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#rabble8 Is Online Now!

In #rabble8, Blog, rabble Updates! by Rashers Tierney0 Comments

Are ye web or print or what? Is oft a question asked by the man down the pub. It’s quite simple really. Once we get all our printed copies filtered out along our analog grape vine of distro fairies, we start sticking them up on line. Once that’s all churned out – we finally fling the PDF’s up for viewing on Issuu. And Chirst, they are clocking up some serious views there. We’re starting work on #rabble9 soon but in the mean time, why not head over to Issuu and distract yourself for a few hours with our back issues. … Read More

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#flashFiction: The Dancer.

In #rabble8, Blog, Print Edition by Dave Philips4 Comments

After only two months, Helen was making three or four times the money that she’d earned at the aquarium, easily. And it made sense in a way, exotic dancing wasn’t something she’d ever thought about before but she still had the body for it, and most importantly part of her glowed under the spotlight. And the thick brown envelope she was handed at the end of the week was hers alone, no joint account, no big shopping trips, no school books, no expensive bills, just Helen to look after. She chased the ice around the end of her Mojito with … Read More

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#lookUp8: Murray and Sons Tobacco Factory.

In #rabble8, Blog, Culture, History by Peg Leeson2 Comments

Believe it or not, before vaporisers folks used to actually smoke something called tobacco?! Peg Leeson takes a look at a nasty habit, a factory that used to produce it and the women who worked there. Of course we still have folks getting sacked for trying to start unions but hey who chews tobacco anymore?! Look up out the back of the Victoria Train Station, no not the multi-storey atrocity that is the Days hotel but onto the glittering, mosaic facade of Murray, Sons & Co Tobacco Works. Built in 1900, the rich colours and bold geometric designs hint at … Read More

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A Garda Greatest Hits Parade…

In #rabble8, Blog, Politics by rabble9 Comments

When we posted video footage of the Garda riot at Reclaim The Streets 2002 on Facepuke back in May, we winced when some of ye didn’t instantly recognise it. Not remembering World Cup 1990, fair enough – RTS? Shit, some of ye really are green around the ears. Us old codgers dusted off some memories of pigs misbehaving and compiled some of the worst incidents for #rabble8. Corrib. Several international human rights organisations have raised the alarm about how both Gardaí and Shell’s private security firm IRMS have dealt with protests around the Corrib Gas project. Former Garda sergeant and … Read More

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Ruin Fetishism: Documenting Europe’s Derelicts.

In #rabble8, Blog, Culture, Politics by Stephen Bourke 0 Comments

With the number of ghost estates across the country estimated at over 900, Stephen Bourke talks to photographer Lisa Furness about her work documenting derelict buildings & squatting in Ireland, London & Spain. The big criticism of Urban exploration and the like is that it’s ‘ruin fetishism’. How do you respond to that? I see a lot of pictures that make empty buildings look dramatic and exciting. I see a lot of beauty in empty buildings, but I see a lot of sadness as well. For me they’re places that are full of memories – inside them there’s no sense … Read More

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The Missionary Position Or How The Irish Learnt To Have Sex.

In #rabble8, Culture, History, Illustration, Politics, Print Edition by Sheila Lafferty11 Comments

Whilst the rest of the western world was in the midst of the STI-swapping frenzy that was the sixties, Ireland was on its knees waiting outside a confession box. Sheila Lafferty, gets under the covers and gets to grips with Irish sexual cluelessness. A sordid mix of Victorian neurosis and Rome rule meant that sex in 20th-century Ireland was a silent taboo that only happened behind closed doors, under blankets, with the lights off and supposedly with repopulation in mind. Most people didn’t understand where babies came from, let alone what an orgasm sounded like. The moral crusade against sex, masturbation … Read More

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Give Her A Damn Reward.

In #rabble8, Blog, Politics by Barry Creed7 Comments

Penalty points, GSOC, Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan, whistleblowing, taped conversations. These topics are all the rage. Barry Creed wonders why no one is talking about Gemma O’Doherty? Most will know that the former Garda Commissioner described the actions of the whistleblowers as “disgusting”. We know that the whistleblowers came forward with information that hundreds of people had penalty points removed from their licences. But what if the Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan had points removed from his own licence? The public should be entitled to know. In early 2013, Gemma O’Doherty was the senior features writer with the Irish Independent, where … Read More