Bhí an ghrian ag scoillteadh na gcloch – yes, we were wilting under the sun.
B’iad Bróna, Orla, agus Diarmuid an foireann don ló.
Traffic to our stall was slower than is often the case but nevertheless we had conversations about saving heritage and in addition to Dubliners we had signatures from a Belfast man, German visitors, a Polish woman resident for over a decade, with her Dublin partner and a guy from Boston, probably Irish or of Irish descent.
It’s officially History Week now from 25 September – 15 October but, as we said last week, every week is history week in Moore Street as we promote: “A 1916 Battleground and the oldest street market in Dublin!”
Our presence on the street every Saturday (468 weeks now) and our posters and leaflets, along with our weekly photo album and notes, reminds people of the historical importance of this street. And people also share their own family connections with the history.
Of the Seven Signatories of the 1916 Proclamation of Independence, no less than FOUR spent their last hours of freedom in the Moore Street terrace. Two of those were migrants and one the son of a migrant. The Signatories were all shot by British firing squads along with another four in Dublin and one of those also was the son of a migrant.
The 1916 Rising was against the biggest Empire the world has ever known and it took place from within the beast’s own belly. The Irish Citizen Army was the first workers’ army in the world and it recruited women as well as men.
Cumann na mBan was the first women’s revolutionary military organisation in the world too. At a time when women did not even have the vote in all but one country in the world, the 1916 Proclamation addressed itself to “Irishmen and Irishwomen”.
UASDHÁTÚ (no change from last week)
Hammerson’s (property speculator) Appeal to High Court: No information received about that so a Freedom of Information Request has gone from us to Dublin City Council.
Planning Permission: As reported last week and earlier, Hammerson’s application concerning O’Rahilly Parade is open again for comments, at no cost to those who have already commented.
Our Appeal to An Bord Pleanála: Still awaiting decision.
New Market: The part of the market with the additional stalls run by a private company has been doing well and is now intended to run on for this month. This is good news but a continuous period of the revitalised market would be better all around (which would be more likely if this were run by the Council as we recommended, rather than by a private company).