good, obviously hos- that level.
and have a drastic impact on a these particular neuro-cognitive pitals have a lot of difficulties to
person’s mental health. While actions. For my situation, my NF: Have you found a net- deal with, but another hospital To get in touch with Headway
some people with milder brain speech would have been slightly work of friends or acquaintanc- I’d rate less than good and I and find out more about their
injuries may recover to a large gone and distorted, my thinking es through Headway that you don’t like saying that. There’s services, visit
extent, there are some people was impaired as well. Obvious- can connect to? more of a straight forward pro- or call their national helpline on
who will need lifelong care and ly you need them to understand tocol when dealing with some- 1800 400 478.
assistance. According to the how best to get you back on Caroline: That’s been a bit of thing like a sports injury, but
NAI report released this year, track again. Headway also has a challenge this year, because we other injuries can cause compli- Headway Website:
the neurological care and health occupational therapy, their sup- can’t be in a room together. But cations in relation to time spent
sector is critically understaffed port service to help you think apart from that, I’ve also found in hospital and recovery rates. Headway Twitter(@Headway-
and much of the long-term re- about getting back to work. that returning to my studies has (After hospital) My own GP Ireland):
habilitation and aftercare falls They also have social groups been a great source for interac- was great.
on the shoulders of neurological and lots of information for link- tion and connection for me. It’s Headway Facebook:
charity services. On the topic of ing you up to other charitable been really good for building NF: How important is Brain
this in the NAI report, Professor bodies, for example Epilepsy that confidence back up again. Awareness Week to you and to Headway Care Statistics:
Orla Hardiman, National Clini- Ireland. They also offer clients I would be very involved in the Headway?
cal Lead for Neurology said: the chance to be in their fund- advocacy group also, who work our-outcomes/
raising group. Headway doesn’t to push politicians to acknowl- Caroline: It matters an awful NAI March 15th 2021 Report:
“The vital importance of have enough funding to have an edge the important funding as- lot to me because before I knew
not-for-profit organisations in in-house fundraising team. So, pects that need attention. about Headway, I knew about 3-2021-nai-report-reveals-criti-
the delivery of everyday care myself and a few other people Brain Awareness Week. I just cal-gaps-in-neurology-services
for neurological illness in this who would have an acquired NF: How do you feel the sup- wish that it was more publicised
country cannot be overstated. brain injury of some sort would port or aftercare available for because with so many people Images:Headway stats- Head-
They contribute millions each meet up (pre-Covid) every 10 people with varying types of suffering with brain related is- way website, Cerebral cortex -
year from fundraised income days or so to draft fundraising brain injuries is in the public sues and not talking about them
without which neurological care strategies. But once you get into health system? it makes me incredibly sad, it’s
in this country could not be sus- Headway’s services, what they like a hidden illness. The way
tained. It is vital that the section do is fantastic. Caroline: (In relation to her you see daffodil day advertised
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ly to be the holiday of
choice for many this
summer and in the foreseeable
future. to help you avoid painful
pitfalls the Competition & Con-
sumer Protection Commission
(CCPC) has put together the fol-
lowing guidelines on what con-
sumers should look out for.

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any references to public health Government guidance? goes wrong. For example, if
measures, or Government ad- If I feel uncomfortable trav- the original T&Cs give you the
vice that may affect your book- elling due to circumstances at right to a refund, the business is
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Popular swimming pool to possibly get a Reprieve

the pool since its opening in swimming, water polo and other number of other schools in the
1966. The pool, which was the water sports. It has been a great area also uses the facility. As the
first indoor swimming pool built resource for the community, facility provides a significant re-
in Dublin in the 20th century, has providing enjoyment, fun and source to the local community
been at the forefront of training life-saving skills to all of its us- and with the nearest Dublin City
and teaching in swimming, wa- ers down through the years. Council pool being Markievicz
ter polo and other water sports. A campaign to save the pool it is accepted that without ac-
It has also been a great resource was started on Uplift some cess to this pool many schools,
for the community, providing months ago and to date has re- groups and public would be at
enjoyment, fun and life-saving ceived over 4,000 signatures, a significant loss. Dublin City
skills in all things aquatic to but despite this, and petitions Council propose to engage with
thousands of its users down to Dublin City Council, Swim Board of Management of the
through the years. Ireland, Sports Ireland and Min- pool to explore options to reo-
 The Board would like to ister for Sport Catherine Martin pen the pool. It is proposed to
particularly acknowledge the its future is uncertain. However, make a contribution of €40k
contribution of all the staff, the all may not be lost as a recent subject to discussions.”
community, the local author- report presented to the Dub- There is a chance that this
ity, community gain funds and lin City Council Budget Con- additional funding will be ap-

n Michael Greene
It is with a heavy heart that sporting agencies who sup- sultative Committee proposed proved at the full council meet-
losed last year due to the the Board of Management an- ported the pool since its incep- €40,000 in additional funding ing in April. If so the swimming
Covid 19 pandemic, the nounces the closure of Marian tion in 1966, and our patrons the for the beleaguered Swimming pool could still survive.
current status of Mar- College Swimming Pool. Not- Marist Brothers.The pool could Pool. We at NewsFour hope that
ian College Swimming Pool is withstanding the efforts of the not have operated for so long The report reads: this great resource can be saved,
that it is to remain closed for pool manager and her team, the without your support and we “Marian College has operated as next to Markievicz it is the
the foreseeable future. Earlier Covid 19 pandemic, restrictions sincerely thank you for it.” a swimming pool since 1966, only available local community
this year the Swimming Pool’s and related costs have had a sig-  Opened in 1966, Marian was which is now closed; the pool pool, and its closure would have
Board of Management released nificant impact on the long-term the first indoor swimming pool was available to the school dur- a devastating effect on the com-
the following statement: viability of the swimming pool. built in Dublin in the 20th cen- ing school hours and available munity of Ballsbridge and its
“To all associated with Mar-  We would like to thank you tury and has been at the fore- to the public, swimming groups, surrounds. 
ian College swimming pool. for your loyalty and support of front of training and teaching in clubs and local community. A

Soul Nourishment from The Millennial Therapist

can outsource, although we of- show up authentically or appre- others.
ten try to, especially within our ciate their inherent uniqueness.
relationships. A lack of self-love The expectations are often un- NF: What words of en-
can contribute to a wide array of realistic and promote an illusion couragement might you give
mental health issues. The degree of perfection that leaves many to those who may be feeling
to which we love ourselves will people feeling resentful, disap- frightened, lonely and discon-
dictate the way we treat our- pointed, and inadequate.  nected during these strange
selves.  times, and who cannot access
NF: What made you decide that sense of well-being we
NF: Would you say having to get involved in the Body need to thrive?
an innate sense of self-appre- Shop’s Self Love Movement? • Be gracious and patient.
ciation and self-esteem is fun- As someone who has been, Self-love is not something we
damental to self love? and currently still is, on a jour- earn or can fail at. Rather, I see
Yes. Self-appreciation, self- ney of self-love I wanted to help it as a relationship we get to
esteem, and I would add self- others do the same. The Body build and nurture over time (at
acceptance, are all fundamental Shop Self Love campaign is a whatever pace and in whichever
components of self-love. How- movement, meaning it high- way you choose). There is no
Sara Kuburic, better known NF: Why is Self Love so im- ever, these inner experiences lights that love is an action not such thing as a perfect relation-
as the Millennial Therapist, de- portant? may not always feel innate. merely a feeling. This stance is ship, not even with ourselves.
scribes herself as an identity, The way we relate to ourselves Sometimes, arguably, often- incredibly empowering because
relationship, and moral trauma is often how we relate to others. times, they require a lot of work, it reminds us that we have the • Choose to meet yourself at
expert. Her aim is to help you In order to have healthy rela- intentionality, and dedication. honour of building a relation- whatever phase or version of
feel empowered, live freely and tionships with others, we have    ship we desire with ourselves.  yourself you might be at, be-
authentically, thrive in your re- to strive towards a healthy rela- NF: Do you find today’s ob- I was born in the Balkans. I cause you deserve to be loved
lationships with yourself and tionship with ourselves. In order session with the body, beauty survived two wars by the age of – always. 
others, experience healing and to create a positive change in the products, and with being a nine. I think that early childhood
change, and uncover purpose world, we must create a positive certain shape can actually be experience of what it means to Wise words of truth indeed.
in your life. Sara is a Canadian change within. No one can love an impediment to self-appre- see a world without love has
with Balkan roots. us the way that we can love our- ciation and self love? shaped who I am today. It has Image courtesy of Sara Kuburic
During lockdown, when eve- selves. This is a need that can Absolutely. I think the hyper motivated me to advocate for a
ryone was needing a little extra only be fulfilled by us – this is focus and, consequently, the world where people can learn to
boost NewsFour talked remote- why it’s important to address it. expectations that follow do not love themselves and often, as a
ly to Sara. Self-love is not something we leave space for individuals to consequence, be open to loving
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Page 22 DUBLIN CITY COUNCIL NOTES April / May 2021

DCC Notes
for March / April 2021
main able to travel at 50 kph on
the Pigeon House Road in the
context of attempts to improve
the footpaths was under licence
from the Roads Department.
Private landings to which the
formation he got from revenue
says owners of buildings must
now provide tax details - their
Compiled by Dermot Carmody matters there for pedestrians and public has access is under the PPS and the property number.
cyclists. Planning Department. He said He was glad to see revenue in-
there may be a relaxation of volved and wondered what the
Citywide Introduction of all school areas would drop to A number of councillors al- rules as the government wants impact of these changes will be?
30 kph Speed Limit 30kph, bringing obvious safety luded to the failure of DCC to to encourage outdoor dining be-
benefits to children. pass similar measures in the re- cause of covid. DCC Roads and In response, Mr. Downey said
cent past. Cllr Pat Dunne (I4C) Planning Department will make that the success of new revenue
The plan proposes two nota- said it was unfortunate that a policy decision on accommo- measures will depend on peo-
ble exceptions where the speed similar proposals were defeated dating any such easement of ple complying with the require-
limit would remain at the 50 last year  as result of lobbying rules. ments to submit details. People
kph limit as at present. These of councillors by motorists and will try to hide the fact from
are the stretch of the N11 from other groups. He said the 30kph Cllr Claire Byrne said she gets revenue and local authority that
the border with Dun Laoghaire limit applies in many suburbs lots of complaints about breach- STL is taking place, he said, and
Rathdown County Council to and the city centre and that it’s ing of rules in developments es- it can be difficult to identify - es-
the junction of Anglesea Rd and time to roll it out citywide. He pecially in Docklands. In a lot pecially with apartments, which
Beaver Row, and the route from hoped Councillors will resist of cases, according to residents, ones are being used for STL.
Dublin Port Tunnel to the Sean lobbying this time and the re- builders just continue to breach
Moore roundabout, both north- port is implemented. Cllr Anne working hours and traffic plans, Report Suggests Belmont
bound and southbound. The lat- Feeny said she had voted against causing stress to residents who Avenue Traffic Calming
ter exemption would be in place the last report as she had felt it feel that nothing is being done Measures
to facilitate trucks accessing the was impractical to enforce, but about it. She accepted the de- Andrew Duff Neighbourhood,
waste incinerator.  that she had changed her mind partment was doing its best to Transport Engineer at the De-
and been convinced this time enforce rules but said residents partment of the Environment
Councillors on the South East Once initial feedback had because of better communica- were being left in a difficult presented the outcome of a re-
Area Committee (SEAC) meet- been elicited from councillors, tion on the Loving 30 campaign. situation.  port into posible traffic calming
ing by Zoom on March 8th were Ms. Camargo said the proposal Expressing support for the measures in Belmont Avenue in
given a presentation on the pro- would go to the Public Consul- plans, Cllr. Caroline Moore Car- Mr. Downey responded say- Donnybrook. Problems on the
posed citywide rollout of a de- tation Hub from 29th of March oline Moore (GP) said it has to ing that there is no 30 day grace residential road, where a school
fault speed limit of 30 kph with to 9th of April, and would ulti- be about more than just chang- period for working hour breach- is also located, arise from nar-
particular reference to the South mately be enacted in Decem- ing speed limits. She said that es by developers and that the row footpaths and carriageways.
East Area by Rossana Camargo, ber 2021 if a full DCC council infrastructural changes will also department engages with them The issues are rat running dur-
Executive Engineer with Dublin meeting passed it. be needed to slow traffic down, immediately on such breach- ing morning and evening peak
City Council (DCC). and that signs alone won’t work es. He said developers need hours and speeding by motor-
Councillors were broadly sup- without traffic calming meas- derogations of working hours ists. Mounting of kerbs by driv-
Councillors heard that the portive of the proposals, includ- ures. where large concrete pours are ers and speeding to pass other
Loving 30 campaign associated ing Fine Gael councillors Paddy required. If it comes to the de- vehicles on the narrow road
with the new speed limit would McCartan and James Geoghan. For the Council, Ms. Camargo partment’s attention that they have been noted by drivers. 
promote the main aims of the Mr. Geoghan commended the said they were liaising with Gar- are breaching working hours
measure, which are to reduce Safe Schools initiative and sug- dai on enforcement of existing they halt these derogations for Suggested actions include
traffic speed on the roads and to gested that residential roads 30 kph limits as well as plans for a period, giving the department the reduction of speed limit to
make it safer for people walking could adopt a similar model. enforcement under the proposed some leverage to enforce rules. 30 kph, removal of some park-
and cycling in the city, especial- He asked if it would be possible changes. He sympathised with residents ing bays to allow cars to pull in
ly children. to trial the 30 kph limit on resi- near infill development in the to let oncoming traffic to pass,
dential roads. Ms. Camargo said Presentation On Planning city and said that generally even hopefully decreasing aggres-
The plan envisages a default this was not possible under the Enforcement by DCC where there are complaints the sive driving, removing parking
speed limit of 30 kph on roads relevant bye-laws. John Downey, Administra- department finds that builders entirely and widening the car-
and in villages. Ms. Camargo tive Officer planning Depart- are compliant but admitted that, riageway and footpaths, and in-
highlighted the success of simi- Cllr. Mary Freehill (LAB) ment DCC, gave a presentation because it is so close to residents stitution of a one way system on
lar moves in other European cit- noted that cities used for com- on Planning Enforcement by who are staying at home, it still the road.
ies. Dropping the speed limit to parison in the report, such as  the Council, following which causes a problem.
20 mph (Approximately 32 kph) London and Paris, have un- Cllr Mannix Flynn expressed Two further solutions, how-
in London and Edinburgh has derground rail systems which concern that developers in Cllr. Paddy McCartan (FG) ever, appeared to be the most
been successful reducing acci- contribute to people’s ability docklands have exceeded the brought up the matter of short likely to succeed and to meet the
dents and casualties consider- to travel round the city. She ar- permitted building height in term lets (STL). He said the In- approval of residents, accord-
ably. In Paris the introduction gued that the  Metro here should new developments. He also ex-
of a 30 kph limit has reduced go ahead. Cllr. Deirdre Conroy pressed concern that, to facili-
emissions, while in Brussels the (FF) echoed this point and raised tate outdoor dining, publicans
benefits of reducing the limit the issue of buses speeding. She are building gazebos and en-
were achieved without, it was said there should be automatic croaching on footpaths without
claimed, significantly lengthen- speed cameras to enforce the permission. He said this was not
ing journey times in the city. speed limits. Cllr. Mannix Flynn just street furniture but perma-
agreed with Cllr. Conroy’s con- nent structures “nailed into the
Ms. Camargo noted that hav- cern about buses, which he said ground.”
ing numerous different speed “think they’re in some sort of
limits should be minimized in Grand Prix.” Mr Downey said that the mat-
order to avoid excessive dis- ter of one specific docklands
tracting signage on roads, and Cllr. Claire Byrne (GP), also building height was in court at
that under the proposed meas- welcoming the proposal, ques- the moment. On the matter of
ures the speed limit around tioned whether trucks should re- outdoor dining, he said use of April / May 2021 Page 23

Significant Move towards Greater Equality

Guest article by Equality is fundamental to ter’s degree and is a fluent Por- of a solution, what it will do,
Chris Andrews TD. Republicanism and a basic prin- tuguese speaker, reported his ex- is to give those with clear evi-
ciple of any modern-day society. perience to me. After submitting dence the support they deserve
While it may appear as a simple a video application for a job in a to stand up against this form of
and straight forward principle, large multinational company, he discrimination.
to put into practice it is com- was contacted by a concerned This Bill is an important step
plex, as any gap in legislation employee of that company who in sending out a message to so-
can lead to exploitation and dis- informed him that employees ciety and those that are affected
crimination, causing suffering reviewing his video application by this type of discrimination.
to many within our community. had joked and mocked about the It is unacceptable for people to
As an Irish Republican elected young individual’s Inner City discriminate against individuals
to the Dáil, I wanted equality to Dublin accent, with one also on the basis that you come from
be a cornerstone to the politics questioning how and where the a disadvantaged socioeconomic
that I bring to that institution. applicant picked up Portuguese. background or speak with a par-
For this reason, once elected I This young man’s accent sadly ticular accent.
began working to develop legis- became a deciding factor on By continuing to exclude so-
lation to amend both the Equal whether he got the job or not. cioeconomic status inequality
Status Act and the Employment When this young man went to in legislation we are creating a
Equality Act and to plug the gap the Workplace Relations Com- hierarchy of equality in which
within these Acts. mission (WRC), despite having we prohibit and recognise cer-
The purpose of this Bill is to copies of the messages by the tain forms of discrimination but
put in place safeguards that will interview panel mocking and tolerate other forms
prevent people being discrimi- insulting his accent and address, Our various unique accents
nated against simply because of the WRC told him that this case are an essential part of who we
where they may have grown up, did not fall under laws on dis- are, our culture and our heritage.
where they live, or the accent crimination in the workplace. To be discriminated against be-
they speak with. Like many forms of discrimi- cause of them should never be
In one example a young con- nation, they can be difficult to tolerated under any law.
stituent from one of the city’s clearly prove, so while this Bill
flat complexes, who had a Mas- may not be a ‘’silver bullet’’

Green Party calls for recognition of

DCC Notes Cont’d
ing to most councillors. These
are firstly, restricting access to

clean water as a human right

vehicles from the Donnybrook
end only, or secondly a “filtered
permeability” scheme, whereby
locations would be provided
where cars can turn and exit the
road from where they came in.
Access to clean water ers, lakes, and ground- Access to Clean Water guaranteed investment let, but the motion in the
Councillors agreed that these is a basic human right of water.” and Sanitation is also a going forward.” Seanad is a first step. We
two were the more feasible of every inhabitant of this United Nation’s Sustain- want to ensure that every
the suggested options, but some country, the Green Party The Programme for able Development Goal According to the Wa- person in this country
expressed concern that any such has said. March 22nd is Government commits that we have signed up ter Quality in Ireland will see a change for the
action was bound to have a World Water Day and to making the provision to. report published by the better - better health and
knock on effect, increasing traf- this year’s focus on the of safe drinking water Senators Pauline Environmental Protec- better quality of life.”
fic on adjacent roads in the area value of water has never and the proper treatment O’Reilly and Vincent P tion Agency (EPA) in
as a result. been more important. of wastewater a prior- Martin joined Senator December 2020, only Senator Garvey con-
ity, and Senator Róisín Garvey at the launch. 53% of our surface wa- cluded: “Coming from
The proposed options are Senator Róisín Garvey Garvey will bring a mo- ter bodies have satisfac- rural Ireland, I see huge
likely to be whittled down in said: “Water is a basic tion to Seanad Éireann Senator O’Reilly stat- tory water quality. There issues with lack of infra-
number following feedback human right, yet here we next week calling for: ed: “Water is so much are now just 20 pristine structure. We have many
from councillors, and will be are in 2021 with a huge part of our environment river sites, down from villages in towns that
opened up to public consulta- water crisis in Ireland. The State to provide on this island – not just over 500 sites in the late are one water treatment
tion in April, Mr. Duff said. It’s time we valued our for the management, our seas but also our 1980s. In addition, the plant away from surviv-
April will open up options for water and gave it the re- treatment and distri- wetlands. €1.3bn was al- CSO recently reported ing and thriving. There is
public consultation. He said that spect and investment it bution of safe water located to Irish Water in that treatment at 19 of no housing without water
where displaced traffic goes de- needs so people can feel through systems in pub- budget 2021. That was Ireland’s large towns and infrastructure. There is
pends on the options ultimately safe drinking and using lic or community owner- key for us in listening cities, including Dublin no rural development or
chosen. He conceded that traffic it again. We as a Govern- ship, ensuring the protec- not just to those protect- and Cork, failed to meet regional balance without
will go onto neighbouring roads ment party have made tion and restoration of ing our wildlife, but also EU standards set to pre- water infrastructure.”
but noted that Belmont Avenue commitments in the the ecological status of to those looking to con- vent pollution.
is not designed to take peak traf- Programme for Govern- water bodies. struct more homes and
fic, whereas Marlborough Road, ment and now we have more businesses, par- Senator Martin stated:
for example, is an arterial route to turn those into action. Recognition that clean ticularly in rural Ireland. “We need to get serious
and could take more traffic than We must protect it from water is a basic human That investment is need- about this. It requires
Belmont Avenue.  source to sea and every- right of every inhabitant ed now more than ever, prioritisation and invest-
thing along the way, riv- of this country and that and we need to see that ment. It’s not a silver bul-
Page 24 April / May 2021

Recipe’s for Easter In a large bowl, combine all the

remaining kofta ingredients and
mix gently with your hands un-
As Easter peers its little ears 900g minced lamb til evenly distributed. Divide
around the corner, getting 6 crushed garlic cloves into 18 equal portions (about
excited for a long season of ½ small onion, chopped 55g each) and arrange on bak-
barbecues and beers under 4 tbsp chopped coriander leaves ing tray.
the spring evening sun be- and tender stems 2. With damp hands and a light
comes a whole lot easier. 4 tbsp chopped fresh mint leaves touch, form each portion into an
1 tbsp ground cumin oval shape (7.5cm long and 4cm
Fear not if your barbecue has 1 tbsp ground coriander wide). Insert skewer into each
not been touched since last 1 ½ tsp sea salt portion. Cover loosely with
September…these nifty little 1 tsp sweet paprika clingfilm and refrigerate for 1 –
numbers are the perfect transi- ½ tsp cayenne pepper 8 hours to firm up.
tion back into garden grilling. ½ tsp ground black pepper 3. In a small bowl, whisk all the
Great for all ages and bursting   yogurt ingredients together. You
with flavour, you can guarantee Yogurt Sauce: should have 240ml. Cover and
a positively hoppy family feast, 240ml natural Greek yogurt refrigerate until ready to serve.
once the chocolate overload has 1 tbsp chopped fresh mint leaves  
subsided… 1 crushed garlic cloves At the barbecue:
  ¼ tsp sea salt 1. Prepare the barbecue for di-
Serves: 6-8 people ¼ tsp ground black pepper rect heat, approx. 200-230°C.
  ¼ tsp hot sauce, tabasco A high heat is required. While
Cooking method:   the barbecue heats, let the kofta
Direct Side Sauce: mixture sit at room temperature.
Temp: 200-230°C 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 2. Lightly brush the koftas with
Prep time: 20 minutes 1 ½ tbsp chopped fresh mint olive oil. Grill the kofta over
Chill time: 1-8 hours (marinad- leaves grilling / direct medium – high
ing) 1 ½ tbsp chopped coriander heat, with the lid closed, for
Cooking time: 8-12 minutes leaves 8-12 minutes, until browned on nish with mint and coriander. range and for more recipe inspi-
175ml of harissa all sides and cooked through, Serve with the harissa and yo- ration visit
Ingredients: turning occasionally. gurt sauces.
Kofta: In the kitchen: 3. Arrange on serving platter,   Image: Weber’s Barbecue Bible
Extra-virgin olive oil 1. Lightly oil a large baking tray. drizzle with olive oil and gar- To view Weber’s full product Cookbook, Hamlyn

Crossword Clues April May 2021 Solutions for the Feb/March 21

The NewsFour Crossword
April May 2021 ACROSS:
Compiled by Gemma Byrne 1) A glutton for punishment (9) ACROSS:
5) Dahl wrote of a giant version of this stone fruit (5)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 9) Fingers or phone number (6) 1) Adolescents, 6) CAB, 8) Taj
10) Roux and milk based sauce (8) Mahal, 9) Panama, 13) Buck,
11) A strategic planner (9) 14) Sale of Work,
9 10 12) A long long way to run according to Maria (3) 16) Oxidation, 18) Biden, 19)
13) Ingest (3) Nod off, 21) Herb, 22) Pub
14) Washes one’s hands of (7) Crawl,
11 12 15) Detainees (7) 23) Bateau, 26) Emancipation,
17) Delight in another’s misfortune (5) 28) Neighbours, 29) Bass
18) Superior quality French vineyard (3)

14 21) Prayer cushion for kneeling (7)

23) Had a hankering (7) DOWN:
25) Type of language Gogarty used about Stagg in the Dáil (15)
15 16 17 29) NO2 (8, 7) 1) Autobiography, 2) Objection-
18 19 20
able, 3) Exam, 4) Chapati, 5)
DOWN: Tap, 7) Black and Blue,
21 22 23 1) Famous George Eliot novel (11) 10) Affable, 11) Avoidable, 12)
2) Ninth astrological sign (11) Mean, 15) Balderdash, 17) Oaf,
3) A large-scale and sudden event (9) 20) Few,
25 26 27 28
4) Follower (10) 21) Hob, 24) Alto, 25) Spur, 27)
6) Assessment (4) Ova
7) Without enthusiasm or energy (13)
8) Country on the equator and home to the Galapagos islands (7)
12) Decorate (7)
16) Part of a curve or a story (3) Prize of €25 book token. Post
19) Precipitation (4) entries to;
Name:…………………………… Telephone:………………… 20) Selection of small Middle Eastern dishes (4) NewsFour, 13A Fitzwilliam
22) A single step on a flight (5) Street, Ringsend, Dublin 4
24) One used by others for their own ends (4) by the 22nd May 2021.
25) Vase for storing ashes (3)
26) Fall behind (3)
27) VAT or DIRT (3)
28) Mr Hull, friend of Emu (3) April / May 2021 NEWSFOUR FICTION Page 25

Continuing our New NewsFour Fiction

Holiday Thrills
by Michael Gavin
al time and we were dreading in case we got lost. for us at the top, the joker pre- Please keep this a secret, Mom-
the long boring day ahead; then tended to try and push us off, but my and Daddy.  He would be so
about ten thirty we heard Uncle Arriving in Howth, he threw us we landed in a hay lorry passing embarrassed if he thought for a
Mick singing a song of welcome into the water and told us that below.  I’m amazed at his being second that you knew of his lov-
from the back garden.  He told you had both arrived home early so clever as to be able to organ- ing nature.  When we arrive for
us that he had come over to give and wanted to treat us to lunch ise that perfect timing. Christmas dinner in his apart-
us a surprise and wasn’t Aunty in Killiney.  Such a joker!  We ment not only will we be the
Nicola so good not to spoil it. swam over, and you weren’t But he can be such a silly bil- centre of attention, he is even
there. ly.  He wanted to surprise us by going to have his warming ma-
He is such a joker.  He told us camping out on Lambay Island chine ready in case we are feel-
Welcome back, Mommy and to jump from the bathroom win- We swam back to Howth, but overnight but when we got there ing the December chill.
Daddy, we are so excited to tell dow and that he would catch us his evil identical twin brother he discovered that he had forgot-
you about Uncle Mick that we but the messer dropped his arms was there instead. He used a ten to bring a tent or food.  He He has asked us to weigh our-
cannot meow.  We have to write at the last minute just before we long-headed brush to push us rowed back to the mainland to selves the day before and text
instead.  Apparently, you told were going to hit the ground.  back in the water.  Then magic get them but then forgot to come him the result. Imagine being
Aunty Nicola that he is a big He obviously knew us kitties happened.  As a garda walked back to us.  I suppose that he is so caring as to need to know
doggie fan and does not like always land safely on our feet. by the evil brother changed into over fifty now, and getting for- the temperature per kilo and the
us cats and to protect us while Mick and he told the guard that getful, so we forgive him.  If it warming time for us.
you were away, but you were so Saying we deserved a day out in he was using the brush to rescue wasn’t for Aunty Nicola swim-
wrong.  He truly loves us and Howth for being so good while us, which he did.  He is so good.  ming out, we could be writing You should thank the Lord that
wants us to have great adven- you were away, he brought us to Oh, the bad language he used, it this from kitty heaven. such a caring, sensitive man is a
tures in life. Lansdowne Road station.  When would shock you!!  His brother friend of yours.
we got there, however, his Leap must be a very bad man to be Imagine she is so good an actor
He gave us a wonderful day on Card could not cover the three called those names. that she could pretend in front Your Furry Babies.
Friday, full of thrills and love of us.  He has a bad knee, so we of us to be angry about him, but
and Aunty Nicola too!  She is agreed that he should sit on the Next, he showed such confi- didn’t he tell us that her fam- Michael has been a member of
such a great actress; the reels of train.  He is so intelligent and dence in us that he encouraged ily are training to take part in the Rathmines Writers’ Group
Hollywood have utterly lost a told us to stay on the tracks and us to climb the cliff face with the TV series, Ireland’s Fittest for a number of years.
star. She left for work at the usu- run directly in front of the train no safety equipment.  Waiting Family.

In the Corridors of her Head

Poems by James Conway the grasp of hearing,
but when I go, it has fled
Unspoken thoughts drift with a February to warm its own breast alone.
sun stirring memories of her first night in daughters of Satan, how she’d wished them his poetry comes to life
England. A hostel in Dover in 1948  a thousand years in hell! if only for a moment In a window high above my midnight
in the geometry  prayer, a light turns on
when she couldn’t ask for a cup of tea in Where are the tribes of “Reuben, Gad and of yesterday with an and the scent of the great unseen across si-
the native tongue. Menasha?” she whispers, image of stony fields. lence teases 
Instead she read a book of poetry, the fuel trembling in the corridors of her head. some more, ready on its hind to crack my
of her soul, Again she is opening mouths, Under the dark tree’s light fragile fear.
words kept her above the waves between whipping out the gold fillings between the under a cloudless sky It robbed my Love, shut the door on my
life and death. stare of frozen eyes.  with a necklace of stars heart, and thrashed me bare.
telling of tomorrow
Now in a hospital bed, old lungs are hold- In England she always wore a cardigan, where dreams are laid With one ounce left, I raise my head, con-
ing onto the morning air. In her nose there even in summer, to hide those out like a blanket tort my stare
is still the odour of Auschwitz – five numbers of Auschwitz. On her last and dare to steal our past again, and run
breath she is above pain, terror. and all he ever wanted  with you between
In her ears the choking breaths, cries be- here was a picnic life and death, to where sanctuary waits for
yond the perimeter. It was there she lied Above the cliché of false sympathy, she amongst city streets us in enigma’s 
about her age, saying she was eighteen not walks in the sun holding with the coming of summer lustre, one chance, one breath, I swear.
fourteen, put to work collecting the gold hands with freedom, sucking in the deliri- sighted over the hill
out of dead mouths. um of the cleanest air. as he sat alone 
James Conway is a member of the Rath-
If unlucky, she might have been soiled in on Baggot street bridge mines Writers’ Workshop, and to date has
the dark  A Necklace of Stars with music wafting clear. had two collections published, Vertebrae
or even the bright of day, stained by what- of Journey (2010), and Purple Coat
ever came into their heads. In evening still (2017).
when decades lost Across Silence
There the prettiest girls were washed and seem like tinsel
locked in a private harem or the confetti  The great unseen taunts me, teases my soul
fed for their captors’ lust. Walking like of his dreams, he with the scorch of its invisible fire resound-
zombies, they were kept in a garden where stamps his lonely ing and scatters my existence across silence
the screams of those going to the showers trail along the canal without apology for torture or fear.
were unheard.
over the quiver of water Amongst the wind, the rustle of yesterday
Again, she remembered the bitch-guards, beside country reeds hovers high, stirs within a music beyond
Page 26 MENTAL HEALTH April / May 2021

Keeping The Light Burning

Darkness into Light 2021
Electric Ireland and Pi-
eta urge people to sign up at and take
part in a special Dark-
ness Into Light Sunrise on
May 8th.
This year, participants can
walk, run, swim, hike, bike or
simply share One Sunrise To-
gether for Darkness Into Light,
as organised walks are not pos-
sible due to Covid-19 restric-
Darkness Into Light ambas-
sadors share Sunrise Notes for
this year’s launch – express-
ing how they have found light
in the dark
Electric Ireland is proud
to support Pieta and Dark-
ness Into Light for the ninth
year and are urging people to have found light in the dark, ing #DIL2021. The concept of for Darkness Into Light, as we support Pieta with their mis-
sign up at darknessintolight. especially over the last 12 writing and sharing a heartfelt look towards a brighter future sion to help those who need
ie to take part in a special months.   note will help normalise the together. I’m looking forward it most. Electric Ireland truly
Darkness Into Light Sunrise The  campaign is proud- challenges people have been to when we can walk hand in believe that when the nation
on May 8th; a moment that can ly supported by Broadcast- facing this year, bringing peo- hand, arm in arm at dawn at comes together, it has the pow-
unite us whilst still physically er Miriam O’Callaghan, Sena- ple together through shared future Darkness Into Light er to bring hope to those who
apart. By taking part in Dark- tor Eileen Flynn, Lord Mayor experiences of finding light in events. Until then, while we’re need it most; a true demon-
ness Into Light, now a global of Dublin Hazel Chu, writ- the darkness. apart, let’s unite for Dark- stration of how we’re brighter
movement and Pieta’s main er Donal Ryan, Blogger Louise Broadcaster Miriam ness Into Light: One Sunrise together. This year while we
fundraiser, participants will Cooney, Olympic Diver Oli- O’Callaghan, commented: Together.” can’t physically be together for
help shine a light on suicide ver Dingley and Creative Di- “Darkness Into Light is an Marguerite Sayers, Execu- Darkness Into Light 2021, we
and self-harm while raising rector Lawson Mpame. Sun- incredibly important event on tive Director, Electric Ireland, can still come together while
vital funds for Pieta’s lifesav- rise Notes from some of the the Irish calendar. Now more added:  apart and sign up, show our
ing services, which are needed ambassadors are available to than ever, Pieta need support “We are proud to support Pi- support for Pieta and share a
now more than ever, following read at  https://www.electricire- from the Irish public to ensure eta with Darkness Into Light special sunrise with thousands
a difficult year. Electric their valued services can con- for our ninth consecutive year. of others around the country.”
As part of the campaign Ireland and Pieta are also en- tinue for those who need it. The partnership is incredibly Elaine Austin, CEO, Pieta
launch, Electric Ireland  to- couraging the nation  to take This year has seen Irish peo- important to all Electric Ire- commented: 
gether with Pieta have worked pen to paper to  write  their ple adapt and come together land staff and customers.  We “We have all faced with
with well-known ambassa- own Sunrise Note and share in times of darkness. We’re a understand how difficult this some incredible and daunting
dors who have written Sunrise their stories of finding hope nation of doers, and I’m sure year has been for many people, challenges over the last year.
Notes, which detail how they in the darkness online us- there will be a rally of support and there is an urgent need to Pieta is here to support all of
those in suicidal crisis and our
free counselling has contin-
ued, uninterrupted throughout
the Covid lockdowns.  Our
clinical team provide services
over the phone, via text and
in-person in twenty centres na-
tionwide and, since last year,
we now provide free counsel-
ling over video. In 2020, we
delivered over 52,000 hours of
therapy and we received over
70,000 calls and texts for help
through our 24/7 crisis hel-
pline. April / May 2021 MENTAL HEALTH Page 27

Darkness Into Light is cru- Although there are no or- #DIL2021), Because under to Pieta, there is always some- came this far and you can go
cial in delivering the funds ganised walks this year, Pi- one sunrise, we’re brighter one you can reach out to when farther.” Senator Eileen Flynn 
needed to support this level of eta and Electric Ireland are together. Sign up now at dark- you need someone to listen. #BrighterTogether 
service. We have a great part- still urging the nation to  And when somebody does lis- #DIL2021 
nership with Electric Ireland sign up and mark this spe- “There is always hope and ten, life always gets better. The
and the company have been cial Darkness Into Light sun- you’re never alone although night cannot last forever and Images include Dublin Lord
unwavering in their support rise within Covid guidelines, you feel very very lonely and after the darkness there is al- Mayor Hazel Chu, Miriam
over the years. We are grate- on May 8th to show support you find it very hard to reach ways the sunshine - a new day O’Callaghan, Senator Eileen
ful too for our Darkness into to those impacted by sui- out. Trust me, you’re never full of fresh starts and a new Flynn and others. Courtesy of
Light committees who gal- cide. Now, one year on from alone in your feelings. Thanks possibility. Hang in there. You Darkness into Light

Savvi Credit Union welcomes Mark Beirne

as new CEO
ine kick I get from working in a better place than when I
closely with teams to achieve started.
a common purpose, the oppor- Do credit unions continue to
tunity to lead Savvi was really have an important part to play
appealing. I am hugely excited in the community?
to see what we can do together. Yes, I believe so. Credit Un-
Tell us about some of the ions are at the heart of many
challenges you have faced so communities, along with the
far in your role? local GAA /Sports club or the
Starting a new role during Post Office. Ireland is built on
vanise support for the event when the country went into a pandemic, where most of communities and Credit Un-
across the country year after lockdown, Pieta’s services Mark joined Savvi Credit my interaction with the team ions are woven into many of
year.  It’s important for all of are in demand more than ever Union in January and brings is done in a virtual sense, is these communities across the
us to hold on to hope and Dark- and they need the public’s a wealth of experience in the by far the biggest challenge. I country. We look after just
ness Into Light gives us the op- support. So, get involved for financial sector as well as end- really look forward to the day over 23,000 members provid-
portunity to come together un- Darkness Into Light  whether less enthusiasm and optimism when we can all be back in a ing them with a wide range of
der this one common purpose, that’s writing a sunrise note, for what Credit Unions can ac- physical sense (at least for part financial services which ena-
to remember our loved ones walking, running, swimming, complish. of the week!) and really start to bles them to interact with us in
and to help those struggling hiking, biking or simply shar- What attracted you to the po- get the momentum going as a whatever way suits them best -
at this time, and I do hope you ing your sunrise snap using the sition of CEO in Savvi Credit team. in branch, via phone or online.
will all join us on May 8th.”  hashtags (#BrighterTogether, Union? What is your vision for Sav- Finally, did you take up any
Firstly, I love the idea of a vi Credit Union over the next new hobbies during lockdown?
member owned organisation couple of years? Yes, I now have to buy piz-
utilising its resources to help Essentially, to create a Credit zas every Saturday night for
support its community. I Union that our members will my two daughters! That has
think that, over time, my con- be proud to be part of, that become a ‘lockdown tradition’
cept of what this represents meets their needs and expec- according to them! I have tried
has evolved – most likely as a tations and where the staff are to keep fit with regular running
result of my lifetime involve- growing, developing and feel and the odd sea swim. Also
ment with the GAA. When part of a team that is delivering have started a healthy ‘scrab-
I combine all this with my a quality service. Success, for ble’ competition with my wife
working background in finan- me - when that time comes - that can get heated at times!
cial services, and the genu- would be if I could leave Savvi
Page 28 LOCAL/HISTORY April / May 2021

US Embassy Relocation:
The Past and Future of an Icon

A preparatory sketch by architect

John MacLane Johansen

annually and the fashion was

to adopt designs that flattered
the host countries: the embassy
in New Delhi had echoes of a
Hindu temple; the embassy in
Baghdad was made reminis-
cent of a caliph’s tent; the one
in Athens included marble from
Mount Penteli, the source of the
week public consultation before quently fought a long bankrupt- ficial residence in Ireland since stone in the Parthenon.

n Peter McNamara it comes to a full council meet- cy case in the US, which was 1927 – also housed elements Johansen inspected “Celtic
lans by the US embassy ing, possibly in May. Rezoning, resolved in 2019. of the embassy. As the years round castles”, Martello towers
to move into the former planning and construction could The Ballsbridge embassy was passed, however, it became and the Book of Kells, and even
Jury’s Hotel site in Balls- take three years, according to the focal point for an eventful clear that these locations were considered the first American
bridge have been backed by some estimates. century of US-Irish relations: no longer suitable and in 1957, flag, before designing a circular
local city councillors. The em- US diplomats have been seek- as America grew into the pre- the new location in Ballsbridge building placed within a moat
bassy, currently headed by dep- ing a new home in Ireland for eminent global superpower, the was announced. A Victorian and with a façade “that turned
uty chief of mission, Alexandra close to nine years. Following a fledgling Irish state strived to house was previously on the its back on no one”. A “moat”
McKnight, is located where El- long search, the US government assert some kind of identity as a site, and had been used by Bord of flowering shrubbery, bridged
gin Road joins Ballsbridge, just agreed to buy what is now the sovereign state. As we consider Fáilte as their headquarters. at the entrance, and a park-like
across from the site where it Ballsbridge Hotel from devel- the future of this iconic Dublin The Harvard-educated John plaza of benches and trees, com-
now hopes to move. The embas- oper Joe O’Reilly’s Chartered 4 building, it might be timely MacLane Johansen was hired pleted the setting. 
sy needs to double the size of its Land. Real estate agent Savills to look back on the conception to design the Dublin embassy. As it turned out, designing this
workforce to 400. Extra space is is brokering the deal. Valuers and construction of this land- According to the Irish Times, complex building was the easy
needed for diplomatic and trade say the site could be worth more mark – and the consternation his criteria were that it should part. The project was quickly
operations which promote US than €150 million. the modern-looking design first be “modern but defer to local beset with political problems.
investment in Ireland, totalling Local and national attention incited. tradition, should beautify the A harbinger of trouble came
$160 billion.  has frequently focused on plans site, should suggest permanence early when Representative John
The United States is upgrading for the hotel since its former A Monstrosity Gives a and should satisfy the functional Rooney of Brooklyn publicly
its embassies around the world owner Jurys Doyle sold it and Whiskey Party  requirements of an embassy” – described the proposed Balls-
– a new embassy was opened the adjoining Berkeley Court America first opened a consu- which included a reception hall bridge location as a “slum”. 
in London in 2017. Councillors to developer Sean Dunne for a late in Ireland in 1859 in a build- for 500 people and office space Rooney, the chairman of the
voted to write to the US embas- record €240 million in 2005. ing off Adelaide Road. In Feb for 150 employees. These ad- House Appropriations Com-
sy asking for the original mod- Mr Dunne was one of the big- 1948, the offices of the legation ditions were far-seeing as there mittee and a feisty critic of the
ern-era office building (which ger players in a debt-funded real moved to Merrion Square. The were only 73 people on the pay- State Department, had famously
is now 55 years old) to be made estate bubble that burst in 2008, Deerfield Residence – a large roll at the time.  described diplomats’ represen-
a protected structure. The move sparking a sustained recession 18th-century house on over 60 In the 1950s and 60s, the US tation allowances as “booze
requires a rezoning for the hotel that left the State insolvent after acres in the Phoenix Park, which State Department was building money for cookie pushers.”
site. There will now be a four- bailing out its banks. He subse- has been the Ambassador’s of- three embassies or consulates Residents close to the site – April / May 2021 LOCAL/HISTORY Page 29

professors, judges, diplomats “Wall of Death” owing to its tral, was biased towards NATO.
and other “eminent” people circular shape. Writing in 1985, Irish security forces monitored
– reacted with what the Irish Frank McDonald deemed that, communists and agents of com-
Times described as “a mixture despite the building’s modern munist governments operating
of amusement and indignation.” design, it sits well in its Vic- in Ireland, primarily through
The design was also criticised torian context as it’s of similar embassies in Dublin, sharing
by Congressman Wayne T Hays height to the surrounding build- information with western allies.
of Ohio, a member of the For- ings. During the Cuban Missile Cri-
eign Affairs Committee and the Some minor criticism did con- sis, Seán Lemass authorised the
chairman of its sub-committee tinue. A rival architect claimed search of Cuban and Czecho-
on State Department organisa- that the interior had been copied slovak aircraft passing through
tion. It was, he declared, an “ar- from Kilmainham Gaol, while Shannon and passed the infor-
chitectural monstrosity” and its an anonymous American wrote mation to the CIA.
circular design would disrupt its that the shape represented “a Another notable incident
traditional surroundings. department of government run- came during Barack Obama’s
Infighting and budgetary is- ning around in circles.” Incred- visit to Ireland in 2011, when the
sues delayed the project and ible as it might seem now, the Presidential State Car (known as The interior “rotunda” bathes the embassy in natural light.
almost derailed it completely. It open space around the building the Beast) got stuck on a ramp
took the arrival of John F. Ken- was seen as an enhancement of as it exited the embassy. Appar- ter the IRA ceasefire of August in Ireland (between 150 and 200
nedy in the White House to res- the amenities of the area and ently, the wheelbase of the ve- 1994. To the further disappoint- staff work at the embassy), and
cue matters. Johansen personal- plans to erect protective rail- hicle was too wide for the ramp ment of  Prime Minister Major, does not conform to new con-
ly showed Kennedy his designs ings around the building were – it had to be towed away as a the American president received struction and security require-
and with Presidential endorse- dropped – in theory, if a woman large crowd looked on. Presi- Adams at the White House on St ments issued by Washington
ment ground was finally broken stepped in from the street and dent Obama was not on board, Patrick’s Day 1995, despite the D.C. 
in 1962. The building was com- gave birth on the grass her child and left the embassy through an fact the paramilitaries had not The Ballsbridge Hotel site
pleted in May 1964, and opened would be an American citizen. alternative exit. agreed to disarm. is currently owned by Gerry
on 23 May of that year, an oc- On that note, it comes as no A striking image of the 1980s The US was a central inter- O’Reilly’s Chartered Land and
casion Johansen remembered as surprise that security at the em- recession was the picture of a mediary during the Northern is reported to be worth around
a “free whiskey party for some bassy today is seen as a priority line of young Irish people wait- Ireland peace process, sending €150m. It was part of the
300 tipsy Dubliners.” for an Garda Síochána. The site ing to enter the American em- Senator George Mitchell in 1995 site once owned by developer
is protected around-the-clock by bassy in Ballsbridge to apply for to lead an international body to Sean Dunne who bought it for
You Can’t Please a team of armed, plainclothes visas. Irish immigration to the provide an independent assess- €240m before the recession
Everyone  detectives, who also provide USA has played a large role in ment of the decommissioning and who unsuccessfully ap-
There are five floors to the close protection to the ambassa- the culture of the United States. issue. Clinton himself spoke to a plied for planning permission
Ballsbridge embassy building: dor and high-ranking diplomats About 33.3 million Americans huge rally at Belfast’s City Hall; for a high density luxury devel-
three above ground level and when travelling outside of the – 10.5% of the total popula- and it was Mitchell who broke opment to include a 37-storey
two below. Irish materials were embassy, as well as motorcade tion – reported Irish ancestry in the news on the Good Friday tower.
used whenever possible; the security. Within the embassy the 2013 American Community Agreement on 10 April 1998. Chartered Land is due to apply
base of the building is of Irish and residence grounds, security Survey conducted by the US More controversially, Ire- to Dublin City Council shortly
granite and the floors through- is the responsibility of the US Census Bureau. These people land’s air facilities were used by to have the site rezoned for of-
out are terrazzo of Connemara Bureau of Diplomatic Security have contributed incalculably the United States military for the fice use from its current desig-
marble. Dominating the interior and Marine Corps Embassy Se- to US culture, business, and the delivery of military personnel nation, allowing for residential
is a three-storey atrium called curity Group, who are heavily nation’s success.  involved in the 2003 invasion of and commercial building. If
“the rotunda”. Upon entering armed.  On the other hand, Ameri- Iraq through Shannon Airport. councillors vote to approve that,
the building, the eye of the visi- Following the September 11 can foreign direct investment The airport had previously been the US embassy will submit its
tor is dramatically led upward to attacks in 2001, new secure en- in Ireland has been particularly used for the invasion of Afghan- plans for the site soon after.
glass walls at the top of the ro- trances, guardhouses and blast important to the growth and istan in 2001, as well as the First Throughout his presidency,
tunda. This allows the space to walls were installed. In late modernisation of Irish indus- Gulf War. The  Irish govern- Donald Trump consistently
be bathed with natural light.  2013 significant upgrades were try since 1980, providing new ment has come under internal criticised Ireland, the lax Irish
On completion the building made to the physical and pe- technology, export capabilities, and external pressure to inspect tax system, and the high lev-
was broadly welcomed, with rimeter security of the embassy, and employment opportunities. airplanes at Shannon Airport to els of US commercial invest-
voices as diverse as the Archi- designed to reduce the threat of This contributed to the rapid investigate whether or not they ment in this country. Given that
tectural Review, Time Maga- vehicle bombings and to repel economic growth of the Celtic contain extraordinary rendition President Biden is demonstra-
zine, the Irish Builder, the Irish intruders. This was part of US Tiger, when, for the first time in captives – a euphemism for tor- bly proud of his Ballina roots,
Times and An Taisce uniting in government security directives our modern history, Ireland ex- tured suspects. Ireland has been and has spoken repeatedly on
enthusiasm and praise. It was at diplomatic missions across perienced high levels of inward censured by the European Par- the need for the US to maintain
accomplished as any building in 14 different European nations in migration. liament for its role in facilitating close Irish ties, the future may
the US embassy programme of response to the 2012 Benghazi The Troubles caused a strain extraordinary rendition and tak- have brightened some for dip-
the 1950s and 60s, and far bet- attacks. No doubt the new em- in the “Special Relationship” ing insufficient or no measures lomats on both sides. Although
ter than most. The ambassador, bassy building, when it is finally between the United Kingdom to uphold its obligations under America will be keen to bring
Grant Stockdale, proclaimed the completed, will be even more and the United States, and the United Nations Convention industry home, with a Mayo na-
building “the showpiece of Eu- impenetrable.  brought Ireland and America Against Torture. tive at the helm, Ireland might
rope.”  even closer. In February 1994, hope for a more sympathetic
In 1969, An Taisce gave the Ireland and the American British Prime Minister John Ma- How Did the Embassy ear. One thing is for sure, the
building an award for its ef- Century jor refused to answer US Presi- Cross the Road?  new US embassy will be a bus-
fective use of a corner site and For almost sixty years, the dent Bill Clinton’s telephone As far back as 2009, the Unit- tling place for a long while yet.
today most people would agree soon-to-be-vacated US embassy calls for days over his decision ed States Department of State
that is has – as an Irish Times has been a Dublin 4 icon, and the to grant Sinn Féin leader Gerry has been planning to move the Images: courtesy of WikiCom-
journalist predicted – “mellowed focal point for a deepening of Adams a visa to visit the United embassy. The current building mons
down into happy harmony with Irish-American relations. Dur- States – Adams was listed as a no longer meets the needs in
its surroundings.” Among some ing the Cold War, Irish military terrorist by London. Clinton terms of size of the expanding
Dubliners, it acquired the name policy, while ostensibly neu- later claimed vindication af- American diplomatic presence
Page 30 ART/CULTURE April / May 2021

Golden Fleece Award 2021

n Michael Greene
who receives the awards. Byrne describes herself as a Laura Fitzgerald (painting / the body. Very often her work
Former winners of the Award maker, educator and researcher, installation / video) explores themes of agriculture,
“It has always been my wish include film and photographic and as a creative practitioner. including cattle, and animal ge-
that those with talent be en- artist Ailbhe Ní Bhriain, John Her background is in traditional netics, which she is currently
couraged to develop their tal- Lee, who experiments in wood, techniques of glass blowing, doing research into.
ents, particularly in Ireland” and sculptor and artist Marcel and her work is closely con-
Vidal. nected to process and material- Sinead O’Dwyer (fashion de-
Lillias Mitchell (1915-2000) This years shortlist is as fol- ity. The concept of knowledge sign / textiles)
Founder of the Golden Fleece lows: drives her work: what it is, how O’Dwyer’s work operates at
Award. we categorise it, what types of the intersection of fashion and
Aideen Barry (multimedia / knowledge we value. Recent art. She investigates the flawed
All her life Lillias Mitchell sculpture / installation) pieces are inspired by the art of patterns in which female-iden-
displayed energetic enthusi- Aideen Barry is a multidis- divination, or scrying, carry- tifying and femme bodies pri-
asm for the practice and teach- ciplinary artist whose work in ing messages broadcast but not Fantasy Farming vately relate to their bodies as
ing of art, craft and design. She video, performance, sculpture, understood. The work of Laura Fitzgerald visible objects. She uses life-
studied painting for two years installation, drawing and text at- encompasses drawing, painting, casting, fiberglass mould mak-
at the Royal Hibernian Acad- tempts to deal with anxiety and Izzy O’Reilly (fashion design) text and video, focusing on the ing and silicone casting to trace
emy School and did sculpture the persistent feeling of mona- rapid changes she and others the body and pattern-cut gar-
courses at the National College chopsis (the sensation of being are experiencing in the modern ments, and is collaborating on a
of Art. In 1940, she won sec- out of place in the world or a world. Her works include Por- movement piece exploring bod-
ond place in the RDS Taylor Art particular environment.) traits of a Stone, Brian Rock, ily autonomy in the context of
Award for her very fine statue, Barry uses a clever mixture of and a mini DVD of prickly dance, fashion and public space.
‘St. Patrick Struggling in his visual trickery, fiction and slap- yellow furze and gorse humor-
Soul for Peace’. stick as devices through which ously named A Way to Clear My Tamsin Snow (sculpture / in-
In 1951 she was appointed to simultaneously attract and Head. stallation, CGI filmmaking)
to open a Weaving Department repel viewers. Among her nota-
in the National College of Art ble works are In between, Mole- Lorna Donlon (tapestry weav-
& Design, Dublin where she skins, and Strange Terrain. ing / collage / installation)
taught spinning, weaving and
dyeing until her retirement. She Bassam Al-Sabah (multime- Delia_s Prizefighter - Glass Jaw,
then opened her own weaving dia / CGI filmmaking) 2019
workshop where she first de- O’Reilly is a fashion designer
veloped her personal Golden who combines couture with art.
Fleece emblem. Her work focuses on high-qual-
The Golden Fleece Award ity conceptual pieces utilising
was born from a trust fund she both established tailoring prac-
established and devoted much tices and a sculptural approach Waiting Room, 2018
of her later years to. Today the to garment design. She adopts a Snow makes CGI films, sculp-
Award is managed by a Board of tactile and humorous approach ture and immersive installations
Trustees, drawn from both fam- to experimental pattern cutting, using the aesthetics and intrinsic
ily members and experts in fi- employing unexpected mate- Melody in the kiftsgate, 2019 values of modernist architec-
nance management and the arts. rial contrasts to create absurd A tapestry weaver, textile and ture and the spaces she exhibits
Dissolving Beyond the Worm hybrid images. installation artist, Donlon com- in. She uses crowd-sourced 3D
“I am very conscious of the Moon, 2019, solo exhibition at For example, In Delia’s bines the scientific practices of models of existing buildings,
fact that many artists can- Solstice Arts Centre, Navan Prizefighter design the artist collecting, categorising, label- those portrayed in cinema and
not develop their talents be- Al-Sabah’s idiosyncratic and gives a nod to the ‘stereotypical ling and displaying objects, corporate language to create
cause their art does not bring experimental multimedia work gender polarities of an ear- managing to marry these two strange yet familiar locations.
in a steady income for them references feelings of displace- lier era’, contrasting the soft diverse forms in her art world. She is currently making new
and yet they need to sup- ment juxtaposed with nostalgia, feminine fabrics with the bulky Her work acts as a storytelling CGI animations and sculptural
port themselves financially.” representations of war, resist- boxer attire. device that connects the worlds works for her first solo exhibi-
Lillias Mitchell. ance, and personal mythologies of art and science. Her most re- tion in Ireland in autumn 2021.
are channelled through the me- Jennifer Hickey (ceramic cent works are inspired by The
Normally the Golden Fleece dium of digital animation, paint- sculpture) Lady and the Unicorn, a famous The arts embrace all aspects
Award prize consists of around ing, sculpture and textiles. Hickey describes themes tapestry from Flanders (see im- of our lives, from entertainment,
€20,000 overall, separated into of fragility, ephemerality and age) which is said to represent film, music, art and books to the
smaller prizes, but as this year Fiona Byrne (glass) translucency as central to her the five physical senses and the everyday objects that we use.
they are celebrating their 20th work, with porcelain often her soul. The Golden Fleece Award is a
anniversary and because these chosen medium. “The rituals of perennial support for art in all its
are some of the most challeng- making, the physical rhythms, Maria McKinney (sculpture / diversity, and particularly new
ing times to be an artist in a the process and time involved multimedia) emerging artists and creators.
struggling sector, they have de- are important aspects to my McKinney works through a The winner will be announced
cided to give the very generous practice.” Her work explores the range of media including sculp- in November. NewsFour wishes
prize of €60,000 which will be delicate and ethereal properties ture, installation, photography all the nominees the best of luck.
distributed across six €10,000 of porcelain and has developed and video, and combines craft
prizes. The Trustees work close- a uniquely intricate approach, a techniques with materials that
ly with the specialist Advisory good example is the 2016 bone respond to context. Hers is a
Panel who draw up the annual Entwined. multimedia context-specific
shortlist for their consideration Seven Sister Series, 2020 work, including handcrafted
and are the final arbitrators of material that can be worn on April / May 2021 CULTURE/FILM Page 31

Oscar Contenders in a year

without Cinema
of her business during the great
recession, takes to the road as
a modern-day nomad. It has
been seen as the favourite for
some time now. The other films
nominated for Best Picture are:
The Father, Judas and the Black
Messiah, Minari, Promising
Young Woman, Sound of Metal
and The Trial of the Chicago 7
Zhao is also seen as the fa-
vourite to nab Best Director.
Zhao and Fincher will compete
against Thomas Vinterberg (An-
other Round), Lee Isaac Chung
(Minari), and Emerald Fennell
(Promising Young Woman) for
the big prize there. Up until re-
cently, Nomadland’s star Franc-
es McDormand was seen as a
shoo-in for Best Actress, though
she now faces stiff competi-
tion from Carey Mulligan for against his own co-star in the got the nod for The Secret of
her turn in Emerald Fennell’s same film, Lakeith Stanfield, Kells in 2009, Song of the Sea
black comedy Promising Young along with Sacha Baron Cohen in 2015 and The Breadwinner in
Woman. McDormand is Oscars (The Trial of the Chicago 7), 2018. They also received a nom-
royalty, having previously won Leslie Odom Jr. (One Night in ination for Best Animated Short
Best Actress for Fargo in 1996 Miami) and Paul Raci (Sound of for the film Late Afternoon in
and Three Billboards Outside Metal). 2019.
of Ebbing Missouri in 2017. The standout surprise nomina- The most disappointing aspect
n David Prendeville teresting works, the final list of However, the momentum at the tion of the year is, undoubtedly, of this year’s nominations is the
nominees announced on March moment seems to be with Mul- Maria Bakalova’s nod for Best lack of recognition for Kelly

15th, hardly represent anything ligan’s searing turn as a woman Supporting Actress for her turn Reichardt and Charlie Kauf-
he 93rd Academy Awards radical. David Fincher’s Mank out to seek vengeance for a trag- as Borat’s beleaguered daughter man for their work on First Cow
Ceremony will take leads the way with ten nomi- ic event in her past. Viola Davis in the belated Borat sequel Bo- and I’m Thinking of Ending
place in the early hours nations. The Netflix production (Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom), rat: Subsequent Moviefilm. The Things, respectively. Reichardt
of Monday the 26th of April. It ticks plenty of Oscar boxes - Andra Day (The United States film, while a decidedly mixed has established herself as one
will likely be the strangest cer- previous winner (Gary Old- Vs. Billie Holiday) and Vanes- bag, will be remembered for of the key modern American
emony in its long history, given man), playing a real-life person sa Kirby (Pieces of a Woman) that infamous scene that finds film-makers. Her quiet, medita-
that there will be no in-person (Herman J. Manckiewicz), in a make up the other contenders in Rudy Giuliani in a rather com- tive films would usually be seen
attendance. It will also finally period film about Hollywood, the Best Actress category. promising position opposite the as far too close to the arthouse
bring to an end an especially directed by a previous nominee In the Best Actor role the excellent Bakalova. It is terrific to really figure in academy
long awards campaign for all (Fincher). The film’s tepid re- frontrunner is the late Chadwick to see the Academy recognise minds. If ever there was a year
the films and film-makers in- views though may have harmed Boseman, who tragically died at comedy, something they rarely to change that, this was the year.
volved. its chances of nabbing any of the age of 43 last year. His final do. It would be great to see them Kaufman has received Academy
While many predicted that the big awards on the night. The film role in George C. Wolfe’s go one further now, and actually love before, even winning Best
this truncated year for cinema hot favourite for Best Picture is Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom has give Bakalova the prize. She Original Screenplay for Eternal
would give the Academy the op- Chloe Zhao’s acclaimed drama received universal praise. The faces competition from Olivia Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.
portunity, or rather force them, Nomadland. The film follows a other nominees here are made Colman (The Father), Glenn However, since he started direct-
to recognise smaller, more in- woman, who after the closure up of Riz Ahmed (Sound of Close (Hillbilly Elegy), Aman- ing his own scripts and became
Metal), Anthony Hopkins (The da Seyfried (Mank), Youn-Yuh the scourge of Mark Kermode,
Father), Gary Oldman (Mank), Jung (Minari). he’s moved into ever more idi-
and Steven Yeun (Minari). Of In terms of Irish interest, the osyncratic and decidedly less
those, perhaps Ahmed would be big news was that Kilkenny Oscar-friendly territory. It’s also
the one most likely to provide based animation company Car- terribly disappointing to see
an upset, but it remains unlike- toon Saloon nabbed a nomina- Irish actress Jessie Buckley not
ly. Best Supporting Actor also tion for Best Animated Film receive any recognition for her
seems to be fairly solidly ce- for their hugely acclaimed towering central performance in
mented with Daniel Kaluuya the Wolfwalkers. The film is direct- Kaufman’s film.
overwhelming favourite for his ed by Tomm Moore and Ross Images: Carey Mulligan -
turn as Fred Hampton, chairman Stewart. This is the third time WikiCommons
of the Illinois Black Panthers, in the animation company has re- Chloe Zhao - criterion collection
the hugely acclaimed Judas and ceived an Oscar nomination in Frances McDormand -
the Black Messiah. He faces off this category. They previously
Page 32 MENTAL HEALTH April / May 2021

Walk in My Shoes:
the ‘Frame of Mind’ short-film competition for
St Pat’s Mental Health announced

n David Prendeville
cluded its first ever TikTok Run, with Rachel Gregan traordinary challenges, have wellbeing is a top priority. I
video category. awarded runner-up with her shown their commitment to would encourage everyone
alk in My Although filmmakers film Positive Mental Health. prioritising mental health to take time to view these
Shoes, the were asked to create their The first-place winner of the and wellbeing promotion, videos, as there is some-
flagship films in line with public Secondary School category and to finding innovative thing that will resonate with
aware- health guidance, restrictions was St Louis Secondary ways to collaborate on film- all ages, and many reflect
ness-rais- did not hinder the crea- School, Monaghan for their making from their virtual how we are all feeling at the
ing campaign of St Patrick’s tive talents of the entrants. film Hidden Struggles and classrooms. moment.”
Mental Health Services, re- While the traditional awards the €500 runner-up prize
cently announced the win- ceremony was unable to was secured by John the Social media platforms RTÉ Guide Movie Editor,
ners of its annual ‘Frame of take place, the winners were Baptist Community School, like TikTok have been grow-
Michael Doherty, has been
Mind’ short-film competi- announced at a celebratory Limerick, with Mind Your ing their influence world-
a judge on the panel since
tion. online event that showcased Mind. wide since the pandemic be-
its introduction in 2015: “I
their thought-provoking, gan, with people looking for
am very proud to once again
Now in its seventh year, inspirational films. The Both the winning and run- new ways to come together be involved in the Walk in
‘Frame of Mind’ asks ama- awards ceremony premiered ner-up schools in the TikTok and connect socially while
My Shoes ‘Frame of Mind’
teur film makers to promote on Youtube, where it is now category are from Limerick, staying physically apart. competition. It provides an
a positive mental health available to view. with John the Baptist Com- The response and creativityimportant and much-needed
message through film, and munity School claiming the shown reflects the appetiteplatform to reframe mental
with the challenges we’ve Winners in each of the top prize with their entry, that exists to use these on-
health, and to move away
all been presented with competition categories re- Let’s Talk About Mental line communities to con- from negative and outdated
over the last 12 months, the ceived a €1,000 prize and Health, while Salesian Sec- nect, and to create positive,
on-screen portrayals. This
competition has never been runners-up received €500. ondary School claimed the uplifting and educational competition offers film-
more important. A record- The judging panel included runner-up prize for Tips to content to share with our makers an opportunity to
high number (almost 100 RTÉ Guide Movies Editor, Get Through Lockdown. peers.” challenge stigma and raise
entries) has highlighted the Michael Doherty; a rep- awareness in a positive and
importance people are plac- resentative of St Patrick’s With the new TikTok Fellow returning judge, uplifting manner. I would
ing on mental health at this Mental Health Services’ category proving to be the Sean Fitzpatrick from St like to congratulate all of
time. Service User and Support- most popular category for Patrick’s Mental Health this year’s entrants and win-
ers Council (SUAS), Sean this year’s competition, ac- Services’ Service User ners for their outstanding
The competition was open Fitzpatrick; Director of Ser- counting for almost 50% of and Supporters Council contributions.”
to secondary school stu- vices at St Patrick’s, Tom all entrants, Tamara Nolan, (SUAS), said: “While we
dents and budding filmmak- Maher; and Director of Director of Communica- all continue to live with the For more information on
ers alike, who were asked Communications and Advo- tions and Advocacy at St pandemic and its challenges Walk in My Shoes resourc-
to create a short film of up cacy at St Patrick’s, Tamara Patrick’s, said: “We were to our mental wellbeing, es for schools, please see
to three minutes long, shar- Nolan. delighted to receive such a this year’s ‘Frame of Mind’
ing affirming mental health high level of engagement competition is particularly
messages or addressing The top prize of €1,000 this year, particularly from meaningful as it highlights And to view the Awards
misconceptions about men- in the General Category was educators and young people, people’s ongoing dedica- Ceremony click here www.
tal health difficulties. This awarded to Honor Lynch and who, despite being faced tion to promoting positive
year’s competition also in- her family for their film The with school closures and ex- mental health and ensuring paigns/frame-of-mind April / May 2021 MENTAL HEALTH Page 33

Stigma Doesn’t
Play, I Do
senior teams’ home and away
day match kits. The collabora-
tion aims to create an openness
and understanding about men-
tal health and promote wellbe-
ing among those involved with
Shelbourne FC, particularly its
young club members.
A recent survey carried out
by the Central Statistics Office
showed that almost 60% of peo-
ple say their mental health has
been impacted by the pandemic,
with younger people more like-
ly to have experienced recent
difficulties with their wellbeing.
This is felt among all age
groups throughout its club and
The collaboration will in-
• Promotion of the #NoS-
tigma message via the
Shelbourne FC new team
• Development of bespoke
mental health promotion
resources and information
for club members
• Participation of young
club members in ini-

tiatives by Walk in My
helbourne Football Club campaign to reframe mental Shoes, St Patrick’s Mental
(FC) and St Patrick’s health stigma and discrimina- Health Services’ flagship
Mental Health Services tion by showing the positive ef- mental health education
are delighted to announce a mul- fect on life when they are not ex- and awareness-raising
ti-faceted partnership aiming to perienced. Its aim is to highlight campaign for young peo-
reframe mental health stigma how it serves us all collectively ple 
and promote mental wellbeing when stigma does not exist, ena- • Providing information
in the community. bling us to fully participate and and encouraging people
Shelbourne FC is commit- access support at home, at work to seek support when
ted to embedding mental health and in our communities. needed.
promotion as a core value of its Taking part in community life This initiative is particularly
club ethos, and sees the holis- through participation in com- meaningful for members and
tic development of young club munity activities such as sport, supporters of Shelbourne FC,
members, via the Shelbourne through playing, volunteering who sadly lost two supporters
FC Youth Academy, with a or supporting, can positively to suicide in 2018. In the same nity to come together to leave Our 2020 Annual Stigma sur-
membership of over 400 young impact mental health in daily year, the club also experienced mental health stigma behind.  vey showed that one in five of
people in particular, as a key life and can support recovery the tragic and sudden loss of a CEO of St Patrick’s Mental us has had a positive experience
part of its community work. for those experiencing difficul- young player during one of its Health Services, Paul Gilli- of talking about a mental health
St Patrick’s Mental Health ties. Fear of mental health stig- matches due to a rare heart con- gan, said: “We are delighted to difficulty in our local commu-
Services is Ireland’s largest, ma and discrimination has the dition. These events have left a partner with Shelbourne FC to nity. Let’s make this everyone’s
not-for-profit mental health potential to hold us back unnec- lasting imprint on the club, and build on the #NoStigma mes- reality.”
service provider.  Its vision is essarily from doing these things supporting and promoting men- sage within the community. As
to see a society where all citi- or from seeking support from tal health within the Shelbourne we continue to tackle the mental Images: Brendan Clarke,
zens are empowered and given teammates or peers. FC community has become in- health challenges of the Cov- Kevin O_Connor
the opportunity to live mentally Kicking off the partnership, trinsic to its core values. id-19 pandemic, this partnership
healthy lives. and to mark the second phase With over 1,000 club members is an opportunity to emphasise
Mental health stigma can im- of the #NoStigma campaign, of all ages, including 400 boys the importance of leaving men-
pact how quickly we seek sup- Shelbourne FC will be adding and girls in its Youth Academy, tal health stigma behind and to
port when we need it. the #NoStigma campaign mes- Shelbourne FC and St Patrick’s highlight how supporting one
In 2020, St Patrick’s launched sage, “Stigma Doesn’t Play, I Mental Health Services have another can positively impact a
the first phase of its #NoStigma Do”, to the men and women’s identified a significant opportu- person’s mental health journey.
Page 34 FEATURE April / May 2021

Proposed Docklands Water

Rafting Facility in Choppy Waters

n Peter McNamara The white-water course is Museum, has been lying unused According to Dublin City Rising Costs: From a Trickle

designed for use as a tourist at- in recent years. It was previous- Council, the urban flooding to a Flood
he proposed white-water traction and by sports clubs but ly used to host Christmas mar- streetscape will be the most If the project secures suffi-
rafting facility in Dub- will also be made available to kets and Spiegeltent concerts in unique feature of the facility cient funding, private construc-
lin’s docklands has had Dublin Fire Brigade and other addition to the annual Oktober- as it will be a very realistic and tion companies will be invited
to wade against much public emergency services as a training fest.  probably the only practical way to submit bids for the contract
acrimony since the project was resource. If built, it is expected Dublin Fire Brigade (DFB) to simulate a sense of what a – at present the Council is seek-
first mooted in 2019. Now, to draw thousands of visitors on has supported the plans from flooded street with fast moving ing expressions of interest from
faced with another funding set- an annual basis.  the outset, and said this type of water looks and feels like, but six companies. The price tag has
back, the tide may be turning In December 2019, council- facility has proved to be invalu- achieving it in a safe and con- already gone from an estimated
even further against it.  lors voted 37 to 19 (with 3 ab- able for other emergency servic- trolled manner.  €12 million to an estimated
Dublin City Council is cur- staining) to approve the plans. es around the world, including Kayaking and canoe clubs €25 million. 
rently gauging expressions of Later that month, they voted emergency services in parts of weighed in during the public Owen Keegan, CEO of Dublin
interest for the construction of a on a motion to rescind the deci- the UK and in New York.  consultation stage of the plan- City Council, has said that the
€22.8 million ‘flagshipʼ rafting sion, but a majority rejected that Speaking to council members, ning process with many saying plans could come back to coun-
facility planned for the Custom move. As new funding issues Greg O’Dwyer, Senior Officer this type resource is unheard cillors again for another vote if
House Dock, which has been loom, the future of the centre is at DFB reiterated the benefits of in Ireland at present leaving the costs increase more. “If the
strongly criticised for being de- far from certain.  of the facility to emergency ser- many clubs travelling to facili- cost is higher than we indicated
veloped in the midst of a hous- vices nationwide. “Two things ties abroad.  in the capital programme, we
ing and homelessness crisis.  What is Proposed and Who is we need for training, and two of David Henry, of the Silver will bring it back.” Another vote
The project, which has been it for? our biggest concerns, are water Bridge Kayak Club said: “I am would see councillors voting for
delayed last year because of the The white-water course is quality and water quantity. Wa- a recreational kayaker and in the a third time on the project. 
pandemic, will include a white- designed for use as a tourist at- ter quality is a health and safety past have had to travel to Brit- The council’s past plan was
water rafting course, swift- traction and by sports clubs but issue and we have had a number ain to avail of similar facilities to pay for the estimated €21.9
water rescue training facility will also be made available to of people taking ill on courses in preparation for expeditions million cost of the project with
and a kayaking and canoe polo Dublin Fire Brigade and other so we have to stop using the up- further afield. Such a scheme €5.9 million in development
pool area at Georgeʼs Dock on emergency services as a train- per Liffey area,” he said.  would be invaluable for lo- levies, €4 million in borrowing,
the River Liffey. The Dock – ing resource. The plans consist “This facility will give us two cal and national recreational €4 million from the capital re-
which previously hosted events of an inner reservoir of water big advantages. Once the qual- water-sport users, youth clubs, serve, and €8 million in grants.
like Oktoberfest and Christmas surrounded by the white-water ity of the water will be guar- scouting, kayak clubs, and most The Capital Programme 2020–
markets – at the IFSC area in rafting course. Cafes already anteed for our members, they importantly, our athletes who 2022 states that, to date no grant
the centre of Dublin. The cen- located along the CHQ building won’t be getting ill from train- regularly travel to Europe to aid has been approved for this
tre is expected to take between will overlook the attraction. The ing... we will also have the re- train for international events,” project. 
18 months to two years to com- dock, which runs adjacent to quired amount of water we need he added.  The rise in the cost of the pro-
plete.  EPIC, The Irish Immigration and when we need it.”  ject, originally costed at €12 April / May 2021 FEATURE Page 35

million, has sparked renewed

concern about its viability. Ac-
cording to, Derek
Kelly, Docklands Area Man-
ager, explained that the initial
figure cited earlier this year “ex-
cluded the design team fee, cost
of developing two new build-
ings, and VAT.”
“I’m happy that as we stand
the figure is robust... we’re
working on €22.8 million all
in, including design fees,” Kelly
said. The current costing in-
cludes these omissions as well
as the cost of developing a wa-
ter treatment plant which was
not part of the plans originally.
Kelly said a minimum of 36,000
visitors per year is expected to
attend and the facility will be-
come profitable in the second
year of operation.

“A Grotesque Vanity Project”

Coming in the midst of an
ever deepening housing and
homelessness crisis in Ireland’s
capital city, there has been se-
vere criticism of the proposal. Speaking to Newstalk later in hope that the new facility will hotels, a theatre and thousands Given the optics of opening
Former Fine Gael TD Noel January, the Senator insisted the bring the area to life. “It reminds of new homes were envisioned a high-end recreational facility
Rock has described the project council should focus on its pri- you of a huge open grave that’s – there was even discussion of during a time of widespread pri-
as an “expensive gimmick”. mary duty of housing.  just left there. So I welcome this building a new third-level col- vation in Dublin, it’s no surprise
Sinn Féin Councillor Janice “I think Dublin City Council with open arms,” he told The- lege. that the rafting facility proposal
Boylan said there are “seri- has lost its way completely - one  “Many thought [our] ideas has become an emotive issue.
ous questions raised by locals” of its primary functions is to ad- Writing in the Sunday Busi- could never be delivered. In Added to this the increasingly
about the project. The fiercest dress the housing crisis. Under ness Post, Dermot Lacey, a for- most cases they were, and today precarious nature of internation-
criticism has come from Senator the Housing Act, as a housing mer Lord Mayor of Dublin and the Docklands is a totally differ- al tourism – not just due to the
Michael McDowell.  authority, it has a direct respon- member of the Dublin Dock- ent place.” as-yet unresolved pandemic, but
In a statement this January, sibility to provide homes, social lands Development Council, Councillor Lacey sees the also due to climate change con-
McDowell, the former leader of housing and to make available has given the project his full white-water facility as “the lat- cerns regarding air travel – this
the Progressive Democrats, who and to re-organise the plan- support. Lacey, the leader of the est in that line of big ideas”. Ad- project is easy to disregard as
served as Tánaiste and Minister ning of the city so there is ac- Labour group on Dublin City dressing criticisms that the cen- out of step, and more subtle
for Justice in the 2000s, said the tual housing available… Instead Council believes the city needs tre will hardly be used, he points arguments are being shouted
facility “is a political obscenity of that, they are engaging in big ideas like this which will to the ever-popular Dublin Zoo down. 
in the context of the calamitous a tendering process for a pro- generate jobs and economic ac- and the National Aquatic Centre. It has also emerged that, ac-
failure of the Council to address ject, which is peripheral to their tivity.  In response to those who cite the cording to Independent Coun-
the crisis of housing shortage function.”  He said he was “proud to have housing crisis as a reason to halt cillor Anthony Flynn, council-
for many years.”  Senator McDowell said he is voted for it and I look forward the project and re-direct funds, lors were misled on the amount
He claimed this is not an idea not against development, but to it opening.” Lacey believes Lacey notes that the funding of money spent on training Dub-
that came from councillors, but this is not the time. “I’ve no that Dublin needs people with that the council is attempting to lin Fire Brigade at special facili-
from the executive of Dublin problem with the development imagination, creativity, bravery secure for the facility is already ties abroad. To induce them to
City Council itself. “This is a of the Docklands area, I’m just and hope to bring forward those ring-fenced for sports and tour- vote in support of the project,
project which is vanity-driven saying that Dublin City Coun- ideas without fear of instant at- ism projects and as such is not the council was advised of high
and at the peculiar interest of cil should not waste between tack and condemnation and to available for housing and home- annual training costs that could
some people in the executive of €25m and €30m on this pro- help create the sort of vibrant, lessness interventions.  be saved had DFB the use of a
Dublin City Council.” ject at this time when it is fail- living city that the capital could Putting the centre’s current facility in Ireland. On inquiry by
In his statement, McDowell ing miserably to do it’s primary be.  €25 million price tag into con- Flynn, it emerged that the Dub-
called the justification of Fire function - which is to look after The Labour councillor cited text, the former Lord Mayor lin Fire and Ambulance Swift
Brigade training a “threadbare the people who are looking for parallels between these latest cites the nearly €3 billion of Water Training unit had no such
excuse”, and then called on the homes in Dublin.” proposals, and those regarding private investment has been expenses in the period 2015-
Government and the Housing “It’s a waste of time, it’s a the Dublin Docklands Develop- made in the Docklands, and the 2019.
Minister Darragh OʼBrien to waste of money - Dubliners will ment Authority in the late 1990s. €65 million collected in local Such confusion will only
withdraw the tender process and not pay €50 per head to partici- “Sitting in a makeshift office in property tax in the Dublin City deepen the division around this
to indicate that there will be no pate in it, and it’s about time it the middle of dereliction we Council area last year. Com- issue. As final costs are estimat-
funding to the council as long as was called out for what it is.” collectively envisaged a bright mercial rates now collected in ed, one thing is certain: the raft-
the tender project is proceeding. future for this then significantly the rejuvenated Docklands area ing facility faces choppy waters
“More than €1 million has al- “Dublin Needs Ideas” deprived and disadvantaged part amount to well over €60 mil- ahead.
ready been wasted… shame on On the other hand, councillor of Dublin. We were told to let lion per annum and develop-
the craven councillors who have Christy Burke described the cur- our ideas flow and we did.” ment levies to be collected are Images: courtesy of Dublin
not stopped the process months rent state of George’s Dock as In that instance, new offices, expected to exceed €50 million.  City Council
ago.”  “the ugliest site” and expressing parks, community facilities, Difficult Waters Ahead
Page 36 SPORT April / May 2021

Double Defeat Throws Ireland’s World Cup

Hopes into Disarray

n David Prendeville throwing in young players like grinding out a 0-0, though I
h dear. The good will Dara O’Shea, Josh Cullen and would wager that a 1-0 defeat
and faint causes of op- Jayson Molumby, was quite the would have been a more likely
timism to be taken from tonic for fans used to the inher- outcome. Maybe we looked
Ireland’s gutsy 3-2 defeat in ent conservatism of the likes of more naive but we certainly
Serbia evaporated but days lat- Mick McCarthy, Martin O’Neill showed an ambition we’re not
er with the 1-0 loss at home to and Giovanni Trapatonni. Also, used to seeing in this game, and
Luxembourg, one of the worst finally we got to see Seamus in terms of the long-term future
results in Ireland’s history. Pres- Coleman and Matt Doherty in of the team, that is very impor-
sure is already starting to mount the same team, since the attempt tant indeed.
massively on Stephen Kenny. to fit the two best Irish players The sad reality is Serbia are a
After ten games in charge, he is into the same eleven was aban- vastly superior team to Ireland
yet to taste victory. doned after half a game in Mc- and we really had little chance
Let’s start with the positives. Carthy’s miserable Euro 2020 to ever qualify from this group,
Kenny was courageous in his qualifying campaign. with Portugal and Serbia look-
team selection for the away trip Ireland looked sharp against ing like shoo-ins for the top two
to Belgrade. It was refreshing Serbia and put some nice moves positions. With that in mind, this
to see him drop the woefully together. It was altogether far campaign must be judged be-
out of form Shane Duffy, and more aesthetically pleasing than yond results. It is clear that Ire- of whose calibre Ireland simply does this leave Kenny? Some
also leave Jeff Hendrick out of the bilge served up by McCa- land have a poor crop of players do not have. And he was only a pundits have already called for
the midfield. Kenny’s emphasis rthy. It’s also possibly fair to say currently, as a result of years of substitute for Serbia, remember. him to be sacked, prematurely
on youth and his fearlessness in that we looked more open de- mis-management and short term When it went to 3-1, Ireland fans in my opinion. Ireland looked
fensively than we would fixes by the FAI. Kenny’s job may well have had flashbacks of clueless and hopeless against
have under Kenny’s really has to be to bring a new the World Cup play-off against Luxembourg but we can’t just
predecessor. Crit- generation of players through Denmark in 2017, and expected throw everything out the win-
ics will argue and to modernise the way Ire- a hammering. But again, Ire- dow because of one bad game.
that despite the land play. land showed guts and character The FAI have long made short-
attempts to play Beyond the blessed relief of to reduce the deficit and stay in term, damaging decisions, and
good football, breaking our scoring drought the game. Even in defeat, this there is no quick fix to Ireland’s
Ireland would and nabbing not one, but two was the first time in a long time current malaise. Kenny should
have stood a (!) goals, there were passages of where the Irish team were actu- be given until the end of the
better chance play that were very impressive ally good to watch. Dare I whis- qualifying campaign, at which
of getting a by Ireland in Belgrade. The first per it, but it was actually quite a point we will be able to assess
result under goal by Alan Browne was a su- good game. When was the last whether any progress is be-
McCarthy’s dour perb team move. When Serbia time you could say that about an ing made and whether or not it
pragmatism. One equalised, Ireland’s heads didn’t Ireland match? seems he can realise his vision
could imagine drop, and they actually began to On the contrary, to say the of what the Irish team should
McCarthy’s dominate the game at the begin- Luxembourg debacle was bad is look like in its style of play.
Ireland ning of the second half. If VAR something of an understatement. Of course, there are legitimate
was being used, there’s every It really was an atrocious perfor- doubts about whether Kenny
chance Aaron Connolly may mance. The single positive that will be able to achieve these
have gotten a penalty in this could be taken from it was the goals. He’s vastly inexperienced
period of the game. The play- fine performance of 19-year-old at this level of football manage-
ers also looked comfortable in Gavin Bazunu in goal. Ireland ment. There has been very little
the 3-4-3 formation adopted put together one good move to cheer in general since his ap-
to accommodate getting both that James Collins really should pointment. However, for now
Coleman and Doherty into have finished off in the first we must cling to the morsels of
the team. Coleman was ex- half. They offered absolutely hope put forth by the impres-
cellent as the right-sided nothing beyond that. The lack sive, albeit losing, display in
centre back. Doherty of any urgency or tempo in the Serbia and the bold team selec-
provided a good out- Irish performance was astonish- tions and decisions Kenny has
let at right wing-back ing. This was a game they des- made.
but sadly his crossing perately needed to win, against Hopefully at the end of this
was wasteful on the very limited opposition. Yet the campaign, the future will look
night. Irish players looked frightened a bit brighter for Irish soccer.
The game turned of the ball and totally bereft of Surely, it can’t look any worse?
when substitute Alek- any confidence. Where had the
sander Mitrović caught gutsy performance of just a few Images: Stephen Kenny - flickr
out the inexperienced Mark Tra- days earlier gone to? Luxem- Dara O’Shea ©INPHO_Laszlo
vers, with an excellent lob over bourg fully deserved their win. Geczo
the ‘keeper, who was stranded It was as bad a performance as
off his line. It was cruel. It was I’ve ever seen from an Ireland
harsh on Travers and indeed team and there have been a fair
Kenny. But it was also a mo- few nadirs over the years.
ment of quality from a player The big question is, where April / May 2021 SPORTING HISTORY Page 37

Part One
dashing outside-left stepped up ther team’s forward line shone,
to save the day with a couple and it finished 0-0 after extra-
of goals to put Linfield 3-2 up. time.
They didn’t let it slip from then That meant there had to be a
and won the match to become Cup Final replay, which took
champions of Ireland. There place four days later on April
was no doubt about who had 26th 1911 at Old Trafford in
made the difference for Linfield, Manchester. The attendance for
as the Antrim Northern Whig the replay was 66,646, which
made clear in its report, which was the biggest ever crowd for
said: “the hero of the game was a midweek match in England.
undoubtedly Frank Thompson.” Those spectators saw a match
That outstanding performance that was “an exhibition of hard,
came in Frank’s last match as forthright tackling by both sides,
a Linfield player. He moved in which the Bradford defence
to the English First Division again performed heroically.”
club, Bradford City, in Febru- With Bradford under relentless
ary 1911. Frank instantly took pressure again from Newcas-
to playing high class football in tle, it seemed a long shot that
England and he was in top form Bradford would survive. But
as Bradford attained a credit- then, fifteen minutes into the
able fifth place finish in the First game, Frank got forward down
Division. That League placing the right wing, went infield and
ery made him a hero to the sup- was certainly no mean feat, but found the space to play a per-
porters at Cliftonville’s Soli