Above: When two become one. A link up between the Rise Up and Subeversion Sound Systems. Photo credit: Off-Beat Photography. Rashers Tierney surveys the Irish sound system scene ahead of a big tribal gathering in Galway. He takes in eight different crews and leaves the technically baffling chat of hogs, tops and tweeters out of the loop, to instead rewind through their history and what drives them to build their … Read More
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 … 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 … 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 … 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 … 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. … 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 … 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 … 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.