Somebody’s Child Site, Temple Bar

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Protective netting used to cover existing site to enable us to erect a temporary installation for the Pope’s visit.

Last night the protective netting that I placed on the site at Exchange Street was torn down deliberately. This netting was to allow us to put up a new response to Pope Francis’s visit.

See the panels below and above.  This temp piece of work sends out a clear message and is in keeping with the 15-year project that we have been working on on this site.

A lot of hard work went into last nights work and it all has to be redone today.  You are all welcome to visit the site today as we will be erecting the new piece at 9am this morning and we hope to be finished by this afternoon.

I appreciate the concerns of people who thought that someone was covering up ‘Somebody’s Child’ work and Disband the Artane Band panels but the person who took the image and put up the blog last night inciting people to tear down the protective netting never bothered to ask me, as I was on the site putting up the net, what was happening.

Instead, they chose to incite others to attack the site. This is all time consuming and costly.  So again, I invite anybody who has any concerns to come to the site today as we inaugurate the new temporary work.

 

I monitor this site every day as it has been attacked a number of times.  Indeed Dublin City Council Planning Department is legally threatening me to take down some of the work but that’s another issue.   I will be seeking your support on that.

Get out there now and provoke the Pope and his followers in a nice way and let us get on with the work.

Go raibh míle maith agat.

Mannix Flynn

 

 

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A Message to Pope Francis

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Temporary installation for Popes visit

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Explanation text, new installation Essex Street, Temple Bar, August 2018

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New Temporary panels being placed on Essex Street West, Temple Bar, Dublin August 23rd 2018

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Simone Veil – Thank You

French politician, women’s rights champion and Holocaust survivor Simone Veil will be buried in Paris’s Pantheon mausoleum. She will become the 5th woman to be buried at the National monument.  Veil will join scientist Marie Curie; two resistance members who were deported to Germany, Geneviève de Gaulle-Anthonioz and Germaine Tillion; and Sophie Berthelot, who was buried alongside her chemist husband, Pierre-Eugène Marcellin Berthelot.

Simone Veil (13 July 1927 – 30 June 2017) was a French lawyer and politician who served as Minister of Health under Valéry Giscard d’Estaing, President of the European Parliament and member of the Constitutional Council of France.

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Born in Nice in 1927 as Simone Jacob, she was arrested by the Germans in 1944, alongside her family, and sent to Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen.  Only she and her sister survived.  Her mother, father, and brother all died there.

She became best known in France for her instrumental role in legalising abortion in the 1970s as Minister of Health and went on to serve as the first president of an elected European Parliament.

She later re-entered French politics, returning to the cabinet in the 1990s.

In 2010, she was deemed one of the 40 “immortals” of the Académie Française – a great honour in France.

She inspired generations of people all over the world and paved the way for many.  The 89 years she spent here were dedicated to the advancement of the human being with a primary purpose being, the equality of women.  They are correctly honouring her as an extraordinary human being by placing her in The Pantheon.

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Guardian Article:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jul/05/french-rights-champion-simone-veil-place-pantheon-mausoleum-paris

 

‘No to BID’ campaign invites ‘DublinTown’ to a Public Debate

PRESS RELEASE

Monday July 2nd  2017

Traders demand true facts to emerge on finances and footfall figures
The campaign seeking to disband DublinTown (formerly Dublin BID), the company set up by Dublin city centre businesses, has today (Sunday 2nd July) invited a representative of DublinTown to a public debate at Dublin City Hall ahead of the plebiscite vote to disband DublinTown on Friday, 17th July. The No to BID campaign will extend an invitation to all traders affected by the DublinTown levy to attend the debate event.

Commenting on this, spokesperson for the No to BID campaign, Kim Condon said ’’We propose that the debate be held on Wednesday 12th July at Dublin City Hall. It will be an important opportunity for both sides to engage in proper debate about how effective DublinTown has been and why it should be disbanded. It is also a chance for DublinTown to answer important questions about how they have spent the money they collected from Dublin businesses and serious concerns about the footfall figures.’’

Ms Condon went on to say; ‘’This is a critical time for Dublin city. It is essential that the truth emerges as there are high levels of misinformation and fakery of facts on the campaign. We feel that this is a huge vote for the future of Dublin city and it is imperative that the public get a chance to hear both sides of the campaign. We urge all traders to vote No.’’

DublinTown (formerly Dublin BID) is a company which was set up in 2008 following a vote of Dublin city centre businesses. It is charged with improving Dublin City as a commercial district. Businesses in the district pay a compulsory levy of 5% of their commercial rates. DublinTown is renewed every five years by a vote of businesses in the district. The vote this year is overshadowed by a groundswell of anger and mistrust from businesses over a proposed 34% increase to the levy and highly-contested footfall figures.

The No to BID group comprises of over 800 businesses in Dublin City centre, illustrating a diversity of business interests dedicated to shutting down the DublinTown operation.

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Recalling Anthony Cronin

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Anthony Cronin, second left, at the Bloomsday commemoration on Sandymount beach, Dublin, in 1954, with, from left, John Ryan, Flann O’Brien, Patrick Kavanagh and Thomas Joyce

Tonight at City Hall, Dublin, the wonderful life, and works of Anthony Cronin will be celebrated by his family, friends, and people. This was one man among us that certainly made a marvelous contribution to all artists and Arts, not just in Ireland but globally.

An unassuming, humble man, of enormous integrity.  He always had others and their struggles, particularly artists, to the forefront of all he did, all his days.

His contribution in our lives, we will carry and live it on and hand it down for the generations to come.

Tonight, we salute a true prophet, visionary and philosopher.  One of the great Irish thinkers and intellects.

Thank you, Mr. Cronin.

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by Anthony Cronin

When word came back to that small whitewashed village,
Strange rumours of his ways and of his talk,
The neighbours shook their heads and didn’t wonder,
His mother was bewildered more than proud.
And coming into lamplit towns at evening,
Seeing the warm red glow behind the blinds,
Lying awake in strange rooms above rivers,
He thought he would be like them if he could.

And when at last the courteous powers took notice
And nailed him to that awful point in time,
He knew that what he meant would be forgotten
Except by some as lonely as himself.

 

I gcuimhne Danny Sheehy

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Blasket Island by Norman Ackroyd (RA)

 

IN MEMORY OF DANNY SHEEHY – DANNY AN TSÍTHIGH 

Today we lost Danny Sheehy -Danny an tSíthigh or Domhnall Mac Síthigh, poet, boat-maker, sailor, teacher,  Irish language expert, Kerryman and absolute gentleman.

Thank you for all you gave us and the love you instilled in us for our culture, land, ancestors and Irish ways.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.

 

 

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The annals say: when the monks of Clonmacnoise
Were all at prayers inside the oratory
A ship appeared above them in the air.
The anchor dragged along behind so deep
It hooked itself into the altar rails
And then, as the big hull rocked to a standstill,
A crewman shinned and grappled down the rope
And struggled to release it. But in vain.
‘This man can’t bear our life here and will drown,’
The abbot said, ‘unless we help him.’ So
They did, the freed ship sailed, and the man climbed back
Out of the marvellous as he had known it.

 

by Seamus Heaney

 

POET DANNY SHEEHY DIES AFTER BOAT OVERTURNS OFF SPAIN https://www.rte.ie/news/2017/0610/881677-spain/

Rare Appearance by unique artist

Thursday night is the ace night of the week. It brings out the rare breeds, the unique folk to celebrate extraordinary achievements and gather in each other’s honor. This Thursday night (13th April)  is no exception.
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The unique, extraordinary Irish artist Tony MacMahon will be at the Cobblestone in Smithfield to launch yet another great work of art coming from the mind and soul of Cormac Begley.
So get down there and get closer to the great Irish music that is being made, played and produced today.
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Cormac Begley, album launch Thursday 13th @Cobblestone, Smithfield, Dublin

And of course, say hello to the master MacMahon. We owe him a great debt of gratitude and enormous respect for holding steadfast against the barbarians in this country who are hellbent on destroying our ancient culture, the Irish music. Tony Abú.
Cormac Begley Raelach Records