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Season Of The Witch.

In #rabble14, Art, Culture, Politics, Print Edition by Caitriona DevaryLeave a Comment

Bristling with political resonances, Jesse Jones picks apart hidden histories of dissent and resistance. Her installation Tremble Tremble, represented Ireland at this year’s Art Olympics, the Venice Biennale. It features iconic theatre artist Olwen Fouéré and was inspired by research into witches and other feminist histories that are still relevant to contemporary Ireland. Caitriona Devery caught up with her to chat about art and politics.

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One Night In Skintown.

In #rabble14, Blog, Culture, Interviews, Print Edition by Eileen WalshLeave a Comment

Following the publication of his highly acclaimed debut novel Skintown about rave culture in 1990’s Northern Ireland, Enniskillen actor Ciarán McMenamin talks to Eileen Walsh about drugs, protein shakes and orange marches. And with his book being hailed as the new Trainspotting, the film rights to Skintown have already been snapped up. watch this space.   People in Northern Ireland are tired of hearing stories about the Troubles, people in the South … Read More

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Scratch That Itch.

In #rabble14, Blog, Culture, Music, Print Edition by Martin LeenLeave a Comment

Above: Patrick O’Brien captures the masked hip-hop crusader in his natural enviroment. From co-founding Galway’s Community Skratch games, being a member of the Vince McMahon scratch super-group to making some seriously innovative music as one half of one man duo Deviant and Naïve Ted, Andy Connolly has been a cornerstone of Irish hip-hop and electronica for over a decade. Martin Leen took the brave step and left Dublin for the … Read More

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Another Outpost Gone.

In #rabble14, Blog, Culture, Print Edition by Dan LambertLeave a Comment

Above: Captured by our man Beggars. The kiosk in all its architectural glory. This tiny hexagonal kiosk out in Ballsbridge is just 37 square feet. It’s about the size of a bathroom in a small gaff. It may be one of Dublin’s smallest buildings, but as Dan Lambert finds out it tells a terrible tale about where our city is going. On the outside it’s undeniably pretty. Sitting neatly on … Read More

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Bye George!

In #rabble14, Blog, Culture, Illustration, Politics, Print Edition by Paul DillonLeave a Comment

Above: Illustartion by Mice. That’s next year’s totally inappropriate Halloween mask sorted so. George Hook is a long time Blueshirt supporter who made a good living from greasing the gears of the establishment and the fine craft of being a reactionary wind up merchant on prime time radio. We drafted in Paul Dillon to look at how the Hookie monster eventually fell from grace and the far bigger picture of … Read More

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Everybody Dance!

In Blog, Culture by Rashers TierneyLeave a Comment

Above: A member of the campaign lobbies council members to get rid of the Cabret Act. Credit to the Dance Liberation Network’s Insta acount.    If you thought Ireland had poxy restrictions when it came to dancing, wait til you hear about New York’s Cabaret Laws.  They were forged in 1926 amidst an atmosphere charged with racial fears of Jazz music. Much like our own 1935 Dancehall Act so. While … Read More

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Come Out And Play.

In Art, Blog, Culture, Politics by Caitriona DeveryLeave a Comment

  A Playful City is a collaborative project aiming to create inclusive, child-friendly, and playful spaces in Dublin City. Coordinated by co-creation wizards Connect the Dots with sustainable play heads Upon a Tree (they met on north inner city temporary park project, Granby Park), the project is part consultation, part conference / hackaton and part urban intervention. The goal is putting people and play back into the urban landscape. Caitriona … Read More

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Culture Vultures.

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Above: Ian Hunter captures Smithfield Square over on Flickr. With plans well underway for yet another cultural qwartter in Parnell Square, Kerry Guinan warns us to be sceptical of Dublin city council’s love in with vulture fund Kennedy Wilson after the “culture” evaporated from Temple Bar and Smithfield Square quicker than the steam of piss behind the Hard Rock Cafe on Fleet Street. Past initiatives warn us that culture-led development in … Read More

All That Jazz.

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New Yorkers are campaigning for the repeal of a rather miserable Cabaret Law was brought into limit illegal boozing. According to critics, it was used to target inter-racial mingling in Jazz Clubs way back and still comes down heavy on minorities. The Dance Liberation Network, founded by one the Discwoman heads, is building a broad campaign to wipe the statute off the books. There are only 100 venues in the city … Read More

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The Protesting Crowd.

In Art, Blog, Culture, Politics by Caitríona DeveryLeave a Comment

Joy Gerrard is an Irish artist based in London. Her recent work depicts protests in cities, expressionistic crowds spilling and surging within static architectural frames. She takes mundane and iconic images from newspapers and the internet, and turns them into ink paintings of different sizes. The act of reproducing these images draws attention to the spectator as witness and asks whether media coverage is ever neutral. Caitríona Devery spoke with … Read More