Save Moore Street Awareness Week 509 – 15 June 2024

Bróna, Orla agus Diarmuid were the foireann for the day.
Owen Dunbar from Wexford, a long time supporter of the campaign, dropped by to say hello and posed for a solidarity photo. Owen took part in the protective occupation of the buildings that took place after we raised the alarm about planned demolitions back in January 2016.
It has long been noted that antisocial behaviour that is tolerated by the authorities in Moore Street wouldn’t last for a minute in Henry Street or Grafton Street, for example. Gardaí were around on Saturday issuing parking tickets on vehicles that deliver the materials and merchandise for some of the street stalls. They got into an argument with some who expressed the opinion that while focusing on other aspects, the Gardaí were neglecting to do the things that actually needed doing for the good of the street.
While we were there an altercation broke out as a person was caught by traders stealing from a street stall.
A family group visiting from near Chatham in SE England came to ask questions and to sign the petition. We explained some of the history and after we told them about the O’Rahilly Monument they were very keen to see it. The children were interested and impressed with what they heard. They had Dublin and Cork background, descendants of people who migrated and settled near the Dockyards for work.
A young lad who signed the petition was trying to convince his two friends to do so too but when we spoke to them they were interested and happy to sign. Another young man who later signed quite leisurely had us affected by the fragrance of what he was smoking.
No update on the appeal to An Bord Pleanála against the Hammerson plan approved by the unelected City Managers. It may be waiting for the outcome of the High Court case the property speculator has taken against Dublin City Council after elected councillors voted to give five buildings in the Moore Street area historical importance protected status.
We’ve run out of leaflets apart from some we had photocopied last week and are now drafting a new one, text and design. We fund those and objections and appeals around planning decisions from donations, sales of badges and occasionally guiding paying history walking tours.
It seems that we’ve run out of the pin-and-clip badges but we still have the plain pin ones at 2 euro each. They all carry our logo, a representation of the Grotesque on the gable peak of No.55, whose wing got clipped by a British Army bullet in 1916.
Bhí sé te and jackets had to be removed; Bróna had to put on a cap as she was sitting in the full sun.
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