As the Apollo Story progressed, most of the press attention focused on the artists, and a very small number of organisers. However, the real story of Apollo House is and always was the volunteers, over 700 of whom gave up their time to make it what it was. A stark reminder that the current housing system is broken beyond repair, and that a better world is possible. Tommy Gavin talked to many of the volunteers for #rabble13. These are some of their stories. We, this way. John, Resident (name changed): I stayed there [in Apollo House] for six days, … Read More
Above: Illustration by Mice Hell. Noonan’s permanently constipated looking head might have shuffled off the political coil but what kinda nonsense economic policy has he left us with? Ireland’s corporate free for all, otherwise known as a foreign direct investment strategy model has been undermined by the EU commission’s damning report into Apple. Reports of a 26% growth in GDP have little basis in the actual productive economy of the state, and the term “leprechaun economics” has been coined to summate the shambles. Sean Finnan takes us through whether any of this is actually sustainable and asks what lies at … Read More
Last year playwright Alan O’Brien won the PJ O’Connor Award for Best New Radio Drama with Snow Falls and So Do We. rabble sent Sean Finnan along to chat to Alan about the play and why he refused RTÉ permission to broadcast the drama. So I guess to start with, what’s the play about? It was inspired by the death of Rachel Peavoy. When that happened I was amongst many that were just appalled by the whole thing. Having experienced living in Ballymun, our empirical knowledge tells us that it’s impossible to die by hypothermia once the heating is on … Read More
The reality music of Jinx Lennon shows us that we can engage with everyday life and not go under. Influenced as much by post punk and hip hop the Dundalk man is a different breed of singer songwriter altogether. He released two albums in 2016 after a six year break. We packed Martin Leen off up to Dundalk for a chat with the lad. So there has been a long hiatus of six years between National Cancer Strategy and you latest two albums. Is there any particular reason for that? There were a few things; I suppose I wasn’t that … Read More
Above: Clare Daly speaks at a Repeal protest, heavily put through a risograph for #rabble13. Her fiery speeches led to one of the most viral pieces of media ever rabble has ever put out. Clare Daly has been one of the few, along with Mick Wallace and Luke “Ming” Flanagan, consistently raising the cacophony of corruption in An Garda Siochana even as others around them play willful ignorance and ridicule them. rabble sent Sean Finnan along for a chat with the TD about a scandal the state just can’t seem to keep buried. Hi Clare, can you tell us of … Read More
I don’t really know enough about the contemporary aspirations of planning culture now to comment. But if you look at Milton Keynes in the UK as a prime example of 60’s utopianism, its history is hilarious. I got given a tour about 10 years ago, when I was looking to do a project there. Its original planners were entrenched in new-age ideology. They even sited its main artery, Midsummer Boulevard, on the axis of the summer solstice sunrise.
A new documentary called The 4th Act looks at the massive regeneration project that took place in Ballymun over 18 years. It will premiere at the Dublin International Film Festival this year. rabble sent Tomás Lynch to catch up with Ballymun native and film director Turlough Kelly to get the whole story. What was it prompted you to make the film? We got access to Plunkett Tower, which was the last remaining tower at that time. There was still two people living in it at that time. We initially planned to make fifteen short-films set within the tower, as … Read More
Mutate is a techno collective which was started in October 2013 with the aim of bringing over niche international guests and fresh faces to Dublin’s clubs. Jasper Mathews got in touch with Mutate bossman Jay Carroll to discuss the sounds of Mutate, how to stay afloat in today’s competitive scene and the resurgence of club culture with the Celtic Tiger 2.0 rolling in. Tell me a bit about the inception of Mutate, what was the thought/conversation that got the ball rolling? The idea came about during my involvement in the now defunct clubnight in the midlands called Disco Nouveau, … Read More
We had a chat with #strike4repeal to see what it is all about.
We saw you put a call out for a strike in Ireland, what is your demand?
Aoife: We are demanding that the government give us a date for a referendum on repealing the 8th amendment. The state’s talking shop on this issue, coming on 34 years since the constitutional change, is dangerous and cowardly. The Protection of Life during Pregnancy Act 2013 just criminalised abortion further under the guise of a totally inaccessible ‘legal route’ which, given the case of Ms. Y, would be pretty ill-advisable for anyone to pursue. It seems the government is happy to wait around, delay and bow down to a minority wing of anti-choice zealots; we are not.
Radicalism and reinvention are two prevalent themes running through programming for A Fair Land. Cultural and artistic activism were predominant in the creation of the political movement for 1916 and it was this gathering of energy, ambition, ideology and activism which A Fair Land sought to emulate, orientating the project towards a future vision moving forward in 2016.