Archive for June 2024

Bloomsday: A Very Dublin Celebration

Bloomsday: A Very Dublin Celebration

Well folks, Bloomsday is here again. The day when all Dubliners celebrate one of the greatest works of English literature, and the man behind it – James Joyce. Ladies will take to the streets in long dresses, or skirts usually combined with a white blouse, adding an umbrella hung over their shoulder for fashion,

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The Editor’s Corner

The Editor’s Corner

When elections followed the lifting of Apartheid in South Africa in 1994 after 44 years of white minority rule there were queues a mile long in many rural parts of the country, with people waiting for over 12 hours to cast their vote. Similarly, here in Dublin in 2022, Brazilians who had an overseas vote queued for over two hours in North Great George’s Street in order to unseat the right-wing Covid denier Jair Bolsonaro. 

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Ringsend Goes Green . . .

Ringsend Goes Green . . .

For the first time Ringsend Park has received the prestigious Green Flag Award, the international mark of quality and standard of parks and green spaces. The Green Flag Award was introduced in 2015 and is administered by An Taisce with the aim of recognising and rewarding good park management

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The Vexed Problem of Public Toilets

The Vexed Problem of Public Toilets

When nature calls we all share a common objective – to get rid of waste substances from the body. While we may not use this particular phrase, nevertheless, access to a toilet is a basic need, especially in a city with an expanding population. When this service is diminished every citizen is affected,

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Keeping Children Safe Online

Keeping Children Safe Online

The Children’s Rights Alliance calls for EU election candidates to ensure a high bar is set at European level to regulate social media giants and protect children and young people’s safety online. The call came at a hustings event chaired by Ian Power, CEO of SpunOut with Dublin EU candidates

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“My Anxiety Tool-box”

“My Anxiety Tool-box”

Nicola Shannon, a renowned Dublin wellness teacher, has unveiled a much needed solution to assist families navigating the challenges of anxiety and stress in children. Approached by countless disheartened parents frustrated and let down by the endless Health Service waiting lists Nicola knew the need

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Five warning signs that may flag burnout

Five warning signs that may flag burnout

Turn2Me, a National Mental Health charity, has published five signs of burnout on its website in the hope of raising awareness of mental health and encouraging people to prioritise self-care. “Burnout has become an increasingly prevalent issue,

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Laurence Redmond: A Ringsend Hero in need of commemoration

Laurence Redmond: A Ringsend Hero in need of commemoration

I recently passed a handsome brass plaque at No.163 Pearse Street, erected in 2008 to honour the firemen who died in a fire on the premises in 1936. The most distinctive plaques in the city (generally blue in colour) belong to the Dublin City Commemorative Plaque Scheme, though one might have noticed

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The Lacey Report

The Lacey Report

At the time of writing this I am in the closing stages of the 2024 Local Elections campaign so I want to thank all the very many people who have met us at their doors, on the streets and at meetings. The courtesy of so many and the intelligent, relevant questions shows our democracy in more good health than many might think.

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Where the streets have a name . . .

Where the streets have a name . . .

From Educating Rita (1983) to Kenneth Branagh’s Belfast (2021), Ringsend has played a key part in Ireland’s silver screen triumphs, with multiple well-known productions having used the D4 suburb as a shooting location over the last several decades. So it’s only fitting that a plaque

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