Save Moore Street Awareness Week 485 – 6 January 2024

DAOINE B’iad Brona, Orla, Deirdre, Eileen agus Diarmuid an foireann inniu (though ended up with only one photo each of Orla and Diarmuid 🙁 ), a full team on our first shift of 2024, in our 485th Saturday, in our 11th calendar year. And in the month of January, the month in 2016 when we raised the alarm over planned imminent demolition of a number of buildings in the 1916 Terrace, which led to a week-long occupation of buildings and a 6-week-long blockade, saving the buildings for the time being.
The absence of all the new Moore Street Market stalls and mobile kitchens on Saturday (not back until February, apparently) made the street look quite bleak. However, we soon had crowds lining up to sign the petition and to talk, seemingly free of the Christmas rush, even as we were trying to pack up at 1.30pm. We ran out of the 50+ leaflets we had about 20 minutes before we finished.
As usual, the gender mix of signers ranged from children to pensioners, Dubs and other Irish, people of migrant backgrounds and visitors (including Irish migrants abroad visiting their original homeland).
It was Bróna’s birthday that day and Muriel McCauley, recently out of ICU, dropped by to give her a ceramic present she’d made. Muriel is a granddaughter of 1916 Proclamation Signatory Thomas McDonagh and his wife and Republican Muriel. She is also a grand-niece of Grace Gifford, Republican activist and widow of another Proclamation Signatory, Joseph Plunkett, who spent his last hours of freedom in Moore Street in 1916.
AIMSIR Bhí sé fuar go leor ach tirm, the cold creeping into feet and even of fingers in the fingerless gloves.
UASDHÁTÚ REMINDER THAT OUR CAMPAIGN NOW HAS AN ONLINE PETITION! The cover picture is a “petition-sheet stretch” we did this month in 2016, the day the occupation ended and shortly before we began the blockade We’re very grateful to Andrea who set this one up for us – muchísimas gracias/ go raibh míle maith agat! Not only can the supporters of the campaign living in or visiting Dublin now sign the petition but all can now invite their relations and friends all over Ireland and the world to sign online also. Why not send the link on to someone you know to sign for the conservation of Moore Street?
The deadline for observations on Hammerson’s Plan is during next week and we’ll ensure we get ours in. Apology to Denise O’Keefe for omitting her and her Moore Street stallholders from the text last week – we’ve updated it now.

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