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June / July 2022

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

Muckross Park House

Site under threat as owners seek re-zoning
n Dermot Carmody

site around the historic that this is no longer an ap-
Muckross Park House propriate zoning, in the own-
in Marlborough Road, ers’ opinion, for the site, but
Donnybrook, which includes that in fact the circumstances
the original house, build- of the usage of the site have
ings associated with the old changed materially so that it
convent and school and sur- no longer serves the function
rounding green area would that Z15 zoning is intended to
be rezoned if a recent sub- protect and support.
mission to Dublin City Coun-
cil on behalf of the site’s own- In essence, the submission
ers was to be acted on. from Brock McClure argues
that since the lands in ques-
The 1.19 ha site shares an tion are no longer owned by
entrance on Marlborough the Dominican convent, and
Road with Muckross Park are separate from the educa-
College, and was owned by tional buildings of Muckross
the Dominican order of nuns Park College which adjoin
for some 120 years until they it, the criteria from maintain-
sold it to a development com- ing Z15 zoning do not apply.
pany, Reilly Lands 2012 SPV. They further argue that fail-
The suggestion that the zon- as part of the consultation and provide for community tended to promote the reten- ure to rezone for residential
ing of the land be changed to process on the new Dublin uses and social infrastruc- tion and protection of such development “prevents the
allow housing development City Development plan 2022- ture.” Z15 lands typically in- lands, which are seen as an opportunity for the existing
there came in a submission 28. clude ‘community related’ important element of the sur- buildings to form part of an
made to Dublin City Coun- developments such as sports rounding community. integrated development solu-
cil by Dun Laoghaire based The draft development plan grounds, healthcare facilities tion for the site. It is important
planning and development proposes that the Z15 zon- and, as was the case on the However in the submission that the site is re-zoned to fa-
consultants, Brock McClure, ing of the site be maintained. site in question, schools and on behalf of Reilly Lands cilitate the delivery of viable
on behalf of the new owners Z15 is intended to “protect colleges. The zoning is in- SPV, it is argued not only uses, as the former convent

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use is no longer sustain- opened in 1909 the college

able.” The submission also was no longer needed and
suggests that appropriate only the school continued
residential development on there, the forerunner of the
the site would actually open modern Muckross Park Col-
NewsFour Newspaper up access to green spaces lege schools.
is part of a DEASP within such a development
Community Employment for residents of the surround- However, despite the house
Programme ing area. being a protected structure,
there still might be some

NewsFour History concern regarding the pres-

ervation of local heritage in
The original residential build- the future, should the land
Editor ing, Muckross Park House, be rezoned and residential
Eoin Meegan was built by the Victorian de- development on the site go
veloper Patrick Cranny, who ahead, particularly in the light
Online Editor built many houses in Rath- of the failure of a campaign to
Geneva Pattison mines, Ballsbridge and else- save the destruction recently
where as a private residence of the house of The O’Rahilly
Journalists for his family, and is a pro- in Herbert Park. In the case
Peter McNamara tected structure. Later ad- of the latter, strong but un-
David Prendeville ditions which formed part of successful arguments were
Dermot Carmody the convent, and the chapel made for the heritage and
Brian Quinn which is behind the original historical value of the prop-
Louise Whelan house are presumably not erty, but the building was de-
subject to such protection. molished before it was pos-
Contributors Patrick and his wife Maria sible to have it placed on the
Gavan Bergin Cranny moved there in 1862. protected structure list. Such
Teresa Weafer In 1896, Maria sold Muckross oversight must not be al-
Ronan O’ Donnell to the Dominican nuns who lowed to happen with Muck-
Shay Connolly opened a school and college ross Park House. Wedding party, marriage of George Noble Plunkett and Jo-
Michelle Walshe in Muckross in 1900. When sephine Cranny on the steps of Muckross Park House, 1884
Cassie Byrne University College Dublin (photo courtesy of Honor O’Brolchain)
Mia Harrington

Gemma Byrne
The Editor’s Corner
Design and Layout

Gary Burke
o the proverbial visi- St Vincent’s, makes perfect is as good as ownership. But On a lighter note, we’re ex-
Ad Design tor from Mars it might sense at first glance. If only the term ‘clinically appropri- cited after a two-year hia-
come as something there wasn’t that sticky little ate’ regarding procedures tus to welcome Bloomsday
Dara O Riordain
of a shock as to why we in question of who exactly will in the hospital’s constitution (pgs. 4, 32-33) back again. I
Ireland cannot establish a own it. has already raised a few red think everyone should make
health service fit for pur- flags. Could such medical a special effort, it being the
Community Services,
pose. Indeed that question Minister for Health Stephen procedures as fatal fetal ab- centenary of the publication
13A Fitzwilliam Street,
has been puzzling many of Donnelly T.D. told an Oi- normalities and tubal ligation of Ulysses, to don period at-
Ringsend, Dublin 4.
us who live here for a long reachtas Health Committee be under threat if the hospital tire. Two other centenaries
time too. While most Euro- that “consistent” requests by was still required to operate are occurring as well; this
Telephone: (01)6673317 pean countries have got this the current and previous gov- under a Catholic ethos? year sees the Gardaí cele-
issue sorted years ago, here ernment to purchase the site brating one hundred years of
E-mail: we’re still struggling with the had been turned down. In- It should also be remem- excellent service to the peo- basics. Even the physical lo- stead the former owners, the bered that any infringement ple of Ireland (pgs. 30-31);
cation where we put our hos- Sisters of Charity “gifted” the of the terms by the State just look and see how the
Website: pitals gets us in a knot. site to the not-for-profit group, could see that €10 inflate to uniforms have changed over St Vincent’s Holdings CLG. a dizzying €850,000 per an- the years! And that centre of
While the site for the national Why not to the State? Only num. But cost aside, there excellence that is O’Reilly’s
Opinions expressed in NewsFour children’s hospital was even- they can answer that and can be no ambiguity around pub in Sandymount village is
do not necessarily represent tually settled at St James’s, they’re remaining stumm. this, women’s reproductive also marking 100 years (pgs.
the views of Sandymount the latest €2bn projected However, that point remains health care must be protect- 24-25) promising lots of fun
Community Services. cost will likely make it the largely irrelevant because un- ed and made safe above all and excitement in the locality.
most expensive hospital on der a Compulsory Purchase else. And with resignations Elsewhere we take a cheeky
Printed by this or any other planet. And Order (CPO) the government from Sláintecare, and the look at the mullet (pgs.34-
Webprint, then there’s the national ma- could acquire the land, en- cracks that Covid revealed 35). Be honest, who hasn’t
Mahon, Co. Cork ternity hospital (NMH). With suring the hospital was 100% especially around underfund- donned one at some time?
no room for expansion at the owned and operated by the ing beginning to show, we Enjoy the festivities.
current Holles Street loca- State. They’ve instead cho- need to seriously fix a service
tion there is no denying the sen another option, the 299 that is already on life support
need for a new one, and the year lease, which they want before it becomes defunct.
Elm Park site co-located with us to believe at €10 a year June / July 2022 Page 3

The ESB Swimming Club 2022 Gala

was their first taste of compet-
itive swimming. For the more
Two days of senior swimmers it was about
competition chasing qualification times for
the upcoming National Short
Course Championships and
1,835 entries of course friendly inter club
rivalry. Special mention must
28 clubs go to ESB’s victory in the fe-
male medley relay. The team
88 relay teams of Saoirse Dorgan, Aurora
Batori, Una Burke and Ellen
A record last set with Irish O’Driscoll broke the 16-year-
Olympians on the team old club record, which had
SMASHED! been set by a relay team that

included ESB Olympian Ais-
t was a record breaking ling Cooney. ESB Swim Club
May bank holiday weekend is now looking for new junior
at ESB Swim Club’s 71st members. Our Learn to Swim
Annual Swim Gala. Almost Academy is taking bookings
Images courtesy of Vanes-
1000 junior athletes attended for September and for more
sa Fenton
Sportsco Leisure Complex advanced juniors there are
from clubs throughout Lein- free trials in May and June.
ster. The viewing deck was Please contact us at esb-
full of enthusiastic supporters
cheering on their young ath- Your young athlete could be
letes. For many youngsters our next ESB Olympian!

For the more senior swimit

Page 4 BLOOMSDAY June / July 2022

Ringsend and Irishtown, where Hope and History rhyme with our Present
n Shay Connolly
umpteen different disciplines, of June. This was the date era clothing if at all possi- famous book. May I speak
‘Steeped in history’ is an old the influx from different Eng- chosen by Joyce to centre his ble. It promises to be a great through the ghosts of James
cliche perhaps but in the lish towns of people who Novel around. And the high- Community Day for Ringsend Joyce and Nora Barnacle to
case of Ringsend and Irish- came here for employment light of June 16th for Joyce in and Irishtown. It is as if Joyce say....”Thank You Ringsend”
town we are drowning in it. and eventually settled here. his own life was his first date himself, on the centenary of
Multiple centuries of it!! And On early inspection there is with his future wife Nora Bar- the publication of Ulysses, For full Programme of Ul-
before some of it submerged no escaping the realisation nacle in Ringsend, the signifi- has called upon us to cele- ysses-themed events see
into the sea altogether we that our history very much cance of that encounter with brate the place where he met Pgs. 32-33
decided to set up a local His- makes us who we are as a her, and how it influenced his his one true love who influ-
torical Society. And already Community today and while later life and writings. In the enced him to write his most Images: Eoin Meegan
some gems of history are history denotes a reference numerous letters exchanged
unfolding to our naked eyes to the past, it is evident in our between them over a long life
and ears. The various differ- case just how much that past together Joyce makes refer-
ent landmarks, the reclaimed carries on into the present ence to that first date in Ring-
land, the origin of the name day with maritime activity a send and Ringsend Park in
Irishtown and how it came prime example of this con- many of them.
about, the spot where Crom- nection.
well landed here, the huge The 15-spot Historical Walk-
activity of Revolutionaries ing Tour with guest appear-
during the War of Independ- ances from Leopold Bloom
ence, culminating with the and Molly Bloom along the
death at Stella Gardens of way will assemble at 2.15
Margaret Keogh, the last per- at Grand Canal Dock (Red
son to die in that War, the old Poles). The 15 venues (cho-
industries of Boat and Ship sen by online poll) and their
Building, Glass-making, fish- history will be narrated by
ing, rope-making and many Cormac Lowth.
other maritime professions,
our deep connection to the For Pensioners and disabled
sea and reflected in the pre- St Matthews Church a bus will be provided for the
sent healthy recreation of our Our first big project is the tour and will leave from Ring-
Rowing Clubs, the incred- upcoming Bloomsday Ring- send and Irishtown Commu-
ible history of our Sporting send Festival on the 16th nity Centre on Thorncastle
achievements from Isles of June. There is an incredible, Street. The bus will return to
the Sea winning the All-Ire- yet unannounced connection St Matthews Church in Irish-
land for Dublin in 1901 to the between James Joyce and town where an official guide
formation of great League Nora Barnacle with Ring- of the Graveyard there will
of Ireland rivals, Shamrock send. Ulysses, arguably one be undertaken. Everybody
Rovers and Shelbourne, of the most studied books in is welcome to all the events
the amount of natives who the world, is all based around and we also invite people to
donned the Green jersey in one day, that being the 16th wear any bit of that Joycean Joyce bust Stephens Green

n Louise Whelan
RICC Tea Dance Gets Everyone on their Feet

ingsend & Irishtown Chris Andrews had himself a especially when you can
Community Centre bit of a dance with one of the make new friends and learn
hosted an amazing af- ladies. new skills, all the while being
ternoon of live music, danc- part of a wonderful group of
ing and an incredible mouth- A big thank you went to Caran like-minded people to spend
watering feast for the CYMS Flood for the delicious food, time with during the week.
Active Retirement group re- Ronan from DCC and Waf-
cently. fles for spreading the happy To find out more information
vibes during the afternoon. contact CYMS.
The room was upbeat with The Active Retirement As-
lively chatter, laughter and sociation are seeking new Image: Angel & Frankie
joy and it was great to see members to join for ages 55 (Louise Whelan)
everyone greeting each oth- and over. They are a fun and
er, thrilled to be able to en- supportive group that meet in
joy this special afternoon of the CYMS Hall in Ringsend,
letting one’s hair down and every Tuesday, Wednes-
getting up for a bop on the day and Thursday at 2-4pm.
dance floor. Angel and Frank- There’s so much on offer
ie put on a great show, sing- from keep fit, snooker, trips,
ing all the hits from old school plays and many more activi-
classics and show tunes and ties to keep you going. They
they had everyone on their also need a few more mem-
feet, everyone with a smile bers to join the indoor bowl-
on their faces just loving the ing team. Getting out of the
atmosphere. Even local TD house has never felt so good, June / July 2022 Page 5

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Family Fun Day on the Village Green, Sandymount

After a break of three years
the Sandymount and Mer-
rion Residents Association
hosted the annual action
packed Family Fun Day on
May 22nd last, on the Vil-
lage Green in Sandymount

There was music, magic,

dancing, face painting, arts
and crafts, raffle prizes and
more than 20 races. A great
day was had by all.

Image Courtesy of Louise

Page 6 TRAVEL June / July 2022

Personal Journey: A Writer’s Retreat to Iceland

through Asia, but I had never I stood at the foot of it, gaz- Michelle at the geysers, the sound made me jump
been to Iceland. ing upwards, amazed to see
in reality what I had watched
It shares a common history for years on television.
and geography with Ireland,
an outer lying island, monks, I visited the house of Halldór
Vikings, and a shared love of Laxness, the Icelandic Nobel
Eurovision! But it is a place Laureate and tried to soak in
apart. I realised that as soon the atmosphere in the hope
as I landed. of taking in some of his skill
by osmosis!
Iceland has an extra-terrestri-
al feel – the spurting ground, The second and third days
the erupting rocks, the gush- were spent at workshops,
ing falls, everywhere nature two hours at a time of expert
n Michelle Walshe is showing off. tuition from established, ex-

perienced authors. On the
won a writing scholarship to
Reykjavik was my first stop, second day there was a two-
the Iceland Writers Retreat
prettier and larger than I ex- hour break and I dragged fel- At the Gullfoss Waterfall with fellow student
2020. It was postponed,
pected. Colourful buildings low scholarship winner, Lon
like so many events during
lined the main street and Kirkop, from Malta to the sea
the pandemic, but finally took
warmed the landscape. My where we swam in the freez-
place this year from April
hotel overlooked water which ing water and sat in a long,
27th to May 1st.
is a feature everywhere. heated tub afterwards with
Coming from an island and smiling Icelanders decked
The scholarship included
already aware of the pres- out in woolly hats and swim-
flights, accommodation, a
ence of water, I noticed in Ice- suits. I noticed quite a few dry
day tour of the island, two
land how visible water is as if robes too!
days of workshops on dia-
the buildings are designed to
logue with Patrick Gale,
always keep it in view. The highlight of the trip was
(Mother’s Boy, 2022) creative
a visit to the Presidential resi-
non-fiction with Gretchen Ru-
Water features in homes and dence on Friday April 29th.
bin (Outer Order, Inner Calm,
hotels and public spaces The sun shone and illumi-
2019) and perspective with
– hot tubs and saunas and nated the peninsula. Water
Aminatta Forna (The Window
steam rooms abound. glittered as the champagne
Seat, 2022).
popped and we stood on
The retreat took place in the the lawn admiring the spec- Reykjavik
The faculty comprised world
new Edition hotel next to the tacular view of Reykjavik.
famous writers Adam Go-
stunning Harpa concert hall We were meant to meet the
pnick, David Chariandy, Cyn-
whose exterior looks like it is President Jóhannesson, but
thia D’Aprix Sweeney, Dan
covered in fish scales. It glit- he caught Covid, so the First
Kois, Elnathan John, Will
ters in the light like a swish- Lady hosted the reception.
Ferguson, and Kristín Helga
ing mermaid’s tail.
Gunnarsdóttir but I chose my
On the final day after a Q&A
workshops based on what I
My first day was spent on the session with the faculty I vis-
needed to work on in my writ-
Golden Circle Tour where I ited the Blue Lagoon. The
saw Gullfoss waterfall and morning was dark, overcast,
had to put up my hood to pre- the sky was black but by the
I began writing in 2017 with-
vent getting drenched by the time I had immersed myself
out a background in English
spray. It was a magnificent in the water, the sun had
literature or any creative writ-
and noisy sight. come out and turned the blue
ing qualifications and first ap-
water even bluer.
plied for the retreat in 2018
At Skáholt church I learnt
and shortlisted. I reapplied in
about Icelandic myths and There are several lagoons to On Reykjavik’s Rainbow Street
2019 and won. It was a huge
legends and the story of an visit in Iceland, the Sky La-
win early in my writing career.
Irishwoman, Melkorka in the goon just outside Reykjavik
I was afraid after such a long
saga Laxdaela. becoming popular but the
wait and build up that the trip
Blue Lagoon is the original
might disappoint. It did not.
At the Geysir centre, I saw with its thermal water and
geysers pop, the sound healing salts.
I have travelled far and wide.
made me jump as pure white
I worked as a guide in the
streams of clouds shot into Iceland gave me five days
nineties on Skellig Michael.
the air. of sights and sounds, vistas,
I wrote part of my first novel
and views, so many swims
in the Sahara Desert at a
At Thingvellir, the giant fis- and lots of inspiration. I have
month-long writing retreat in
sure that split the tectonic a notebook full of ideas and
2020 just before the pandem-
plates in two is home to The am strongly considering set-
ic broke. I lived in Australia
Wall from Game of Thrones. ting my second novel there!
and America and travelled June / July 2022 Page 7

Sandymount Hotel Wins 2022

ublin – May, 2022 – Sand- value for money and clean. I
ymount Hotel announced
it has been recognized by
Tripadvisor Travellers’ Choice Award recommend that you stay with
Tripadvisor as a 2022 Travellers’ acquired over two genera- George who came from a large service for their guests. This
Choice award winner. The local tions which now comprise the farming family and his talent legacy continues right into the John Loughran and his son
4-star, family-run hotel is in the modernised hotel on Herbert for everything from carpentry twenty-first century through their Gerard are the leading force be-
top 10% of hotels worldwide. Road. The Victorian houses to building soon had the guest- son John Loughran and his son hind the success Sandymount
The Travellers’ Choice Award were originally built in 1866 as house up and running. Raising a Gerard. Hotel has achieved today, fight-
celebrates businesses that have homes for Dublin City’s aristoc- family in a guesthouse was not ing through a recession, a pan-
received great traveller reviews racy. Famous residents included without challenges and in the Awarded 4-star status by Failte demic, a rebrand and significant
from guests around the globe Sir Henry Robinson, Vice Presi- busier summer months, the fam- Ireland in 2016, these days customer led additions and
on Tripadvisor over the last 12 dent of the Irish Local Govern- ily slept in one bedroom to cope Sandymount Hotel may be refurbishments. It just goes to
months. As challenging as the ment Board (1879-1891) and with the demand for bedrooms grander and much larger but at show what a business with fam-
past year was, Sandymount more recently, the Irish writer, during this high season. heart it remains the same with ily values, work ethic, a good
Hotel stood out by consistently Mary Kenny. enduring emphasis on making team and a commitment to cus-
delivering positive experiences The couple were able to extend sure guests are comfortable and tomer service can achieve.
to anyone that walked through As it stands today, Sandymount the guesthouse by buying the well cared for. Receptionist Bea-
its doors. Hotel owes its roots to George neighbouring property. They trice, part of the hotel’s extend- “Congratulations to the 2022 Tri-
Loughran from Cookstown, Co. were often ahead of trends, in ed family, celebrated her 40th padvisor Travellers’ Choice Win-
John and Gerard Loughran Tyrone and his wife Rosaleen the 1960s they were one of the year working at Sandymount ners,” said Kanika Soni, Chief
have no doubt as to the reason from Downpatrick, Co. Down in first guesthouses to have cen- Hotel in 2021. Every team mem- Commercial Officer at Tripad-
for the award. Northern Ireland. Together they tral heating and George put in ber at Sandymount Hotel con- visor. “The Travellers’ Choice
opened the hotel on 2nd May ensuite bathrooms before many tributed to this award. Reviews Awards recognize the best in
“Our staff have shown great 1955 under its original name: other B&Bs. George and Ro- constantly mention employees tourism and hospitality, accord-
resilience in dealing with the The Mount Herbert Hotel. It was saleen continued to expand and by name from Beatrice and the ing to those who matter most:
unprecedented challenges of their first home and they bought by the time the couple handed front of house team to the res- your guests. Ranking among
Covid. This award recognises it with the aid of fellow northern- over the hotel to the next gen- taurant team and Duty Manager, the Travellers’ Choice winners is
their commitment to ensuring er, Michael O’Hare. eration in 1988, it comprised of a recent May TripAdvisor re- always tough — but never more
our guests experience the genu- five period houses and 100 bed- views reads so than this year as we emerge
ine personal service unique to a Three weeks after they moved rooms.  It has now expanded to from the pandemic. Whether
family run hotel.” in, Rosaleen gave birth to the encompass eight of the two sto- “When entered to Reception it’s using new technology, im-
second of five children, John, rey buildings and has 187 bed- greeted warmly by staff. Shown plementing safety measures,
Sandymount Hotel enjoys a long who now runs Sandymount Ho- rooms. to our room. Every staff mem- or hiring outstanding staff, I’m
& distinguished history which tel with his son Gerard. Sand- ber we encountered with were impressed by the steps you’ve
continues to whisper through ymount Hotel has  very much A formidable team, George & all lovely. Sandymount Hotel is taken to meet travelers’ new
the bricks & corniced ceilings been a family operation from the Rosaleen were the first to instill great, well caters for people with demands. You’ve adapted bril-
of the eight Victorian Houses start with everyone helping out. an ethos of heartfelt care and food intolerance. Very good liantly in the face of adversity.”
Page 8 LOCAL INNOVATION June / July 2022

Ringsend Electronic Music School RMS: Rooney Music Services

n Louise Whelan
“We are the music mak- gram after his nanny passed ing able to teach on a bigger
ers, and we are the dream- away in the late 80’s and scale. In order to save on
er of dreams” Poet Arthur had it in his bedroom. His rent and keep his prices low
O’Shaughnessy (1873) older sister Christine would he approached the Commu-
buy vinyl records to play and nity Centre (RICC) and out-

MS is an electronic Pierce used to ‘borrow them’ lined to them his vision for
music school and en- to scratch them on the radio- the community. They took
tertainment business gram. He then got his first Pierce in and he started RMS
that offers DJ tuition, music set of decks and he used off in the Youth Centre up in
production, audio recording, the radiogram for the stand Irishtown (RICCY’S) in 2016
editing skills and also ca- to hold the decks and he with a few laptops and some
ters to corporate and private learned how to mix through controllers where he could
events. Located at the back turntables. run classes focusing on digi-
of Ringsend and Irishtown tal and analogue djing and a
Community Centre (RICC) it After the radiogram phase, small bit of music production.
is run by local entrepreneur Pierce got signed to some After three years, and receiv-
Pierce Rooney and has been good labels like Tripoli Tracks ing a Sean Moore Commu-
growing over the past six and Tidy and moved to the nity Award in 2018 for all his
years. UK on and off for nearly 11 amazing work with the youth,
years working for various Pierce was offered space at
Pierce, a self-taught DJ with producers, doing gigs and the back of the community
over 30 years experience, working with different bands. centre to rent and his dream
and over 20 years teaching, He travelled the world djing of a music school began to
grew up in the 80’s, a time some of the biggest events materialise in earnest. In a
where things were hard for and meeting people that he’d twist of fate, behind the wall
a lot of people and families. always looked up to. is where his nanny Rooney
He always had a passion for lived in the flats and where
music and got into it during Pierce has his own record it all began for Pierce so it
his teen years when he used label called Unity Records was kind of a serendipitous
to go to his nanny Rooney’s since 2005 and released his moment that came full circle
flat in O’Rahilly house after own music, which he is still where RMS was going to live
school. She had an old ra- doing today. After a lot of and thrive.
diogram from the 1940’s and globetrotting, he decided to
he was fascinated with the come back home to Ring- Students who excelled
records and how it worked. send with his dream of open-
Pierce inherited that radio- ing a music school and be- Raymond Alwright, despite June / July 2022 LOCAL INNOVATION Page 9

vises and encourages all the clusive, and the time break-
students to go onto 3rd level down is as follows:
education if that is what they
wish to do. The differently-abled group is
from 12-2pm every day; then
Some students don’t nec- after school the 6 to 10 year
essarily want to be DJ’s but olds is from 3-4.30pm; and
they find other aspects of the the 11 to 15 year olds 5-7pm;
club enjoyable, like the social and the last class is from
He possesses an endless ar- 7-9pm and is aimed at those
aspect, learning to work with-
ray of knowledge and tech- 15 and older. The RMS pro-
in groups, learning to inter-
nical expertise while also vides the computers, control-
act with each other and that
being so grounded, selfless lers, food, entertainment and
makes a huge difference to
and easy going with an in- a safe environment and it’s
their way of thinking and how
credible work ethic. What he like a little family where mu-
they do things. Everybody
has aimed to achieve down sic bridges the gap between
benefits from RMS, the com-
here, he has done ten fold everyone. Pierce also does
munity as a whole, the local
across the board, smashing private lessons for any age
businesses, and especially
so many goals and always on a one-to-one basis.
the kids.
adding new ones. The things
Pierce has dreamed about RMSdublin can be found on
Pierce’s ethos is one love,
for the students are all com- Instagram
one family, regardless of
ing to fruition and this makes
having Down Syndrome, sible if you keep believing. your status or ability. Anyone
him so proud to see them on Images: courtesy of Pierce
wouldn’t let anything stop is welcome and he has many
their journey with music, as Rooney
him from his dream of be- Pierce first set up RMS with kids from all around Dublin,
young kids developing into
coming a DJ, was one of the the aid of I.C.E. (Inner City not just Ringsend. It is such a
young adults.
first to knock on Pierce’s door Enterprise) and he started to unique thing that Pierce does
in RICCYS. Raymond was build his school with all his down in RMS, it’s never been
And that is why our commu-
so eager to learn he never DJ equipment, state of the about making a lot of money,
nity is so lucky to have Pierce
missed a class and at the art software and hardware it’s about improving and bet-
end of the first year he won from old school analogue tering people’s lives and that
the award for best DJ. Un- all the way up to the digital is a beautiful thing to see.
Classes at RMS are all in-
der Pierce’s guidance and age. He has software which
support, Raymond found is the foundation of the way He also works with a lot of
employment in the local pub, music sounds, machines like different organisations in the
The Shipwright (Sally’s) to the TR808, TR909, TV303 community and only recent-
DJ on a Saturday night and among others which with- ly added a new class to the
they loved him down there. out these, we wouldn’t know schedule, a music and gam-
Raymond’s confidence has dance music, techno, acid ing club for the older kids
soared since and he is push- house and hip hop. from NIRP (Neurodiversity
ing through to his next goal Most people don’t start learn- Irishtown Ringsend & Pearse
which is to dj in the night- ing this industry until they’re St) and they are having a
clubs. Raymond’s parents 17 or 18 because that’s when wonderful time. Furthermore
are so proud of their son and the club scene is more in RMS gets involved in charity-
cannot thank Pierce enough their life, but in RMS Pierce based events and always
for all his dedication and offers kids and young adults offers their services to the
commitment throughout the the gift of learning everything community when needed.
years with Raymond. about DJs, Djing and all the Also Pierce liaises with the
various different levels that local Gardaí and is very pro-
Another of his protégés is he has set up in the school. active in approaching youths
Holly Larkin, who joined RMS who might be showing signs
when she was just nine years Pierce has also a connection of anti-social behaviour, and
old and has exceeded all ex- with BIFE (Bray Institute of invites them down to RMS
pectations of a natural talent. Further Education) a college to chill out, play some pool,
She has blossomed from a dedicated to electronic music video games or just have a
youngster into a young wom- production, and collaborates chat. He has a good relation-
an of 16 playing in some of with Doug Cooney and Sunil ship with these kids and they
the biggest clubs in the coun- Sharpe who are teachers in respect him too.
try. Holly has a residency the college. So students of
with Insignia Nights and she Pierce’s aged 15 or 16, and At the moment Pierce is a
plays to 1200 under 18’s a coming to the end of sec- sole trader but is in the pro-
couple of times a month in a ondary school, who wish to cess of being a non-profit
controlled environment. Holly pursue a 3rd level course in organisation and this will en-
has been on RTE, and she is music, can progress to BIFE. able him to apply for financial
getting some amazing experi- Conor Cullen was the first grants that will hugely benefit
ences. She also teaches and of the students to graduate the school and its students.
helps the after-school group from RMS to BIFE and has
with all the knowledge she passed with distinction in all It was music that brought
has learned so far. She is of his classes. Conor djs for Pierce here to where he is
inspiring so many young kids events and parties and has now, music grabbed him and
and proving nothing is impos- the talent to go far. Pierce ad- changed his life.
Page 10 COMMUNITY June / July 2022

Inaugural Irish Nautical Trust Marine Skills & Technology Graduates

inister for Finance tified level of maritime skills
Paschal Donohoe and enable them to gain sus-
T.D. presented schol- tainable employment in the
arship certificates to the first marine industry. Today, nine
students to complete the in- students have been awarded
augural Irish Nautical Trust certificates with four of the
Marine Skills & Technology nine already having secured
scholarship programme, sup- employment.
ported by at the
Poolbeg Yacht & Boat Club Speaking at the event, Min-
Ringsend, Dublin 4 on May ister Donohoe, said: “I am
27 2022. delighted to be here today to
recognise the Maritime Skills
The scholarship was & Technology programmes’
launched in October 2021 as early achievements. The em-
part of the Google Employ- ployment opportunities this
ment Task Force. Google. programme provides to the
org, the philanthropic arm of students will play a key role
Google, provided €300,000 in building a brighter future
to the Irish Nautical Trust to not just for the students but
develop a community-based also the wider community. Al-
environment maritime train- ready four participants from
ing programme aimed at the first cohort have been
educating local unemployed successful in achieving em-
people and school leavers ployment and I look forward
The 9 scholarship certificate recipients (in white shirts and black tie) pictured with on the environment. The to hearing more in the future
Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe T.D., members of the Google team, and other funding supports access for on the progress of this impor-
dignitaries. 30 students to obtain a cer- tant programme.”

Blessing of the Boats - Poolbeg Yacht and Boat Club

n Louise Whelan

he annual blessing of cation and sterling work they To find out more information
the boats took place perform year in, year out on you can check out their social
in the Poolbeg Yacht the river. A minute silence media or on www.poolbeg-
and Boat club on Sunday also took place in memory
15th May. Fr Ivan Tonge ac- of departed brothers and sis-
companied by the new parish ters.
priest of St Matthews Church
in Irishtown, Canon Leonard Everybody was invited then
Ruddock, prayed for a safe to go on a few yachts for a
and bountiful season as they jaunt down the river and
walked along the marina back, taking in the amazing
sprinkling each boat with holy views and getting the sea
water. air before returning to feast
on a scrumptious lunch with
Eileen Murray, Vice Commo- drinks and entertainment.
dore of the club committee,
welcomed everybody to the Ethel Woods paid tribute to
special event and thanked her husband Derek Woods
the sponsors who have con- by laying a wreath into the Derek Buckley, Lord Mayor Ringsend & Irishtown, Eileen
tributed to the club over the river as a mark of respect Murray,Vice Commodore, Fr. Ivan Tonge and Canon Leonard
years, Dublin Port, Covanta and remembrance, saying Ruddock.
Waste to Energy and the “He went to heaven doing
National Lottery. She also what he loved, being on his
praised the committee, staff boat.”
and everyone who works
in the background for their Such a bittersweet moment
great effort to be able to host but a wonderful homage to
occasions like these. him.

The Lord Mayor of Ringsend Poolbeg Yacht and Boat Club

and Irishtown Derek Buck- caters to all ages and abili-
ley also gave thanks to the ties with a full service marina,
crew of the Dun Laoghaire club house, bar, courses and
lifeboats for the unseen dedi- events. June / July 2022 Page 11

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MABS Marks 30 Years of Supporting the People of Ireland

tion, Abhaile – free mortgage part of Abhaile. As the cost of clients with their individual
arrears support and the for- living continues to rise, now financial situations. A huge
mation of National Traveller more than ever, it is essential amount has been achieved
MABS, which works to re- that the public has access to since 1992 and there is a
duce poverty, discrimination a free, confidential and non- lot more to achieve over the
and the financial exclusion of judgmental advice service. next 30 years.”
Travellers in Ireland. MABS I would like to congratulate
has also played an important MABS on this milestone and In 2007, MABS launched
role in raising awareness of wish their teams across the their National Helpline and as

policy and practice reforms country the very best of luck of the end of 2021, received
ABS, the Money Ad- public in the Atrium at Cork that need to be implemented for the next 30 years.” 326,994 calls.
vice and Budgeting City Hall until May 13th and at local and national level.
Service is marking will travel to other locations Also commenting on the 30th For more information on
30 years since it was estab- across Ireland over the next Commenting on the 30th an- anniversary of MABS, Ali Fit- MABS and to find your local
lished to support the people few months. Established in niversary of MABS, Fiona zell, Regional Manager, Dub- office, visit or
of Ireland who are in debt 1992, MABS was introduced Coyne, CEO of the Citizens lin South MABS said: call the helpline on 0818 07
or at risk of getting into debt as part of a pilot scheme to Information Board (CIB) said: “We are very proud to look 2000, available Monday to
through its independent, con- address problems of money- “CIB has funded MABS since back on all that has been Friday from 9 am to 8 pm.
fidential and non-judgmental lending and indebtedness. 2008 and prior to this had a achieved over the past 30
money advice and budget- Its first offices were located Follow @MABSinfo on Twit-
role in delivering training to years in supporting the pub-
ing services. It is funded and ter and Facebook.
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supported by the Citizens In- Orchard Dublin, Waterford, with MABS to grow and de- problem debt. Our team of
formation Board (CIB). and Clare. There are now 51 velop new services including money advisers have played
MABS offices and outreach delivering one of the statutory instrumental roles in their
A celebratory event was held clinics nationwide. debt relief solutions, the Debt communities, supporting
on May 9th in Cork City and Relief Notice (DRN). The
saw a unique 30 year exhi- Over the past 30 years, DRN was introduced as part
bition unveiled, showcasing MABS has played a key role of the Insolvency Act 2012
the journey of MABS from its in the community across a and CIB worked with MABS
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IMMA Outdoors and IMMA Nights coming this Summer

as well as intercessions be- together poets, singers and 15 July Continuous Patterns
tween the Gulf of Guinea and storytellers to share lullabies, presents an evening of for-
Western Europe. chants, laments, poems and ward focused music and en-
folk songs, and features con- tertainment for that particular
A visually stunning new com- tributions from Ayuk, Mbon- Friday feeling, while Saturday
mission by Navine G. Khan- geuh Angwi Tah, Ceara Con- 16 July invites you to spend a
Dossos titled, Kind Words way, Chiamaka Enyi-Amadi, relaxing day with friends old
Can Never Die, will be pre- Em’kal Eyongakpa, Róisín and new, surrounded by the
sented in the Courtyard Ní Shillelagh, Sandra Joyce, sights and sounds of a gently
from July. Transforming the Noirin Lynch, Micheál Mar- considered programme in the
iconic courtyard space with rinan, John Tunney, Samuel Formal Gardens of IMMA.
an extensive mural painting Yakura, amongst others.
along all three colonnades, These performances reflect IMMA Nights presents a free
the work explores new psy- and expand upon the sonic music programme in the
chological states that have installation by Em’kal Eyon- surroundings of the IMMA
emerged in response to a gakpa. Courtyard. Starting from May
n David Prendeville

greater awareness of global 6, on the first Friday of every
MMA recently launched The new late evening pro- and local climate change. A On 30 June in partnership month DJ Nigel Wood will
IMMA Outdoors 2022, a gramme, IMMA Nights, pre- series of public workshops with Granta Books, IMMA is play from his contemporary
vibrant artistic programme sents a wide variety of events conceived by the artist will delighted to present an even- World Music collection for
that turns the museum in- including talks, workshops, run through the month of July. ing in celebration of the book audiences to relax and dance
side out and activates the dance, performances, film Accidental Gods: On Men to. Also, in May IMMA will
48 acres of the museum’s screenings, book launches, The IMMA Outdoors Eco Unwittingly Turned Divine by present Sound Bath Medita-
site at the Royal Hospital DJs and live music. IMMA Event, Earth Rising, is a cel- Anna Della Subin. Named a tion with Liam Oragh; guitar-
Kilmainham, through artist will also share the site with ebration of people, place and best book of the year in the ist Redmond O’Toole with his
commissions, performances, other cultural organisations, planet that is interwoven with Irish Times, the TLS, and Es- groundbreaking ‘Brahms gui-
music, talks, workshops, and initiatives and artist groups themes of biodiversity and quire, Accidental Gods is an tar’ and a live performance
tours. As part of IMMA Out- creating a hive of night-time sustainability. This weekend extraordinary meditation on by Olesya Zdorovetska, a
doors, this year the museum activity in Dublin 8. of eco related programming, race, empire, and power, told powerful voice in new music.
is presenting a new series of taking place from 9 to 11 through stories of men who
evening events called IMMA Some of the highlights of the September, will showcase found themselves inadvert- IMMA Nights will also bring
Nights, which run every IMMA Outdoors and IMMA the most exciting innovators ently turned into deities. Sub- together participants of the
Thursday and Friday evening Nights programming are as in the field of eco citizen sci- in will be joined by renowned IMMA’s Residency Pro-
until September, as part of a follows: ence, design and creativity, mythographer, novelist, and gramme to create a ‘Stu-
pilot initiative to support the enabling intergenerational literary critic Marina Warner dio Street’ of activation and
Night-Time Economy, funded An installation piece by dialogue and empowering and introduced by Mark O’ Open Studio events with
by the Department of Tour- Em’kal Eyongakpa, titled audiences to become agents Connell, author of To Be a resident artists and invited
ism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Mámbáy bebhɛp 43t / besáŋ of change. Machine and Notes from An guests generating a suite of
Sport and Media. berat / bakay nɛkɔ, from Apocalypse. artist-led activities.
May. This immersive sonic A specially curated series
IMMA Outdoors explores installation presented on the of Poetry and Song perfor- IMMA’s much loved Summer More information can be
the environment and what it Terrace of the Formal Gar- mances titled, More than the Party returns in July, Con- found at: https://imma.
means to be radically pub- dens features contributions Reverb, will take place from tinuous Patterns is a two-day ie/whats-on/imma-out-
lic by creating an inclusive, from singers and storytellers 19 May – 29 July in the For- summer celebration of mu- doors-2022/
meaningful space for audi- in Southeast Nigeria, South- mal Gardens. This series of sic, art and atmosphere in the
ences of all ages to enjoy. ern Cameroon and Ireland, outdoor live events gathers grounds of IMMA. On Friday

New Traditional Music Festival Launched in Smithfield

n David Prendeville

ublin City Coun- est dedicated event space, annual event at Smithfield ment of Tourism, Culture,
cil recently an- and this year’s Fleadh is the Square, it was built for events Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and
nounced a new first of its kind to take place in just like this.” Media.
free folk and tradition- the location.
al music event set to The two-day event promises Image courtesy of DCC Me-
launch in Smithfield in The Lord Mayor of Dublin, a programme of live music dia Relations Office
Dublin City Centre. Alison Gilliland said “I am de- from a range of talented mu-
lighted to launch the Dublin sicians across the Irish folk
The first ‘Smithfield City Council Smithfield Flea- and traditional music scene,
Fleadh’ will take place dh to give families and young as well as workshops for all
this year on the 18th people a space to enjoy the the family to enjoy.
and 19th of June be- Fleadh festivities outdoors
tween 12pm - 6pm and for free. We’re also very The programme and more
each day at Smithfield proud to give emerging art- event information will be
Square. ists and musicians this plat- released over the coming
form to showcase their tal- weeks. This event is organ-
Smithfield Square is ents after a long pause of live ised by Dublin City Council
Dublin city centre’s larg- music. I hope this will be an supported by The Depart- June / July 2022 DRAMA Page 15

“Playing With Fire Cartoon” Saloon’s upcoming animated feature

My Father’s Dragon

n B.J. Quinn oured book of the same title Ruth Stiles Gannett’s amaz-
o mark World Book by Ruth Stiles Gannett. ing book. We were drawn
Day, which took place together by a desire to tell
this past April 23rd, The story follows Elmer, a a very special tale of friend-
includes Academy Award adventure I Lost My Body. As
Netflix unveiled a sneak peek young boy struggling to cope ship, adventure, and true
nominated The Mitchell’s vs for My Father’s Dragon, an
at Irish animation studio Car- after a move to the city with bravery,” said Twomey. “I fell
the Machines, Robin Robin, official release date has yet
toon Saloon’s upcoming ani- his mother. He runs away in love with storytelling as a
the new Christmas classic to be announced by Netflix.
mation, My Father’s Dragon. from home in search of Wild child and Netflix excels at
Klaus, Kris Pearn’s The Wil- What is certain, however, is
Based out of Kilkenny and Island and a young dragon celebrating all kinds of sto-
loughbys; as well as more that this is one to keep your
founded in 1999, the five- who waits to be rescued. ries, through different styles
adult focused content like eye on.
time Oscar nominated pro- Elmer’s adventures see him and distinct voices,” the di-
Richard Linklater’s Apollo 10
duction house has garnered cross paths with ferocious rector added. “This has given
½: A Space Age Childhood Images: courtesy Cartoon
worldwide recognition over beasts, a mysterious island, me the opportunity to look
and the French existential Saloon
the last two decades thanks and the friendship of a life- through a beautiful lens and
to their enchanting Irish time. I am excited to share what I
Folklore Trilogy: The Book see with our audience around
of Kells (2009), Song of the A press release from Netflix, the world.”
Sea (2014) and Wolfwalk- in the company’s first-time
ers (2020). Each film draws partnership with the anima- Disney fans will be hap-
children into natural wonder- tion powerhouse, listed a py to hear that the film’s
lands of myth and magic, into star-studded cast of familiar screenplay is penned by
tales about protecting and names. Lending his voice to Academy Award nominee
healing rather than fighting. Meg LeFauve of Inside Out
fame. Elsewhere behind the
scenes, the film will be pro-
duced by Bonnie Curtis and
Julie Lynn of Mockingbird
Pictures (best known for pro-
ducing the Dublin-set drama
Albert Knobbs in 2011) and
Paul Young of Cartoon Sa-
loon. Meg LeFauve and John
Morgan, Tomm Moore and
However, on paper, My Fa- Elmer is Jacob Tremblay, Gerry Shirren of Cartoon Sa-
ther’s Dragon seems to have best known for his star-mak- loon, and Alan Moloney and
more in common with Car- ing turn in Room (2016), di- Ruth Coady of Parallel Films
toon Saloon’s outlier: the rected by Dubliner Lenny will executive produce the
2018 feature The Breadwin- Abrahamson, no less. Join- movie.
ner, which tones down the ing the young actor is an
signature bright colour pal- impressive ensemble cast Fans of Cartoon Saloon’s
ette and dials back the fairies including Whoopi Goldberg, wise and wonderful creations
and magic in order to deliver Ian McShane, Chris O’Dowd, won’t have to venture out to
a thoughtful rendering of Ka- Rita Moreno, Alan Cumming, the cinema this time around;
bul under Taliban rule. For Judy Greer, Yara Shahidi, My Father’s Dragon is set to
one, it has the same direc- Jackie Earle Haley, Mary Kay be released via Netflix. This
tor: Academy Award nomi- Place, and Dianne Wiest. is no surprise considering the
nee and Cartoon Saloon co- streaming giant’s growing ob-
founder Nora Twomey. And “Our actors, animators, session with animated films.
like The Breadwinner, My and artists at Cartoon Sa- Just in the past few years
Father’s Dragon is adapted – loon have worked together they’ve put out a raft of origi-
inspired by the Newbery hon- to craft this film, inspired by nal animated features which
Page 16 FILM June / July 2022

Summer Movies Preview

7 must-see new movies
for the summer season

Chris Hemsworth (Thor) Emma Thompson

n B.J. Quinn

he summer movie sea- performance as well as Katy story follows Presley’s rise to mort in Harry Potter and the is back with another Dan-
son is back! After two Brand’s script: a provocative fame to his unprecedented Philosopher’s Stone. The film iel Kaluuya-led film – their
pandemic-plagued and refreshing study of fe- stardom, against the back- premiered at the Berlin Film first collaboration, Get Out,
years filled with setbacks and male pleasure. drop of the evolving cultural Festival back in January to topped Sight & Sound’s best
delays, the movie business is landscape and loss of inno- positive reviews, Screen Dai- films of 2017 list. Plot details
right back on track. And if the Lightyear (June 17) cence in America. ly noting, Flux Gourmet “feels have been kept under wraps,
box office successes of Spi- a culmination of Strickland’s but the teaser trailer hints to
der-Man: No Way Home and Chris Evans trades in his The trailer alone has us All fascinations and themes to an extraterrestrial affair, as
– the film that kicked off the Captain America cowl for a Shook Up; it’s clear that Baz date.” residents in a lonely gulch
summer blockbuster season space helmet in Pixar’s Buzz is up to his old tricks again, of inland California bear wit-
– Doctor Strange in the Mul- Lightyear origin story. The packing the frame with opu- Thor Love and Thunder ness to an uncanny and chill-
tiverse of Madness are any- animated feature, co-star- lent reds and golds, and, yes, (July 8) ing discovery. My money is
thing to go by, audiences are ring Taika Waititi and James rhinestone jumpsuits aplenty. on space aliens, but we’ll
chomping at the bit to return Brolin, follows the legendary If you’re still not convinced, Thor: Ragnarok is one of the have to wait and see.
to the big screen. So, if you’re space ranger through inter- though, Priscilla Presley’s best movies to come out of
looking for a refuge from the galactic adventures along- glowing endorsement might the Marvel Cinematic Uni- The Forgiven (August 26)
unrelenting sun, here’s your side a group of ambitious win you over, writing on Fa- verse, so, six years later, the
guide to the must-see mov- recruits and his robot com- cebook that the film is “a pressure is on for its follow- Premiering at the Toronto
ies coming out this summer. panion, Sox. true story told brilliantly and up to deliver. Director Taika Film Festival last year, The
creatively that only Baz, in Waititi returns for the fourth Forgiven, John Michael Mc-
Good Luck to You Leo Pixar has a stellar track re- his unique artistic way, could Thor movie, which sees the Donagh’s adaptation of Lau-
Grande (June 17) cord, so we can’t help but be have delivered.” blonde beefcake go on a rence Osborne’s novel, sees
intrigued by this Toy Story journey unlike anything he’s Ralph Fiennes and Jessica
Dublin’s own Daryl McCor- spin-off. But recasting Tim Flux Gourmet (June 24) ever faced – a quest for in- Chastain as a wealthy couple
mack plays the title role in Allen, who is the only Buzz ner peace. But his retirement who are involved in a tragic
this charming comedy. The Lightyear in most people’s The director of arthouse hits is interrupted by a galactic accident with a local teenage
Peaky Blinders star will fea- minds, will take some getting such as Berberian Sound killer known as Gorr the God boy, after speeding through
ture alongside Oscar winner used to. Evans will have to Studio and The Duke of Bur- Butcher, who seeks the ex- the Moroccan desert to at-
Emma Thompson. The film, go to infinity and beyond if he gundy looks set on giving us tinction of the gods. tend an old friend’s lavish
directed by Sophie Hyde, fol- wants to match Allen’s iconic one of the wildest movies weekend party.
lows Nancy Stokes (Thomp- performance. of the year. In what’s being Along for the ride are Tessa
son), a 55 year-old widow billed as a culinary satire, Thompson as Valkyrie and For those of you tracking the
who is yearning for some Elvis (June 24) Flux Gourmet centres around Natalie Portman, returning British-Irish director’s ca-
adventure, human connec- a collective that finds itself as ex-girlfriend Jane Foster reer, a body of work which
tion and some sex, good sex. Here’s one that was faced embroiled in power struggles, after a near ten-year Marvel- features critical darlings The
She hires a good-looking with considerable pushbacks artistic vendettas and gastro- hiatus. If the trailer is any- Guard and Calvary, The For-
young sex worker named – it was during filming that intestinal disorders. In this thing to go by, this looks like given looks like a convincing
Leo Grande (McCormack), in Tom Hanks caught COVID-19 universe, music is made with a bonafide summer block- return to form after 2016’s
the hope of enjoying a night and everyone finally took food and youngsters dream buster, with a kickass 80’s underwhelming War on Eve-
of pleasure and self-discov- the virus seriously as a re- of culinary ambitions rather rock soundtrack to boot. ryone. Alongside Fiennes
ery after an unfulfilling mar- sult. Director Baz Luhrmann, than becoming pop stars. and Chastain, the film boasts
ried life. best remembered for Moulin Nope July 22 a strong supporting cast with
Rouge and Romeo + Juliet, Asa Butterfield and Game Christopher Abbott, Matt
Good Luck to You Leo delves into the complex dy- of Thrones star Gwendoline There’s little doubt that Jor- Smith and the ever-fantastic
Grande debuted at Sundance namic between Presley (Aus- Christie lead a cast that also dan Peele’s third film, Nope, Caleb Landry Jones.
Film Festival to critical ac- tin Butler) and his manager, includes Ariane Labed and is the most highly anticipated
claim, with much praise go- Colonel Tom Parker (Hanks). Richard Bremmer, who you movie of the summer, if not All images courtesy of Wikime-
ing towards Thompson’s Spanning over 20 years, the might remember as Volde- the whole year. The director dia Commons June / July 2022 FILM Page 17

Dublin Smartphone Film Festival 2022

n B.J. Quinn
smartphones or tablet de- the next generation of film- arm – the motion, the dance, events we can put on. We still
vices, with a focus on strong makers to create their stories the energy and excitement … operate on a relatively shoe-
original concepts and inven- using their phones and to a no brainer for the choice of string budget, so it’s great to
tive use of technology. This provide them with the widest best music video.” have all the support and to be
year’s event was bigger than possible platform to present making larger inroads in the
ever, with filmmaking work- these stories to a wider audi- Like previous years, one of Irish film community.”
shops, a range of short films ence.” the festival’s most popular
from 15 countries around events among audiences Looking ahead, it’s clear

the globe, feature films (a Boasting an exceptional pro- were the hands-on work- Fitzhugh is keen on expand-
elebrating their fifth an- first for the festival), and the gramme this year, a few films shops. Ranging from un- ing the festival even further.
niversary, the Dublin premiere of the documentary did manage to stand out from derstanding the film festival “It’s gonna be exciting mov-
Smartphone Film Fes- Are Your Eyes Nicely Open? the crowd. Alexandra Guil- process to script writing and ing forward, we have a num-
tival returned to the capital from award-winning director lossou’s Out of Thin Air was funding your project through ber of large projects that
this past April with an exciting S.J. van Breda. awarded Best Documentary, Kickstarter, these workshops we’re working on. We’re try-
programme packed with films while Best Fiction Film went are all designed to aid film- ing to make it not just about
and workshops. The festival, “The pandemic and sub- to Australian-British direc- makers on their journey to rewarding filmmakers but
which took place at Temple sequent lockdowns have tor Tim Hewitt for his gnarly creativity. actually inspiring them. It’s
Bar’s Irish Film Institute (IFI), brought about an incredible 13-minute thriller, Broken about bringing communities
ran from the 30th of April to period of creativity with peo- Shelter: “A film that grips you Wrapping up another suc- together, it’s about collabo-
the 7th of May and took a hy- ple forced to use the tools in the first 2 min and does cessful year for the Dublin rating within the community
brid approach: treating audi- they have at their disposal not let up,” according to the Smartphone Film Festival, on brand new projects.”
ences to in-person events as to tell stories,” said festival festival jury, “a triumph and Fitzhugh wished to “thank
well as online screenings – a director Robert Fitzhugh. a testament to what you can people who have supported
model which has become the “There has never been a do on a small budget.” Add- and encouraged the festival,
film festival-norm in the pan- more interesting time to ex- ing some vibrancy to pro- not just this year but over
demic era. plore Smartphone filmmak- ceedings, Jamiel Laurence’s the last five years. This year
ing. This is what the Dublin To the Sea took home Best was our largest, in terms of
The festival is dedicated to Smartphone Film Festival Music Video for what the jury our backing from the IFI, the
films exclusively made on is here to do; to encourage described as “A shot in the number of workshops and

St Matthew’s Parish Church appoint a new Rector

t Matthew’s Parish Church, part of the Irishtown & Donnybrook Union of Parishes are
delighted to announce the appointment of Rev. Canon Leonard Ruddock as Rector.
Previously Leonard was Rector of the Blessington Union of Parishes since 2008. The
Parish wishes to welcome Leonard, his wife Hazel and family to the community. For more
details please visit
Page 18 EXHIBITION June / July 2022

Ready, Set, Gogh! Van Gogh: An Immersive Journey comes to Dublin’s RDS

want to star in your very own Van Gogh, through his care- An Immersive Journey. mended that you purchase
episode of The Night Gallery fully curated artworks, cho- your tickets online, for your
but without the heebie-jee- sen to fully absorb you in a However, I was not alone. preferred time slot, to ensure
bies, then Van Gogh: An Im- multi-sensory experience, This past April, callers to access.
mersive Journey is the place with mind-blowing audio-vis- RTÉ Radio One’s Liveline
for you. Taking over the Shel- ual effects.” described purchasing tickets As part of the show, there are
bourne Hall at the RDS, from for one of the events while flashing lights and moving
May 16th to August 4th, the The spectacle has been mas- meaning to attend the other. artwork/videos which may
exhibition is a 20,000 square terminded by creative stu- Speaking on the programme, be uncomfortable for some
foot, light and sound spectac- dio Nohlab. Known for their Oliver Davies, a PR Manager people with sensory process-
ular featuring two-story pro- mind-bending, multi award- for Fever, assured listeners: ing needs, and as such, it is
jections of the artist’s most winning immersive digital-art “Anyone who feels that they advised that parents, carers
compelling works. Here, you exhibitions, the studio seeks did want to have a refund, and/or individuals consider
will encounter the brilliance to build a bridge between the that’s absolutely fine, and we this before purchasing tick-
of one of history’s greatest digital and the physical real- can also offer vouchers so ets. If you have any specific
n B.J. Quinn artists in 360 degrees. The ity, while examining the re- that they can apply the same queries in relation to the con-

high-tech spectacle, founded lationship of technology with ticket price but move to a dif- tent before making this deci-
ver wish you could by two Irish brothers Dan art and design. ferent date.” sion please email hi@the-
step into a painting? and John Gleeson, is family-
Personally, I’d choose friendly and designed for our BE AWARE! – there is a very The Fever event has already
a Rothko and dive into the socially distant world. similar event, Van Gogh: run in cities in the UK in 2021,
deep end. And then, after be- The Immersive Experience, where it has received mixed
coming bored with the vari- Speaking about what makes organised by Fever and Ex- reviews. So to avoid disap- Ticket prices: Adult: €25.00
ous shades of red, I’d resur- this immersive experience hibition Hub, that was also pointment be sure to pur- Child 5-12 years: €15.00
face from one of Hockney’s a must-see, Project Direc- due to start in May at a “se- chase your tickets via van-
masterworks, an idyllic scene tor Jillian Wilson said: “Visi- cret location” in Dublin. This, which will Concessions (Student/OAP)
where swimming pools meet tors will experience audio- event has since been post- then transfer you to the ticket €23.00
sunny skies. But inevitably, visual storytelling at its best poned due to “production vendor Universe. Stay away
I’d end up strolling between and will be immersed in Van delays.” The similar names, from, Fe- Under 5s: Free (but must
Van Goghs. The 19th-cen- Gogh’s history and artwork, themes and timeframes of ver and Exhibition Hub. have a ticket) Booking fees
will apply.
tury Dutch painter’s brawny enjoying his masterpieces in the two events have created
brushstrokes lent a unique an advanced digital format, confusion for some custom- Van Gogh: An Immersive
vibrancy to his vividly hued transformed using different ers – me included! I initially Journey lasts approximately
renderings of the French facades and technological bought tickets for the Immer- 60 minutes (40 minute projec-
Van Gogh Wheatfield with
countryside and intimate por- approaches. Even finishing sive Experience event, think- tion show / 20 minute infinity Crows
traits. His work swirls like no with a futuristic and innova- ing it was the RDS exhibition, room, interactive art wall with
other, always running the risk tive Artificial Intelligence in- wrong! Thankfully, the refund café and retail) There will Van Gogh Self Portrait
of spilling off the canvas. terpretation of his paintings. process was easy and quick, be a very limited number of
You get to walk through the and I was able to then book tickets available to purchase Images Wikimedia Com-
Well, if you’re like me and fascinating and tragic life of myself in for the Van Gogh: on site. It is strongly recom- mons June / July 2022 CULTURE Page 19

Comhar Magazine Celebrates 80 Years

Speaking on the 80th anniver- dramatic reading aimed at historical soundtrack. One of tions are published each year:
sary of Comhar, writer, jour- providing an overview to the the magazine’s very first let- the most recent celebrating 50
nalist and lecturer Alan Titley magazine’s impressive back terheads was also printed live years of Raidió na Gaeltachta.
said; “Comhar has been to the catalogue. at the museum from specially
fore in the development and designed plates and attendees
support of writing, literature Reflecting on the success of went home with a commemo- The celebrations continue
and thought for the last eighty this 80 year old print maga- rative bookmark to mark this throughout the year and a con-
years. It is also a forum for zine still making it into eager milestone event. ference on the theme COM-
n David Prendeville
debate, contention, criticism, readers hands each month, HAR@80 is planned in NUI,
Comhar magazine celebrated controversy, wit and wisdom. Seán Tadhg Ó Gairbhí, Editor Founded by university stu- Galway on the last weekend in
80 years in print at a celebra- Ireland is richer because of of Comhar magazine writes dents in 1942, Comhar is the September.
tory event in The National Print Comhar.” of the magazine’s enduring last standing Irish language
Museum, Dublin, on Thursday value: “Comhar was lucky to print outlet for writers, review- A monthly column written by
the 21st of April. RTÉ broadcaster Sinéad Ní see its first birthday as its fu- ers, readers and thinkers and Donncha Ó hÉallaithe pub-
Uallacháin hosted the cel- ture was in doubt almost im- is a valuable forum for politi- lished in the magazine be-
Founded in 1942, during WWII ebrations at the National Print mediately due to a scarcity of cal comment on events both in tween now and the end of the
when paper was scarce and Museum, Beggars Bush on paper during the war. That Ireland and around the world. year, takes a look back on the
special permission had to be the 21st of April where a se- the magazine has survived for Seán Tadhg Ó Gairbhí is the most interesting articles pub-
granted by Seán Lemass to lection of the extensive mate- eighty years is a testament to current Editor and Tristan lished that same month, each
the editors. Comhar is an Irish rial published in the pages of the many great writers who Rosenstock is the Literary Edi- decade, over the last 80 years.
language monthly arts and the magazine over 80 years have served it so well over the tor. Both new and established This article will be available
current affairs magazine that was brought to life by a group years and to the loyal readers writers are encouraged to free of charge on
has thrived. of actors, including Seán T. Ó who have sustained it since provide material for the maga-
Meallaigh, (pictured above) 1942. Comhar magazine and zine and recent editions have Comhar is available from se-
Comhar is enjoyed by readers Donncha Crowley, Deirdre the wealth of content pub- contained an eclectic mix of lected Eason shops around
in over 19 countries around Learmont and Bríd Ní Ghru- lished within its pages, provide political comment, book re- the country; from An Siopa
the world. It is read by hun- agáin. Poetry from Máire a valuable insight into Irish lit- views and new Irish language Leabhar and Books Upstairs
dreds of students, Irish lan- Mhac an tSaoi; book reviews erature and thought.” writing. Regular features such in Dublin; An Ceathrú Póilí
guage speakers and enthu- by Myles na gCopaleen; ar- as satirical governmental cri- in Belfast; Charlie Byrne’s
siasts each month in Ireland ticles by Máirtín Ó Cadhain; The music of the 1940’s pro- tiques and the Book of the in Galway; Sheelagh na Gig
and is available in most public an interview with Mícheál Mac vided the backdrop for the cel- Year list are eagerly awaited bookshop in Cloughjordan,
libraries, Universities and cul- Liammóir on the state of Irish ebrations as DJ Billy Ó hAnl- and provoke lively social me- and online from
tural institutions. theatre, all formed part of a uain created a suitably dia debate. Three special edi and

Exciting New Changes Announced for Iris Charles Centre

Their vision is to be a vibrant,
local community centre con-
necting and bringing people
together with a mission to
provide a sense of inclusion
and belonging, to enhance
the quality of life and foster
community, in collaboration
with agencies and local com-
munity groups, social media called themselves the Sand-
and individuals, as a much ymount/Ringsend Old Peo-
used and well known hub ple’s Group, a committee un-
providing space for meet- der the auspices of the Red
ings, gatherings and ac- Cross. They were anxious to
tivities which help promote have a premises in the area
n Louise Whelan individual and community so they eventually bought

he Iris Charles Centre, wellbeing. the AOH hall and the Old
located on Newbridge People’s Club was opened.
Avenue in Sandymount So watch this space.. The name of the centre was
is planning a complete over- changed in 1989 to the Iris
haul of the centre’s use and Iris Charles was born in 1907 Charles Centre and it has
facilities. The aim is to bring and her family home was in always been run entirely by
the centre into the heart of Churchill Terrace in Balls- volunteers. The committee
the community, a place where bridge. She was a teacher formed in 1952 has been in
everyone is welcomed. In the before she married Dr Hal continuous existence since
past, the centre, a charitable Charles, a GP in the area in that time.
organisation, was primar- the 1940’s. When her hus-
ily known as a place the el- band remarked that a patient Images: courtesy of the Iris
derly would lunch. But now, needed someone to talk to, Charles Centre
plans to create a new venture rather than a doctor, Iris and
and something wonderful for her friends organised coffee
the future will bring the Iris mornings, raised money and
Charles centre into a new began visiting elderly people
era. who lived on their own. They
Page 20 GOOGLE June / July 2022

Education Task Force - Google announces

10 Special Needs Assistance Scholarships
Google has partnered with local community NIRP (Neu-
rodiversity IRP) sponsoring ten SNA scholarships.
The students from NIRP have commenced a QQI Level 5 and 6 SNA (spe-
cial needs assistance) course with the Portobello Institute.

spokesperson from the NIRP group said “we are delighted with the
scholarships. SNA courses give us the opportunity to achieve a rec-
ognised qualification and allow us to acquire the knowledge, empathy,
and awareness essential to our group’s role in supporting children needing
assistance with their learning. We are dedicated to accomplishing our goals
of developing our group by creating services for the most vulnerable chil-
dren and families in the Irishtown, Ringsend, and Pearse Street areas.”

Photos of the recent launch of NIRP on Thorncastle Street Inspiring Womens Programme

Big congrats to the inspiring women from Pearse Street and

Ringsend who completed the Google Women Leadership pro-
gramme with Google. On the night of the award ceremony
Leader of the Sinn Fein Party Mary Lou McDonald presented
the awards while sharing leadership insights. The next women
leadership programme is due to start in September. For further
information reach out to Teresa Weafer Google Community En-
gagement Manager. June / July 2022 GOOGLE Page 21

Purple Run in Ringsend Park For Down Syndrome Day 2022

n Louise Whelan Purple Run images courtesy of Sandra Hawkins & Rachel Rooney

he sun was shining goal of 5k walk around the their donation of water,
down for the 5K Pur- park. thanks to Teresa Weafer
ple run/walk in Ring- Grennell and GOOGLE for
send Park when the world As well as the excitement making the day possible
marked World Down Syn- in the air there were also t- with a huge donation to fund
drome Day. The atmosphere shirts given out to support the event, RCSF for all their
was buzzing as the local the cause, donation buckets help, and jenspartycakes for
community came out to sup- for people to contribute what her lovely cupcakes, Jennifer
port this fundraiser, including they could, refreshments, Cummins for the amazing
RCSF Network Coordinator cakes and music to get the spread of sandwiches and
Rachel Rooney, Sinn Fein fun started. But before that food, Sandra Hawkins for
TD Chris Andrews, Teresa everyone received a purple the photos, the park run mar-
Weafer Grennell and Julie balloon to release into the shals and Irishtown Guards,
Dilger (Google) the commu- sky to mark the occasion @amandatreatsandsweets
nity Gardaí, and Cllr Danny which was a lovely gesture balloons and Danika Hopkins
Byrne. and it looked amazing. for the balloon pillar.

Sinéad K Murphy, from Then it was all go, some Down Syndrome Ireland
Bremen Grove in the New people chose to jog, some have been campaigning for
Houses helped raise aware- walked with buggies, oth- the rights of their members
ness around neurodiversity ers walked with their dogs, and what is effectively need-
faced by people with Down even the kids were doing ed to bring Ireland towards
Syndrome. Sinead’s sister their laps no bother to them. a more inclusive society for
Margaret (Maggie) has Down The people on the sidelines people with Down Syndrome
Syndrome herself, but it has were showing their support across the country. They en-
never stopped her amazing by clapping and cheering as courage schools, clubs, com-
spirit that touches every- the groups passed by and panies and individuals to help
one she comes into contact the park-run marshals were raise awareness and togeth-
with. Maggie is such a capa- on hand keeping everything er can challenge perceptions
ble, funny, witty woman and running smoothly. Thanks of Down Syndrome and en-
her infectious laugh is what to everyone’s donations, able people with Down Syn-
makes her special, and the €2,080 was raised for Down drome to speak up, be heard
fact that she has pure un- Syndrome Ireland. and be respected as valued
conditional love to give out members of society as they
to her family and to everyone Sinéad thanked all the peo- strive to achieve their goals Sponsored By

else. She is truly a blessing ple who showed up and con- and pursue their passions,
to be around and loved by tributed to the fundraiser, just like everybody else.
the whole community. Mag- including her sister Deborah
gie and her pals were all in Kavanagh, and Jimmy Mur- You can donate to Down Syn-
ray for all their help in organ- drome Ireland by logging onto
great form and there was no
stopping them from their ising things, Defiant water for
Page 22 June / July 2022

Dublin City Council unveils Commemorative Plaque to Patrick Pearse

Fennell Photography Dublin 4. phlet on ‘the English educa- commemorating women (not
tion system in Ireland’ (Dub- as many as we should have)
Pearse’s father, James lin, 1916) and his founding and men, and events of the
Pearse, was a monumental of the Irish language school past. Most of them, the vast
sculptor who moved to Dub- St. Enda’s in Rathfarnham majority of them, are in the
lin around 1860. The family (which he ran during the last City Centre. But great lives
originally lived over the shop eight years of his life). are lived in all parts of the
in Great Brunswick Street City, and it is important that
(now Pearse Street) before Pearse lived in Sandymount these places be commemo-
moving to Sandymount. Their during a formative period in rated, as well as those whose
first address in the area was his life, when he was train- memories are marked in the
on Newbridge Avenue, and ing to be a barrister, became streets of the City Centre.”
they moved to 5 Georgian one of the key figures in the
Villas, now number 13 Sand- Gaelic League, and took on The decision to erect the
ymount Avenue, in 1900. responsibility for the family plaque was made by the
James Pearse made the al- on the death of his father. Dublin City Council Com-
tar railings for the Star of the memorations & Naming Com-
Sea Church, on Sandymount The terrace of houses at mittee, whose chair, Council-
Road. Sandymount Avenue was lor Mícheál Mac Donncha
built in 1864 and residents said, “The Commemorative
Patrick Henry Pearse (1879- over the years included Plaques scheme allows the
Dublin Lord Mayor Alison Gilliland outside No.13 Sandymount W.B. Yeats and Abbey play- City to formally commemo-
1916) was an Irish teacher,
Ave, alongside owner Kathleen O’Callaghan, her mother Miri- wright TC Murray, who are rate people who have made
barrister, poet, writer, na-
am and daughter Julianne Rogan at the unveiling of the new both commemorated with a significant contribution to
tionalist and political activ-
plaque commemorating patriot Patrick Pearse. plaques. the life of Dublin. We wel-
ist. Aside from his prominent

he home of Patrick Plaque. role in the Easter Rising (for come suggestions from the
Pearse and his family which he was executed on Speaking at the unveiling, public for people and events
in Sandymount, Dublin The plaque was unveiled by 3rd May 1916), he is best Lord Mayor Alison Gilliard to be commemorated, and
has been marked by a Dublin Lord Mayor Alison Gilliland remembered as the author said, “We have many, many full details are on the Council
City Council Commemorative at 13 Sandymount Avenue, of The Murder Machine pam- memorials around Dublin, website.”

Crossword Clues Jun / Jul 2022

1) Place Wham sang of where the drinks are free (4, 9)
8) Conceding (8)
9) Nonfiction narrative of personal experiences (6)
10) Plaything (3)
11) Baltic state, capital Riga (6)
12) This county is up north but it sounds the opposite (4)
13) Home improvements – not outsourced (1.1.1)
14) U.S. national security organisation (1.1.1)
15) Yarn (4)
16) Egg shape (4)
17) Cut off (a branch) (3)
18) Lament (3)
19) Twinge (of pain or guilt) (4)
20) Make noises like a brook or a baby (6)
21) Island where immigrants arrived in NYC (5)
23) Aid (6)
25) Ireland’s largest sporting organisation (1.1.1)
26) Seashell and symbol of order in The Lord of the Flies (5)
27) Much obliged (abbreviation) (2)
28) In theory (14)

Solutions to the April/May 2022 Crossword

ACROSS: 1) Troublesome, 6) Bob, 8) Blueberry, 9) Photo, 10) Emerge,
1) Virtual money alternative, eg. Bitcoin (14)
11) Weir, 12) Tad, 13) Once, 14) Roam, 15) Exams, 17) Vain, 18) De-
2) Suggested deadline printed on your perishables (3, 2, 4)
code, 19) Gnat, 21) Abba, 22) Epsom Salts, 25) Germ, 26) Malfunction-
3) Old fashioned game with discs and squidgers (11)
4) Bird expert (13)
5) Bell ringer (13)
DOWN: 1) Toblerone, 2) Opulence, 3) Lie Detector, 4) Screwdriver, 5)
6) One who likes to mention their famous friends (4, 7)
Experiment, 6) Biodegradable, 7) Brothers in Arms, 16) Jet, 18) Damsel,
7) In date order (15)
19) Gleam, 20) Lasso, 23) Sin, 24) Lit.
22) Tall and gangly (5)
24) This herb is a wise one (4)
25) Audacity (4)
The winner of our April/May 2022 crossword competition is David Fitzgerald, Co Wicklow.
Prize of €25 book token. Post entries to NewsFour, 13A Fitzwilliam Street, Ringsend, Dublin 4 by 22th July 2022. June / July 2022 LITERATURE Page 23

Cop On Hardships and Comforts THURSDAY 13TH JANUARY

By Paddy Byrne Ireland 1922-2022 By Margaret Boles
By Mary Guckian
Don’t look up Today, on an everyday
Don’t look down In the grandest part of Dublin, Local canal walk,
But for all our sakes at the Shelbourne Hotel, Room 112, A family mourns their daughter,
Look around signing of the Constitution of Ireland sister, cousin, child...
took place in Nineteen Twenty Two. A community weeps and wonders
Still the frowns abound Little grandeur in Ireland then, mostly How has it come to this, -
For most of thee no running water or electricity, kettles Again – a lone woman
Within reasons boiling over open fires, coats drying In broad daylight
That are not sound on the back of chairs after drenchings Faced terror, lost her life
Ever looking for that extra pound cycling to school where rat holes How can it be, that
strewn over floors alongside daily For women, their liberty
Don’t look up beatings and batterings of children. To come and go
Don’t look down At will, to go,
But for all our sakes Today school rooms on the As their spirit moves them
Look around television, full of art and beauty Is negated, threatened,
and books, free education moving Anywhere they want to go
Even where the evil bombs fall us towards global technology. Alone, now they must query
The hopefulness of love Mothers allowed keep their babies Do they need, a chaperone,
Is to be found as our politicians shine on radio and A companion, a force
The tyrant with the Russian lies television, articulate and empathetic. To countermand potential vio-
Clawing his way to the sacred ground lence
Welcoming new people from war How can this be perceived
Up your heads torn countries, enriching our diets, As freedom, that a woman
Look around later they give us cosy restaurants Cannot feel safe,
Don’t look up where we dine in comfort, introducing To venture forth,
Don’t look down a variety of coffees, cakes and food. With only her own company.
Their music and art, acting, singing, This isn’t freedom, this isn’t lib-
Time, as it usually does, writing, boosting our entertainment. eration,
Will tell Now and again we eat take away This is a backwards move
Awaiting hate meals To a darker Age.
Are the hounds of hell or go for a mid week break in hotels.

So don’t look up Scrimping all my life to own

Don’t look down a home, now enjoying vast changes
But for all our sakes in an Ireland that continues to grow
Do look around and work towards achieving
a greater equality and democracy.

“The Zebra With the Pink Mohawk” By Cassie Byrne and Mia Harrington

n a savannah in Africa there are loads of ani- Elshini ran to her old school on the other side of the sa- She got up extra early the next
mals but there is one in particular that stands vannah and went straight to the science teacher’s lab. morning so she could pour the mix-
out from the rest. This animal is a zebra called Her old science teacher was a giraffe named Professor ture into the lake as this was an
Zingy and he is sad because he has been bullied Long Neck and he had become friends with Elshini on important part of the plan. In the
by the other animals his whole life because of his her first day of school, so she knew the professor very morning, everyone gets 15 minutes
pink mohawk. well. to play and before that they all drink
from the fountain so Elshini needed
While Zingy was walking to school he felt some-
to make sure the mixture was in
one tap him on his back, “Hello my name is Elshini, Elshini told Professor Long Neck everything about The there so everybody would drink it.
what’s yours?” Zingy turned around and saw an el- Three Js bullying Zingy because of his pink mohawk. “I’ll She timed it perfectly and suddenly
ephant he had never seen before. “Hi, my name is see what I can do,” the Professor said. ”What we’ll need all the animals were drinking from
Zingy, you must be new,” he replied. “Yes I’m from is: a dash of cinnamon, eleven blades of tall grass, a the fountain. What happened next
the school on the other side of the savannah” she leaf I’ve been storing in a jar for decades and a hair from made Elshini smile. When the ani-
told Zingy. Zingy’s mohawk.” mals drank the water, their manes
or tails turned pink. Now they all
They walked the rest of the way to school together looked like Zingy and no one could
and became friends. Once they got to school they “Oh no”, said Elshini, “How will I get a hair from Zingy’s
mohawk? Wait, what’s that tickling my ear,” Elshini ex- bully him anymore.
saw Jiffer, Jaffer and Joffer (but everyone called
claimed. She shook her head and out came a hair from Bio:
them ‘The Three Js’) who were three hyenas and
Zingy’s mohawk. “What luck, it must have stuck to my Cassie and Mia are both aged 10
were the school bullies. The Three Js’ had con-
ear when I was playing with Zingy earlier” said a very and came up with the story and
vinced everyone to bully Zingy because of his pink
excited Elshini. She put Zingy’s hair in the pot with the individual characters to highlight
other ingredients and let it simmer for seven minutes. the impact that bullying can have
When everyone saw Zingy they started to say stuff When it was done she put it in a test tube and said good- on young people in school, and to
like: “hey pinkie pie” or “what’s up pink hair?” Elshi- bye and thank you to the Professor. Elshini ran back to highlight that it is ok to be different
ni didn’t like when the other animals called Zingy her house and hid the test tube in an empty jewellery from your peers. The girls are pu-
names so she made a plan! box in her room. pils of St Louis Primary School in
Page 24 COMMUNITY June / July 2022

O’Reilly’s Pub “100 Not Out”

A landmark centenary for one of Dublin’s Finest Traditional Pubs
millennium. The pub’s own- new ownership, Roddy’s on
ership passed to T.P. O’Reilly Sandymount Green, Tom Mc-
(Paul), who is Mr. O’s son, Cormack’s vegetable shop
and Tommy’s nephew. He where Books on the Green
is the current proprietor and is, Miss Milligan’s Hardware
third generation of the family where Sandymount Pharma-
to run the pub. cy is and the legendary Ma-
pother’s Newsagents.
Paul was born and reared
in Sandymount Village and Back during the second
grew up in the family home World War many locals col-
above the pub along with lected driftwood on Sand-
his two sisters Siobhan and ymount beach for fuel to burn
Derval. Paul’s mother Joan, in their fire grates at home,
known to friends as Mrs. O., as coal supplies were hin-
was an elegant lady who con- dered coming into Dublin port
tributed to the pub’s contin- by German U-boats on the
ued success for many years. open seas.

Paul has fond memories of

the pub and Sandymount vil-
lage. He remembers when
he came home from school
helping his father to bottle
Guinness and label the bot-
tles. He would also run up
and down Seafort Avenue
with telephone messages In the 50’s & 60’s O’Reillys
for neighbours as the phone would Label and Bottle Guin-
ness and Whiskey on the prem-
in the pub was one of very
few in the village. “Be in the
pub tonight at 8 o’clock, your The village continues to draw
T.P. O’ Reilly (Paul) is the Third generation of the Family to own the Pub. uncle Jimmy is calling from an influx of visitors due partly
America.” When not helping to the wonderful use of Sand-

ongratulations to ing into eternity along Sand- on Park Avenue in the late their father and uncle, Sand- ymount Green donated to the
O’Reilly’s Pub on Sea- ymount Strand?” Over the 1980’s. ymount beach was a familiar community by the Earl of
fort Avenue, in Sand- following years the electric amenity to the young O’Reilly Pembroke, and the progres-
ymount, who are celebrating trams trundled back and forth children. sive businesses that grow
their centenary year in June. along Strand Road, through from strength to strength
Sandymount village and on At a time when foreign travel every year. The two statues
The O’Reilly family, original- to Irishtown and Ringsend was still a rarity, Sandymount in the Green commemorate
ly from County Cavan took to the former Nelson’s Pillar village and its beach were William Butler Yeats and
ownership of the premises where the Spire is today on very popular destinations Seamus Heaney who were
in 1922. Thomas O’Reilly O’Connell Street. The trams for a day out in the summer awarded the Nobel Laureate
bought the pub from Sylvest- were housed in sheds on months. Droves of people Prize for Literature in 1923
er White who owned Flem- Gilford Road and the single arrived from the inner city and 1995 respectively. Sea-
ing’s Pub where Ryan’s pub storey cottages in the av- to use the beach. This also mus was a very regular cus-
stands today, in late June enue behind the sheds were Old Shop front Circa 1960’s brought in an influx of visitors tomer in O’Reilly’s Pub and
1922. This was the beginning for the tram drivers and staff. After the passing of Thomas and shoppers to the village. lived on Strand Road near
of the O’Reilly family foothold The two-storey house was for O’Reilly, the pub continued to Seafort Stores on Seafort the Merrion Gates for many
in Sandymount. the manager. The last tram operate under the manage- Avenue, on the way to the years. W.B. Yeats was born
from Sandymount village left ment of his two sons, Pat- beach, sold sand buckets at 5 Sandymount Avenue.
Sandymount was a genteel in July 1949. rick, better known as Mr. O and spades, toy sunglasses,
and sleepy village. In its and Tommy. Mr O and Tom- sun hats, small lilos and wa- In April 2022, a tree was
backdrop you had inner-city The building of houses on my formed a great brotherly ter safety rings. Other shops planted in the Green, and a
Dublin being in turmoil with Beach Road, Farney Park, partnership for years, both to name but a few included plaque unveiled to commem-
the Civil War which raged and Wilfield Road began in very different characters. Mr. Findlater’s where Mace is, orate the first anniversary of
across the country in 1922. the 1930’s, with the houses O with his quick dry wit and Leverett and Frye, on Sand- the death of local entertainer
James Joyce’s Ulysses was on Durham Road being built Tommy getting through his ymount Green, where Mario’s and winning Eurovision song
also published in 1922, in in the early 1950’s. Follow- day in his own relaxed way. restaurant is, Batt’s dispens- writer Shay Healy, who grew
which Stephen Dedalus asks ing these were the houses Tommy, the last surviving ing chemist where AIB is, up on Wilfield Road. Cel-
himself as he walks on Sand- on Castle Park in the early brother, passed away on 31st McAuliffe’s Pharmacy which ebrations to mark the occa-
ymount Strand, “Am I walk- 1960’s and St John’s estate Dec 1999, the eve of the new is still there today, but under sion took place in O’Reilly’s June / July 2022 COMMUNITY Page 25

with live music performances 19th Hole for prize giving and “May i first put on record
and songs from Shay’s family craic makes for some very my very special thanks to
and closest friends. Amongst memorable nights. all our loyal customers for
them were Flo McSweeney, their support, and for help-
Paul Harrington, and Johnny The Society has generated ing us reach this great mile-
Logan. O’Reilly’s is no stran- much needed funds for chari- stone in O’Reillys history.” I
ger to celebrities and has table causes and its recent believe the magic formula is
enjoyed serving film actors, fundraising outing raised quite simple, to use the term
models, sports stars, and funds for the very deserving ‘If it isn’t broken don’t fix it.’
writers. A celebration like the Father Peter McVerry Trust, O’Reilly’s is a Dublin Pub,
one for Shay demonstrates who are committed to reduc- traditional in its style, a place
that even today after 100 ing homelessness and the to enjoy your favourite drink,
years O’Reilly’s continues to harm caused by substance read the paper or a book, lis-
be a quintessential village misuse and social disadvan- ten to music; a place to meet
pub at the heart of the com- tage. family and friends, grab a
munity in Sandymount vil- sandwich or something much
lage. Adding to the Society’s fund more substantial, watch a
raising, the customers of game or have a coffee with
O’Reilly’s have always dug your neighbour. We believe
deep into their pockets over we have everyone covered. A
the years to raise funds for glass of wine or prosecco, a
a number of charities includ- G&T or a cocktail are among
ing Temple Street Children’s the ladies’ favourites. Men of
Hospital, The Rehabilitation all ages enjoy a splendidly
Institute and Enable Ireland. good pint or two. We cater for
These funds are raised at our the Designated Driver with
seasonal fun nights such as our variety of non-alcoholic
the Halloween Fancy Dress drinks with Guinness Zero
and Best Christmas Jumper/ Zero being one of the most
Outfit, not forgetting the pub popular. We have a very suc- Young Tom, Pours The Perfect Pint.
quizzes organised by the cessful collaboration with Then we throw in the final and Wednesday 22nd June. His-
The recent facelift at O’Reillys. staff. BuJo Sandymount. Using most important ingredient in tory night.
Beautiful work carried out by your mobile phone, you can the magic formula, the staff.
Tony McGough of Wicklow In addition to 3rd and 4th gen- order from BuJo’s menu and With 40 years’ experience Local Historian, Eamon Bo-
Joinery. eration O’Reilly family mem- have it delivered to your table in the bar trade, I’ve learned han will talk us through the
O’Reilly’s has hosted many bers Paul, Derval and Cara in O’Reilly’s. that people want to be served many changes to the Village
players’ celebrations for working in the pub, many oth- well. They want professional, over the years. An interesting
clubs such as Clanna Gael, er staff members from the lo- We offer live music every helpful, and polite staff. They look at the changing face of
Railway Union, Pembroke cality have served behind the Saturday night and Tradition- want friendly staff to whom the Village and Pubs in the
Cricket Club, Monkstown bar with loyalty and diligence. al Irish music every second they can chat, share a joke Village over 200 years.
Rugby Club and YMCA. Amongst them were two sets Wednesday. It is a place for and a story.
O’Reilly’s Pub has also been of twins - the Donnelly broth- live sport with 6 HD TV’s in- Thursday 23rd June. Quiz
very proud sponsors of all ers, Peter, who is sadly no cluding 2 in the Beer Garden, In O’Reilly’s you will find a Night.
these clubs over the years. longer with us, and his broth- with stereo sound to enhance spotlessly clean pub, great
er Paul who is now enjoying the big game atmosphere. staff, friendly local custom- Pub Quiz time, a traditional
Watching any of the big sport- retirement, and the Mooney ers, a great atmosphere, Pub Quiz Night with a few
ing events in O’Reilly’s is as brothers, Dessie and William. The pièce de résistance is and a relaxed and warm wel- surprises thrown in for good
good as being there if not Many of the other locals, far the Beer Garden. The beauti- come. If you haven’t paid us measure. Teams of 4 player-
better when you are sitting too many to name here, also ful mature garden at the back a visit, please do, and make ers. Prizes for the top 3 teams
among the very knowledge- worked and served behind of O’Reilly’s is a must see sure to check out the beer placed. Make sure you book
able and friendly sports fans the bar with their children fol- for any visitor. Patio seating garden.” your team for this event. €40
in front of one of the numer- lowing in their footsteps. For area with heaters, mature for a team of 4 Players. All
ous television screens. With some families O’Reilly’s has trees, shrubs, seasonal flow- What better way to finish off funds raised will be donated
a pint or your favourite tipple become a rite of passage. ers, a beautiful green lawn, a walk, perhaps over to Irish to the Ukraine Victims Fund.
in your hand you are guaran- T J and Paula Murphy from and all walled in for privacy. town Nature Park and maybe
teed to have a very enjoyable Seafort Ave now have their Enjoy your drink with friends out as far as the Poolbeg Friday 24th June. Friday
experience. youngest daughter, Ella, fol- in a quiet, secluded location Lighthouse, than by popping Night Live.
lowing in the footsteps of away from passing traffic. into O’Reilly’s beer garden to Live music from 9.30 till close
O’Reilly’s is also proud to both her sisters who worked quench your thirst with a cou- with Ian Byrne.
have its own Golfing Society, in O’Reilly’s. ple of cool pints or whatever
which was founded in 1996 takes your fancy. If you are Saturday 25th June. Party
by local solicitor John McK- So, what’s the secret, the hungry why not order one of Night.
enna with Paul O’Reilly as magic formula, to the success Bujo’s fabulous burgers. Shorts and Shades Party
the President of the Society. and longevity of O’Reilly’s night with DJ Dale Tynan.
This is another invaluable pub? To mark the occasion of our
part of O’Reilly’s business 100th year we have a Mid- We look forward to seeing
offering a great social activ- We asked Dave Mahony, the Summer Festival planned, you soon.
ity to young and mature play- Manager of O’Reilly’s, now in starting 22nd June and run-
ers. Organising and playing his 31st year in O’Reilly’s to ning until 25th June.
about 10 outings a year and share his thoughts. The beautiful Beer Garden at Images: Courtesy of Tom O’
bringing the fun back to the the back of O’Reillys is a hidden Sullivan.
gem. The Time Table is as Follows:
Page 26 DCC NOTES June / July 2022

cycle route where it meets
Grand Canal Dock and it is
no longer possible for two
cyclists to pass each other.
The manager replied that
Dublin City Council issued
a Hoarding Licence to MB
McNamara Construction Co.
for a development at Grand
Canal Quay (official name of
Clanwilliam Terrace) for the
period 1st March to 31st Au-
gust. The developers plan to
n David Prendeville be onsite for 22 months. The
APRIL run for cars avoiding the new Roadworks Control Inspector
who authorised the licence

ramps on Strand Road and
ouncillors Tara Deacy leading to congestion and is currently dealing with the
and Deirdre Conroy risk to school kids. 2. That developer to ensure that the
put forward the mo- there have been a number cycle track continues safely
tion that the committee sup- of large potholes in this road and remains unimpeded.
port an urgent investigation now for over a year. 3. That
regarding the speed and the footpaths are in a very MAY
behaviour of traffic on the dangerous state for pedes-
stretch of the lower Crum- trians particularly the elderly, Councillor Tara Deacy put
lin Road between Sundrive as a number of people have forward the motion that the
Road and the Grand Canal fallen there in recent months committee agree to establish
(Dolphin’s Barn Bridge/Par- - this being due to the foot- a strategic working group to
nell Road) and that action be path moving from tree roots’ assist in the coordination of
taken to address the ongoing expansion which give rise to the Ukrainian response in the
serious concerns of residents serious trip issues when the southeast area. This group Cllr Paddy McCartan asked into the flats because of cars
and children/young people footpath slabs move differen- could include representation the manager to deal with an parked at the entrance. He
using the various facilities in tially. The manager respond- from the community, volun- issue from a constituent re- said it is high time that DCC
this area. ed that there are appropriate tary and statutory sectors garding the condition of the began to address this issue
traffic calming measures in and include reps from local road leading up to the South of parking in social housing
Councillor Dermot Lacey place on Leahy’s Terrace to schools, children and young Wall at Poolbeg and the poor estates and flats. The man-
put forward the motion that ensure the health and safety people services committee, state of repair, with a large ager said that Dublin City
the Committee requests a of children. There are two local drugs task force etc. amount of potholes potential- Council will examine this is-
report on what measures speed ramps on the eastern ly dangerous to motorists, cy- sue and arrange double yel-
can be taken to install safe part of Leahy’s Terrace, and Councillor Anne Feeney put clists and walkers alike. The low lines at any appropriate
cycling along the Merrion the western part is also natu- forward the motion that the manager responded saying pinch points.
Road particularly the stretch rally traffic-calmed with the committee calls on the coun- that the section of Pigeon
from Ailesbury Road to Boot- provision of on-street park- cil to provide adequate and House Road, leading up to Councillor Claire Byrne
erstown to connect with the ing on both sides of the road. meaningful consultation to the South Wall at Poolbeg is asked the Area Manager for
works being undertaken by The road and footpaths on traders, resident representa- not charged to Road Mainte- a full list of properties in the
Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Leahy’s Terrace have been tive groups, schools and pub- nance Services. This section South East area that have
County Council. inspected and issues not- lic representatives in relation of roadway is the responsi- been proposed to facilitate
ed have been added to the to future significant changes bility of the ESB. The issues Ukrainian refugees arriving
Councillor Paddy McCartan Works List for repairs to be to road usage i.e. new safe about the condition of the in Ireland. The manager said
asked if DCC could fill in the carried out. The trees on Le- cycle-ways; new bus lanes; roadway have been passed that a list of 11 large prop-
pot holes on Sydney Parade ahy’s Terrace will be inspect- changes to sequencing of to the ESB for follow up. erties were discussed with
Avenue Sandymount from ed in the coming weeks and traffic lights, etc. representatives from the De-
the Strand Road to the en- any works deemed neces- Cllr Paddy McCartan asked partment of Children, Equal-
trance to St Alban’s Park as sary will be listed for consid- Councillor Claire Byrne put the manager to have the ity, Disability, Integration and
they are a danger to cyclists eration in the tree care pro- forward the motion that the graffiti removed from Donny- Youth. Of these properties
and troublesome to motorists gramme for the area. Parks Area Committee calls on the brook Road adjacent to Old three are in the South East
and cars. The manager said will liaise with the Roads Area Manager to introduce Wesley. The manager said Area but not in the ownership
they had been added to the Maintenance Section to re- more regular cleaning of the that arrangements had been of Dublin City Council.
Works List for repairs to be quest footpath repairs. Millennium and Rosie Hack- made to do so.
carried out. ett bridges to remove graffiti Councillor Danny Byrne
Councillor Claire Byrne and stickers. Councillor Mannix Flynn asked the manager how of-
Councillor Dermot Lacey asked the Area Manager if he asked if the manager could ten the liaison officer visits
asked the Manager if he can investigate the construc- Councillor Danny Byrne put have a full evaluation for to ascertain the welfare of
could respond to three is- tion work on Clanwilliam Ter- forward the motion that the emergency vehicle access the residents in Cambridge
sues relating to Leahy’s Ter- race in Grand Canal Dock. area committee agree that into Dublin city council social Court, Ringsend, to which he
race, Sandymount: 1. That Fencing has been placed out they request the chief ex- housing flat complexes. He replied Cambridge Court is
the road, which has a pri- over the road impeding on ecutive to suspend parking cited a recent fire in Glovers visited by the liaison officer
mary school located on it, the cycle route. This is right charges for people who are Court, where the fire tender approximately three times a
has recently become a rat at the end of the Grand Canal charging electric cars. could not get the vehicle week. June / July 2022 COMMUNITY Page 27

Sandymount and Merrion Residents Association

celebrates its 60th AGM
n Dermot Carmody
fter a pandemic-im- City Council’s plans for a cy- of Beach Road near the pre-
posed hiatus of two cleway on Strand Road. sent Sean Moore Road.
years the 60th AGM of
the Sandymount and Merrion There were also reports on Among the achievements
Residents Association (SAM- the continued engagement over its lifetime listed by
RA) was held on Monday by SAMRA in developments SAMRA are the eventual
April 25th in the Sandymount affecting the area, includ- complete cessation of dump-
Hotel. Over 100 residents at- ing SAMRA’s submission on ing on the strand in 1978 and
tended the meeting of what is the Dublin City Development the development of Sean
the longest-existing residents Plan 2022-28 and on the Moore Park and of Irishtown
association in Dublin. 3FM project for the develop- Nature Park along lines sug-
ment of Dublin Port. SAMRA gested by SAMRA.
made a submission voicing Connecting the current itera-
residents concerts on the tion of SAMRA right back to
latter last December. In that its origin is 97-year-old Lorna
submission SAMRA asserted Pilkington, who was an origi- Left to Right - Aoife Byrne, David Byrne and Patricia Sweetman (Sand-
that the proposed develop- nal member of the associa- ymount)
ment should not go ahead tion, and although unable to
as planned, objecting to the attend the AGM is still very
proposed “incremental ex- much involved, and has pro-
pansion of the port facilities vided information on the his-
Chairperson SAMRA Committee on prime unique landscape” tory of the association which
David Turner including the building of the is held now in the Dublin City
Attendees at the meeting also Southern Port Access Route Archives, housed in Pearse
included Jim O’Callaghan TD and the expansion of the Street Library.
(Fianna Fail) and Labour “largest container terminal
Party leader, Ivana Bacik TD, in the country” adjacent to The membership of SAMRA
as well as Councillors Hazel Sandymount Strand. now stands at around 200
Chu (Green Party), Dermot and the association will fo-
Lacey (Labour) and James With regard to the ongo- cus on increasing this mem-
Geoghegan (Fine Gael). Su- ing development of the bership as far as possible.
perintendent Timothy Burke Glass Bottle site by the Ro- Given the hard and focused
and members of the local nan Group, it was noted that work of committee members
Garda Siochana Community phase 1 of over 600 apart- and the level of engagement
Policing Team were also in ments has received planning of residents attending the
attendance. approval and will begin soon, AGM, SAMRA seems set to
including the development continue to be an effective
A number of presentations of “meanwhile use” facilities advocate for the area and its
were made to the meeting, including artists’ studios, a residents for the foreseeable
including one on the results meeting house and cafes. future.
Mary and Derry O’Donovan (Sandymount)
of a survey conducted by SAMRA will continue to lobby
SAMRA among residents for adequate public transport
which found that the most infrastructure to be provided
popular features of living in as the development contin-
the Sandymount area includ- ues.
ed the village atmosphere,
access to the beach, safety SAMRA dates back to when
and security and the range of Sandymount residents or-
local amenities. ganised in 1957 to campaign
against the use of Sand-
Challenges facing the area ymount Strand as the main
identified are rising sea lev- refuse dump for Dublin City.
els, sea defences, excess The organisation expanded
road traffic and the pressure in 1965 to become the Sand-
on existing infrastructure as ymount and Merrion Resi-
a result of increased traffic dents Association because of
in the area. Among sugges- Dublin Corporation’s plans to
tions from respondents to fill in the whole of the Strand
the survey as to how life in as far as the City boundary at
the area could be improved Merrion Gates with munici-
were calls for less pollution pal, industrial, and hazardous
on the beach and less traf- waste. This was in breach
fic in Sandymount village. of an agreement reached in
There was considerable de- 1963 with Dublin Corporation Members of the SAMRA Committee (Back Row l to r) Liam Handy, Niall McElroy, David Turner (Chair-
bate during the meeting on that all dumping would cease person), Mark Wheeler, Karl Anderson, Kristin Hadfield, Jeremy Humphries and Councillor Dermot Lac-
these issues, and on Dublin at a point close to the city end ey (Front Row l to r) Stephen Hurley, Joan MacArthur, Deputy Ivana Bacik TD and Irene Duffy Lynch
Page 28 1988 June / July 2022

Compiled by Louise Whelan

Castle stores (where Spar is now) where Urgent phone message.. Oh how technology
Spinning the wheel to 250,000- I hope he invested
you’d get change from 50p. has changed.. Kids dont know the struggle.
it wisely.

Switz swoooo on the legs 11 at the 50’s and

60’s night.

Ringsend Nicknames.. If anyone knows who these

are send an email.. Joe the goat and Sappy head There’s a handy guide for the Video vision.. When its 1988 and Friday night is about
sound like good craic. home brew... to go off #bekindrewind. June / July 2022 1988 Page 29

Candidates in the race for Lord Mayor.. Spoiler alert,

Michael Byrne won that one.

Ringsend Tech has evolved into Ringsend College.

Declan O Keefe was the bachelor of Sandymount and I

heard he had to dress up in womens lingerie.

When Tesco was Quinnsworth.

Always have the best sponsors for the football jer-

seys and kits.

Beggars Bush Barracks-still an iconic landmark all these years later, and looking beauti-
ful too.
Reopening of Sandymount Dart Station.
Page 30 SOCIAL/HISTORY June / July 2022

An Garda Síochána Celebrate 100 Years

ed a new policing agency. the Garda Síochana were responsible to the Minister
diffused to various locations for Justice who in turn is ac-
The inaugural meeting of a throughout the country. On countable to the Government
committee responsible for Ship Street the force suffered for the security and polic-
the foundation of a new po- its first fatality when 19-year- ing of the State. The Com-
lice force took place in Janu- old Garda Charles Eastwood missioner is assisted by two
ary 1922 at the Gresham was accidentally killed by Deputy Commissioners and
Hotel in Dublin. The chair- a comrade. This accident a Chief Administrative Officer.
man was Michael Staines, led to the disarming of the
a member of the supreme uniformed members of the In addition, there are a num-
council of the Irish Republi- force. Considering that the ber of Assistant Commission-
can Brotherhood, and a vet- country was in the throes of a ers in command of Regions
eran of the Easter Rising of vicious civil war, it was a bold with others who have re-
1916, in which he served as step, and one which demon- sponsibility for critical portfo-
Quartermaster General in the strated the bravery of each lios such as Garda National
GPO. He was also a mem- individual Garda member. Crime Security & Intelligence
n Peter McNamara ber of Dáil Éireann. By 21st This peaceful, de-escalating Service, Special Crime Op-

February 1922, the commit- approach to safety is one erations, Roads Policing &
n February 22nd perhaps more friendly polo tee issued instructions to that largely survives today. Community Engagement and
last, Garda person- shirt. This marks their third the Volunteer Brigade com- Governance & Accountability.
nel across all ranks costume change in a century. manders to begin recruiting
and grades took part in An suitable candidates for the For anyone looking to climb
Garda Síochána’s cente- new police force which was the ranks of the Gardaí, at
nary ‘A Day in the Life’ on- to be armed and known as the bottom rung is the Re-
line project, to commemo- the “Civic Guards”. These re- serve Garda, then Garda,
rate the first recruits who cruits were to be single men, Sergeant, Inspector, and
joined the organisation on at least 5’9’’ tall and able to Superintendent. Next above
that day 100 years ago. pass examinations in arith- that, the Chief Superinten-
metic, reading, and spelling. dent is answerable to the
In the century since the first The first Commissioner of Assistant Commissioner.
Garda recruits made their the new force was – perhaps At the top of the pile stands
way to the RDS to begin unsurprisingly – the afore- the Garda Commissioner.
their formal training on Feb- mentioned Michael Staines. Drew Harris currently oc-
Slán Leat to the Royal From Reservist to Chief
ruary 21st, 1922, thousands cupies the role. For opera-
of people have dedicated Initially, the first recruits were Superintendent tional effectiveness, the Or-
their working lives as Gardaí, trained at the RDS Balls- ganisation is structured on
protecting communities and bridge but were soon to be An Garda Síochána is di- a regional basis, of which
keeping the people of Ireland Irish Constabulary relocated to Kildare Military rected and controlled by the there are four. The Regions
safe. Within its first six weeks Barracks. Here, on 15th May Garda Commissioner. It’s are subdivided into Divi-
of existence, some 700 were Speaking about the recent 1922, whilst Staines was de- unique among policing ser- sions, with each commanded
in training to become mem- centenary celebrations, Dep- livering his morning address, vices internationally as a uni- by a Chief Superintendent.
bers of An Garda Síochána; uty Commissioner for Policing over 1,000 guards broke tary body responsible for the
and Security, Anne Marie Mc- security of the State and the
today there are over 14,000 ranks and seized the ar- Policing the Police – 100
Gardaí working nationwide, Mahon noted the bravery of moury. Staines and his senior provision of policing services. Years Under Scrutiny
with more to be added in those first recruits who came officers had to flee the scene. The two functions are united
the current recruitment cam- forward to train as Gardaí. by an underpinning philoso- Vicky Conway’s Polic-
paign. Although the last 100 I don’t think anyone would It took Michael Collins, as phy: the protection of the ing Twentieth Century Ire-
years of policing in Ireland disagree, they were signing chairman of the Provisional individual and the safety of land: A History of An Garda
has not been without its up during a “very difficult pe- Government seven weeks to communities. According to its Síochána is one of the most
scandals, and many issues riod” in this nation’s history. bring about an end to the mu- website, An Garda Síochána recent attempts to analyse
around corruption and trans- tiny. It was said to have been is “in and of the community” the successes and scan-
parency still endure, one can- Prior to the signing of the An- caused by anti-treaty sympa- and community policing “is dals of the force. Published
not deny the contribution of glo-Irish Treaty of December thisers amongst the recruits the key to and at the core” of in 2014, Conway address-
these ordinary – and mostly 1921, Ireland was policed by objecting to the use of ex- the ethos of the Organisation. es, among other things, the
unarmed – men and women the Royal Irish Constabulary RIC members as instructors problem of modern organ-
to the safety of Irish society. (RIC) and the Dublin Metro- in the force. Staines hand- The Headquarters of An ised crime, the impact of the
politan Police. Needless to ed in his resignation which Garda Síochána is based in Donegal corruption scandals
There has been much ado at say, due to their loyalty to the was accepted in August – a the Phoenix Park, Dublin 8. and the effect of the meas-
Garda HQ. Along with their old British regime and their short-lived posting it has to The general direction and ures that followed the Gar-
centenary celebrations, the association with the Auxilia- be said. He was replaced control of the organisation da Síochána Act of 2005.
force has also revealed their ries and Black and Tans, the by General Eoin O’Duffy. is the responsibility of the
all-new uniform – gone are RIC was totally unacceptable Garda Commissioner who Swiftly re-telling the history
the stiff blue collars and ties: to the vast majority of Irish It was not until the middle of is appointed by the Govern- of the force, Conway draws
in - a looser, swankier, and people. The country need- September that members of ment. The Commissioner is on the findings of the Ameri- June / July 2022 SOCIAL/HISTORY Page 31

can sociologist Peter Man- little enough has changed. and ethnic requirements. being subject to ever more mittee on the Administration
ning, who has described a “The Garda Ombudsman’s violent and life-threatening of Justice held a free seminar
sort of sacred zone around limited role has been circum- Likewise, reflecting chang- attacks. “We are seeing more in Dublin on March 24th, enti-
the Garda. The gardaí were scribed. The Garda Inspec- ing times, the Commission incidents of armed confron- tled Police Reform in both Ju-
emblematic of the new, torate is merely advisory.” recommends the immediate tation, and vehicle-related risdictions: Learning from the
emerging State; they have creation of a national centre dangers such as Gardaí Past and Planning for the Fu-
always done their duty by Resulting perhaps in part for intelligence collation and being rammed, driven at ture. This day-long event saw
that State; they are for and from the Maurice McCabe analysis (Strategic Threat and dragged along roads.” input from policy makers, ac-
of the people. This, Conway scandals, the Gardaí’s 2018 Analysis Centre – STAC), sit- ademics, practitioners, and
says, is the discourse around publication, Commission on uated centrally within govern- Despite the large number others with a direct involve-
the Garda. But it is not the the Future of Policing, posits ment, as well as an updated of feud-related murders in ment in police reform and
reality. She is deeply criti- as its 3rd principle that “Ac- and comprehensive National 2017, a recent UN study oversight. Speakers included
cal of its historic propensity countability and oversight Cyber Security Strategy. suggests Ireland was a Minister for Justice Helen
to use force unnecessarily. structures for policing should The arming of the Irish police safer country in terms of McEntee; Marie Anderson,
be clear and effective.” is another long-standing and homicides than it was at the Police Ombudsman NI; Bob
Writing on this subject in The divisive issue. The first Re- time of the last UN report in Collins, Chair Policing Au-
Irish Times, Conor Brady To that end, the Commis- gional Support Units (RSU) 2013, when the rate stood thority; Deputy Commission-
believes that one has the sion recommends an en- were formed in 2008, to sup- at 1.1 per 100,000. Ireland’s er Shawna Coxon, An Garda;
sense that Conway is “be- hanced regular programme port five individual Garda homicide rate has fluctuated and Sir George Hamilton, for-
mused by – perhaps even in of engagement between An regions. In 2016, amid in- significantly over the years. mer Chief Constable PSNI.
awe of – an organisation that Garda Síochána and the creased gangland violence In 1990, when the study
is consistently rated as the Joint Oireachtas Committee and perceived terror threats, first began, it was 0.5 per
most trusted institution in the on Justice and Equality, with it was decided that a sixth 100,000. The worst year was
country.” He notes that, “the quarterly meetings. More RSU be established in Dub- 2007 when it reached 1.8.
guards enjoy greater confi- crucially, it also recommends lin. As part of this process,
dence than the courts, the that GSOC should be super- they were renamed Armed According to the newest
churches and the leading pro- seded by a new independent Support Units (ASU). The data, Ireland has the 11th
fessions. They are far ahead complaints body, one with a Dublin ASU began operat- lowest homicide rate in Eu-
of the news media and leave new name, to make clear that ing with a complement of rope and the 23rd lowest
the politicians standing.” it is not part of the force. The 55-60 full-time armed offic- in the world. It may be the Looking back on the history
Independent Office of the ers, including five sergeants. case that the world might of An Garda Síochána, there
Although people accept that Police Ombudsman (IOPO) do better with less rather has been no small amount of
“gardaí may abuse their pow- is the moniker they suggest. According to the General than more violent weapons, law enforcement scandals in
ers,” Conway concludes, this lest other countries go the Ireland over the past century.
does not “translate into a way of the United States. Be it the bizarre GUBU affair,
lack of confidence.” The re- the tragic Kerry babies case,
markable reality is that many Irish Council for Civil or the shadowy Sophie de
people sympathise with the Liberties – Recommenda- Plantier murder – to name but
police in facing organised tions into Reality a few – the Irish police can
crime, violent deviancy and seem a dubious and heavy-
antisocial behaviour. And Liam Herrick, Irish Council handed organisation. But is it
there is a reluctance to con- for Civil Liberties Executive fair to tar all its members with
demn abuses of power that Director, believes we now the same brush? After all, for
often stops just short of en- stand at a “key juncture” for a community-focused force,
couragement. On the sub- advancing and sustaining an ordinary working day is
ject of unnecessary violence, policing reform in Ireland. often less about bodies and
Brady argues that this kind cover-ups, and more about
of behaviour is hardly to be Those reforms recommend- safety and local concern.
wondered at “in a society ed by the Commission on
where the physical chastise- Diversity, Technology, Secretary of the Garda Rep- the Future of Policing are With greater transparency
ment of deviancy was the and Guns? resentative Association, Pat now entering a critical phase, and openness – and heed-
norm for so long.” Corporal Ennis, armed support needs as legislation is moving for- ing the advice of those vigi-
punishment was rampant in With a view to the future, the to be available in every divi- ward through the Oireach- lant academics, activists
schools and homes. Brady Commission on the Future sion. He told the Irish Sun- tas. Meanwhile, in Northern and rights organisations –
asks: “Could the police in of Policing also calls for a day Mirror: “One of our ma- the Gardaí might well enjoy
the past have been expect- reflection of the diversity of jor worries is the level of Ireland, the PSNI recently the trust, respect, and con-
ed to act any differently?” Irish Society within An Garda violent incidents in rural Ire- marked 20 years since its sent of the Irish people for
Síochána, “diverse not only in land … Gardaí are far more establishment, along with the many more years to come.
Something which Conway gender and ethnicity, but also exposed compared to ur- introduction of wider polic- All images courtesy of An
highlights is a lack of ac- in socio-economic, educa- ban divisions, where back- ing oversight arrangements. Garda Síochána.
countability. Nearly ten years tional and geographical back- up can arrive far quicker.”
later, the situation hasn’t im- ground.” They encourage ap- “With this,” Herrick writes
proved much. The sponsor plications from any and all Ennis went on to say that on that organisation’s web-
of the 2005 reform act, Mi- backgrounds. And in this mo- Gardaí have, “no desire to be site, “comes an opportunity
chael McDowell, described ment of swish new uniforms, tooled up or any of that ma- to reflect on past success-
it as the most profound leg- the organisation also pledges cho stuff” and that they are es, current challenges, and
islation for policing since the to consider, subject to op- “extremely proud of our po- risks for the future around
establishment of the force. erational, health and safety licing-by-consent model.” But human rights and policing.”
On this point, Conway and requirements, alterations he emphasised that, while-
Brady agree: there is an illu- to the Garda uniform policy crime rates are falling under As such, the Irish Council for
sion of reform; underneath, to take account of religious many headings, Gardaí are Civil Liberties and the Com-
Page 32 BLOOMSDAY June / July 2022

Bloomsday 2022 in Dublin 4

n Ronan O’ Donnell

oycean Village Celebrations are set to take place

in Ballsbridge, Irishtown, Ringsend and Sand-
ymount for Bloomsday this year.

Bloomsday of course celebrates the life of James Joyce, his

book Ulysses and the city of Dublin where the book’s story is
set on 16th June, 1904. The day is named after Leopold Bloom,
the central character in the book and the plot follows Leopold
and his friend, Stephen Dedalus as they roam through Dublin
and experience its many sides over one day.

The book’s structure is based on Homer’s Odyssey and uses a

different style for each of its 18 episodes – it is considered one
of the greatest novels of the twentieth century but also by many,
the world’s most notoriously difficult-to-read novel!

This year actually marks the centenary of the publication of Ul-

ysses in 1922 and Dublin City Council’s South East Area Com-
munity Team have been working closely with the James Joyce Seven Scenes from Ulysees
Centre, Ballsbridge Living Tidy Towns, the Iris Charles centre,
Ringsend & District Historical Society and local centres/busi-
nesses to present this series of Bloomsday events in Dublin 4
which will include street theatre, tours, literary readings and live

So come join in the fun and feel free to put on your

best Period Costume!

Seven Scenes from Ulysses

Sceptres Bloomsday Ulysses Goes Wild June / July 2022 BLOOMSDAY Page 33

Bloomsday Events - Ringsend, Irishtown, Sandymount and Ballsbridge

Ringsend & Irishtown – Events organised in partnership with Ringsend & District Historical Society with support from Ringsend Community Services
Forum and Ringsend & Irishtown Community Centre.

10am – A Date with James Joyce & Nora Barnacle

Meet outside the Yacht Tavern, 8 Thorncastle Street, Dublin 4.

Follow this re-enactment by Waters Edge Drama Group of Joyce’s first date with his wife, Nora through Ringsend Park and around the village.

11am - James Joyce, Dublin Bay & Ringsend

Venue: Ringsend Library, Fitzwilliam Street, Dublin 4.

Hear about many of the references to Dublin Bay and Ringsend in Joyce’s works during this illustrated lecture by Cormac Lowth.

12.15pm - Bloomsday Brunch

Venue: Ringsend & Irishtown Community Centre, Thorncastle Street, Ringsend, Dublin 4.

Enjoy some refreshments to a backdrop of Joycean music courtesy of the Emilie Conway Jazz Duo as well as excerpts from “Sceptre’s Bloomsday” from
actor, Michael Judd who’ll be recounting the story of the 1904 Ascot Gold Cup and the mighty “Sceptre”; the greatest filly of all time! The Ringsend and
Irishtown Walking Trail Map & Guide will also be launched at this event.

2.15pm - Ringsend and Irishtown Historical Walking Tour

Meeting Point: Grand Canal Square (at the Red Poles), Grand Canal Harbour, Dublin 2.

Explore the rich heritage and history of these twin villages on a tour led by Cormac Lowth with some guest appearances from the likes of Leopold Bloom
and Molly Bloom expected along the way!

4.30pm – Poetry and Short Story Readings

Venue: Irishtown Gospel Hall & Chapel of Ease, 57 Irishtown Road, Dublin 4.

Enjoy a selection of poetry and short story readings from local writers at this intimate setting.

5.30pm – Ringsend & the Docks in Song

Venue: Outside Ringsend Library, Fitzwilliam Street, Dublin 4.

Relax outdoors to live performances of 20 Dublin Songs referenced in Joyce’s writings by Mick “The Busker” McLaughlin, Eoin Thomas, Eddie Sherlock
and Shay Connolly & Friends.

Sandymount – Events organised in conjunction with the Iris Charles Centre.

11am – *Elevenses with Leopold

Venue: Iris Charles Centre, Newbridge Avenue, Sandymount, Dublin 4.

Enjoy an elegant start to your Bloomsday with morning coffee, croissants and a dash of gentle Joycean entertainment. €5 admission with proceeds going
to the Iris Charles Centre.

1pm - Ulysses Goes Wild in Sandymount

Meeting Point: Sandymount Green, Sandymount, Dublin 4.

Join author of “Wild Dublin”, Eanna Ní Lamhna for a 60 minute nature tour inspired by the “marriage of trees” from the Cyclops episode of Ulysses.

Ballsbridge - Events organised in partnership with Ballsbridge Living Tidy Towns

4.30pm - Seven Scenes from Ulysses

Meeting Point: Outside Life Pharmacy, 4 Merrion Road, Dublin 4.

Watch Ulysses come to life on the streets of Ballsbridge in the company of Leopold Bloom and other characters from the book. Trail to last 45 minutes.

5.30pm - Ulysses Goes Wild in Herbert Park

Meeting Point: The Bandstand, Herbert Park, Dublin 4.

Get closer to the wild side of Ballsbridge with Eanna Ní Lamhna, star of RTÉ’s The Mooney Show and Virgin Media’s The Six O’Clock Show, for a nature
tour inspired by the “marriage of trees” from the Cyclops episode of Ulysses.
Page 34 FASHION June / July 2022

Hair to Stay? A History of the Mullet

background, Franklin played
the role of a rough-hewn
bumpkin to win greater sym-
glyphs or dinosaur bones, ry? In the US, the style dates
mullet historians – yes, they back to Native American As far as America was con-
do exist – believe there’s tribes that often combined cerned, conservatism would
ample evidence to suggest the look with a Mohawk. Al- win out for much of the early
that the hairstyle has actu- though in the 16th century, 20th century, with men opt-
ally been with mankind for Hittite warriors sported them, ing for short practical styles
centuries. According to Men- along with the Assyrians and and women going to great
tal Floss, Neanderthals may the Egyptians, the Native lengths (no pun intended) to
have favoured it to keep hair Americans probably have maintain an appearance of
out of their eyes and protect the strongest claim to this do. smooth, sleek professional-
their necks from wind and They often wore it as a sign ism. The idea of the mullet
rain. Ancient civilisations in of spiritual strength, and the as a somewhat undesirable
Mesopotamia and Syria are fact that the style was even- hairstyle would continue into
believed to have utilised it. tually appropriated by West- the 1900s. In 1917 the term
And this iconic do is plain to ern culture, and that colo- ‘mullet-head’ was used by
see on many Greek statues, nial wigs - particularly that of American sociologists to indi-
dating right back to the 6th George Washington’s - look cate somebody of lesser in-
Rebel-Rebel: Bowie set the stage for the androgynous look century BCE. a little mullet-esque, must telligence or critical interest.
come as a bitter irony. Riding And before that, in 1855’s

n Peter McNamara
The mullet’s practical, adapt- on their “Manifest Destiny”, Adventures of Huckleberry
ave you been witness Without splitting hairs, it able shape has given it cen- the New World newcomers Finn, Tom Sawyer refers to
to a growing menace? could be argued that, given turies-long staying power. It stole a hairdo along with a his Aunt and Uncle as ‘mul-
A shock of hair that our long history with the cut, offered protection from the homeland. let-headed’ – and not as a
shocks your soul? Over the the natural state of homo elements combined with im- If the mullet-hawk was part of term of affection.
last year or so, a fringe move- sapiens might be in wear- proved visibility. According to
ment has been resurrecting ing one: our evolved brains Alan Henderson in his book
fashions of old. You might secure under an expanded Mullet Madness, warriors
ask yourself, must humanity cranium and neat-trimmed with the style were harder to
forever comb its past? Can mullet. The short-long style grab during battle and could
we never make a clean cut? has been sported by ancient fight without the frustration of
warriors, pre-modern rebels hair in their eyes. Added to
Perhaps this reporter is over- and Enlightened leaders that, helmets fit better with a
stating the case. Though they alike. From before the Stone short-on-top do. And at the
may not spell the death of any Age, up to the time that Ziggy tail end of everything, the
hope of progress or of linear Stardust beamed down from longer locks at the back of
time, one thing is for sure: the Mars, the mullet has been a the head likely helped early
mullet is back. More surpris- friend unto man and woman peoples keep their necks
ingly still, this once loved and alike. warm and dry.
later maligned hairstyle might
be set to stay. Ancient Roots In ancient Rome, the “Hun
cut” was an early bi-level style
Before it even had a name, Literature’s first written re- sported by young wealthy
this long-in-the-back, short- cord of this hairstyle comes bands of hooligans in the 6th
in-the-front hairdo dominated from the ancient Greek poet century BC According to His-
the 1980s fashion scene. Homer. In The Iliad, he de- they harassed the
The bi-level. The Kentucky scribed the Abantes, a group citizenry, and added insult to
waterfall. The Missouri com- of spearmen, as wearing injury by styling themselves
promise. Hockey hair. No “their forelocks cropped, hair like Rome’s worst enemies: Pawnee Chief Peskelechaco wearing one of the hairstyles
matter what they used to grown long at the backs.” But the fierce nomadic horse-
call it in the States, anyone the term “mullet” wasn’t actu- men who terrorised the em- the rebellion against the As the 1960s and 1970s ush-
who was anyone sported this ally coined until 1994, thanks pire and helped hasten its forced relocation of Na- ered in an air of anti-author-
trendy androgynous cut. That to the Beastie Boys’ song fall. In his Secret History, the tive Americans, it contrasts itarianism, some retrospec-
soon changed – somehow “Mullet Head.” The Oxford 6th-century Greek-Byzantine starkly with events in the tive debate does exist as to
by the late 1990s the mul- English Dictionary credits the scholar Procopius wrote that late 18th century, where whether David Bowie’s ‘Ziggy
let was persona non grata, hip-hop group as the first to “the hair on their heads they President Benjamin Franklin Stardust’ look or The Beatles
the shameful follicle foible of use “mullet” to describe the cut off in front back to the adopted a ‘skullet’ – bald on collar-skimming locks could
rednecks and oddballs, and high-low cut that’s long been temples, leaving the part be- top and long at the side – as constitute mullets. Either
any self-respecting person described as “business up hind to hang down to a very a means of assimilating with way, no one can deny that
found wearing one should front and a party in the back.” great length.” For the old the French to win their diplo- they both altered perceptions
blush to their roots. Enter The irony is, the cut was bap- Byzantine, this mullet-like do matic support. According to of masculinity and femininity.
2022, and this hairstyle once tised after it was already dead was a “senseless fashion” – Reader’s Digest, this found- According to hair historian
again finds itself adorning the – its 1980s reign had come to he can be thankful he wasn’t ing father used his mullet-like (yes - they do exist) Janet
heads – and necks – of the an end. The Beasties used it around for Miami Vice. stylings to help charm France Stephens, Bowie’s radical
hippest of the hip. as a term of derision. into drastically increasing its androgynous style combined
Cut to the Chase financial and diplomatic sup- what were traditionally seen
Not only is the mullet making Although it doesn’t have port of America in the new as male (short) and female
a comeback, it has actually quite the same archaeo- How did the mullet get so nation’s earliest days. De- (long) elements. Not only did
been popular for centuries. logical provenance as hiero- popular in the late 20th centu- spite his own cosmopolitan it “push the margins of hair June / July 2022 FASHION Page 35

legitimised in the public eye, ing teenagers interviewed all As a final word, given the
the hairdo quickly became described getting the haircut modern style’s Native Ameri-
taboo, a source of embar- as a joke, with one stating, can origins, it seems appro-
rassment for the same peo- “there’s an irony to the mullet priate that despite their return
ple who once proudly flicked haircut. It’s this disgustingly to general popularity, mullets
their mullets into the wind. gross haircut, which means remain an image of rebellion.
it’s definitely worn in an ironic In 2010, Iran banned the cut,
It’s Growing on Me… way.” With the world turned hoping to stop the spread of
upside down, it seemed that what it called a “Western in-
So how do we find ourselves good fashion sense has gone vasion.” In May 2021, North
in the midst of the neo-mul- out the window. Speaking Korea’s leader banned both
let? It probably stems from with Vice, Magda Ryczko, skinny jeans and mullets
the recent obsession with founder of the queer-owned from usage, seemingly in fear
throwback 80s nostalgia. In barbershop Hairrari in Brook- that they might be a gateway
the last ten years of western lyn, argued that mullets allow to “decadent” western influ-
culture, mullets have broadly for a professional front facing ences, while an Australian
remained tethered to 80s look for Covid-19 era Zoom school also hit headlines for
nostalgia. TV characters like meetings, while maintaining decrying the style as “untidy”
Steve from Stranger Things a messier, more fun look at and “non-conventional.” With
have tipped their hats to the the rear, out of sight of the people still pulling out their
trend. And with mullet com- webcam. hair over this style, it seems
petitions also a thing, there’s the do has remained true to
a sense that it’s still one big According to Dazed & Con- its roots!
joke. But the biggest culprit fused, there were already
at play – and you might have signs of a comeback. In
already thought it could have 2013, Rihanna sported a
done no further harm to hu- full-on mullet at the opening
manity – might have actually of New York Fashion Week,
A charitable barber cuts his prices been COVID-19. while Zendaya appeared on
the red carpet at the 2016
The closing of hair salons Grammys with a more subtle
and dress,” according to Ste- The Late Late Show, some take on the style. Everyone
during lockdown is the most
phens, it challenged ideas on years back, he did offer one seems to have played their
likely reason for the mullet’s
identity and gender bounda- qualification. “I have an erase part in bringing the much-
return. In September 2020,
ries. His look would be end- button on the mullet hairdo.” maligned mullet back to the
i-D called 2020 “the year of
lessly reimagined by top rock future.
the mullet.” In an article for
bands and A-list actors for In the late 80s and early 90s,
Vice Media, the mullet-wear-
decades to come. the trend began its decline.
Despite notable exceptions
Hair Today, Gone Tomor- – AC Slater in Saved by the
row Bell for one – the mullet was
becoming one of the most
The 1980s was a time when divisive hairstyles of all time.
the in-your-face statement As with so many cultural
style from the 70s became phenomena, it’s hard to pin-
the norm. And the decade point what caused this shift
when the mullet transcend- in opinion, but an emerging
ed culture. Everyone from stereotype had taken shape.
Metallica’s James Hetfield According to Dazed & Con-
to Billy Ray Cyrus had one. fused, a mullet denoted low-
Whether you were metal income families in backwater
or country, yuppie or punk, towns, redneck dudes in dive
jock or biker, the mullet was bars who clung to their belov-
a mainstay. Patrick Swayze ed country music. A wound-
wore it in Dirty Dancing; as ing blow came when the
did Kiefer Sutherland in The Beastie Boys mocked the cut
Lost Boys. Though the style on their 1994 track “Mullet
was seen predominantly on Head,” a song that, despite
white men – with notable ex- the efforts of Tom Sawyer,
ceptions like Little Richard – the Oxford English Dictionar-
a slew of female figures did ycredits with naming the fad.
rock the mullet; Cher, Jane Suddenly, mullet-wearers
Fonda, and Joan Jett among were objects of ridicule and
them. scorn, their locks outdated.
The coup de grâce might
What does Bono think when have arrived in 1998, when
he looks back to the eight- for Lethal Weapon 4 Gibson
ies? In those days, U2 could lost his trademark cut. These
do no wrong, making clas- were days shorn of hope.
sic albums like War and The
Joshua Tree, and churning No longer paraded by pop
out hit after hit. As a guest on stars and TV hosts, no longer
Page 36 SPORTING HISTORY June / July 2022


n Gavan Bergin

eg Ryan stayed with his debut for the Republic won the game and qualified
West Bromwich Al- of Ireland in their World Cup for the World Cup in Brazil
bion for ten years. He qualifier against Sweden at the following summer.
played 272 matches, scored Dalymount Park in Dublin
31 goals, made many more on November 13th 1949. If Although Ireland lost that
goals, and won the Cup for Ireland could get at least a game, Reg had proved that
West Brom. It was time to draw from that game, they he was international class.
move on. would be on their way to the According to the Irish Times,
1950 World Cup finals. But “the best Irish player was
In July 1955, he signed for Der- Sweden’s star player, Karl- Reg Ryan, who, though born
by County and was immediately Erik Palmer, scored in the 4th in Dublin, was playing his first
made captain of the club. He did minute. Ireland responded match on Irish soil. He was a
a great job as a leader and as a well and controlled the play terrific tackler and a fine tac-
player for Derby. In 1955/56 from then on, but their de- tician, with an accuracy of
he played 46 league games and fence struggled against the delivery that made passing
captained Derby to the runners- speed of Palmer, who scored look simple, and he covered
up spot in the Third Division. again, putting Sweden 2-0 the defence in great style.
The following season he scored up in the 40th minute. Ireland He had a magnificent inter-
12 goals in 45 games for Derby, were 2-0 down at half-time, national debut, and he has thriller of a match in which mond Kopa, tore into the Irish
who won the Third Division. and it could’ve been worse come to stay.” Reg played at inside-left as defence and they would have
That was the first trophy the if not for the tireless work of
Ireland’s ‘schemer’. That was had a goal in the first minute
club had won since 1946, and Reg in midfield. Time and And he did stay in the Re- a role he had been used to were it not for a super save
it earned them promotion to the again, his awareness and public of Ireland team, al- playing for his club, West by goalie Jimmy O’Neill. Ire-
Second Division. In ‘57/’58, anticipation broke up threat- though his next international Brom, and in this barnstorm- land responded right away
Reg was top scorer for Derby, ening moves by Swedish at- match was not for them. On ing performance against Ger- with a magnificent run by
with 14 goals in 41 games, and tackers. Because most of his March 8th 1950, he played many he was in perpetual Reg, who won the ball deep
he led his players brilliantly in time was spent screening the for Northern Ireland, help- motion from the kickoff: dart- in midfield, got his head down
their successful battle against defence, he didn’t have much ing them battle to a 0-0 draw ing around the field, harass- and charged, shaking off op-
relegation. of an opportunity to show off in their World Cup qualifier ing opponents and setting up ponents as he broke forward
his creative skills, and when away to Wales. That result teammates. He linked mid- into space wide on the left,
That was his last good work he did get free to play his ended a run of six straight field and attack with relent- from where he whipped a
for Derby. He left soon after- searching forward passes, defeats for Northern Ireland. less endeavour and tireless cross into the box that the
wards. His three great sea- no Irish attacker could get on They had been energised by
the end of them in the first
endurance for the whole nine- French keeper struggled to
sons became part of club folk- Reg’s quick passing, hard ty minutes, which ended with
lore and in 2019, more than half. hold, but he did. Then, from
running style of midfield play. a superb 3-2 win for Ireland.
sixty years after he played He surely would’ve played his goal kick, France won
The Irish Independent said:
his last match for them, the He kept trying though, and more games for the North “In Ireland’s best home inter- the ball and played it for-
Derby Telegraph paid tribute when the second half began, but the eligibility rules were national since the Germans ward smartly, and though
to “Reg Ryan, County’s inspi- his quick passing helped put changed in late 1950, mean- were last conquered on this Ireland quickly scrambled
rational skipper when they’d sustained pressure on the ing that players couldn’t rep- ground in 1936, Reg Ryan back to defend they weren’t
fought their way out of the Swedish defence for the first resent both Irish teams any- played a defender’s game quick enough and the ball
Third Division.” time in the match, and in the more. He spent the rest of in the forward line, tackling ended up in their net. For
60th minute Ireland won a his international career with in grand style and going on a moment the ground was
In September 1958, Reg re- penalty kick which Con Mar- the Republic, for whom he many forays through the Ger- hushed, but the linesman’s
turned to his first club, Coven- tin scored, making the score was an extremely consistent man defence.” flag was raised. It was off-
try City who were then in the 2-1 with a half an hour left to performer. side: no goal. In the excite-
Fourth Division. In his first play. ment of that incident the
Ireland lost their next three
season back with Coventry For the Republic of Ireland matches without scoring a crowd erupted in joyous relief
he played 38 league match- The 25,000 crowd at Daly- he played fourteen consecu- single goal. And it seemed and surged forward, causing
es as captain and helped mount erupted, Irish hopes tive international matches certain that they would make the barriers at each end of
them win promotion to the were raised and the ‘come- between 1949 and 1954. He it four straight defeats when the ground to collapse under
Third Division for the 1959/60 back’ was on. It lasted for excelled throughout that run, they played France in Dublin the pressure. With spectators
season. He kept going for a less than ten minutes. Palm- even though he was often on November 16th 1952. But spilling out onto the pitch, the
couple more years, until the er made yet another dash selected in a different posi- that was the day things start- referee stopped the game.
end of the 1960/61 season, forward, tore through the tion to the one he played in ed to improve for the Irish
when he retired from profes- Irish defence and scored club football. Early in his in- team. When they walked out So what happens next?
sional football at the age of again. His hat-trick made the ternational career he played onto the pitch at Dalymount Reg Ryan - the Schemer’s
35. He had started his ca- score 3-1 to Sweden in the in midfield and he did a grand Park, they were greeted by thrilling story concludes
reer at Coventry in 1943, and 68th minute.That looked like job there, but it was when he a deafening roar of support in the next issue of News-
he finished it there in 1961. the end for Ireland, but they was picked in the forward line from the vast crowd that was Four. Don’t miss it!
In the intervening years, he didn’t give up. Reg, for one, that he showed his best form packed into the ground and
had played 461 matches and kept going to the 90th minute for Ireland . they responded with their
scored 70 goals in the Foot- and beyond. He kept passing best performance in ages.
ball League and the FA Cup. and moving as always, push- On October 17th 1951, at But France were top class
ing to create an opening for Dalymount Park in Dublin, and they gave Ireland a hard,
As well as his long club ca- Ireland, but there was no way Ireland took on West Germa- hard game. From the kick-
reer, Reg also played inter- through. Sweden held on to ny in front of almost 30,000 off the French attack, led by
national football. He made their lead till the final whistle, spectators. That crowd saw a Real Madrid superstar Ray June / July 2022 SPORT Page 37

Ireland Nations League Preview

n David Prendeville

ith the league sea- and fans believe once more, been Chiedozie Ogbene and move to a decent Champi- Matt Doherty? He seemed on
son now over, and but this next campaign must Kenny will be hoping he can onship club would represent his way out of the club in Jan-
the World Cup tak- also bring with it tangible suc- carry that form into the Na- progress for Parrott, who uary but went on to have an
ing place in Winter this year, cess to go along with the new tions League and beyond. It spent last season on loan excellent second half to the
the summer is looking like a found charm. could be an interesting sum- at MK Dons. Parrott racked season, albeit one cut short
fairly barren period in which mer for the former Cork City up respectable numbers at through an injury sustained
to get a soccer fix. We can, The Nations League repre- man with some suggesting Dons and scored for them in in the closing weeks. With
however, look forward to sents Kenny’s last chance for a team higher up the food the second leg of their play- Spurs playing Champions
Ireland’s upcoming Nations tinkering and experimenta- chain may come in for the off semi final, before their League football next season,
League games. Beggars tion before the business-end Rotherham man, despite elimination. And what now let’s hope he figures in Anto-
can’t be choosers. of getting stuck into the quali- them recently securing pro- for Parrott’s Spurs teammate nio Conte’s plans.
fying campaign. Ireland’s first motion from League One into
In sincerity, watching the Irish game in the Nations League the Championship.
team isn’t the chore it had takes place on Saturday
been in the last number of the 4th of June in Armenia. Gavin Bazunu, who has
years and that is testament Ireland are then set to host spent the last couple of sea-
to the job Stephen Kenny Ukraine on June 8th. They sons at Portsmouth, on loan
has done in quietly revolu- travel to Scotland on June from Manchester City should
tionising our football style 11th. They are then sched- also have an interesting sum-
and the player pool. Through uled to play their away game mer. Perhaps he could go
this, he has managed to cre- against Ukraine, which will out on loan to a team in the
ate a team that at the very take place in Lodz in Poland, Premier League or maybe
least are likeable, with plenty on June 14th. he may even figure in Pep
of exciting young talents that Guardiola’s plans as under-
give fans hope for the future. Over the summer months study to Ederson. Given his
Kenny and Irish fans will also impressive performances for
With the ink drying on his be keeping a keen eye on the Portsmouth and Ireland, and
freshly signed contract, the transfer market to see if any given the struggles of Zack
next step for Kenny will be to of Kenny’s kids can make a Steffen at City it would be
try and to forge a team that’s step-up and secure moves. no surprise to see him usurp
as successful as it is endear- One major caveat in the re- Steffen as City’s number two.
ing. We still failed to qualify or cent optimism surrounding
secure a play-off spot for Qa- the team is the fact that so Troy Parrott is another who
tar, but Kenny understand- many of the youngsters we’re could have a key summer
ably and deservedly gets a pinning our hopes on are ahead of him. Sadly it’s hard Images: Gavin Bazunu, courtesy of & Chiedozie
free pass for his first full cam- playing at quite a low level. to imagine him realistically Ogbene, courtesy of the Irish Examiner.
paign. Mick McCarthy left be- Hopefully that might change being part of Antonio Conte’s
hind him a dour, tired, stale for some over the summer. plans at Spurs next year.
squad, bereft of all belief and Perhaps another loan move
imagination. Kenny has done The star of Kenny’s recent or permanent move is on the
a fine job in making players games has unquestionably cards for the Dubliner. A loan
Page 38 SPORT June / July 2022

NewsFour meets Paul Lynch, Club Captain of Railway Union Bowling Club
Sandymount’s Railway Union Bowling Club hosts Successful OPEN DAY for the local community

n the weekend of May at the same time! A lot of play-
6th and 7th, Railway NF. When did you start? ers come to bowls from other
Union Bowling Club sports, so it can provide them
extended a warm welcome to Paul. Like many of us, I first with the opportunity to con-
the local community to come watched bowls on TV when tinue to enjoy the competitive
along and try out a new sport I was a kid. I was fascinated and team aspects of sport. It
that is suitable for all ages by the skills of these players can also just be a casual ‘roll
and abilities. and how there was far more -up’ with your pals on a sun-
strategy and consideration ny afternoon. The game of
The Club received an excel- than it first appears. Since bowls allows people of all dif-
lent response and many who then, I had always wanted to ferent levels, ages and gen-
experienced bowling for the try it…. however, I was 44 be- der to fully participate and
first time, were delighted to fore I finally stepped foot on a enjoy the sport and games
have taken part and look for- bowling green in 2015! are often played in a mixed
ward to coming back again format. Importantly, any form
and joining the club to play I visited the club on a Tues- of bowls can be good for your
on a regular basis throughout day night and by Wednes- physical and mental health! It
the summer months. Several day evening was playing for truly is a sport for all ages with
people remarked that they Railway Union in a friendly competitors aged from under
did not realise that such a match against CYM bowling 10 to almost 100 currently
wonderful sporting facility club in Terenure. They were playing in BLI/LBLI affiliated
was practically on their door- obviously stuck for numbers! clubs! From elite competition
step. Everyone though, including to enjoying a barbecue and
the opposition, were very bowls on a summer even-
NF. Paul, tell me a little bit generous with their tips and ing, there really is something
about the history of your advice and I had a feeling I for everyone. So, really, why
club? was going to enjoy this sport. wouldn’t you try?
My only regret is that I didn’t
Paul. Railway Union Bowling take it up a bit sooner! NF. Where do you sign up?
The Two Johnnies playing bowls with club captain Paul
Club, part of Railway Union Lynch and club member Graham Chisholm.
Sports Club, is located on NF. How often do you Paul. At Railway Union we
Park Avenue in Sandymount. bowl? welcome anyone who is cu-
Formed in 1904, the club is rious about the sport. You
one of the five founding mem- Paul. The outdoor season can try for free at our open
ber clubs of the BLI (Bowling runs from April to September. evenings which are held at
League of Ireland). The club Between practice and match- 6.30pm on most Wednes-
has a full competition-size es, I would usually play 3 to days throughout the summer.
6-rink bowling green, and 4 times a week. Practice is It is an easy sport to join in
a new pavilion has recently usually made up of coaching and you can enjoy it straight
been completed. and group drills followed by away. We have all the equip-
what we call a ‘roll-up’ - which ment needed, so just wear
NF. Tell us a little about the is basically a friendly game a pair of flat soled shoes or
game? between club mates. Outside trainers. The club has a few
of club matches, the green is different membership levels
Paul. The game is played on open to members seven days starting from just €60 per
a bowling green which is typi- a week. We currently have a year.
cally divided into six parallel BLI Division One team, play-
rinks. The basic goal is to ing league matches on Sat- The green is also avail-
place more bowls than the op- urday afternoons and a BLI able for corporate hire and The Two Johnnies get some bowling tips from club cap-
ponent near a smaller white Division 5 team playing on events and we are currently tain, Paul Lynch.
target ball called ‘the jack’. Monday evenings. seeking club sponsors with
Bowls do not naturally roll space available around the
in a straight line as they are In winter we play short mat green for advertising posters
designed with a bias which indoor bowls in the club hall. and hoardings. We would be
is produced by the shape of There is also a BLI Winter happy to talk to anyone inter-
the bowl which makes them League which is played on ested in supporting their local
travel in a curved path. The artificial surfaces. club.
mastery of this is at the heart
of the challenge of the game. NF. Why should someone For more information drop
Each bowl placed closer than consider bowls? down to the club or e-mail us
those of the opponent counts
as a point. The number of Paul. There are lots of great e-mail: trylawnbowls@
points required to win a game reasons to play bowls People
varies depending on com- seek differing experiences
petition rules. It is a simple from joining the club. It can Follow our Facebook page
@RailwayUnionBC The sun sets on a fine May evening at Railway Union
sport to learn. Not so simple be a social game or a com- Bowling Club.
to master! petitive game and often both June / July 2022 Page 39

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Local Donnybrook man still missing

John Courtney (64) has been missing

since 26th April 2022. John is described
as being 6 foot and of slim build. His hair
is sandy brown and he has a grey/whit-
ish beard with a heavy blue jacket, black-
hat blue jeans and brown shoes. This is
the last pic of John taken by CCTV on
April 26th. His family are appealing to
anyone in the Stillorgan, Dun-Laoghaire,
Blackrock, Booterstown, Sandymount,
Ringsend and Bray areas to look out
for him as he may be wandering around
out there. Anyone with information on
John’s whereabouts are asked to con-
tact Donnybrook Garda Station on 01
666 9200, the Garda Confidential Line
on 1800 666 111, or any Garda Station.

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