As an Israeli team played Dundalk last Thursday, several hundred protestors stood outside the ground demanding that cultural and sporting links with Israel be cut until Israel respects the rights of Palestinians. Most of the fans on the night were supportive and there were a fair few Palestinian flag flown inside the stadium. However the keyboard warriors were busy.
Nolan spent many months in Drogheda interviewing people who were involved in the punk community and gathering their stories of dissent including Paddy Dillon who disrupted Sunday mass in the early eighties by letting loose a clutch of hens.
This secret history is documented in the publication ‘Subvert All Power’ Drogheda’s Punk History, in the theatre space of the Droichead Arts Cent which will be launched on Saturday the 27th of August. To coincide with the launch there will be talks of feminist punk culture, 24 hour punk gigs and other goings on.
On Sunday 28th there will be a Parade of Dissent including banners, madzers and music through Drogheda and a punk picnic and a free punk concert.
Dublin’s Henrietta St is well off the beaten track for most city dwellers. Bob Fitzpatrick took a gawk around it for us and discovered some rather unusual commemorative plaques. You stumble upon Henriettta St after straying too far past the boozers and restaurants of Capel St, or if you’re the more privileged sort swotting it up to enter the law profession it provides a handy back entry to the various Kings Inn. For the great unwashed of the Northside it’s a far more scenic route for us to scurry into town along than the glum monotony of Constitution Hill. Like … Read More
Above: Some portraits celebrating the memory of the executed leaders of the 1916 rising at Arbour Hill last week. Check out more shots from Jamie Goldrick here. Last week’s 1916 commemoration was a grandiose spectacle, imbued with a huge amount of national symbolism and with no cost spared. Niall O’Sullivan says it’ll change nothing for the growing thousands of homeless men, women and children in emergency accommodation or those sleeping rough within earshot of the ceremonies. Tricolours adorned every square foot of O’Connell Street. Aircraft flyovers, a huge military parade, open air concerts and plenty of ceremonial speech-making were … Read More
On Saturday 5 March to mark the 40th anniversary of the massacre of Basque workers a free public screening of the documentary ‘Massacre in Vitoria’ will be shown in the Pearse Centre, Dublin.
As Ireland goes to the polls we link the last ten days of Irish Independent coverage and an unprecedented front page in 1997 that made it all possible.
When the case of the 796 Tuam babies became global news in Summer 2014, locals there found the then little-known burial ground of the former Mother and Baby home in the glare of the public eye. Adrienne Corless writes about the need to face difficult truths. A Commission of Investigation, headed by Judge Yvonne Murphy, aims to acknowledge and reveal what was once covered up in the entire country’s network of Mother and Baby Homes. And slowly but surely, people affected by these institutions find strength and courage to speak up. All the while, Catherine Corless, my mother, continues … Read More
Unreal footage of our dirty old town from way back in 1983. Features coppers moving on pram ladies, the diceman and breakers doing their thang at Stephen’s Green. All filmed on Super 8. Magic. That’s some good YouTube.
One peculiar myth that has gained currency amongst the TLDR crowd is that of the ‘Irish Slaves’. What sounds like a good story over a couple of pints has become a keystone of white supremacist theory in the USA.
While historical re-enactments are all the rage in this ‘Decade of Centenaries’, and we have seen everything from Ulster Volunteer Forces rallies to Fenian funerals re-enacted by enthusiastic historical societies, it’s unlikely we’ll see anyone recreate the looting of Noblett’s sweet shop come 24 April 2016. Donal Fallon has this tale of proletarian shopping in the rare auld times. Somewhat at odds with the popular narrative of the Easter Rising, widespread looting in the city was one outcome of the breakdown of law and order that came with the outbreak of the insurrection. John Pitts, an academic who studies criminology … Read More