We started CHTM! at a perfect time when blogging, social media and the idea of User Generated Content (UGC), I think, really exploded in popularity. Blogs began to be taken more seriously, Facebook offered the chance for websites to set up their own ‘pages’ for their fans to engage with and people working in history and archives began to see the benefits of utilising social media for crowdsourcing etc. We also appeared at a time when more and more older people, whether Dubliners or ex pats, started to use the web and digitize their old photos and vinyl records. At the start of 2009, there were 400k Facebook users in Ireland. It’s close to 2.5m now.
Irish originality is an issue. Generally the work that clogs our local walls tends to over-reference past styles and overseas artists. Irish-directed stand-out work, outside of contained spaces such as the Drogheda Bridge Jam, is rarely acknowledged. This is unusual for a small country, or it would be if we had an Irish-managed version of the form to offer.
We like a bit of underground here at the rabble dungeon but we’d no idea about this until we slid across it this morning on t’internet. It seems the yanks abandoned a CERN-like super collider only after pumping $2bn into the ground in Texas. After building 14 miles of tunnels the projected expenditure was topping out at $12bn and the govt. pulled the plug, deciding instead to invest in … Read More
Okay, so this starts fairly slow and wanky. But let it go and you are in for a deadly history of some of the highs and lows of disco.
What happened on the night of 8th July 1985 and is it still being covered up? At a meeting of the Oireachtas Justice Committee, convened to hear the views of Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan on all aspects of crime, TD Finian McGrath tried to raise the case of Fr.Niall Molloy. He was ruled out of order by chair David Stanton (FG TD Cork East). The committee went into closed … Read More
In Look Up Paul Reynolds Encourages you rabble to briefly break from your daily grind and consider the ghosts that haunt the buildings that surround us. This issue we look at one of the most photographed buildings in Ireland. Any visitor, be they Dub, culchie or a bleedin’ foreigner, will recognize that place in Temple Bar which always has buskers beside it. The townies amongst you might know the can … Read More
rabble examines some of the most impressive name changes in Dublin. Rather like Windscale to Sellafield, there is a notion about that instead of fixing a problem we can repackage it. Morkeshing darling, it’s all in the presentation… TAKE ME UP TO MONTO The ‘Monto’ was the notorious red light district spreading from Montgomery Street through to Gardiner Street, Talbot Street and Amiens Street. During the 19th century it … Read More
The Lisbon Referendum ~ Everything boiled down to tangential and meaningless soundbites that shied away from tackling the complexities in favour of simplistic sloganeering and obfuscating scaremongering.
Newsboys are no longer to be seen on the streets of Dublin today, but in the early 20th century they had a huge visible presence on the street. From the 1913 lockout up to the 1930s, their role in Dublin history is often over-looked . Donal Fallon takes a look at this unique group of youngsters.
How did this relationship start, and how did it give birth to a silence which settled on this land like a fog, hiding monsters, suppressing truth and bringing with it a creeping fear?