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February / March 2022

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Birth of a New State

n January 16th 1922 ed by the various civil service
there was a brief and departments housed in Dublin
informal ceremony Castle. Such a transition was not
in Dublin Castle in which the unique to Ireland at the time, as
castle was handed over (or sur- Dr Martin Maguire of the Geary
rendered, depending on what Institute of UCD pointed out at
angle you look at it from) to the TCD conference. The birth
the Provisional Government events as the imprisoning, tor- outside the gates of Dublin Cas- events were yet to unfold and of new states was happening
of Ireland established under ture and killing of three mem- tle, the moment must have rep- many in Ireland at the time must with the post war dismantling
the freshly signed Treaty. This bers of the Irish Republican resented at once an end to the have shared the hope embodied of empire throughout Europe.
event, an important landmark Army (IRA) on Bloody Sunday violence and disruption that had by the symbolic handover of In Ireland, as in countries for-
in the creation of an independ- in 1920. In the light of all this, dominated Ireland in the years power expressed in the editorial merly part of the Austro-Hun-
ent Irish state, was commemo- the transfer of the Castle from following the 1916 rising and of the Cork Examiner, which garian Empire, or in the setting
rated in January on its 100th British hands to the Irish Pro- especially during the War of In- proclaimed on January 17th up of the Soviet Union, it was
anniversary by a ceremony visional Government, set up dependence, and the possibility 1922 that “The day is break- generally assumed that the civil
in the castle, and by a confer- under the very recently signed and hope that this was the dawn ing in Ireland for which the service in Ireland would have
ence hosted by TCD on “The Treaty, was of huge symbolic of a new independent Ireland. country has long and patiently continuity with the civil service
Handover of Dublin Castle.” importance. It seemed to mark waited through tribulation and from English rule. This was in
the end of years of fighting and Of course, the politics behind suffering, and if the people of part an expression of the view
By 1922 Dublin Castle had been dying, and the beginnings of a the event were far from straight- this country were as emotional held explicitly since the 1850s
the seat of English and then Brit- new independent Irish state. forward. The Dáil had ratified as some of their critics believe in England that the civil ser-
ish power in Ireland since King A point that emerged more than the Anglo-Irish Treaty only a them to be, the entry of the vice was apart from politics.
John ordered the construction once in the discussion of the week before in Earlsfort Terrace Provisional Government into
of the mediaeval castle in 1204. handover of Dublin Castle at the by a margin of only 64 votes to Dublin Castle yesterday, and Of course in Ireland this had not
In the 17th century it was trans- TCD conference was the impor- 57, with the outcome unclear the formal taking over its De- been the case. The civil service
formed from a Norman strong- tance of trying to see the event until the last minute. Had just partments, should arouse them in Dublin Castle was dominated
hold to a Georgian palace, with through the eyes of various four TDs voted differently the to exceptional enthusiasm.” by landed Protestant gentry. As
only the Records Tower remain- groups at the time. From a con- Treaty would have been rejected the previously quoted Cork Ex-
ing from the original castle. In temporary perspective it is hard (there were three abstentions), The phrase “the formal taking aminer editorial put it “The Cas-
1922 Irish memories were raw to look at the events of those days with the real prospect of war re- over of its Departments” is sig- tle backstairs has been regarded
of the Castle as the centre of outside the knowledge that civil suming. In the event DeValera’s nificant here because it refers as the ladder on which snobs
British intelligence throughout war in Ireland was just around leading his followers out of the to an Irish government taking and anti-Irish Irishmen rose to
the War of Independence. It had the corner. Thus for the crowds Dáil in protest foreshadowed control of the apparatus of the titles and preferment.” As such it
been the site of such dreadful who spontaneously gathered the coming Civil War. But those management of state represent- “typified the rule of force which

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held Ireland in subjection.” But legal complexities of the hando- ple he asserted that 1922 marked 32 county republic is dragged
as Dr Maguire pointed out at ver pointed out that the drafting a long period of rowing back on from the realm of aspiration
the TCD conference, both Grif- of the constitution of the state, the 1916 Proclamation’s “prom- back to the realm of choice.
fith and Collins wanted to get on which legal authority should ise of extending the franchise
rid of the existing civil service rest, had not even begun at the and political rights to women.” Image: on Front Page: The
NewsFour Newspaper in the Castle and replace it with time of the handover. The Irish The Treaty debates saw women Privy Council Chamber oc-
is part of a DEASP “Gaelic” civil servants. The state did have some legal pow- TDs dismissed as ‘hysterical’ cupied the three windows over
Community Employment departments at the Castle were ers ahead of the adoption of a and January 10th 1922 was the the archway of the East Cross-
Programme only intended by the Provisional constitution, but not in signifi- last day for 57 years that a wom- Block. This image shows it be-
Government to continue during cant areas such as military and an sat in an Irish government. fore its reconstruction in the
1950s (Reproduced courtesy
transition until the adoption of customs and excise. However,
the constitution, after which it the state did act in assuming The marking of the centenary of the Office of Public Works).
would be superseded by a Dáil control of the civil service, and of the handing over of Dublin
Editor Eireann administrative system. despite the vacuum and confu- Castle, as with the further cen-
Eoin Meegan sion in the transition of power, tenary commemorations ahead
In May of 1922 Collins began there was huge symbolic power of us, shows not only the impor-
Online Editor a process of reform of the civil in the handover of the Castle. tance of properly remembering
Geneva Pattison service by calling on the heads of the past with respect to the ex-
departments to propose reforms, Ultimately, while the handing periences of all those who took
Journalists but the Civil War interrupted over of Dublin Castle was an part in these events, but also the Michael Collins,
Peter McNamara that process. Eventually, mak- event of great symbolic impor- importance of interpreting what
David Prendeville ing use of the power granted to tance in the birth of the state, these events mean to us today.
Dermot Carmody the Irish political administration an examination of the uncer- For the state to have succeeded
Brian Quinn to hire and fire civil servants, tainty and division at the time, to the extent that it has in a cen-
Louise Whelan the 6000 strong group of Castle and the descent into civil war tury since its birth is an achieve-
civil servants were granted job that followed, shows it to be a ment. But it was not perfect at
security in return for agreeing complicated and unstraight- the time of its formation and it
to serve whoever was elected to forward moment. It was not, could not be said to be perfect
Gavan Bergin
political power in Ireland. 900 as Taoiseach Micheál Martin now. Not many in the Free State
Teresa Weafer
were fired and 1200 resigned or said in his address to the TCD at the time expected the fledgling Provisional Government Min-
Rodney Devitt
retired, but that still left a siz- conference, truly analogous to Northern Ireland state to persist isters arriving by taxi (1922),
able representation of the old the fall of the Bastille in the as it does today, for example. the
Castle service continuing in the French revolution and “it does The tension between the ideas
Crossword civil service of the Free State. not have that symbolic place of an Irish nation and the real-
Gemma Byrne in our history.” The Taoise- ity of two separate Irish states is
The TCD conference high- ach pointed out that the year by no means confined to history,
Design and Layout lighted in this regard and oth- 1922 “could have been one of and if there is to be a border poll
Gary Burke ers just how much things were celebration, but was ultimately in the near or medium future, it
in flux on the day Dublin Castle one of regret and loss.” Here he will be very interesting to see
Ad Design was handed over to the Provi- was referring of course to the the perspectives of the people President Michael D. Hig-
Dara O Riordain sional Government. Dr Laura subsequent Civil War, but also of a hundred-year-old 26 county gins unveiling Commemo-
Cahillane (UL) in a paper on the to lost opportunities. For exam- state when the possibility of a rative Plaque, Irish Times.
Photo Diary Design
Gary Burke
The Editor’s Corner
Community Services, k, hopefully we have received the attention it merited. some of the measures the gov- have been a better route to go.
13A Fitzwilliam Street, come to the end of this What is quite alarming looking ernment brought in “involve When the pandemic first struck
Ringsend, Dublin 4. pandemic, but when back on this now is the swift- very significant interference people naturally gave others the
we look back and examine the ness with which human rights with human rights,” particu- space they needed, many volun-
Telephone: (01)6673317 response to it there are some were blithely swept aside, and lar they pointed out people be- teered not to go out socialising,
worrying signs. According to a perhaps equally disturbing the ing confined to homes, and or chose to wear masks in public
E-mail: Healthy Ireland Survey brought way we, as a nation, meekly ac- the damage to the good work before it became compulsory; out at the end of 2021, 30 per- quiesced to this. It seems when An Garda Síochána had built and we saw the outpouring of
cent of people reported a wors- the reasons presented to us are up as community policing by good will in the form of food
Website: ening of their mental health dur- strong enough we are prepared consent, by having them en- parcels delivered to those who ing the pandemic, with women to jettison deeply cherished force these new strict measures. needed them. It’s when some-
and those aged over 50 suf- freedoms, including freedom thing becomes mandatory that
Opinions expressed in NewsFour
fering most. A lot of this was of assembly, the bedrock of The context all this took place resistance arises. In any crisis,
brought on due to worry and democracy itself. A very dan- in was of course Covid, and the be it fire, a natural catastrophe,
do not necessarily represent
stress about the virus. But the gerous precedent that could, if teleological argument to prevent or even a virus it’s almost in our
the views of Sandymount
reverse is true too, in that the left unchecked become an easy people getting sick and dying DNA to look after each other,
Community Services.
pandemic itself elicited latent conveyance when the next cri- was sound. No reasonable per- particularly the elderly and most
anxiety in people. Sometimes sis, whatever it is, comes along. son will deny the existence of the vulnerable. There are many les-
Printed by
amidst all the noise around men- There is a saying that freedom is virus, and the potentially devas- sons to be learned from this
Webprint, tal illness and the pandemic we only one generation from being tating consequence that airborne whole Covid-19 crisis, not least
Mahon, Co. Cork need to remind ourselves that lost. Let us not be that generation. viruses can unleash, and only to make the proper funding of
mental health was an issue be- the most selfish would object to our Health Services a priority;
fore there was covid. It didn’t The Irish Council for Civil some form of restrictions. But let’s hope they will be learned.
come with the virus. And with Liberties in a statement to maybe there was another way to
our under-funded HSE and a an Oireachtas Joint Commit- manage it. Voluntary participa-
health system in crisis it never tee on Justice last June said tion instead of legislation might Feb / Mar 2022 Page 3

BT Young Scientist Of The Year IT’S BACK! ST PATRICK’S DAY

March 17, 2022
With a special new bank holiday on March 18.
Beannachtaí na Féile Pádraig.

Two third-year students from Synge Street CBS, Dublin have been announced
as the winners of the 58th BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition.
Aditya Joshi and Aditya Kumar, both aged 15, took home the top prize for their
project entitled “A New Method of Solving the Bernoulli Quadrisection Problem.”

Big congratulations to the boys and well done to all who participated.

Image: Fennell Photography

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It’s Valentine’s... Yes folks it’s that time of year again when
young - and not so young - of heart turn
to thoughts of love. And what better way to
show your significant other that you adore
them than through the language of choco-
late. These delicious tempting treats were
specially created for the occasion by Lizzy
Donnelly. You can find these and more of
Lizzy’s scrumptious cakes and chocolates on
her Instagram at

Happy Valentine’s Everyone.

RICC NEWS The Retro Café at RICC

Our brand new café at the centre
opened its doors in December
2021. Our newest member of
staff, the lovely Caran is serving
some tasty delights including;
tea, Lavazza coffee, breakfast,
bagels, cakes and more. Open
from 10-2pm Monday to Friday,
all our welcome! We look for-
ward to welcoming our custom-
ers old and new.

RICC Radio Relaunch

RICC Radio Community News
Podcast will launch on Monday
February 14th 2022 at 12pm and
every Monday at 12pm, check
out We are delight-
ed to welcome Mick Hanley
to the RICC Team with Dylan
Clayton and Jennifer Gannon.

The Ringer Boxing Club

Boxing classes have reopened at
the centre and we are delighted
to offer kids classes weekly. We
also have new coaches on board
to build a bright future for the
Only the best service at Retro Cafe: Caran Flood serving Mary Thompson club.
Images: courtesy of Jennifer Betts Feb / Mar 2022 COMMUNITY Page 5

Covid Restrictions Lifted

t seemed to happen so sud- to other countries. However it is tality sectors who have been outlook of the coming period.
denly in the end. After nearly also undeniable that memories decimated since the beginning When NPHET were scheduled
two years of varying forms of the pandemic in this country of the pandemic. One of the to meet on the 20th, I think the
of restrictions, the government will be heavily characterised by major and little discussed casu- majority of people would have
and NPHET took everyone by weak leadership from the gov- alties of the pandemic has been been delighted with even just
surprise with the announcement ernment, inconsistencies, poor the closure of some of the re- the 8pm curfew for hospitality
that from January 22nd virtually communication and sometimes maining independent cinemas and arts venues to be scrapped.
all restrictions were to be lifted a worrying lack of transparency. left in rural Ireland. I hope that
and that in the views of the Na- Ireland also had a much stricter these sorts of businesses, seem- This announcement of whole-
tional Public Health Emergency and longer lockdown than near- ingly left behind by govern- sale easing of restrictions ushers
Team, Covid was no longer a ly every other European country ment support, can find some in an optimism that would have
public health emergency. Of and, if lockdowns are consid- kind of recovery going forward. been unthinkable even a few
course, things could change if ered a last resort, the pandemic weeks ago. Hopefully it’s a fit-
a new, more dangerous variant really highlighted the chronic In terms of the few remain- tingly surreal conclusion to what
were to emerge but, for now, it state of Ireland’s health system. ing restrictions, we’ve heard has been a bizarre two years.
seems like the pandemic may from Leo Varadkar that there
finally be coming to an end. While this shouldn’t be forgot- is hope that all measures will
ten, and those in government be gone by the end of March.
I have pondered on these pages held accountable, now is prob- Varadkar stated this prior to the
previously as to how the gov- ably not the right time to dwell announcement of such a major
ernment’s reaction to the pan- on recriminations. There have easing and immediate lifting of
demic will be viewed. It was been false dawns before and I restrictions in the short-term.
announced promptly in the af- don’t know how often I’ve said In truth, the small restrictions
termath of the lifting of restric- in these pieces that we may be that do remain (mask-wearing
tions that a group is being set up seeing light at the end of the on public transport, in retail
to do a report on how the gov- tunnel, but one can’t help but etc), I think most people would
ernment managed the pandem- feel energised and hopeful at be comfortable retaining for
ic. It remains to be seen how the lifting of these restrictions. a time to come. The sudden,
Ireland’s response as a whole wholly unexpected announce-
will be viewed. Ireland had rela- It’s a great moment, in par- ment on Friday January 21st
tively low death rates compared ticular, for the arts and hospi- has really changed the whole
Page 6 ENVIRONMENT Feb / Mar 2022


Our Bay is Beautiful - Let’s keep it that way

Timo Until half a century ago its wa- why so many other cities, such the river banks. Indeed those the estuary of the Liffey deep

ters were the breadbasket of as San Sabastian and even Ven- building works continued right for shipping it resulted in further
he Bay is the Womb in Dublin, particularly for the ordi- ice are able to keep their waters down through the centuries silting of the Poolbeg and led to
whose amniotic waters nary working class who enjoyed purer than Dublin. Our history even to the present day. Much its disuse as a harbour except
Dublin was conceived the world renowned Dublin does not go back much more of present day Dublin from for coal barges from England.
and born, from whose dust it Bay Oysters, Lobsters, Crabs, than 1,000 years, as the Ro- Capel Street to Ailesbury Road,
rose like the Phoenix. And like Cockles and Mussels as im- mans declined to come to Éire Clontarf to Blackrock, was Hence Irishtown became the
that mythical bird from which mortalised by Molloy Malone. thinking it too cold, calling it built on land recovered from centre first for the production
its Park is named it needs to be Citizens could catch fish and Hibernia; although they crossed the sea, as attested to by the of town gas and later electric-
reborn every one thousand years swim in its waters without fear the Alps and the Himalayas. many ‘Strand Roads’ around. ity from coal. The ESB built a
from the dust. However, if we of being poisoned. It is para- Subsequently, we have no great big generating station there in
continue to poison that dust (ie. doxical that while the land area roads or bridges or records from After their defeat at Clontarf, the the 1960’s with its twin iconic
mud) by discharging our ever has become much cleaner and Roman times. It would appear Danes stayed in Dublin and con- chimneys, which have since
increasing waste into its waters healthier in the meantime, the that records of the first settle- tinued commerce and trade with been closed down. Coinciden-
there will be no source for regen- water quality has deteriorated ments on the Dubh Linn (Black overseas countries, England, tally the City Council decided
eration of the Bay or the twenty to such an extent that the oys- Lake) only go back to the time Europe, the Mediterranean coast to place the treatment plant for
km of coastline bordering it. ters cannot tolerate it any more. when the Vikings invaded Ire- even as far as Muslim lands and the whole city of Dublin and di-
land and set up settlements at the Middle East, from where the vert all the city’s waste here too.
Dublin is as much the ‘city by I would take the liberty, although ports along the coast. For their Irish got silk and spices and gold.
the bay’ for Leinster people, I am no sewerage engineer, to primary settlement on the East Consideration might be taken
at least, as San Francisco is postulate that the single greatest coast they picked the estuary of In 1169, Diarmaid Mac Mur- of how the treatment facilities
for Californians and it should pollutant is the effluent entering the Liffey, the Dodder and the chadha sought the help of the could be diversified and the ef-
be respected and preserved as the shallow Poolbeg water off Tolka rivers, which was then King of England, who sent him a fluent removed from the shal-
a national treasure as is San the Irishtown treatment plant. apparently a dark swampy sea contingent of mercenaries. They low waters of the bay so that the
Francisco Bay by all Ameri- Apparently, it was decided back marsh, too shallow for ships to landed at Waterford; but they waters might be brought back
cans from the President down. in the 1960’s to focus all the sail up. But it did have a Wat- quickly moved to Dublin caus- to life. Water is life and in this
The expanse of sheltered sea- metropolitan area waste from tle Ford crossing it, which may ing the Danes to flee the city. age of growing populations and
front stretching thirty km from Howth to Dun Laoghaire to Tal- be the source of the name Baile Many years later, as the ‘Second diminishing resources, it is very
Howth Head to Dalkey has pro- laght into one small focal point Átha Cliath (town of the hurdled City of the Empire’ its port was unwise to be killing the great-
vided food, employment, com- (about 150m x 300m) at Irish- ford). They knew a good port one of the most important in the est natural resource on the East
merce, shipping, fishing, aqua- town. While the plant may kill and hinterland when they saw it. United Kingdom. Work contin- coast of Éire, which has survived
culture, recreation, health, as all the E Coli and other bacteria, ued down the centuries to make millennia and been the lifeblood
well as being a playground for it does so at the expense of de- It is reasonable to assume that it suitable for bigger ships. How- of the city. The cost of relocat-
Irish people since the dawn of oxidizing the sea water and pro- those Danes, coming from a ever, owing to it being shallow ing the facility or augmenting
civilization. It has been prized moting the growth of algae. It is well developed land of almost and silted up the ‘Bull Wall’ was it would be considerably less
and fought for by many tribes like a cancer and will continue to a thousand islands, would have built following a survey in 1801 than that of building the new
and nations who landed on the spread to the whole foreshore as landed in the shallow water at by Captain Blythe (yes he of terminal at the airport; it would
shores of Éire, such as theTu- the quantity of waste increases. Poolbeg beside what is now the Bounty fame) and finished also pay for itself by freeing the
atha De Danann, Celts, Vikings, Irishtown and set up their first by 1825; the wooden bridge foreshore area for residential
Danes, Normans, among others. It might be of interest to study settlement, while they mapped, was built in 1819 to facilitate homes and hotels, such as the
how this came about and to ask drained and built dikes along its construction. While this kept disused one at Poolbeg now. Feb / Mar 2022 Page 7
Page 8 MEMORIALS Feb / Mar 2022

Farewell to Phil
TTCA were saddened in Margaret holme Sheltered Sandymount gain extra points
to learn of the untimely Housing on the sea shells and in the National Tidy Towns
death of Phil Keogan on a similar planter box was in- Competition under the chal-
September 13 last, a dear friend stalled and filled for the resi- lenging category of “Sustain-
and a STTCA Committee mem- dents. As well as donating an- ability – doing more with less.”
ber. Phil brought a wealth of other plum tree, Phil brought
knowledge to STTCA as our along a pot of home-made Phil of course had many strings
Biodiversity Officer over the plum jam for the afternoon tea! to her bow; involved in a lo-
last number of years. She was cal walking group and a loyal
instrumental in the winning of A native of Canada, Phil was volunteer in the Star of the Sea
a Special Judges Award in the married to the late Donald Ke- Parish Church, where Fr John
Dublin City Council’s Neigh- ogan from Dublin. She was spoke so eloquently at her fu-
bourhoods Competition in 2019 qualified in Entomology (the neral about her. She had a deep
in the local Star of the Sea Boys’ study of insects) with a special faith and created and organ-
National School, Sandymount. interest in butterflies. She would ized banners in the Church for
There Phil created a learning sit- regularly collect eggs and cater- the different liturgical events.
uation where her special ability pillars to raise into butterflies, It was poignant to see sev-
as an Educator was imparting and took such joy from watching eral bees landing on her floral
information on a conchology the process and sharing it with wreath at her graveside – “bee
(study of sea shells) assignment others. Her fascination with friendly.” That would cer-
in a simple and ‘hands-on’ way amphibians led her to find fe- tainly have given her a laugh!
to the boys in 3rd Class of 29 male frogs laying spawn, which
children over an eight week pe- she then nurtured in her garden Phil was inspirational and bore
riod. For this project, she tedi- pond. In fact, one of her last her illness with great fortitude
ously collected all the different projects for STTCA was her in- and dignity and appreciated the
varieties of shells from Sand- volvement with fellow STTCA great help and comfort of her
ymount beach, washed and ster- colleague Ros Moran, together neighbours in Park Lane at this
ilized them, and had a basket for with teachers and students of the time, with particular mention
each student in the class making Shellybanks Educate Together to Sheila and Syl Mooney. In
them aware of the sea life resid- National School relating to frog between treatments, Phil would
ing on the coastline of Sand- spawn, but unfortunately the bounce back with a pep in her
ymount. She became known as project never reached fruition step and a smile on her face
the “shell lady.” Together with because of the school closure saying: “hey, I’m living with
Vincent Ryan, they also under- due to Covid-19. Phil raised cancer, not dying from it.” Un-
took to provide a planter box for the biodiversity/sustainability fortunately her battle ended on
the growth of nine varieties of knowledge of STTCA with her September 13, 2021, dying in
herbs and bee friendly shrubs, in-depth knowledge of shrubs, the comfort of her home sur-
and she donated two plum trees flowers, bees, etc. In 2020 she rounded by her three daughters
Below Image: Eric and Auriol Earle on the sea wall at Merrion,
germinated from seedlings from assisted greatly in a Sustain- Katharine, Clara and Chloe.
around the time of their marriage in the early
her own garden! The purpose of ability Project of saving begonia STTCA extends their sincere
1950s, courtesy Charles Lysaght.
this initiative was to instruct the bulbs which were removed from sympathies to them, to her sons-
young boys on how delicately the centre bed in The Green at in-law along with her two sis-
balanced our ecosystem is, and the end of summer, drying them ters and two brothers. Phil will
what they can do to help avoid out in her attic and frequent- be remembered with affection,
the many causes that are con- ly spraying them with water, gratitude and enduring respect
tributing to Global Warming. ahead of them being replanted by the people of Sandymount
STTCA’s educational initiative the following summer sea- and especially by the mem-
extended to a two-hour lecture son. Again these efforts helped bers of the STTCA.
May she now rest in peace.


Eric Earle, who has died in as an education officer in the rated in a book published in
Guildford in Surrey at the Gold Coast (now Ghana). His 2013 by the Office of Public
age of 96, spent much of his subsequent career was in Lon- Works on his great grandfa-
early life at the house of his don University. He was one of ther William Despard Hemp-
parents at the Merrion end the founders of Ghana Aid, an hill, a medical doctor in Clon-
of the Strand Road. As a organisation for the promotion mel, who was also a pioneer
boy, he was an altar server at of education in that country. of photography in the 1840s.
the High Anglican St John’s Eric maintained his Irish con- Eric was predeceased last
church in Sandymount. He nection, having his base for April by his wife Auri-
went from Trinity, where he regular Irish visits at his apart- ol and is survived by two
was a Scholar in History, into ment in Salthill. He collabo- daughters and two sons.
the British Colonial Service Feb / Mar 2022 MENTAL HEALTH Page 9

Perspectives: a template for a healthier, happier, and more positive life.

sychologists from Per- accept. Maybe it’s your body. 5. Let go of What won’t matter
spectives Ireland are urg- Maybe it’s a mistake you made.
ing people to consider Or maybe it’s a bad habit you We all sweat the small stuff
how they can invest in their sense find hard to shake. Everybody and most of it never matters.
of self as employees return to has things they need to accept. Often, we don’t remember it
offices and normal life resumes. Find yours and let them go. afterwards. If you can’t remem-
The pace of life has picked up ber it, it almost certainly didn’t
as many people return to the of- 3. Embrace who you are matter as much as you stressed
fice and with further restrictions about it. What was your most
a humane way that facilitates You’ll feel more emotionally
set to be eased next month, peo- Really try to embrace who you recent sweat about? Getting
growth and self-fulfilment. grounded. Your sense of self
ple are being advised to take are. Think of three ways in somewhere on time, not having
The co-directors of Perspec- worth will strengthen. You’ll
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tives Ireland, Yvonne and Ci- connect better with the peo-
to take time for themselves. you have a good sense of hu- focusing on a trivial comment
ara, have worked together since ple you love. You’ll feel more
mour. Maybe you are hard- someone made? Did any of
2006 and have built a strong comfortable in your own skin.
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A Shrine for Ashling

Shrine on Sandymount
Strand following a vigil in
honour of Tullamore native
and beloved school teacher
Ashling Murphy who was
murdered recently while out
jogging. This is just one of
many vigils and awareness
walks all around Ireland to
pay respect to a beautiful
life taken too soon, and to
call for an end to violence
against women everywhere.

The Local Wonder Women

@100 club Centenary
Una celebrates her 100th birthday, relaxing in Mount Tabor,
courtesy of Sandra Murphy. Lizzy (almost 101) enjoying a
glass or red and at 18 (inset), courtesy of Ericka Doyle.

magine being 10 dec- the original ‘WAG’ (wives
ades on this earth. That’s and girlfriends of football-
quite a big milestone. ers) as she was married to
Turning 100 is the benchmark local footballer James Doyle
for an elite club of senior citizens
and we are so lucky in this area
who played for Shelbourne
as we have not one, but two in- in the 1930s/40s; to this
credibly blessed ladies that have day she still gets slagging
reached this magical number. from her granddaughter Er-
icka over it. Lizzy’s whole
Una Henry turned 100 on 1st family has enjoyed longev-
January 2022. Una who lived ity. Her father was shot in
in Londonbridge all her life was
also in the Active Retirement
the head in WW1 and sur-
in the CYMS. She loved going vived with a metal plate in
on all the outings and the par- his head, while her brother
ties from there, she still enjoys who was a paratrooper in
a good sing song and is still as WW2 lived into his 90s.
active as ever, residing in her Lizzy’s 101st birthday will
new abode up in Mount Tabor be on February 29th, and
Nursing home in Sandymount.
She is fond of a good book and
she was born on a leap year.
an old movie. Also a keen knit-
ter she loves all the daily activi- Talk about amazing
ties that keep her smiling. Una genes for both women.
celebrated her birthday with a Centenarians who are born
special party attended by all her in Ireland receive a ‘cente-
friends and staff in Mount Tabor narians bounty’ which is a
and had a truly wonderful day.
national award and a signed
Another amazing lady is Lizzy letter of congratulations
Doyle. Lizzy is from Bremen from the President. Then on
Avenue in the New Houses and each subsequent birthday
she celebrated her big day last Irish citizens also receive
February 2021 with all of her a commemorative coin in
family and friends. Lizzy is the a presentation box. A new
‘Queen Bee’ as her family calls coin is designed each year.
her, a real legend. Lizzy The centenarian bounty was
states that she feels 21 and first introduced in 1940 by
laughter is what keeps her President Douglas Hyde.
going. She loves to get out
and go for dinner. This lady From all of us here in
has a super strong mind- NewsFour - Happy 100th
set and is very open in her Birthday to Una and 101
thinking. She is a character to Lizzy and may you
with great stories to tell, in- both continue to enjoy the
cluding that she is probably journey of life, Slainte. Feb / Mar 2022 Page 11

10 Signs You Need to See a Dentist

area, and may present as ei- 8 Broken Floss
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Samuel Beckett’s Endgame at the Gate

unning throughout Feb- nally written in French (entitled sidered to be among Beckett’s ing in dustbins, tossed aside by what this talented director can
ruary and until March Fin de partie); Beckett himself best works. an uncaring world. Although make of this wonderful play.
26th is the Gate’s translated it into English. The it is now sixty five years since The casting is also very inter
highly anticipated produc- play was first performed in a The play centres on the frac- Endgame’s original premiere, esting. Sheehan is a seasoned,
tion of Samuel Beckett’s clas- French-language production tious relationship between iras- it remains an urgent and strik- excellent performer. It is the
sic Endgame, from Broadway at the Royal Court Theatre in cible tyrant Hamm and his boy- ingly relevant work that speaks casting of comedian Boyle
director Danya Taymor. This London, opening on 3rd April servant, Clov. An apocalyptic, to the existential and absurd- that is likely to raise the most
revival of the seminal comic- 1957. The follow-up to Waiting nihilistic and darkly funny tale, ist challenges of our time. eyebrows. I can’t wait to see
tragic masterpiece sees Taymor for Godot, it is commonly con- the play also features Hamm’s what the performers bring
make her Gate debut following parents, Nagg and Nell, liv- It will be fascinating to see to these iconic characters.
her recent acclaimed produc-
tion of Antoinette Chinonye This much anticipated produc-
Nwandu’s Pass Over which tion will open February 16
reopened Broadway in 2021. (previews from February 11)
and run until March 26. Tick-
Also making their Gate debuts, ets for all shows recently sold
as Hamm and Clov, are Bafta- out, however, with the hope
nominated comedian Frankie that Covid restrictions are
Boyle, and Robert Sheehan, likely to ease over the coming
Bafta-nominated star of Net- weeks, the Gate are hoping that
flix’s The Umbrella Acade- they will be able to make more
my and RTÉ’s Love/Hate. tickets available once capac-
ity limits have been increased
Returning to the Gate stage
are Sean McGinley and Gina People can register to be first
Moxley; McGinley recently to hear about future ticket re-
appeared in Lucy Kirkwood’s leases at the Gate’s home-
The Children, while Moxley page:
previously appeared in Lorca’s
The House of Bernarda Alba. Endgame is presented with the
Endgame is a one-act play with Image : courtesy of the Gate Theatre kind support of the Marker Ho-
four characters. It was origi- tel. The Gate Theatre is proudly
supported by the Arts Council.

On Steady Ground/Unsteady Ground

New Exhibition Highlights Concerns Surrounding Climate

ocated at the Municipal erly islands in the Orkney an eye-catching piece, to star spectra map which medi-
Gallery, dlr Lexicon, Islands Archipelago. With say the least, and remains a tates on our changing position
Dún Laoghaire and run- On Steady Ground/Un- personal highlight of mine. in the greater universal picture.
ning until March 13, On Steady steady Ground, they have Admission to On Steady
Ground/Unsteady Ground is a set out to create a dialogue Based between Dún Ground / Unsteady Ground
collaborative exhibition by art- between the various stages Laoghaire and Papa is free, no booking required.
ists Cora Cummins and Saoirse and levels of experienc- Westray, Saoirse Higgins’
Higgins – awardees of a Visual ing both environmental work is process-driven and The majority of works on dis-
Art Commission from Dún change and loss, and per- she often collaborates with play are available for purchase.
Laoghaire-Rathdown County sonal change and loss. local experts and island The price list, which can be seen
Council – and is curated by communities. Higgins has at the exhibition’s front desk,
Marysia Wieckiewicz-Carroll. Speaking at the exhibition’s been marking and record- runs from €300 - €10,000.
launch, Cathaoirleach of ing physical changes in the
Working across multiple media Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown environment on the small For further information, please
(etching, video, photography County Council Lettie Mc- island of Papa Westray. The go to
and sculpture) the exhibition Carthy said: “we’re pleased exhibition includes two of
connects the artists’ parallel re- to present this exhibition her films made in the Ork-
search interests in environment of new work by Cora and ney Islands (‘Survival Tools
and landscape change and re- Saoirse. It is a fascinating of the Anthropocene’ and
Cora Cummins in her studio,
flections on losing what seemed body of work dealing with ‘The Sea: be-lapse’); photo-
and Saoirse Higgins’ Survival
permanent. Dún Laoghaire timely and pertinent issues graphs of the Sólhiemjökull
Tools of the Anthropocene;
residents themselves, Cummins which connect to all of us.” glacier in Iceland, marking
courtesy of Ciara King, Arts Of-
and Higgins have drawn their connected to the actual landscape, but changes from 1976 to 2021;
fice, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown
research from the surrounding Born in Carlow, Cora also the wider psychological impact of an image of the stone bench-
Co. Council
landscape and history, and by Cummins works mainly loss and how grief connects with the geo- mark symbol on the old-
looking globally towards Ever- through printmaking. She graphical. For this exhibition, Cummins est house on Papa Westray
est and the remote island of Papa is interested in not only ex- has made a large-scale mountain (‘Monu- which is used to measure
Westray, one of the most north- ploring the idea of change ment’) through the etching technique. It’s rising sea levels; and a Feb / Mar 2022 BOOKS Page 13

Jone$town: Book Review

course, that is not the case what- zone’ to one side of Jonestown, private detective, shows up ask- the voice of a single narrator,
soever, but that’s just the first in- the only section where families ing questions, claiming to have Jone$town is a novel of multiple
stance of duplicity in the story, with three children may live, been hired by Jeff to find his tales and multiple life stories.
as our literary tour guide Matt in keeping with the rules. To cat, but is that really the case? The characters are written in
will tell you. No, it has nothing the top of the shamrock shaped such a way that we don’t always
to do with the Guyana mass cult community, you have houses “Jone$town” is treated as part get a clear view of their values
incident, but in Jonestown, it’s mainly occupied by the elderly. mystery and part confessional and motives in life, until the very
easy enough to spot who would Then you have the last section for the main character Matt. last page. As in life, we learn
drink the Kool-Aid, it seems. where Matt lives, or Jonestown Peppered throughout the novel, that even the most perfect, infal-
Proper, as he calls it. It is here, we get glimpses into Matt’s lible beings in this circle have
The central character, Matt, is where all the drama begins. past and his difficult family life their own secrets and struggles.
rather neurotic, with hilarious growing up, which is somewhat Not everything is as it seems
hot takes on some of his suspi- An award winning journalist liv- painted over with disregard in in this book from all aspects
cious neighbours relayed in a ing in Jonestown Proper writes a the beginning by the narrator. of interpretation, the plot, the

charmingly blunt style at times. ‘truth-bomb’ of an expose on the As the tale progresses, Matt characters and the character’s
one$town is Robert Mc- To introduce us to the seeming community, aptly named “Not finds himself embroiled in the history itself are all up for scru-
Dermott’s debut novel. The madness of the gated commu- Quite so Pleasantville”, for the confusing deceptions of his cur- tiny. What starts as a relatively
author is the winner of the nity, we meet Mr. Zimmermann, local paper and it all kicks off. rent situation and we see him feel-good easy reading mystery,
TESEO 2019 short story compe- the chairman of the Residential The journalist, Jeff Simmons, at- open up to the reader about soon descends into processing
tition and the book is published Community Association (RCA). tracts a lot of negative feedback previously shrouded aspects of of past trauma, murder, manipu-
by Riversong Books. The novel As Matt mentions, Zimmer- by pointing out the social in- his childhood. He reveals ele- lation and plotting from almost
explores all measures of truths mann is a follower of rules that equality represented within the ments of psychological trauma everyone involved. This novel
and half-truths, as told by the values that of the traditional and gated community and the far- that have haunted him his whole has a definite edge, and we can
unreliable narrator Matt Lowell is a complete “horse’s ass”. Matt cical nature of the “keeping up life, as he tries to figure out the see this through the narrator’s
and you’ll have to take his word has a rapport with Barney, the with the Joneses” attitude within seedy secrets of his present. The ever changing voice and devel-
on that. This deceptive thriller cool and collected security man the gates. Cue a ridiculous court reader is brought on a journey opment as the story plays out.
deals with secrets at the heart of who oversees all the goings on case, the sudden disappearance through the narrator’s life, from It’s an exciting read, as the plot
the wealthy, suburban panopti- in Jonestown, this is where Matt of a cat (named Gene Hackman) childhood to present day and ul- builds you’re given just enough
con-like Jonestown (Riverside gets the inside scoop on the and a whole host of surreptitious timately, we learn that some se- to keep asking questions. You’ll
Falls), a somewhat self pro- politics of the community, and happenings, including a possi- crets need to see the light of day. have to read it and see for your-
fessed haven for perfect neigh- hints of Zimmermann’s nefari- ble murder, as the journalist Jeff self, can you ascertain the truth?
bours with perfect gardens. Of ous nature. You have the ‘family goes missing. Soon after, Beth, a Despite being told through

Jone$town: by Robert McDermott is published by Riversong Books, and is available in all good bookstores and on Amazon.

Second Sandymount Man: Book Review

students and have photos taken.
ne might be mistaken of course being Yeats who was Jordan, no stranger to the film’s
for thinking Second born on Sandymount Avenue. subject, had earlier been in-
Sandymount Man was Heaney adopted Sandymount as volved in organising a memorial
a book on Seamus Heaney ow- his home from the 1970s. Two day (June 6) for Christy Brown,
ing to the title and cover, in fact of his best known poems, ‘A to whom a chapter in the book is
the book is a collection of let- Kite for Michael and Christo- also dedicated, as well as some
ters and correspondence gath- pher’, and ‘Walking the Strand’, correspondence with Christy’s
ered over the years between were inspired by its natural wife Mary (Carr) Brown.
the author and various luminar- raw beauty. Jordan describes
ies from the world of literature Heaney as “completely and gra- The book highlights certain
and politics. These include: ciously approachable, and [one highs and lows in the writer’s
Conor Cruise O’Brien, Paul who] wore his fame lightly.” life, including the story of the
Durcan, Liam Cosgrave. Brian origins of what was to become
Friel, and Christopher Nolan, Perhaps one of the more amus- his novel Tell My Mother I…,
the writer not the film director. ing pieces in the book is the reviewed in this paper some
There are also chapters on Sean chapter on actor Daniel Day- time back. There is also a chap-
MacBride, Winston Churchill Lewis. Day-Lewis arrived one ter on the sad death of his first
and of course Yeats. Also fea- day at the school Jordan was child Antonia, as well as the
tured is historian Roy Foster, principal of to get information origins of the first Yeats day
who probably wrote the defini- on Christy Brown, in prepara- in Sandymount Green (now
tive bio of our national bard. tion to play him in the movie an annual event), which was
My Left Foot, and Anthony – instigated by Jordan, quoting
In fact only one chapter is given more a literary man that film extensively from a report of
over to Heaney, although there buff – didn’t even recognise the event at the time from this
is a chapter entirely dedicated him. Later however, they be- very newspaper. An interest-
to Marie Heaney, his wife. The came friends and indeed many ing collection of letters and
title came about from a letter of the students at the school memorabilia from the world of
Heaney wrote to the author, became extras in the film. Then literature and the arts, although
referring to himself as the ‘sec- after he won the Oscar Day- probably of interest to the aca-
ond Sandymount man’, the first Lewis brought it in to show the demic or special interest mostly.

Second Sandymount Man: A Memoir of Letters, by Anthony J. Jordan (2021), is published by Printwell Books, and available in all good bookshops.
Page 14 FILM Feb / Mar 2022

20 Films to see in 2022

What will be on view
in the months ahead?
Florence Pugh Colin Farrell Emma Stone
The Souvenir Part 2 mous novel, looking back on her Anthony LaPaglia and Essie mystery. Tilda Swinton once adapt to its synthetic surround-
experience with abortion when it Davis make up the impressive again stars. Release Date: TBC. ings. This evolution moves
Local company Element Pic- was still illegal in France in the cast. Release Date: July 1st. humans beyond their natural
tures has joined forces with 1960s. Release Date: April 1st. The Wonder state and into a metamorpho-
BBC Films to bring to life Don’t Worry Darling sis, which alters their biologi-
Joanna Hogg’s follow-up to the The Northman Another Irish co-production in- cal makeup. Cronenberg regular
sumptuous autobiographical Actress turned director Olivia volving Element Pictures. Se- Viggo Mortenson stars along-
original. The film was honoured Robert Eggers follows up the Wilde follows up her directo- bastian Lelio, whose A Fantastic side Kristen Stewart and Lea
with being named best film of highly acclaimed The Witch rial debut Booksmart with this Woman won an Oscar for Best Seydoux. Release Date: TBC.
2021 (where it was released in and The Lighthouse with what satirical comedy about a 1950’s Foreign Film in 2017, directs
some territories) in the prestig- looks set to be his biggest budg- housewife living with her hus- this period drama described as Poor Things
ious Sight and Sound poll of eted film to date. This Viking band in a utopian experimental “a psychological thriller, and
experts. Real life mother and actioner boasts an extraordinary community who begins to wor- a story of love pitted against Element Pictures strike once
daughter Honor Swinton Byrne cast that includes Alexander ry that his glamorous company evil.” The film is based on the more in another collaboration
and Tilda Swinton reprise their Skarsgard, Anya-Taylor Joy, may be hiding disturbing secrets. novel by Irish author Emma with Greek auteur Yorgos Lan-
roles. Release Date: Feb 4th Nicole Kidman, Willem Da- Release Date: September 23rd. Donoghue (Room) and stars thimos. The film is an adapta-
foe, Ethan Hawke and Bjork. Florence Pugh, Tom Burke, tion of the Alisdair Gray novel
The Batman Release Date: April 22nd. The Banshees of Inisherin Niamh Algar, Ciaran Hinds and is said to be a Frankenstein-
and David Wilmot. Release esque tale focusing on a young
Robert Pattinson makes his bow Vortex Martin McDonagh returns with Date: TBC, likely Winter 2022. woman brought back to life by
as the caped crusader in Matt this black comedy about a pair a brilliant but eccentric scientist.
Reeves’ highly anticipated DC Gaspar Noe’s new film has been of lifelong friends on a remote Disappointment Blvd. Emma Stone, Willem Dafoe,
blockbuster, the first solo Bat- hailed as his most mature to Irish island who find themselves Mark Ruffalo, Margaret Qualley
man film since Christopher No- date. It follows an elderly cou- at an awkward time in their re- Ari Aster moves away from hor- and Christopher Abbot head up
lan’s The Dark Knight Rises, a ple in the late stages of dementia lationship when one of them ror with this intriguing sound- the impressive cast. Could be in
decade ago. Colin Farrell, Zoe and is presented entirely in split- no longer wants to be friends. ing drama starring Joaquin line to make its bow in Cannes
Kravitz and Barry Keoghan screen. It stars legendary direc- Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson, Phoenix. The film is described in May. Release Date: TBC.
make up the impressive looking tor Dario Argento alongside Barry Keoghan and Kerry Con- as a decades-spanning por-
cast. Release Date: March 4th. iconic French actress Françoise don star. Release Date: TBC, trait of one of the most suc- Blonde
Lebrun. Release Date: May 20th. most likely later in the year. cessful entrepreneurs of all
Red Rocket time. Release Date: TBC. Andrew Dominik’s Marilyn
Top Gun: Maverick Killers of the Flower Moon Monroe biopic has attracted lots
Sean Baker follows up the Flux Gourmet of buzz and controversy, with
hugely acclaimed, Oscar Delayed from an initial fore- Martin Scorsese is back with rumours swirling at one point
nominated The Florida Pro- cast release in 2020, the already this highly anticipated histori- The great Peter Strickland that Netflix had demanded the
ject with an outrageous black much-belated sequel to the 80s cal drama that revolves around makes a welcome return to our Australian director tone down
comedy starring Simon Rex. smash finally arrives 36 years af- Members of the Osage tribe screens with what’s sure to be some of the more hard-hitting
Release Date: March 11th. ter its predecessor. Tom Cruise, in the United States, who are another delightfully singular elements. Netflix have since
Jennifer Connolly and Val Kilm- murdered under mysterious vision. The film is set at an in- reportedly backed the uncut
Benedetta er reprise their roles in the origi- circumstances in the 1920s, stitute devoted to culinary and version of the film, which stars
nal. Release Date: May 27th. sparking a major F.B.I. inves- alimentary performance and re- Ana De Armas as the iconic
The great Paul Verhoven returns tigation involving J. Edgar volves around a collective who actress. Release Date: TBC.
with a typically satirical and Nope Hoover. Jesse Plemons, Leon- find themselves embroiled in
provocative film about a 17th- ardo DiCaprio and Robert De power struggles, artistic vendet-
century nun in Italy who suf- Little is known about Jordan Niro star. Release Date: TBC. tas and gastrointestinal disor-
fers from disturbing religious Peele’s much anticipated follow ders. The film has its world pre-
visions. The film premiered at up to Get Out and Us. He re- The Eternal Daughter miere at the Berlin Film Festival
Cannes last year and has stoked teams with his Get Out lead Dan- this month. Release Date: TBC.
a considerable amount of con- iel Kaluuya. Release Date: July. Joanna Hogg reteams with local
troversy and acclaim in the inter- company Element Pictures for Crimes of the Future
im. Release Date: March 25th. Nitram what’s described as a ghost story
in which a middle-aged daugh- David Cronenberg makes his
Happening Caleb Landry Jones won Best ter and her elderly mother must first film in nearly a decade
Actor at Cannes last year for confront long-buried secrets with this remake of an early
Winner of the Golden Lion at his portrayal of the shooter at when they return to their for- student film of his. The film is
Venice, Audrey Diwan’s hugely the 1996 Port Arthur massacre mer family home, a once-grand described as a deep dive into
acclaimed drama is an adapta- in Tasmania in Justin Kurtzel’s manor that has become a nearly the not-so-distant future in
tion of Annie Ernaux’s epony- true crime drama. Judy Davis, vacant hotel brimming with which humankind is learning to Olivia Wilde Feb / Mar 2022 LITERATURE Page 15

Five Special Trees - Sandymount’s Living Link with Joyce’s Ulysses

hearse in which poor Paddy Dig- Bloom masturbating), it began ian, Anne Enright says “there
nam, the late occupant of said to gain the reputation as an ob- is no sex in Ulysses – it is all
number nine, who has died from scene work, with the French remembered or anticipated sex,
drink-induced apoplexy, is to be police confiscating issues of all jam tomorrow and jam yes-
brought to Glasnevin Cemetery. the magazine. For a long time it terday and no jam on the single
didn’t look as if it was ever go- long day of the book itself. A
And finally, the third Sand- ing to be published. Joyce was novel that is interested in love
ymount based episode takes deeply depressed about this, and fascinated by the body con-
place at about eight o’clock in and exasperated, he turned to tains no passionate union, un-
the evening, when our main pro- it ivy on its seafront? Are there his friend Sylvia Beach who ran less you count Molly Bloom’s

Rodney Devitt the publishing company Shake- afternooner with Blazes Boy-
tagonist, Leopold Bloom, who trees in Leahy’s Terrace at the
robably everybody who has been to visit Paddy Dig- side or the rear? If so, what speare and Company. Beach lan, which is intuited by her
lives in Sandymount has nam’s widow to help her with a and how many? Are there steps agreed to publish the book her- husband, but which happens off
walked up Leahy’s Ter- widow’s insurance policy, walks leading down to the beach?” self, and so on February 2, 1922 stage.” Today Ulysses, an early
race at some point, from Sand- from Newbridge Avenue, up Ulysses finally was published in proponent of the stream of con-
ymount Road to Beach Road, Leahy’s Terrace, and down onto Poor Aunt Josephine, who lived Paris. The English edition came sciousness technique, is consid-
by the side of Star of the Sea the Strand to sit on a rock, enjoy on the north side of the city, pre- later that same year. The book ered one of the great master-
Church. And there, set into the the evening sun, and ponder on sumably had to get the number has always been dogged by pieces of Irish, and indeed world
footpath, starting at the Sand- his stressful day around the city. three tram to Sandymount and, controversy and was banned in literature. According to Declan
ymount Road end, are five fine with her little notebook and pen- many countries owing to what Kiberd, “Before Joyce, no writ-
mature trees, which must be The opening passage of this cil, record all that her demanding some considered lewd and ex- er of fiction had so foreground-
at least one hundred and thirty chapter is one of the most nephew asked for. And a very plicit sexual content. But the ed the process of thinking.”
years old, each about twenty beautiful in the whole book: good job she must have made passing years have been kinder To mark the occasion this
yards apart, and stretching the “The summer evening had be- of it, because the picture we to Ulysses, and today I don’t year An Post is bringing out
length of that fine terrace of gun to fold the world in its mys- get of that part of Sandymount think it would shock anyone. two commemorative stamps.
early Victorian houses. Well, terious embrace. Far away in on a warm summer’s even- Writing recently in the Guard-
four actually, since one must the west the sun was setting, and ing in 1904 is totally credible.
have succumbed to some ail- the last glow of all too fleeting
ment, and was replaced by a day lingered lovingly on sea and “Soon the lamplighter would be
younger model, maybe six- strand, on the proud promon- going his rounds past the Pres-
ty years ago. But these five tory of dear old Howth, guard- byterian church grounds and
trees – one London Plane and ing as ever the waters of the along by shady Tritonville road
four Poplars - achieved liter- bay, on the weedgrown rocks where the couples walked, and
ary fame when James Joyce’s along Sandymount shore and, lighting the lamp near her win-
earth-shaking novel Ulysses last but not least, on the quiet dow From house to house, giv-
was published 100 years ago. church whence there streamed ing his ever welcome double
forth at times upon the stillness knock, went the nine o’clock
The novel is set over one day, the the voice of prayer to her who postman, the glow worm’s
16th June 1904, though it was not is in her pure radiance a beacon lamp at his belt gleaming here
actually published until eight- ever to the storm-tossed heart and there through the laurel
een years later, in 1922. Joyce of man, Mary, Star of the Sea.” hedges And among the five
picked that date to coincide with young trees a hoisted limstock
the time he was actually staying It is almost prayer-like in its lit the light at Leahy’s Terrace.”
in a house on Dromard Terrace sublime depiction of this lovely
in Sandymount, and brought area. Or it could be an estate Almost makes you wish you
his girlfriend and life-partner- agent’s advertisement in the lived in Sandymount a hundred
to-be, Nora Barnacle, for a property pages of a newspaper. years ago.
walk out to the Shelly Banks.
We should be aware that in
As all NewsFour readers will be 1904, Beach Road did not exist,
Ulysses at 100
only too aware, Ulysses contains the sea wall was much closer to
three important episodes that are the Church than it is now, and
set in Sandymount. The first one what was then the Strand is now This year sees the 100rd anni-
brings one of the main charac- Sean Moore Park and sports versary of the publication of Ul-
ters, Stephen Dedalus, to our ground. As in the whole book, ysses. Joyce started writing the
fabled seafront, where he has Joyce was meticulous in pre- novel as early as 1914 and in the
a long and complicated debate senting the accurate geography years that followed the manu-
with himself on all sorts of philo- and topography of his native script began circulating around
sophical and metaphysical mat- city, from which he had by now the Paris literary scene, catching
ters, and of course utters, with exiled himself. For one small the attention of literary giants
his eyes closed, the immortal section of the Sandymount such as T.S. Eliot and Gertrude
words: “Am I walking into eter- Strand episode, he wrote home Stein. Between 1918 and 1920 it
nity along Sandymount Strand?” from Trieste, where he and Nora was serialised in The Little Re-
were then living, to his aunt in view, but when that periodical
The Hades episode begins at Dublin: “Dear Aunt Josephine, published the Nausica episode
number 9 Newbridge Avenue, I want that information about (set on Sandymount which has
outside which is a horse-drawn the Star of the Sea Church. Has the leading protagonist Leopold
Page 16 FILM REVIEW Feb / Mar 2022

And The Winner Is… 2022 Oscar Preview

he 94th Academy Awards where Smith plays Richard Wil- The nominations are set to be an
are due to take place on liams father and trainer of tennis ounced February 8, and while-
March 27 at the Dolby superstars Venus and Serena. nothing is certain, we have a fair
Theatre in Hollywood. After last idea of who will make the cut.
year’s low-key ceremony – de- As of now, there has been no Last year’s Academy Awards
layed because of the pandemic indication what the event will fell victim to the pandemic, and
and featuring movies that, for look like: Will there be a crowd? although the outcome was far
the most part, sidestepped thea- A red carpet? Does anybody re- from fatal – Chloé Zhao mak-
tres in favour of VOD – this ally care? What we do know is ing history as the first woman
year’s event aims to bring the that this year’s ceremony will of colour to win for best direc-
sparkle back to tinseltown. have a host, which is something tor was the evening’s high point
we did without for the last two – the impact was clear. Under
Thankfully, they won’t be short years. Who it will be is still the radar films such as Sound
on stars on the night. Steven undecided, though there have of Metal and Promising Young
Spielberg is back to reclaim been reports that British actor Woman became surprise front
his throne, after directing a and Marvel superstar Tom Hol- runners. This was due to the fact
West Side Story adaptation land is in the running. It would that many distribution compa-
which has proved a hit with be a bold choice to have such nies thought it wise to postpone
critics and audiences alike. a young talent carry the entire their tent-pole releases until af-
Lady Gaga’s transformation show, but the boy can sing and ter the initial waves of COVID
from popstar to screen siren is dance, to be fair. In fact, he’s had eased, a decision which saw
all but complete thanks to her due to star as Fred Astaire in an films like, No Time to Die, West
strong performance in Ridley upcoming biopic. So perhaps Side Story and Wes Anderson’s
Scott’s House of Gucci. And the Oscars could prove a dry The French Dispatch hold their
hey, Smith is having a come- run before he dances ‘Cheek breath until the coast was clear –
back, riding high on the wave o cheek ‘ on the big screen or, as it turned out, clear enough.
of King Richard, a sports biopic

t Feb / Mar 2022 FILM REVIEW Page 17

Categories, Potential Winners And Losers..

Best Animated Feature Kirsten Dunst, her performance Best Actress is the fan favourite; he’s riding
in The Power of the Dog is high on a Hollywood comeback
A category oft-dominated by nothing short of a masterclass. Kristen Stewart seemed to and is playing on home soil, af-
Disney Studios, and this year have everything sewn up after ter all. Garfield has come alive
looks no different. Highlights Should win: Kirsten Dunst her captivating turn as Prin- in 2021, putting on a hell of a
include the animated documen- Will win: Ariana DeBose cess Diana in Spencer. Since show wherever he goes, be it
tary, Flee, and two movies driv- then, a double whammy of Spider-Man: No Way Home,
en by hand-drawn aesthetics: losing out on a Golden Globe The Eyes of Tammy Faye or
Netflix’s The Mitchells vs. The to Nicole Kidman and being Tick, Tick… Boom!, a non-
Machines, the hilarious fam- snubbed by SAG has turned stop musical which gets the best Best Picture
ily road trip through the robot Stewart’s Oscar campaign out of the young English actor.
apocalypse; and Pixar’s Luca, upside down. It doesn’t help Cumberbatch is a shoo-in for the Now for the biggest prize of the
the coming-of-age story about that she’s surrounded by stiff BAFTA, but as for the Oscars, night. Let’s start by narrowing
one young boy experiencing competition in Olivia Cole- I predict Hollywood is about the playing field. Many will be
an unforgettable summer filled man (The Lost Daughter) and to get Jiggy Wit It, at long last. rooting for Dune, Denis Vil-
with gelato, pasta and endless Jessica Chastian (The Eyes of leneuve’s mesmerising space
Vespa rides. Meanwhile, Dis- Tammy Faye). The fact Cole- Should win: Ben Cumberbatch opera, but, as happens so of-
ney has two contenders with man already has an Oscar to Will win: Will Smith ten with blockbusters vying
Raya and the Last Dragon and her name (The Favourite, for Oscar glory, fans will have
Encanto, with the latter sure to 2019) might harm her chanc- to lower their expectations and
Best Supporting Actor
take home top prize. Follow- es, but don’t be surprised if make-do with cleaning up the
ing a young Colombian girl the Academy adds to her col- technical fields instead. Adam
With a Golden Globe already in McKay’s Don’t Look Up show-
facing the frustration of being lection, they’re suckers for a
the bag, Kodi Smit-McPhee is cases a host of star names, but
the only member of her fam- bashful Brit. One actress who
leading the charge for this year’s its mixed audience reaction and
ily without magical powers, is destined to be overlooked,
supporting actors. The 25-year- limited theatre run (moving to
Encanto is a bona-fide crowd- however, is Agatha Rousselle.
old’s performance in The Power Netflix two weeks after its cin-
pleaser and a marvel to look at. Making her screen debut in
of the Dog is quiet and under- ema release) doesn’t bode well.
Titane, which picked up the
stated, but the amount of screen West Side Story could easily
Should win: Encanto Palme d’Or last year at the
time he has – he should really be walk away with this one and it
Will win: Encanto Cannes Film Festival, she puts
battling for the Academy Award wouldn’t surprise anybody. But,
on a truly captivating physical
for Lead Actor against co-star for my money the Best Picture
performance. But if you’re
Benedict Cumberbatch – will be Oscar is a two-horse race: The
looking for a dark horse, look
hard for voters to ignore. With Power of the Dog and Belfast.
no further than Lady Gaga.
the SAG (Screen Actors Guild) Branagh’s trip down memory
Her role in Ridley Scott’s
awards snubbing both Jamie lane is both grand and intimate,
House of Gucci raised a few
Dornan and Ciarán Hinds (who and if it doesn’t win the BAFTA
eyebrows for a liberal take on
both feature in Belfast), it’ll be I’ll eat my hat. The Power of the
the Italian accent. But she is a Best Director
challenging to see if they can Dog, on the other hand, isn’t as
star, something Hollywood is
bounce back. It could be Dornan easy to put in a box; it’s evoca-
short on at the moment. Could The directing race looks to have
or Hinds, but not both. Bradley tive, mysterious and constantly
Best Supporting Actress this be Gaga’s Cher mo- two sure bets with Belfast boy
Cooper was a delight in Licorice plays with audience precon-
ment? Don’t count on it, all Kenneth Branagh (Belfast) and
Pizza, but it’s hard to see the ceptions. With Best Picture
This year’s selection boasts a you Little Monsters out there. Jane Campion (The Power of
Academy put Cooper over, con- predictions, I always ask my-
heap of Irish talent and will the Dog). Both have been en-
sidering his limited screen time. self, “what note does the Acad-
be our nation’s best chance of Should win: Agatha Rousselle joying success on the awards
Then again, stranger things emy want to end on?” Here we
claiming a golden statuette. Will win: Kristen Stewart circuit up to now, with Belfast
have happened – I’m look- have two choices: celebrating a
Kerry’s own Jessie Buckley finding a way into American
ing at you, Beatrice Straight! complicated study of queer de-
has been going from strength to hearts, becoming the feel good
strength after her feature debut movie of the year. Campion won sire way out west; or a simple
Should win: Kodi Smit-McPhee and sentimental tale about the
in 2017’s Beast. This year, Buck- the Golden Globe back in Janu-
Will win: Kodi Smit-McPhee power of family and pop tunes.
ley lights up The Lost Daughter, ary, so it’s hard to argue against
while Ruth Negga puts on a tour her. Plus, it helps that The
de force, co-starring in Rebecca Power of the Dog is so beauti- Should win: The Power of the
Hall’s Passing. Dublin native fully crafted, truly the work of Dog
Caitriona Balfe gives Belfast, a master. Now, if the Academy Will win: Belfast
written and directed by Kenneth really wanted to make our eyes
Branagh, its beating heart, an roll, they would pick Spielberg,
achievement which has surely Best Actor who offers up a picture as visu-
locked her in for a nomination. ally bright as it is painfully dull
Elsewhere, Ariana DeBose is This will be a close race, and in West Side Story – thank god
captivating in West Side Story it essentially boils down to he left the songs intact, at least.
and has already picked up a three: Will Smith for King
Golden Globe for her efforts. Richard; a lively Andrew Gar- Should win: Jane Campion
Kathryn Hunter is sublime as field for Tick, Tick… Boom!; Will win: Jane Campion
the three witches (that’s right, and chaps-wearing, banjo-
3-in-1) in Joel Coen’s The Trag- pickin’, Buck Henry’s #1 fan,
edy of MacBeth and is this cat- Benedict Cumberbatch for
egory’s dark horse. And as for The Power of the Dog. Smith
Page 18 VALENTINE MOVIES Feb / Mar 2022

Love Streams : The 6 Best Valentine’s Day Movies Currently Streaming

t’s February, which means to fall in love as they struggle as an adult. In front of others, out during the pandemic, Palm version bound to garner awards
that the next special occa- to make their business work. Adele grows, seeks herself, Springs is a fresh riff on the during this year’s awards sea-
sion on everyone’s mind loses herself, finds herself. Groundhog Day (1993) for- son, now is the best time to catch
is Valentine’s Day. Of course Jerry Maguire kicked off a de- mula. It allows for the themes up with Robert Wise’s original
we would all love to wine and lightful run of dynamite pictures This is an extremely intense to go beyond existential repeti- screen adaptation. Isn’t there
dine our significant other across for director Cameron Crowe, in- viewing experience, for rea- tion, and instead a lovely little anything more romantic than
fancy bars and restaurants, how- cluding Almost Famous (2000) sons that go beyond the well- comic romance unfolds. And Romeo and Juliet? As it turns
ever, with COVID what it is, and Vanilla Sky (2001). But publicized graphic sex scene. while Samberg is great, the out: yes – Romeo and Juliet by
maybe you’d prefer to retreat Jerry Maguire is the stand out. Director Abdellatif Kechiche scene-stealer has to be Cristin way of jazzed-up ballet. In some
to the comfy confines of your For one, it showcases Crowe’s pushes his camera in close… Milioti; she owns every major ways, West Side Story feels like
home – a place where you can distinct blend of over-the-top very close, capturing snotty moment. Their chemistry al- the absolute zenith of the clas-
put up your feet, share a bot- sensibilities and instinct for noses, moles and freckles, and lows the film to flourish, but sic Hollywood studio system,
tle of wine and binge on some intimate human drama. Sure, every tiny flicker of emotion it’s her enthusiasm that makes it heralding the arrival of the six-
cheesy rom-com classics. With it contains a lot of larger-than- going through his characters’ go by so fast. And don’t worry, ties with a defiant “Krup you!”
six recommendations, you and life elements – cheeky narra- heads on a moment-by-moment all you clever clogs, the script’s to the very idea of naturalism.
your partner are bound to find tion, multimillion-dollar sports basis. It all feels uncomfort- sci-fi logic holds up well against Recognising the weaknesses of
something you both agree on. contracts and Cuba Gooding ably raw and voyeuristic, but all kinds of hole-poking. Palm the central pair – there’s more
Jr. – but ultimately feels more there’s so much familiarity in Springs will make you laugh, sexual chemistry between the
Netflix like an honest, down–to–earth each of these moments. It lit up it’ll make you think, and, in two gangs than with Tony and
character study than a typi- the Cannes Film Festival back the end, you’ll find it’s a time Maria – there’s so much to ap-
Jerry Maguire (1996) cal Hollywood rom-com. The in 2013, and has been light- loop worth getting stuck in. preciate about what the film gets
most powerful conflict in this ing up our hearts ever since. right. For one, Wise’s direction
When slick sports agent Jerry film is a quietly rocky romance West Side Story (1961) is so striking and cinematic in
Maguire (Tom Cruise) has a rooted in miscommunications Prime Video composition, it’s no wonder he
crisis of conscience, he writes a and unfair expectations, not big As if I need to remind you: earned the Academy Award for
heartfelt company-wide memo fights and external problems. Palm Springs (2020) Love at first sight strikes when Best Director – one of ten wins
that promptly gets him fired. young Tony (Richard Beymer) on the night. Will Spielberg
Desperate to hang on to the ath- Blue is the Warmest Colour When carefree Nyles and reluc- spots Maria (A star-making continue the tradition come Os-
letes that he represents, Jerry (2013) tant maid of honour Sarah have turn from Natalie Wood) at a car night? Possibly, but for now
starts his own management firm, a chance encounter at a Palm high school dance in 1957 New he’ll have to “Play it cool, boy”
with only single mother Dorothy Adèle’s (Adèle Exarchopou- Springs wedding, things get York City. Their burgeoning
Boyd (Renee Zellweger) joining los) life is changed when she complicated. They get stuck in romance helps to fuel the fire
him in his new venture. Bank- meets Emma (Léa Seydoux), a time loop and develop a bud- between the warring Jets and
ing on their sole client, ego- an older art student with strik- ding romance while living the Sharks – two rival gangs vy-
maniacal football player Rod ing blue hair, who will allow same day over and over again. ing for control of the streets.
Tidwell (an electric Cuba Good- her to discover desire, to as-
ing Jr.), Jerry and Dorothy begin sert herself as a woman and One of the good things to come With Steven Spielberg’s own Feb / Mar 2022 VALENTINE MOVIES Page 19

Disney + lowing adventures in saving

the human race from their self-
WALL·E (2008) inflicted gradual erosion are a
tonal whiplash, the nice kind.
WALL·E is the last robot left on The fact that WALL·E barely
an Earth that has been overrun talks and yet manages to be
with garbage and all humans one of the most well-realised
have fled to outer space. For 700 and charming characters in
years he has continued to try and animated history speaks vol-
clean up the mess, but has devel- umes. Inside Out (2015) came
oped some rather interesting hu- close to taking the throne,
man-like qualities. When a ship but WALL·E remains Pixar’s
arrives with a sleek new type of greatest achievement to date.
robot, WALL·E thinks he’s fi-
nally found a friend and stows Never Been Kissed (1999)
away on the ship when it leaves.
Josie Geller (Drew Barrymore),
WALL·E is the best example a baby-faced junior copywriter
of Pixar’s ability to appeal to at the Chicago Sun-Times, must
children and adults alike. Di- pose as a student at her former
rector Andrew Stanton, who’s high school to research con-
other credits include A Bug’s temporary teen culture. While
Life (1998) and Finding Nemo there, she falls in love with one
(2003), creatively weaves en- of the teachers and has to con- at the peak of her powers. She Images: all courtesy Google/Creative Commons.
vironmental catastrophe and trol her feelings for him while emerges as a real star here – an
unchecked consumption pro- keeping her cover in place. actor whose personality and
moted by a materialistic culture Never Been Kissed is not deep charisma are the real subject of
with an adorable and charming or sophisticated, but it’s quirky the story. She manages to turn
love story. It’s an astounding and big-hearted and it wins scenes so contrived and artifi-
visual experience. The first two us over in the end. Has it aged cial into moments worth caring
thirds of this film is irrefutably well? Nope. Is it one of my top about. Never Been Kissed re-
demonstrative of the emotional guilty pleasures? A resound- mains one of the best teen mov-
storytelling heights of which ing yes! You see, under all the ies and rom-coms of the ‘90s – a
Pixar is capable, and the fol- film’s schmaltz is Barrymore lively tribute to awkwardness.


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Local images of a city coming alive again. A city that never died.

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Page 22 Feb / Mar 2022

Poetry is the Soul in words


After heavy rain You guide my pen now I am old I saw one
This evening the waterfall And you help steady my hand. The other morning
Seems to have really changed The girl inside me Leaps for joy A treasure hunter
The water is positively brown, peaty. Because you steady my hand. Typical of
As if there’s bog suspended in it, True love is this, true love is bliss.. The twitcher
Turning it brown or could it be your spirit moves me. As she seeks to
Gold, from the riverbed Invade Nature’s privacy
The river’s browner than I’ve ever Your spirit moves me from the Cradle to the grave Expose a bird in flight
Seen it before, and this weir you must remember to be brave. Or on perch, use
Is my go-to place to drink in and let us remember these days. Tricks of light to
Nature moments to nourish my soul; Best advantage
I’m not disappointed Siobhan Walsh Create a work
On my return to the steps I espy Of art from
Two sleepy moorhens or ducks Nature’s own
Blending in beside the riverbank Treasures.
Nature moments,
Filling my soul!
Margaret Boles
Margaret Boles
Feb Mar 2022
Crossword Clues Feb/Mar 2022
The NewsFour Crossword February/March 22
ACROSS: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1) Recently published memoir by Ann Ingle (4, 7)
6) Edible starchy tuber (3)
8) Practical lessons or lectures (9)
10) Decorate (5) 8 9 10 11
12) Humongous (10)
13) Coarse, unrefined (5)
14) Not very bright (3)
16) House (in Dublin slang) (3)
17) Much of this can be made about nothing? (3)
18) Photograph, in short (3)
20) Horizontal ladder supports (5) 13
21) This bone can be found floating (3)
22) Expensive woven woollen fabric (5) 14 15
23) Naturally occurring minerals or metals (4)
25) Homemade throwable incendiary device (7, 8) 16 17 18
28) The H in water (8)
29) Ovum receptacle (3, 3) 19

20 21
1) Eight-sided polygon (7) 22 23
2) Restaurant (6)
3) These rules are firm and speedy? (4, 3, 4) 24
4) Modify (5)
5) Dreary (4)
25 26 27
7) Of great importance or size (10)
9) The front right of a craft where you might find the clingons? (9, 3)
11) Bewilder or make purposely confusing (9)
13) Jotter for handwriting (8) 28 29
15) A careful/skillful move or series of moves (9)
16) Pleasant and friendly (6)
19) Achieve a victory (7)
Solutions to the Dec-Jan’21/22 Crossword
24) Applaud (4)
26) Flat paddle (3) ACROSS:
27) Curve (3) 1) Petroleum Jelly, 8) Stupendous, 9) ABBA, 10) Shekel, 11) Cointreau, 14) Sans,
16) Tight lipped, 18) Mikado, 23) Ask me anything, 25) Tambourine, 28) Nepal, 29) Damp Squib

1) Pussycat, 2) Touching, 3) Overstate, 4) Endure, 5) Jests, 6) Loafers, 7) Tablespoon, 12) Amps,
13) Gem, 15) Amalgam, 17) Digit, 19) Tartan, 20) Skim, 21) Snared, 22) Eton, 24) ELO, 26) Bra,
27) Jab

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DCC Proposes Limits On Build To Rent Developments In New City Development Plan
lic transport interchanges (e.g. view of this it would require de- TAG Requests By Ministers
Connolly Station, Tara Street velopers wishing to build BTR Should Be Identified By Name
DCC Proposes Limits On Build Station and Heuston Station), developments to submit an as-
To Rent Developments In New and within identified Strategic sessment including other simi- While discussing the Traffic Ad-
City Development Plan Development Regenerations lar developments within 3km to visory Group (TAG) report at
Zones. demonstrate that any new devel- the meeting of the DCC South-
In January Dublin City Council source of the request being iden-
opment “would not result in the east Area Committee (SEAC)
(DCC) published its draft state- tified solely by the word “Minis-
The first two of the above points over-concentration of one hous- on January 10th, the SEAC
ment on the new Draft Dublin ter”. Cllr. Lacey made the point
particularly have clear implica- ing tenure in a particular area.” chairperson, Cllr. Dermot Lacey
City Development Plan 2022- that “Dublin Bay South only has
tions for housing developments (LAB) suggested that where
2028. In a chapter in the state- one minister, and that Minister
in the Dublin 4 area. Additionally, in the chapter on requests were made by elect-
ment on Development Stand- is the Minister for Transport
Quality Housing & Sustain- ed representatives rather than [Eamon Ryan].” Cllr. Lacey
ards, DCC has proposed limits The plan proposes that there members of the public it should
able Neighbourhoods that lays said it struck him as odd that the
on the amount of Build-To-Rent will be “a general presumption be practice to name the source
out the conditions under which Minister for Transport, if it was
(BTR) units that can be built in against” developments in excess of the request.
BTR developments will be con- he, was asking for something
the city, claiming that such de- of 100 units comprising 100% sidered, the plan states that there that is not possible under the
velopments in large schemes are BTR. A minimum of the 40% of The Traffic Advisory group
will be a “general presumption rules of his own department.
“to the detriment of the build to the units in such developments deals with requests on such is-
against the granting of planning
sell units” within such schemes. would have to be built to sell. In sues as parking, road signs,
permission for shared accom- Cllr. Claire Byrne (GREEN)
the case of smaller BTR devel- modation/co-living in Dublin access and road maintenance,
To mitigate against this, DCC pointed out that the Minister
opments under 100 units, these City.” and provides a report indicat-
purposes only to accept BTR for Transport was not specifi-
would only be considered where ing the issue on which a request
developments in specific areas: cally indicated and therefore it
there is a “strong need” for such The full Draft Development has been made and the recom- should not be said that it was
developments for which the ap- Plan 2022-2028 is available mended action to be taken, or
Within the Inner City (i.e. he who had made the request.
plicant would have to provide a on the DCC web site (https:// the reason for action not being She said that as the Minister for
within the canal ring). “detailed justification.” recommended. Transport’s PA she had no rec-
planning/strategic-planning/ ollection of sending in any such
Within 500m walking dis- The plan does concede that dublin-city-development-plan/ The request which drew Cllr. request on his behalf, but said
tance of a high employment area there is a part to play for BTR in development-plan-2022-2028), Lacey’s attention in this instance she has made repeated requests
i.e. more than 500 employees achieving an appropriate mix of where you can make submis- was one that parking should be that it should be clarified on the
per hectare. housing, but sets itself against sions until the end of the public limited to one side of the road or TAG report which councillor,
over-proliferation of such de- consultation period for the plan should be “access for residents TD or Minister had submitted a
Within 500m of major pub- velopments in any one area. In on February 14th. only” in Airfield Park, with the request.

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TedFest is back from Thursday firm favourites at the event and possibly be the first festival
March 3rd to Sunday March 6th confirmed for 2022! Willie or to take place post lockdown!
2022 as Inis Mór in the Aran no willie, Craggy Island’s most
Islands becomes the legendary beloved singer always draws The music line-up is always a
‘Craggy Island’ once more for a a crowd – probably about sev- triumph at TedFest and Trad for
weekend of high-jinx. Visitors enteen million! Competition Trocaire will surely bring out
will enjoy all the ecumenical can also be rife for the coveted the dancing priests and raise
craic that Craggy Island has to Lovely Girls title and organisers some money for a good cause
offer. While the official itin- have lovely girls practice their that won’t just ‘rest in our ac-
erary for TedFest 2022 hasn’t lovely talents, lovely laughs, count’ All activity will take
been announced yet, it has been cone walking and general love- place at the Aran Islands ho-
confirmed that highlights will liness at all times. Ted’s Got tel on Inis Mor which has the
include the annual Lovely Girls Talent is also a big highlight. space to accommodate the Mu-
Competition, Ted’s Got Tal- sic Stages, the Craggy Craic
ent, Craggy Island’s fittest Den and full extended line-up.
family, Matchmaking with Copious cups of tea and sand-
Nellie, Priests Dance Off, The wiches, a lot of red tank-tops, Organisers are encouraging
Pan Asian Zen-Off, the Fa- nuns on the run, priests on the the seventeen million repent-
ther Ted Prizeless Quiz, the pull, map-cap costumes and of ant brethren who have never “Get them feckin crunchies out of the car”
Craggy Cup, Blind Date and course a bishop getting a kick managed to tick TedFest off Photo Adam Patterson.
lots more. Tickets are now up the arse - Tedfest is Fr Ted, their bucket list to not miss out
available at Ireland’s best loved TV Show again as tickets are going fast
celebrated. Interestingly, Ted- and are limited to the amount
Original cast members Fr Damo fest was the last great festival of accommodation available on
(Joe Rooney) and Eoin McLove that went ahead in 2020 be- the island. TedFest is about as
(Patrick McDonell) are also fore lockdown and now will wild and wonderful as it gets! Feb / Mar 2022 Page 25
Page 26 SOCIAL HISTORY Feb / Mar 2022

The History of Dublin’s Trams: A Rail-Life Story

Company is not without blemish.

Under the leadership of William

Martin Murphy, owner of the
Irish Independent and controller

of the DTC, over 400 employ-
ers combined in the Dublin Em-
ublin City was once ployers’ Federation – a union
home to one of the most of sorts – to deny the city’s un-
advanced and extensive derprivileged those very same
tram networks in Europe. At the rights of working together as a
turn of the 20th century, Dublin single group. The employers’
United Tramways could boast of aim was to remove the threat
being one of the finest services of the Irish Transport and Gen-
on the continent, and the seventh eral Workers Union (ITGWU)
largest system, with 330 tram and its message of discon-
cars. They were regarded as ef- tent so marvellously articu-
ficient and clean and, according lated by James “Jim” Larkin,
to History Ireland, the courtesy in his powerful street oratory.
of the staff was “legendary.” The
proud men in their uniforms,
O’Connell Street (then Sackville Street) around the turn of the century.
motorman and conductor, were
captain and crew of their street tory of street cars in this fair The massive balcony bogey cars out the hissing sound – common
vessels as they glided along city, it may come as a surprise with open front parts on the up- with today’s articulated trucks
serving the citizens of Dublin. to learn that the first street tram- per deck had canvas screens to along with magnetic brakes
Up until the 1920s the main mode way system in the world was prevent down-draughts. Com- usually reserved for emergen-
of public transportation around introduced by an Irishman, John bined with the gleaming pol- cies. The motorman’s feet were
the city was its tramways. The Stevenson, to New York in 1832. ished brass ware, the varnished also busy, clanging gongs to
service came into existence in Originally hauled by steam, this mahogany and flapping canvas, warn of the tram’s approach
1865 and, according to Moving means of propulsion was soon History Ireland recalls that they and clicking home a foot-oper-
Through Modernity: Space and deemed unsafe and unaccepta- soon won the poetic nickname ated ratchet to lock on the hand The Dublin United Tramways
Geography in Modernism, was ble. Stevenson’s horse-drawn Company was the key antagonist
considered “one of the most im- of Jim Larkin and Union leaders
solution became the first of its
pressive in the world” by 1904. during the 1913 Lockout.
kind in the world, running from
On the old system, Dublin had Prince Street to 14th Street
The crunch moment came
pretty comprehensive coverage. and providing a fifteen minute
on 15th August, 1913, when
service over a four mile route
Examples of some of the routes Murphy offered the workers
The tram weighed two-and-
in service at the time included: in the Irish Independent’s dis-
a-half tons, could carry thirty
Phoenix Park to Ballsbridge, patch department the choice
passengers, and had all the ap-
O’Connell Street to Dalkey, of Union or job. When their
pearance of an elongated stage-
O’Connell Street to Howth, loyalty to the Union resulted
coach. Despite other experi-
and Rathfarnham to Drumcon- in dismissal, prompt solidar-
ments elsewhere in the world,
dra via Harold’s Cross.. Line- ity action saw the dispute es-
John Stevenson’s effort was the
laying commenced in 1871, and calate with further dismissals
first lasting tramway format.
trams began service in 1872. in Eason’s and on the trams.
Established by a number of The now-confident employers
At its peak, the Dublin tram sys-
companies, the majority of the issued the infamous lockout
tem boasted over 97 km of ac-
system was eventually operated A tram trundling it’s way along College Green. document: physically locking
tive line – it was heavily used,
by forms of the Dublin United brake, and even to tap a pedal to out from their place of employ-
profitable and advanced in tech- of “galleons of the streets” as
Tramways Company (DUTC), release sand onto the track for ment any worker that refused
nology and passenger facilities. they “gently swayed from side to
dominated for many years by wheel-grip in wet conditions. to sign a pledge to disown the
Most of the services ran within side, and lurched fore and aft.”
William Martin Murphy. On Although more rarely used – ITGWU. By the end of Septem-
the city centre and near sub- On Dublin trams, the driver
that note, the tram system was thankfully – the foot was also ber over 20,000 were locked
urbs. Additionally, there were always remained in a standing
also central to the Dublin Lock- the means to drop a safety screen out – and beginning to starve.
two longer-range services, one position with legs and arms held
out, which caused major dis- reaching to Poulaphouca Falls, well apart to manage the con- or lifeguard to scoop up a fallen
tress within the city, and despair and two services concerning trols. The left hand was on the body if within braking distance.
for workers and their families. Howth. As per Stevenson’s ex- controller, managing the speed So with hands and legs on the
ample, the first Dublin trams by raising a scale of notches. go, the motorman went through
Ireland actually came remark- were horse drawn, but near-full Trams could reach the dizzy what History Ireland describes
ably early to the city tram con- electrification was completed by speed of 40mph on straight as “a rather ritualistic dance”
cept. The tram arrived in this 1901. The system had a reputa- routes. The right hand was held as he propelled his tram along.
country in the early years of tion for technical innovation, on the handbrake column to aid
railway development, and the and was described in 1904 re- slowing down at corners, com- As much as the tramways made
first related projects concerned portage as “one of the most im- ing to a halt or holding the car life easier for ordinary Dublin-
attempts to link major city train pressive in the world” – so much on an incline. Trams also had ers, carting them to work, to the
stations with a light railway. so that representatives of other powerful air brakes which gave shopping districts, or to other
And, although some might be cities would come to inspect it.. social and personal joys, the
familiar with the celebrated his history of the Dublin Tramways Jim Larkin. Feb / Mar 2022 SOCIAL HISTORY Page 27

n Sunday, 31 August,
the police attacked
a crowd gathered to
hear Larkin address them in
O’Connell Street. The meeting
had been banned by the au-
thorities – the then-ruling Brit-
ish government. Scores were
injured in the baton charge
and British public opinion was
shocked at the scenes. As a
result of injuries received in
the furore and the subsequent
violence, James Nolan, James
Byrne and Alice Brady paid the
full measure of devotion to the
cause of the workers and the
underprivileged: all three were Towards the end of the 1940s trams went into rapid decline – first published in the Journal of Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland in 1955.
killed. Questions were raised
in the House of Commons and
the issue was debated at the and at less cost than the trams. launch the system. The red line
British Trades Union Congress. Alongside this, many customers opened on 26 September 2004,
began to believe that trams were with six days of free travel for
International support soon outdated and old technology. the general public.
came on foot of the distress.
But Larkin’s “Fiery Cross” cru- Meanwhile, the DUTC’s takeo- Around 90,000 Luas trips are
sade in Britain only won food ver of many bus operators left made each day. Before Luas was
and material support rather the DUTC with a large number launched, a Safety Awareness
than sympathetic industrial ac- of buses which were used and Day was held in Dublin city
tion. Both sides settled for a expanded to areas of Dublin centre. Thousands of reflective
long attritional war through the with no tram service, and buses armbands were distributed to
winter, with the bosses relying eventually became the DUTC’s pedestrians and cyclists, in or-
on starvation and the work- core business. There was a belief der to ensure their visibility for
ers on the simple message of that buses were cheaper to run tram drivers. This policy seems
“each for all and all for each.” than trams and that the system to have worked as Luas has been
was in a poor state of repair Fol- described as “one of the safest
In the face of uneven odds lowing the Transport Act 1944, transport systems in the world.”
eventually Lock-Out began control of the DUTC was vest- It seems Dublin is something
to crumble in January 1914. ed in the newly formed Córas of a world leader yet again.
Some good came of the suf- Iompair Éireann (CIÉ). At the
fering. The Building Labour- time the DUTC had 113 trams Although not quite galleons of
ers’ Union returned to work remaining. The Hill of Howth the streets, the sleek purple-
– with many others following Tramway was transferred to hued Daniel-Day has proved to
soon afterwards – without sign- CIÉ in 1958 and closed on 31 The Power House in Ringsend a tangible legacy of the hey-day of Dublin’s trams be a cleaner, more reliable and
ing the offending document. May 1959. It was the last tram perhaps less controversial mode
to run in Ireland until the Luas port Act, 1996 created a legal (e.g. over 50% of Line B1 to of transportation for Dubliners
. tram system opened in 2004. framework for CIÉ to build a Cherrywood) was raised though than the trams of old. Gone are
tram system and in May 1997 levies on development in areas the liveries, the brass, the can-
Around the city it is still pos- the company applied for a Light close to the projected route.. vas. Here to stay are burly ticket
sible to see buildings associ- Railway Order to construct the inspectors and robotic travel an-
ated with the system, such as the first phase. The responsibility The original launch date for nouncements. We can only guess
Blackrock Depot, Dartry Depot, for developing Luas was trans- Luas was to be 2003, but delays at what Larkin would have made
Clonskeagh Depot, Donnybrook ferred from CIÉ to the Railway in construction saw this date of the Luas strike. And let’s not
Depot (now part of Donnybrook Procurement Agency (RPA), pushed back by a year. An ad- talk about the Dublin Metro!
A number of factors combined Bus Garage), Dalkey Yard a separate government agency vertising campaign took place
in the decline of Dublin’s tram (some track still in-situ), the created in December 2001. to inform the public of the de-
system. The DUTC opened its Sandymount Depot, the Marl- velopment of the system, while
first bus route in 1925, running borough Street Depot which still Construction began in March construction was taking place.
from Killester via Clontarf to features the lettering DUTC – or 2001 on the Tallaght to Connol- Construction finished in Febru-
the city centre. These vehicles the Power House in Ringsend. ly line, as well as the Sandyford ary 2004 and a period of test-
were more nimble and mobile, to St Stephen’s Green section of ing and driver training began.
and the large-scale competition The idea for a new tram or light the second line. The develop- 30 June 2004 was decided on
meant that buses often ran the rail system for the city of Dub- ment of the Luas Red Line was as the official launch date of
same routes as the trams and lin was first suggested in 1981, facilitated by European Union the Green Line. The first tram
would jump in front to “grab” by a Dublin Transportation Ini- funding of €82.5 million under went into service for the gen-
customers. Moreover, buses tiative (DTI) report. Following the European Regional Devel- eral public at 3 p.m. Several
were able to move into Dublin’s this, CIÉ was asked to study the opment Fund, and part of the days of free travel and a fam-
expanding hinterland quicker different options. The Trans- cost of some line extensions ily fun weekend took place to
Page 28 RETROSPECTION Feb / Mar 2022

Peeling Back The Pages - 1986

There was ample coverage of the funeral of Sean

Who remembers the old Regal cinema, now Abundant
The original masthead of the paper Moore, highly respected local TD and Councillor who
Grace, Pentecostal church? In 1986 the Ringsend Com-
(then News 4). But what’s this I see passed away that year.
munity Workshop - a new initiative to provide work ex-
about a 30p charge? perience for 15-25 year olds - was officially opened in
Regal House by then Minister for Labour, Ruairi Quinn,
sponsored by AnCo (remember them?)

Chemical Risk is a story of a report from the

then Fianna Fáil spokesman for the environment
Gerard Brady, about an environmental hazard on
two fronts, one from Sellafield across the water, And what happened to Charlie Sheehan’s “Believe it or
and the other from the transportation of chemicals Whopper! A nice catch by six- not” page? Charlie regaled us with tales that, shall we
throughout the area. The piece was accompanied teen year old Desmond Frazer say, stretched credulity somewhat. Perhaps the comedy
by a cartoon that read “I just went swimming on from Bath Avenue. I wonder did was better suited to the time.
Sandymount strand.” It seems some things never they have chips with it for tea that
change! evening?

The Blades - one of the best Dublin bands of their time - story was written
by journalist Rachel Doyle, who also gave us the story of another local hero,
Liam O’Brien who had just signed up by MU, as well as the feature on Rail-
way Union, still going strong. Feb / Mar 2022 RETROSPECTION Page 29

In the Christmas issue the 50th anniversary of the famous Pearse

Street fire tragedy was remembered, particularly the three brave fire-
men who lost their lives in that event: William Malone, Peter McAr-
dle, and Tom Nugent.
The News 4 Rock Page featured a story about
Blades founder and frontman Paul Cleary.
The Rock page also covered snippets on lo-
And of course that issue wouldn’t be complete with-
out mention of Snowflake Radio. Ah! The memories. cal bands as well as record reviews. This is-
sue sang the praises of the Cocteau Twins, in
particular, the voice of Eliabeth Frazer, which
is described as “gloriously sweet and charm-
ing”. But the writer couldn’t fathom the lyrics,
writing,,,”on the basis of these lyrics Robin
and Liz must surely live in an atmospheric
bedsit where they drink herbal tea and where
they’re surrounded by fluffy toy rabbits called
Cedric and Bigwig.” Hmm! Maybe it’s time
to bring the Rock page back.

Very interesting article by local historian Brian Sig-

gins on schools in the area that catered for the educa-
tion of the poor in the early 19th century, before state
schools were introduced. Brian, author of The Great
White Fair, on the Exhibition in Herbert Park, was
the man who pretty much kicked off the Wood Quay
excavations, as well as being father of the then editor
Gerard Siggins.

Ads from yesteryear are both nostalgic and sometimes quirky. Who
remembers going into Mapother’s sweet shop across from the Green
in Sandymount? As well as Purdy’s Pantry on Serpentine Avenue?
And let’s not forget Sally O'Briens in Thorncastle Street, one of the
first pubs in Ringsend to have live music. While this rotund gentle-
man appeared in all the small ads for O’Reilly’s, Sandymount vil-
lage, still going strong we’re glad to say.

Hope you enjoyed our trip down memory lane… next time we will
do it all again, this time featuring 1987.
Page 30 PROFILE Feb / Mar 2022

The “Dreway” Effect

ndrea Kirwin has an aura about her, not only is she super
friendly, honest and open, she’s the kind of person that nat-
urally radiates positivity. Andrea is an amazing beautician,
an advanced skincare therapist, a semi permanent make-up special-
ist, and a brow and lip expert. She does collagen facials, chemical
peels and microdermabrasion to name but a few and is also a single
mother of two children. Her clients rave about her transformations
due to her passion for the job, her sharp precision and an excel-
lent eye for detail. Andrea uses only the best products with her
clients. She was one of the first in Ireland to use the Australian
brand asap skincare which she has been using for two years. An-
drea is a local girl from Pearse Street who now lives in Irishtown.

But she wasn’t always so confident in herself.

Being a beautician wasn’t something that Andrea thought she was

going to be, it was something she fell into. She loved school and
thought she would end up being an air hostess but unfortunately
her mum got sick and Andrea left school at 17 to help her at home.
Sadly her mum Jannette passed away at age 38. Andrea had a job
then in a factory for two years until it closed down and all of a
sudden found herself wondering what she was going to do as she
didn’t get to do her Leaving Certificate. So she went to FÁS for
guidance and while there the idea was mooted to start a hair and
beauty training course. However, the waiting list was huge, so after
a walk around Grafton Street, Andrea found herself at a college
called Galligans. She chanced going in and discovered they had
only one spot left on their beauty course, which, as you can imag-
Andrea age 12 with her beloved mum Jannette ine, was really expensive. However, Andrea’s dad, Patrick Kelly,
Andrea with her dearest Sam put her through college, and as well as doing the day course Andrea
Bossmom Andrea Kirwin also studied at night to ensure she learned everything she needed.
And her efforts paid off as she was awarded Student of the Year by
her college, the highest award given by the college. Andrea prais-
es the teachers there for really taking a shine to her and helping
her at a time when she was going through a bad stage of her life.

After graduating Andrea worked in Westwood, Sandymount, a luxury health club and spa. There
she received further training in what was a really intense high standard working environment.
This was a hard time for Andrea, having lost her best friend, her mum, and she was feeling lost
and still grieving and trying to find her place in the world. Those hard times led Andrea down
the wrong road because, like so many, she didn’t know how to deal with the loss. Despite loving
her job, going in every day, Andrea still felt depressed and didn’t enjoy life. But things got bet-
ter after having her daughter Ella (who will be 15 in May), whom she credits as her saving grace.

When Andrea was 23 and working in Lynsay’s Hair and Beauty salon in Ringsend, she noticed that
most of her clients that came in were attendees of the Abundant Grace Assembly Church in Irishtown.
Andrea always had a big faith in God and as a young child would go in and light candles for people.
While doing a client’s eyebrows she heard about the church so Andrea decided to visit it herself.
From the minute she walked through the doors she felt a sense of peace and a sense of belonging.
People there loved her for who she was even in her brokenness. They taught her to go within and
learn to love herself and have a relationship with God. This was a turning point in her life. Andrea
met with Pastor Sharon Perry who was from Northern Ireland, and was an amazing mentor. Every
year a team of young adults would come down from the North and do a summer scheme in Abundant
Grace so Andrea met many like-minded people her own age which eventually led to her visiting
them on the weekends up in Ballymena. Then on a whim she decided that was the life she wanted
and she moved up North and went to Bible college. She also opened up her own salon with the help
of Pastor Sharon, and she integrated prayer and worship music as part of her daily work and routine. Feb / Mar 2022 PROFILE Page 31

ater Andrea worked in Greystones in the prestigious salon Up To My Eyes having
formed a friendship with the owner Elaine McParland after the pair met on a tattoo
eyebrow course; this gave her more experience and expertise in her skill set. Andrea is
a firm believer that we meet people for a reason and she speaks so highly of Elaine, like her
guardian angel who always saw the potential in her, helping her rise up to be the best she can.

During this time Andrea met and befriended a Christian man called Sam who she
ended up having a long steady relationship with. She met Sam in a church in Wales.
They fell very much in love, and on a city break to Berlin got engaged and were
planning a life together as a family unit. Sadly though, Sam suffered with men-
tal health issues in his life and tragically passed away before any of that happened.
Andrea decided to move back home to deal with her grief yet again and she did that with the help of
people around her and her strong faith pushed her through her darkest days. That was five years ago.

Now Andrea has a beautiful 4-year-old son and she’s as busy as ever, still working twice a week
in Up To My Eyes salon in Greystones and also in Lloyd’s pharmacy in Ringsend midweek. She
also goes back and forth to the North to all her clients. Her weekends however, are spent with
her children. Last year Andrea worked on herself, her self love, her mindset, her vision for the
future and what she wanted her life to look like. She continuously does meditation, self image
scripting, gratitude lists and will be attending courses throughout the year with her mentor Kim
Calvert from Dynamite Lifestyle. Andrea joined Inner City Running Club, led by Dwayne and
Carl and is now training for a half marathon. She has also put her name down to run the Barcelo-
na city marathon in May, which she’s doing as a tribute to her mum Jannette. Andrea will be the
same age this year as her mum when she passed away, so this is a huge significant year for her.

Andrea’s hard work, grit and steely determination, and of course her faith has seen her
achieve many things and overcome many obstacles. Currently, she is in talks with Goog-
le Community Engagement in regards to the delivery of education and training in the
area. This looks like a great opportunity as Andrea knows she can help so many girls
get on the education and training ladder, especially those who may be vulnerable or lack-
ing belief in themselves; with an added bonus of a journey of self discovery along the way.

So watch this space… Andrea Kirwin can be found on Facebook and Instagram
on Dreway_Beauty
Page 32 TECHNOLOGY Feb / Mar 2022

Looking Smart – Technology You Can Wear world than most of the other
items on this list. This wearable
vest uses technology to combine
different sensors in the wearer.
In other words they learn to as-

sociate various touches with
certain words or objects. In turn,
mart clothes are those en- this is changing the lives of
hanced with technology blind and deaf people; this tech-
to add functionality be- nology has already allowed peo-
yond traditional use. Most smart ple who have lost their sight to
clothes are made from advanced conquer an obstacle course, so
textiles with interwoven cir- it really is opening up a whole
cuitry. Sensors and additional new world of possibilities.
hardware can also be embedded
for further smart functionality. ,
Also known as high-tech cloth-
ing, smart wear, smart fabrics,
or electronic textiles, smart
clothes can connect to apps on
smartphones or devices such as
laptops and PCs via bluetooth
or wi-fi. Via their sensors, these
garments collect activity met- The super-smart VEST could
rics and key biometrics, depend- genuinely change the lives of
ing on what functions are pro- the physically impaired.
grammed to perform. The data
is then sent to AI-powered apps. Likewise, the medical field is
one of the most intriguing and
You might have already heard fascinating areas into which
the term “wearable” – that ac- wearable technology is expand-
tually refers to fitness track- ing. None more so than the
ers, such as those made by Quell, which is a powerful, ef-
Garmin or Fitbit. “Wearable” fective pain reliever that is en-
is also used when talking about tirely drug-free. It is a small,
high-tech accessories such as unassuming strap which wraps
smartwatches, like the Apple around the painful limb in ques-
Watch. Smart clothes refer only tion. It stimulates nerves, and
to advanced clothing such as in doing so the brain is tricked
swimsuits, shorts, t-shirts, or into releasing chemicals that
hats (like bluetooth beanies). relieve pain. This remarkable
Thanks to Levi’s new smart jacket, this person is spared the humiliation of reaching into her
pocket to change the song. That smile is genuine! piece of wearable technology
In general, due to the extra costs could change the lives of mil-
required to embed technology you’re a top-level athlete look- The FITGuard is a mouth guard The smart clothes with the most lions of chronic pain suffer-
in smart clothes, they’re much ing to enhance your muscle re- which is designed to be worn by profound potential benefits ers around the world forever.
pricier than traditional clothing. covery and relaxation, this is a sportsmen and women who en- might be those developed for
After first popping to the surface must-have smart clothing piece. joy potentially dangerous sports people with some kind of physi- The Emperor’s New (Smart)
in 2015, the “e-textile and smart such as rugby or hurling. This cal impairment. Enter VEST. It Clothes
clothing” market segment is still Athos is a patented system that mouth guard measures the im- won’t come as a surprise to learn
looming in the sidelines. That can measure exactly how hard pact of blows which the wearer that the VEST is, in fact, a vest. Some ideas are less useful.
said, more and more companies your muscles are working. The receives, alerting the medics This is taking wearable technol- Belty is a motorised belt buck-
are using innovative technology science of EMG (Electromyo- and team officials if the blow ogy in a literal sense, mirroring le which automatically loos-
to create connected garments. graphy) is combined with pow- is so hard that it might require foundation garments rather than ens or tightens depending on
Will they become part of the erful AI and a mobile app gives medical attention. Given the just being a fashion accessory. how much you eat, bloat or
fabric of society? The business- you insights to truly understand ongoing concerns around play- However, far from being bor- grow. There’s no longer any
es that make them would cer- how your body performs. The er concussions, and undetected ing, arguably the VEST (which need to undo your top button
tainly like to have it all sewn up! system has helped athletes brain damage, the FITGuard stands for Versatile Extra-Sen- after the Christmas din-
at all levels train better and could end up saving lives. sory Transducer) is having a ner, because this belt does
Athletic Androids smarter, whatever your goal. more worthwhile impact on the all the hard work for you

Under Armour have come up Clothes that Alter You Branded as a “window into your
with an interesting Athlete Re- dog’s day”, the Whistle is a de-
covery clothing line. This gar- Most fitness-related items vice which can be strapped to
ment absorbs heat from the body of wearable technology that their collar which tracks their
and then reflects it back onto the we’ve seen so far have moni- movement, location and fitness
wearer’s skin. The absorbed heat tored biometrics and tracked levels. It seems as though this
is converted into far-infrared data about workouts, but that is the first step towards bring-
light, and recent studies show doesn’t mean it’s the only ing our pets into the health con-
how important infrared light is way in which technology can scious 21st Century as well.
for the human body. Overall, if be used in the sports world. Good for them, I suppose.!
FITGuard’s collision detection system might help athletes avoid injuries Feb / Mar 2022 TECHNOLOGY Page 33

evis has jumped on the Some developments are more cate with the Internet via natural
bandwagon with its scary than silly. Contactless language voice commands. In-
own “commuter trucker payment is nothing new in the deed, there would be no escape.
jacket”. By building touch and world of technology – simply
gesture sensitive areas on the place your bank card over a Google started selling a proto-
jacket sleeve, wearers are able sensor and the payment comes type of Google Glass to quali-
to interact with a variety of straight off. The scheming folk fied “Glass Explorers” in the US
services including music and at Barclaycard have taken this way back in 2013, for a limited
map apps. You can dismiss one step further by turning period for $1,500, before it be-
phone calls with a swipe or contactless payment systems came available to the public
double-tap to get directions – into something wearable, in the soon afterward. Arriving as it did
all without reaching for your form of a wrist strap. There isn’t with a 5 megapixel video cam-
can notify the user of impor-
phone. I’m amazed humanity even a need to get the card out era, the headset received imme-
tant notifications and updates
has gotten this far without it. anymore, because in many ways diate criticism. Concerns have
Tired of nearly burning yourself to and does not obstruct the line of
the strap acts like a card itself. been raised by various sources
death on holidays? The Neviano UV sight, thank goodness for that.
The Neviano UV Protect swim- There has been some discus- regarding the intrusion on priva-
Protect swimsuit will take care of
suit collection is equipped with sion over whether or not this cy, and the etiquette and ethics
your basic self-preservation needs! Some companies in the US have
a removable medallion-style will enable fraudsters. It seems of using the device in public and
posted anti-Google Glass signs
waterproof sensor that stops people are happy to take the risk recording people without their
in their establishments. Far from
you from staying too long in so they wear their filthy lucre. permission. Privacy advocates
being courageous “glass explor-
the sun. Once you’ve entered are also concerned that peo-
ers”, users have been bestowed
your skin type in the compan- Google Glass is a brand of smart ple wearing such eyewear may
the nickname of “Glassholes.”
ion iOS or Android smartphone glasses, an optical head-mount- be able to identify strangers in
It seems that people can see
app, it’ll monitor the tempera- ed display designed in the shape public using facial recognition,
right through Google’s lat-
ture throughout the day. Then, of a pair of glasses. It was devel- or surreptitiously record and
est ploy for world domination.
it sends out warnings when it is oped by X (previously Google broadcast private conversations.
time to apply more sunscreen or X) with the mission of produc-
get into the shade. It seems to ing a ubiquitous computer. If the Google co-founder, Sergey
this reporter that those in need of increasingly less fictional film Brin, claims that Glass could be
such a suit to deliver basic health ‘Terminator’ is coming to any- seen as a way to become more
and safety instructions might one’s mind, you’re not alone. connected and less isolated in
be worth culling from the herd Google Glass displays informa- public. Brin views checking so-
altogether. Research resources The Nadi X yoga pants could
tion in a smartphone-like, hands- cial media as a constant “nerv-
might be better spent elsewhere. be the only yoga instructor
free format. Wearers communi- ous tic”, which is why Glass
you’ll ever need.

While some of these developments seem already essential, Belty is “Wearable”fitness trackers, made by Garmin, Fitbit & Apple.
something that humanity might do well without.
Page 34 COMMUNITY Feb / Mar 2022

Jumpers for Goalposts - Charity Football Match

from mobile phones and com- to join in and do their own port was second to
puter games, when large groups charity match on Decem- none. Playing foot-
would throw down their jump-

ber 11th. Great numbers ball also improves
ers to make goalposts and spend
ingsend has a very rich the day playing football togeth- turned up on the day from general fitness.
heritage when it comes er. The video attracted a huge the eager young kids to the When you’re out on Reilly Saul pictured with Shamrock Rovers
player Sean Gannon with the league trophy
to football and it is response which got Keith think- older men. Local footballers the pitch you for-
steeped in football tradition. ing about the possibility of re- from the local teams as well get that you’re exercising, ‘champions’ and added that
Legends are born in Ringsend, if creating that experience in the as players from far afield. you forget any troubles you he hopes the local clubs can
you didn’t already know. Pride form of a casual Sunday morn- might have. You just be- build on this themselves
of Ringsend SC are a Sham- ing game of football in Bally-
There was a great buzz in the come so focused on having and get the young people
rock Rovers Supporters’ Club brack. What followed was the
and back in December they de- beginning of something special. air with the camaraderie that fun with your mates and rel- out playing football and
cided to run their own ‘Jumpers you find on a football pitch, ishing in sharing a common away from the video games,
for Goalposts’ charity football Approximately 65 men from the back and forth slag- interest that boosts confi- that a lot of the young kids
match in Ringsend Park, with
their 30s through to their ging and banter, the oohs dence in all ages, some- here today will go home to
all proceeds from donations and
70s responded, all keen to and ahhs when it’s almost thing we need more of. their mates and say, “Let’s
a raffle going to Mental Health a goal, the roars and cheers go out for a kickabout.”
Ireland. This game was to try to come together, have a laugh
and enjoy a bit of fresh air when it is a goal, the patting Speaking to Keith after- Justin Mason and Donal
get as many people together in a
safe environment and motivate and community spirit with- of the back for a well-done wards, he said “It doesn’t Dunne who are on the com-
those who may have been strug- out taking themselves too mate, the hand stretched matter what ability you mittee for Shamrock Rov-
gling throughout the pandemic seriously. Many of them out ready to help up a fallen have, people who have ers SC both agreed that it is
to have a kickabout and a chat.
hadn’t seen each other player and the team effort on been playing here with their such a simple, but brilliant
in years. Some had been both sides coming together grandfathers, their fathers idea. “It’s great for the com-
The J4G is a new volunteer run for the love of the game and the people that played munity, it’s getting people
movement that encourages men through hardships including
depression, bereavement, and encouraging the young here today will go off some- involved in something and
of different ages, races, back-
grounds and abilities to come illness, addiction, separa- lads to show their skills and where and share the story of it’s something that we’re go-
together for an old fashioned tion and more, but they all even score their own goals what happened here today ing to look into doing annu-
game of football using ‘jumpers had the same goal, to get against a very agile goal- with their grandparents.” ally from now on as you can
for goalposts’. The idea is the
out and about and enjoy a keeper! I’m sure there’s still He also mentioned about the see what it means to people
brainchild of Ballybrack men-
bit of craic through social a debate going on though positive impact that football to just get out,’’ said Justin.
tal health activist Keith Kelly. over who got the last goal. has on mental health, say- Donal also spoke about how
What was originally a one-off connection. Players could
choose to play for just a But everyone was welcome ing he struggled himself tough it can be for some men
game, has since evolved into a
campaign that has reached all few minutes or for an en- and made to feel included, the past month but for him, saying, “Men don’t neces-
corners of the island, raising tire match. The main thing no matter what level they the journey here, and the sarily speak about their feel-
awareness for mental health. It was to keep it lighthearted, were at. Even local Sinn excitement is just brilliant ings but looking for help is
follows the success of a poem
inclusive, non-competitive Fein TD Chris Andrews got for creating so much posi- never a weakness, if any-
and video that Keith created for
and enjoyable for all. So it’s in for a quick kickabout. tivity and building mental thing it is a strength and if we
World Mental Health week back The team spirit was amaz- wellbeing. He also praised can raise awareness from to-
in 2018. In the poem, Keith no surprise that Ringsend
with its solid community ing, it was like having an Ciaran Stafford and all the day in other places, then it’s
talks about his fond memories
of a life lived outdoors away and love of football wanted extra family, and the sup- organisers calling them been a very successful day.”

F Feb / Mar 2022 Page 35
ollowing on from the
game, there was a chance
to lift the Airtricity
League Trophy won by Sham-
rock Rovers, in the Irishtown
House where the raffle was held
and also a draw to win a league-
winning jersey from footballer
Sean Gannon. Shamrock Rov-
ers SC thanked all their spon-
sors, the Irishtown House, St
Pats and Cambridge FC, for the
facilities in Irishtown Stadium,
and to everyone who played
football and donated to such
a worthy cause. Special men-
tion went to Keith Kelly for his
fantastic initiative and for com-
ing up with such a simple, ef-
fective idea that works so well.

Keith Kelly’s Poem

No more jumpers thrown down, such a pity, such a shame.
It’s just a field now, not a ball to be seen,
It’s places like this where someone spotted Roy Keane.
I dunno anymore – kids just don’t seem to care,
Up in their rooms on consoles, most probably stuck to a chair.
In my day it was get a ball, ‘n throw some jumpers down,
No stepovers, diving or anyone actin’ the clown.
Some dreamed of being Keegan, Coppell or Brady,
Ghetto blaster on, ‘n it wasn’t playing slim shady.
18 lads here, it’s gonna be good – but tough,
This was long before the days of Houghton, Quinn or Duff.
A collection of players from the neighbouring estates,
A time when ball was more important than going on dates.
Ye that mixture all added a bitta extra bite,
Plenty of scuffles, Offsides, but never a fight.
“You’re in goals” someone said, “No, it’s nearest to the net”.
Not a whistle in sight, barely time to get set.
“I’ll get in for one, but you’re in next”
Totally free as kids, no phones or text.
God, when I think of the footwear on show,
Gola, Dunlop and Sizzlers OH NO.
In later days we’d all wear the Adidas TRX trainer,
They looked so cool, it really was a no-brainer.
“Goal,” he shouted and then jumped for joy,
Others screamed, “No” as the ball soared way up into the sky.
Who won? Ya see it wasn’t about the final score,
It had been about 8 hrs since I’d left my front door.
As darkness fell, ‘n we wondered where the day had gone,
It was because someone had said, “Ah keep playin, next goal, come on”
Elbows, fair shoulders and tackles that’d give ya a fright,
But we all went home pals at the end of the night.
I know times have changed, that’s for sure,
Technology me arse. It ain’t been a cure.
You can decide if it’s better or worse,
The playstation, xbox, I think they’re a curse.
So many friendships, born outta the beautiful game,
No more jumpers thrown down, such a pity, such a shame. The Jumpers for Goalposts charity football match raised an amazing
It’s just a field now, not a ball to be seen,
I dunno when we’ll find another Roy or Robbie Keane. €1,672 for Mental Health Ireland. So well done to all concerned.
Page 36 SPORTING HISTORY Feb / Mar 2022

Reg Ryan - The Schemer

Gavan Bergin ‘46/’47 season. Reg was work- of it in the top flight. They had goal and giving West Brom the he made his name with West

ing his way towards becoming made a good start to the season, lead, Reg got to work helping Brom playing in the left-half
eg Ryan was born in a regular starter for West Brom. spending only four weeks out of them to defend it. And, despite position, as one of the three
Dublin in October 1925. He played 28 league matches the top half of the league. Their the constant waves of Ports- midfielders in the 2-3-5 forma-
He lived in the Ma- over the next two seasons, trouble started with a 2-1 defeat mouth attacks that fell on them, tion that teams used in those
rino area of Dublin until the and he did his part in achiev- at home to Manchester United Reg and West Brom stood firm. days. The job of the left-half
late 1930s, when he emigrated ing success for West Brom. on December 24th 1949. That They held on like grim death to was to link between defence
with his family to England. loss put West Brom 12th in the that one goal advantage. They and attack, and it was a job Reg
On September 15th 1948, two table, and then they had a ter- held their lead and didn’t let go was perfectly suited to. He had
Reg was very good at sports. weeks into the ‘48/’49 sea- rible run of results that dragged until the final whistle sounded endless energy, sharp defensive
He played Gaelic football in son, Reg scored his first Foot- them further down the league. and they had their victory. the awareness, a sure touch on the
Ireland, then when he moved ball League goal in a 3-0 win newspapers were clear about ball with left foot or right, and
to England he took up soccer. against Lincoln City. That vic- By the end of March 1950 they who they had to thank for it. he was an exceptionally fast
He played schoolboy football runner. When his side were un-
for Blackpool FC, then works der attack he used his pace and
football (a sports team that is determination to dash back,
financed and owned by a man- harry the opposition and win
ufacturer or business) for the back the ball; then once he was
Sunbeam Cars factory team in in possession his uncommon
Coventry. By the time he was physical strength, quick feet and
sixteen he had a reputation as excellent control made him a
one of the best young players hard man to catch, let alone to
around. Sheffield United took dispossess. And he was as valu-
him on trial in 1941, then Not- able to his team when they were
tingham Forest trialled him going forward. His swift, force-
in 1942. Coventry City FC ful running on and off the ball
signed him up in April 1943. made him a menace to opposi-
tion defences, and his power-
At that time, due to the Second ful, accurate shooting and phe-
World War, the Football League nomenal heading ability meant
had been reorganised into vari- he was always a threat on goal.
ous regional ‘wartime’ leagues.
Coventry were in the Midland tory kicked off a run of good were in 17th place, only three However, the attribute that
Regional League when Reg form for West Brom, who won points above the relegation zone The Warwickshire Sports Ar- made Reg most dangerous in at-
made his debut for them dur- eight and drew one of their with four weeks of the season gus reported: “In a game up- tacking areas was his excellence
ing the 1942/43 season. But next nine games. They went remaining. Although that was set by high wind, the cham- as a passer of the ball. Pass-
though the wartime leagues may top of the league in October a perilous position to be in, pion Portsmouth team had their ing, long and short, forwards,
not have been up to the stand- 1948, and they were still top in they still had eight games left chances to score against West backwards and sideways. And
ard of the Football League, the January 1949. They ended up from which to earn the points Brom, who struggled until Reg whether it was a simple square
time Reg spent at that level in second place, earning pro- needed to get out of trouble. Ryan scored with a grand shot pass to retain possession, or a
made him a much better player. motion to the First Division. But they hadn’t been earn- that gave Albion the points.” glorious defence-splitting, goal-
He had arrived as a promising ing many points from matches making through ball, passing
amateur, but he left the club Although Reg had done fairly they played. They went into The victory turned out to be vi- was his top skill, his speciality.
as a professional footballer. well that season, he hadn’t yet the last month of the season tal for West Brom. It lifted them
become a regular starter for West having taken only one win from 17th to 15th place in the End of Part One
In April 1945, West Bromwich Brom in the Second Division, from their previous ten games. league and set them on a mag-
Albion paid Coventry the trans- and when he wasn’t selected nificent run of form. In their Don’t miss the next exciting
fer fee of £750 to sign Reg. by West Brom for the first few When their dismal form con- last six matches of the season installment of ‘Reg Ryan - the
Back then, £750 was no small matches of the 1949/50 season, tinued with two more defeats at they went unbeaten, winning Schemer’ in the April/May edi-
amount to pay for a player things didn’t look good for him. the start of April, the drop was four and drawing two, without tion of NewsFour.
who was untested in top level looming for West Brom. They conceding a single goal. They
football. But Reg immediately But Reg was not out of the team had a tough job to do, and it ended up finishing 14th in the
started to prove that he was for long: he made his First Divi- started with the hardest game league, comfortably mid-table
worth the money. He played sion debut in West Brom’s sixth possible. On April 8th, 1950, and well clear of the relegation
17 matches for West Brom dur- match of the season against Ar- they were away to the best team zone. That was a more than de-
ing the 1945/46 season of the senal on September 7th 1949. in England, the reigning cham- cent end result for West Brom.
Football League South. That He played a good game that day, pions Portsmouth. The match They had shown that they were
was the last season of the war- and went on to play 36 consecu- kicked off in stormy weather up to the challenge of First Di-
time leagues, and West Brom tive league and cup matches for that made it difficult for both vision football. In the end the
were back in the Football West Brom. He didn’t miss a sides to play, but Portsmouth 1949/50 season was a good
League for the 1946/47 season. single game for them between had much the better of it and one for West Brom - and it was
September 1949 and April West Brom seemed to be on a a good one for Reg too. He
That meant that Reg was a 1950. By then, Reg had become hiding to nothing. Then, in the proved that he had what it took
Football League player at last. a favourite with the supporters 76th minute, Reg Ryan stepped to make it as a top-level player.
He made his league debut for at West Brom’s home ground, up and hit a shot from thirty
West Brom against Chester- the Hawthorns, and he had es- yards that flashed past the Ports- Reg was not a big man, but he
field on April 7th 1947, and tablished himself as a player mouth keeper and into the net, was sturdy and tough and fierce-
he played five of West Brom’s in the First Division. But West making it 1-0 to West Brom. ly competitive. No one ever
last ten league matches of the Brom were having a tricky time After scoring that important pushed him around on the pitch. Feb / Mar 2022 SPORT Page 37

Old Wesley gain important lead in All Ireland League

n January 22 past Old desperate measures. But they effort. A fine break by James alty and in the last five minutes Old Wesley Team:
Wesley extended their did so illegally and the referee O’Donovan then brought play Cassidy and Doherty exchanged
lead in AIL Division 1B awarded a penalty try, together into the Banbridge 22. Good penalties. With the game in in- Alex Molloy, Tommy
with a 21-16 win over Banbridge. with a yellow card for Reuben forward carries brought play jury time a break down the right O’Callaghan, Eoin Deegan,
2nd placed Highfield lost out to Pim. With the numbers advan- close to the goal line and a num- wing by Conor Gaston gave James O’Donovan, David Poff,
Armagh meaning Old Wesley tage Banbridge now looked to ber of forwards came very close Wesley an outside hope of a late Ian Cassidy, Ben Murphy, Cro-
are now 6 points clear at the top. exploit the situation. However to grounding. The honour even- try, but it came to nothing with nan Gleeson, Ben Burns, Harry
their enthusiasm did not last tually went to Josh Pim power- the opposition defence forcing Noonan, JJ O’Dea, Iain Mc-
Old Wesley had the better of the long as Wesley upped their de- ing over 10 metres in from touch the attack to run out of space. Gann (capt), Alastair Hoban,
opening exchanges spending fence levels. Indeed it was Wes- after running a penalty. For the Josh Pim, Reuben Pim. Replace-
much of the first 10 minutes in- ley who benefited most from first time in the match there was This was a valuable win for ments: Howard Noonan, Jacob
side the Banbridge half. How- this vital 10-minute period with more than one score between the Old Wesley. Despite their lowly Barrett, Sam Pim, Conor Gas-
ever there were to be no early a Cassidy penalty goal being the two sides. Approaching the final league position Banbridge are ton, Paddy McKenzie, Charlie
scores despite having a prom- only score. Cassidy extended 10 minutes, Doherty got it back no mean side and are worth O’Regan.
ising 5 metre line out and an the lead to 6 points shortly after. to a one score match with a pen- more than their 9th place.
off-target penalty goal attempt
by Ian Cassidy. Then with 13 With half time approaching
minutes on the clock spectators, Tommy O’Callaghan looked
and indeed some of the players, like he might emulate his
were caught by surprise. A fair- ‘length of the pitch’ run from
ly innocent Banbridge line out last week to score another try,
inside their 22 was overthrown. but a forward pass quelled the
Cronan Gleeson picked up the opportunity. But Banbridge
loose ball and passed to Iain Mc- had the last say of the half
Gann who had a fairly simple with an Adam Doherty pen-
stroll in to score the first try of alty kick, leaving the score 13-
the match. Cassidy converted. 10 to Old Wesley at half time.

Five minutes later it was the Banbridge looked like they Old Wesley Scorers: Tries: Iain McGann, Old Wesley Scorers: Tries: Cronan Gleeson, Tommy O’
home side’s turn when they might score early in the second Josh Pim; Cons: Ian Cassidy; Pens Ian Callaghan 2), Alex Molloy Cons: Ian Cassidy (3)
had the Wesley pack under big half after a mis-struck clear- Cassidy (3) against Banbridge. against Armagh.
pressure near their line. With ance kick. Wesley kept their
their pack in reverse gear due line intact but conceded a pen-
to a powerful Banbridge maul,
Wesley were forced to revert to
alty. However Doherty missed
the relatively straightforward Old Wesley take on Armagh in All
Ireland League in Donnybrook
fter a five-week gap Old tion 22 they mauled and carried they had done just about enough them any form of a score. Wes- unchanged until full time.
Wesley returned to AIL the ball to the goal line where to hold the line but the pressure ley then flirted with the goal line,
rugby in January with a Cronan Gleeson, with the help eventually told and Neil Faloon kicking a couple of penalties to This was a well-engineered win
return fixture against City of Ar- of the pack, bundled over for the got over for a try. A few minutes touch inside the 22 but neither and bodes very well for the re-
magh at Donnybrook. Prior to first try of the match. Ian Cas- later a kick ahead had the Wes- led to a score. As the hour mark maining matches in the league.
kick-off both teams and specta- sidy converted for a 7-3 lead. ley defence in desperate straits approached Armagh were do- The win promoted Old Wesley
tors observed a minute’s silence once again, with David Poff sav- ing their utmost to put together to top of Division 1B, three
in memory of Paddy Bewley, Moments after the restart a won- ing the day with a kick to touch some attacking moves until an points clear of Highfield, with
a Life Member of Old Wesley, derful break by Alex Molloy near the line. Still with the extra intercept pass was picked up the latter only managing a draw
Paddy Horan, father of Old had play back up to the Armagh man the impetus remained with by O’Callaghan. Urged on by in their fixture. Happy days
Wesley coach and former Cap- 22. Quick recycled ball and a Armagh. But when a maul was his team mates and spectators in an otherwise gloomy times
tain, Darren Horan, and Ashling neat cross kick found Tommy held up Wesley earned a scrum he sprinted over 60 metres, and
Murphy, who died in tragic cir- O’Callaghan. Taking the catch and kicked to touch for half crossed the line untouched to Old Wesley Team:
cumstances during the week. at pace he out-sprinted two de- time Score 12-8 to Old Wesley. claim the bonus point try. Cas-
fenders to touch down in the sidy converted making it 26-8. Alex Molloy, Tommy
The match started in lively corner. Wesley continued to Two minutes into the second O’Callaghan, Jack Costigan,
fashion with both sides looking call the shots and paid a cou- half there was another yellow There was no way back for the James O’Donovan, David Poff,
to run the ball and create attack- ple more visits to the Armagh card for a deliberate knock-on. visitors and with Wesley now Ian Cassidy, Ben Murphy, Cro-
ing moves. Ten minutes in Old 22, however it didn’t affect the But this time it was against Ar- playing with huge confidence nan Gleeson, Ben Burns, Sam
Wesley were starting to show a scoreboard. The Ulster side magh with Kyle Faloon having another try or two looked im- Kenny, JJ O’Dea, Iain McGann
little dominance but when the eventually got into the game to temporarily leave the pitch. minent. And there should have (capt), Alastair Hoban, Josh
opposition kicked ahead a loose following a couple of penalties Now back to 15 and after a been more with Armagh rarely Pim, Reuben Pim. Replace-
ball they looked to be heading conceded by Wesley. One of the powerful carry by Ben Burns getting back into the Wesley ments: Howard Noonan, Harry
for a try. The try was stopped penalties also meant a yellow the ball was passed out the back half for the remainder of the Noonan, Jacob Barrett, Sam
short of the line but it led to a card for Ben Burns for a delib- line where Molloy took a neat game. Four times in the last 15 Pim, Paddy Mckenzie, Charlie
penalty under the posts. Ar- erate knock on. This spurred on pass and crossed unopposed to minutes Wesley kicked penal- O’Regan.
magh’s Kyle Faloon stepped up Armagh and when they kicked a score under the posts. Cassidy ties to touch within eight metres
and had no difficulty in kicking penalty to find touch five metres again converted for a 19-8 lead. of the opposition line. But on Image: courtesy of Ken Rich-
the first 3 points of the match. out a try looked on the cards, each occasion a knock on or loss ardson/Old Wesley
Wesley responded quickly. especially with the extra man. Armagh tried their best to re- of possession cost them a score.
From a line out on the opposi- The Wesley defence looked as if spond but a knock on denied And so the score remained
Page 38 SPORT Feb / Mar 2022

Crusaders Athletic Club

Happy 80th Birthday!
he Crusaders Athlet- A tribute to Ashling Murphy
ic Club was founded
exactly 80 years ago On January 20 our members got
and has been going from together in memory of Ashling
strength to strength ever since. Murphy. After a period of silent
contemplation, prayer and re-
We have been situated in the flection, we ran five miles along
Irishtown / Ringsend area for our the strand in honour of Ash-
entire existence but Irishtown ling, a runner, and as a show
Stadium has been our home of solidarity to all runners.
for the last 22 years. We helped
to build the track there and re- We also ran a fundraiser in
cently have built a new build- aid of Women’s aid which
ing which contains changing at present stands at €350.
rooms for St Pats and an indoor
track and gym for ourselves.

We hope to run some more com- Website -

munity based programmes and
classes in the future and give
back to the local community that
has supported us for so long.

We at NewsFour say well done to all at Crusaders Athletic and may they keep going for another 80 years.
All images courtesy of Crusaders Athletic Club Feb / Mar 2022 Page 39

Your local, weekly,

real food market.

Annie Dunne, 1st anniversary 6th

April…In loving memory of our dear

“Your name is always spoken,

We talk about you still.
You have not been forgotten,
And you know you never will.”

Sadly missed by your loving fam-

ily: Alan, Karl, Karen, and very special
friend Pat – always in our thoughts and
Today we have just learned of the worst pos-
sible news. We have to inform everybody
Martin McGibney, of Inchicore and later that our oldest and true Paddy’s club mem-
Donnybrook who passed away suddenly be- ber Jimmy Purdy has so sadly passed away.
fore Christmas. A true friend to all who knew
him. May he rest in peace. Jimmy had so many friends in the whole
of the east coast rowing clubs. He would
always go around the rowers at the regattas.
“Let this be a loving reminder He was a great moral booster to all the row-
That someone is missing today ers in the Paddy’s club. We send our con-
Someone our hearts shall hold on to dolences to Jimmy’s family. RIP JIMMY.
You will be so sadly missed in our club.
As we travel along life’s way.
Someone who made life so special
For all those who gather here
Someone who won’t be forgotten
But cherished year to year.”

Lisa McNevin

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