Bhí sé bog agus tirm an tam ar fad.
Bróna, Elaine (her first Saturday with us), Steve and Diarmuid were the foireann today.
Derek Hennessy talked to us about Christine (“Dinah”) McLoughlin/ Mulvey his grandmother who had a stall towards the north end of the terrace; she was from the nearby Dominic Street, while her husband was from Anamoe Drive (or Terrace?), Cabra. Derek told us about his uncles coming to Moore Street early in the morning to wash onions and then being beaten at school by the Christian Brothers for smelling of the vegetable!
He and Isabel posed for solidarity portrait.
Once again we were explaining that as well as appropriate history commemoration, we think the area needs street stalls and independent businesses rather than chain-stores (the latter always preferred by property speculators); independent shops have an allegiance to their location, while chain-stores have an allegiance only to their head office – wherever that may be.
Along with Dublin accents from people coming to sign our petition there were those from the Six Counties and some from other lands and busy though we were we identified among the latter Italian, Brazilian and Mexican people signing our petition.
A very supportive family that will be celebrating Liam Mellows centenary next weekend signed and so did another family, from Shercock near Dúna Rí on the Cavan-Monaghan counties border.
More solidarity portrait photos were taken of a group of women and one man from Counties Armagh, Down and Antrim and from Pauline and Francie Lynch from Co. Tyrone.
It was busy on the street and around the area generally and the tent stalls were back again – probably from now until Christmas.
We were dismayed however to find a tent installed nearly in front of where we set up every week. Worse still, it was to be a music performance stand and our calls to support the campaign would be competing with the amplified songs – and vice versa.
One of the street traders from the south end of the street also complained that a music tent there was competing with their calls to attract people to buy their fruit and vegetables. Another near us was particularly upset by the “Dunbar tour” group stopping in the street just by the back of her stall for a period.
The livening up of the street is overall with other tents and music is a good thing and change will always cause some disturbance — but more thought and better liaison is necessary, to lead to good operational plans.
O’RAHILLY PARADE & ADRIAN DUNBAR TOUR
Our O’Rahilly Monument signposts are still up in some places but went missing from the junction with O’Rahilly Parade and Moore Street last week so during the week we erected two more there (see photos).
Quite a few people from different parts were in Dublin for the tour advertised by the Save Moore Street Trust to include the actor Adrian Dunbar – we directed people who didn’t know how to get to the GPO from Moore Street. Some time after we had set up, the large tour group passed us; it was hard to spot Dunbar in the crowd and the speakers seemed to be others, though he may well have spoken at times. Some of the participants did ask us for a leaflet and signed our petition sheets and we sold some more of our campaign badges.
We note that property speculator Hammerson have put in yet a 4th and 5th planning application for the area, Nos. 5126/22 and 5127/22, to include Moore Lane and O’Connell Street. The deadline to object is Monday and we will be objecting to those as well (which costs us money each time). Taken together, the five planning applications if going ahead would result in the breaking up of the 1916 Terrace by a new road, the replacing of small independent shops by chain stores, the elimination of street food stalls (due being next to a minimum seven-year building site), loss of business for independent shops through eviction of some and massive construction and transport disruption of others, the overshadowing of the area and the O’Rahilly monument and yet another hotel in what is becoming “hotel city”. As for the 1916 history, a shoebox museum and a few plaques, rather than a lively interpretative history experience.
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