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1916 In Stoneybatter.

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Savage weekend of events going ahead in D7 with the Stoneybatter and Smithfield History group taking over the Cobblestone for another weekend long celebration of happenings in the area.

The Friday night sees a new magazine on 1916 in the area seeing the light of day for the first time. Then punky ska outfit The Bionic Rats will be brewing up a storm in the back of the Cobblestone after a day of talks and workshops on the Saturday too. Tommy Rash of our own parish will be on selection duties after.

No better bar to nurse a few pints out the smoking area either.

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Greek Crisis 1915.

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Thanks to the Irish Newspaper Archives we see that 100 years ago, most eyes were on Greece in another Euro-conflict. On 22nd June 1915, Europe’s Allies were petitioning Greece to bring Germany to heel. The Cork Examiner reported: “Greece, too, is entirely in sympathy with the allies and, though some delay might be expected, it is not improbable that the Greek armies will lend their aid in completing the ring of steel … Read More

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A Survival Story.

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Vincent Browne’s “People’s Debate” show visited Tuam this week. Vincent gave a platform to survivors of the Tuam Mother & Baby Home. The tragedy of the Tuam Mother and Baby Home has been prolonged, as is always the case in Ireland, while the victims’ stories are dismissed by those in power. The local paper, The Tuam Herald, far from doing a job of journalism while an institute of guilt, misery and death ran … Read More

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There’s Something About Water.

In Blog, History, Politics by Thomas Mc Donagh2 Comments

Photo: A Woman takes on military with a slingshot Credit: Thomas Kruse. Thomas McDonagh, a researcher and project coordinator at the Democracy Center based in Cochabamba, Bolivia looks back on the water war that took place there fifteen years ago this month. With one eye cocked to Ireland, he talks about how water struggles lead to huge political changes. Ireland and Bolivia have a lot in common. Both are relatively … Read More

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#clubbersCognotes: David Holmes On Acid House.

In Blog, History by Rashers Tierney2 Comments

Great interview with David Holmes, churned out as part of the Alternative Ulster history project up Norf. They’ve gathered up interviews with some of the musical movers and shakers of the NI scene over the years. Holmes ran the famous Sugar Sweet club, Orbital wrote the track Belfast, after playing it. In this one he chats the impact of acid house on the city: “It was the kind of the perfect … Read More

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#Gombeen9: Cardinal Brady.

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It wasn’t with much regret that we waved goodbye to Sean Brady. Throughout his long reign of church cover ups he withstood one resignation call too many before finally handing in his notice to papa bear in Rome. Brady was a proud chink in the rusty chain that the church has wrapped around the uteri of Irish women. In 1975, it was with zeal that, rather than inform the authorities, … Read More

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What’s the Story Buddh? The Tale Of The Dharma Bum.

In History by Laurence Cox5 Comments

What could possibly make one of the first Westerners ever to become a Buddhist monk so disreputable that he would be airbrushed out of history, despite being famous in his day and featured in US magazines and the Sunday Independent? Laurence Cox takes up the story for us. Being a white man who took off the shoes and hat that set Europeans apart from Burmese in 1900, picked up the … Read More

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#LookUp: Raising The Standard.

In #rabble9, Blog, Culture, History by Rashers Tierney14 Comments

  Phibsboro Shopping Centre is one of Dublin’s most domineering buildings. Rashers Tierney writes about the fortress of pre-cast grey concrete that haunts the horizons of D7. One of the advantages of this towering behemoth of late 1960’s brutalist architecture is how it frames the old village of Phibsborough in partnership with the lights of Dalymount. So, it’s near impossible to get lost or misdirect eegits home. You see those … Read More

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Forty Years Of Fighting.

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This looks like a fascinating and timely exhibition tracing four long decades of struggle for reproductive rights in dear old Ireland. It’s been hauled together by a broad coalition of groups ranging from The blurb for the event goes: “Over four decades women in Ireland have been subject to repression, shaming and criminal sanctions in their attempts to express their sexuality and reproductive rights. Women’s bodies have been the subject … Read More

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Alan The Anarchist.

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Alan Mac Simoin is a long time Dublin anarchist with a rapturous wit and way of telling stories that has made many the traditional post-meeting pint a real pleasure for this writer. Here he’s interviewed on camera for the *takes a deep breath* Irish Republican Marxist History Project. From the acrid splits in republicanism after the Civil Rights movement, to the battle of Carnsore Point that rid Ireland of nuclear … Read More