The second surprise, creeping up on Ian, was Bart, whose job now normally requires him working on a Saturday. It was good to see him again too. In his spare time, Bart has been working on our website, which we expect to launch very soon.
RELATIVES WORKING IN MOORE ST
One of the petition signers told us his mother used to work in Sheils, a shop that used to be in the 1916 Terrace and asked us about old photos etc – we recommended the FB page Moore Street Memories. Leah Furlong with her daughter, told us that her mother, Tessie Furlong, was one of those arrested when they were fighting for the right to sell in the street (we’ll write more about that in another post and on the new website). This was covered by RTÉ and Leah showed us a photo of her mother in a demonstration with a placard. Tessie may have been one of the two women fined who refused to pay and were sent to jail. There was a protest march over that but this may be a different one, about jailed political activists Support for Imprisoned Street Traders 1985
SHOP WHERE LANE USED TO BE
As usual, we directed a number of people to the O’Rahilly Monument in O’Rahilly Parade, off Moore Street (facing Gavin’s shop). Like thousands of other passersby, they are unaware of the existence of the Monument which Dublin City Council persist in not signposting, despite promises to our requests over three years that they would erect those. Perhaps promotion of such history is an inconvenience if one favours property speculator demolition and redevelopment plans.