Save Moore Street Awareness Week 451 – 13 May 2023

Bhí sé te go leor ar an tSráid agus bhí sé gnóthach, idir sean-mhargadh agus nua.
Bróna, Orla and Diarmuid were the foireann today.
As we completed our 451st Saturday campaigning on Moore Street, Orla remarked: “In all the years I was passing through or shopping in Moore Street I never imagined I would be here on the street later trying to save it from demolition.”
A blast from the past, Maeve O’Leary arrived from Australia. Some weeks back, Labhrás returned also – what is happening? Maeve, a Dubliner emigrant, is just visiting.
Maeve was pretty busy supporting the campaign some years back with us and also running her own solidarity page back in Australia. She is a descendant of 1916 and War of Independence Irish Volunteers and Cumann na mBan veterans.
As usual we had lots of conversations with passing people from Irish and other backgrounds, whether living and working here or visiting. This included a daughter of an African woman who grew up around the street. Lots of people of migrant background sign the petition and we are very conscious that two of the Seven Signatories of the Proclamation executed by the British were immigrants and another was the son of an immigrant.
One of our petition signatories today we learned is 93 years old and thankfully alert and mobile.
We enjoy the livening up of the market with the additional tent-stalls which was much needed. We would like to see a focus too on Irish history and culture.
As yet no update available on the High Court hearing sought by Hammerson to hear their objections to the Council’s naming buildings in “the 1916 Terrace” as “protected structures”. Nor on our and others’ appeals to An Bord Pleanála against the Hammerson Plan for Moore Street being approved by DCC’s Planning Department.
A couple of media articles on Moore Street have been published recently (see links), including the news that Government work is to go ahead on Nos.14-17 to develop as a museum. As the plans include a cafe, toilets and service areas, the actual museum will have to be quite small. Sadly this misses the opportunity of using the top floor of the whole terrace.
We commented in greater detail in our album for last Saturday.
Two recent media articles have been published about Moore Street (see links above). Neither asked us our opinion, which is one reason why a very helpful thing you can do is to publicise the campaign, e.g by sharing our posts from time to time, from our Facebook page or website, reaching people we can’t and which the media doesn’t care to.

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