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Life outside Dublin

Thank Heavens, We Are Living In Rathgar!

Jimmy O’Dea I came across the lyrics to this amusing old song while my mother was doing research into the history of the Presbyterian church in Rathgar. Further investigation reveals it to be a song by Jimmy O’Dea. I’m not quite sure when it dates from, but the references to dictators and isms lead me [...]

College Green bus corridor lifted, ostensibly temporarily

College Green traffic restrictions lifted rte.ie, 18/09/2009 As you probably know, the Council bowed to the demands of big retailers and that most reactionary section of Irish society, the owners of city-centre car-parks. Cars will once again flow through what was briefly a tiny bus corridor. Rather than expanding the bus corridor, to cover more streets, [...]

Route legend for the former Dublin tram system

The first of several artifacts I’ll post here about Dublin’s transport systems in the past. Future ones will have more discussion.

“Passive surveillance” of the new Dublin Bikes

One of my colleagues in An Gúm called us all into his office to show us these two young-fellas sitting on the new Dublin Bikes, and said: Anois a thuigim cad atá i gceist le ‘aireachas éighníomhach’… Now I understand what they meant by ‘passive surveillance’… This is up on North Frederick Street, which can [...]

How can I leave the town that brings me down…

Thin Lizzy – Dublin (1971) Watch in High Quality if you can, for the better sound. The “video” is non-original. This song sums up many of my feelings towards the city I grew up in. I hate it and love it in near equal measure. When I left Dublin to live in Grenoble for a [...]