Aug 28

“FAIRFIELD MEMORIES” – CD launch at The Ferryman

“FAIRFIELD MEMORIES ” is the latest CD from Paul O’Brien , and will be launched  this Saturday (30th August) at the Dublin Dockworkers Preservation Society heritage event at The Ferryman, Sir John Rogersons Quay, 8.30pm).


Paul will be well known to many of you , not just as ‘the local lad with the guitar’ but also as the musician behind the wonderful “Songs from the North Lotts” and “Port to Port” collections . Paul explains the importance of this latest work -

“I would like to let you all know a little about my latest CD “Fairfield Memories” When I was born my parents lived in a rented downstairs room on Fairfield Avenue and this is where I spent the first year of my life. They then moved to a house around the corner on the West Road, beside McArthur’s ‘wee’ shop. As a child I played on the Fairfield football team in the local street leagues and many of my school pals lived there, it was also part of my paper round. I was fascinated by the first twenty ‘apartments’ or flats on the avenue, small and very unusual for the area, indeed for Dublin. They are known locally as the ‘Scotch Buildings’. These apartments were built at the beginning of the twentieth century to house Scottish immigrant workers who came to work in the Dublin Dockyard ship building company, though I was not aware of that then. I felt, and still feel, an attraction to this part of the street perhaps simply because it is so unique and in a way represents my childhood. I visit the avenue regularly to wallow in the memories of the boy I was when that area between the railway and the sea was my whole world.”


 ”This is a collection of songs that are linked to this area and to my family members. Some I wrote many years ago, some more recently. All of them are based in one way or another on the feeling I get whenever I walk along Fairfield Avenue. The older songs are songs that I have not previously recorded but I had regularly played with my brother Gerry, who passed away in 2013. I felt it was time to make them available to all.”

“I’m glad you took the time

I’m glad I went along

I’m glad that I could make you cry

With the words of a song


You filled me in on all the things

That have happend in ‘Our Gang’s” lives

How some have dissappeared

And some ar friends for life

You said you hated changes

But that’s the way it is

And I’m sure that things were changing

Even when we were kids


How the freight trains

Made way for the Dart

And when they shut the lanes off

How it broke your heart “

Lyrics from “Fairfield Avenue” by Paul O’Brien


 (“The forgotten history of the Dublin Docks” is a heritage event organised by the Dublin Dockworkers Preservation Society. Saturday 30th August, The Ferryman on Sir John Rogersons Quay, starting at 8.30pm. Will feature a short talk on a forgotten hero of the docks, and Paul will be performing some old favourites and material from “Fairfield Memories”. Dock workers memorabilia including coal shovels, dockers hooks etc. will be on display. All welcome to this FREE EVENT).


Aug 25

The Voice of Ireland – your chance to spin that chair

Microsoft Word - Poster - APPLY NOW[3].docxThe Voice is back , and if you think you have what it takes then apply now , applications close at the end of the week . Last year there was a great buzz in the community as local mega talent Gavin Murray took part and made us all proud. Gavin is a hard act to follow , but do you want to give it a try ?

Application form available here :


And here’s last years terrific audition by Gavin :

Aug 22

AGE FRIENDLY TOWNS -East Wall action plan launch

Age Friendly townsOn Monday 25th August at 2pm in the Sean O’Casey Community Centre an important action plan for our community will be launched . The plan is based on work that has been carried out by a local Age Friendly Town committee (including NASCADH CDP) which involved both a consultation process with seniors in the area and a walkability survey . The purpose of these was to identify locations within our community that could be changed or enhanced to make our area a better place for all to live in. 

All welcome to come along to this important launch on Monday afternoon where the details of the action plan will be announced . We hope to see you there . This is YOUR PLAN !

Aug 21

World War One, Sean O’Casey and the people of the North Docks

O'Casey and the Great War


Aug 19

Sean O’Casey, St Vincent’s hospital and The Great War wounded

“I thought that no man liveth and dieth to himself, so I put behind what I thought and what I did , the panorama of the world I lived in- the things that made me.”    Sean O’Casey (1948)


Hume street hospital 1915

Between 1939 and 1955 Sean O’Casey published six volumes of Autobiography. The first three in particular contain much about his life as a North Dock resident. Throughout this anniversary year, marking 50 years since his death, we intend to present short extracts from these works, concentrating on sections which are most relevant to the area. This extract occurs while O’Casey was in hospital for surgery on a tubercular growth on his neck. Jim Larkin had sent him to St.Vincents hospital “where the union had several beds”. Here, “armed with a request from the union, he became No 23 in the St. Laurence O’Toole ward of St.Vincents under a sister named Gonzaga, a delightful woman , most popular with the patients; always lenient; always cheerful, with a gay greeting for everyone.” He finds himself amongst wounded soldier’s home from the trenches, and ponders on those fighting and dying.


The Young O'Casey

 If only one knew, he thought, there’s a helluva lot of moaning in the world today; and it would grow; grow till the common people came to themselves. Humanity’s music would be as sad as ever, but it wouldn’t remain silent much longer. New thoughts were being born, not only in a cry, but in smoke, flame, and cannon-fire. Half the Christian world had just discovered that the other half no longer deserved to live. The slime, the bloodied mud, the crater, and the shell-hole had become God’s kingdom and a never-ending line of duckboards led to where they could see Him even as they themselves were seen. Our Father which art in Heaven, Thy kingdom of Communism come! In every ravine, on every hill, through every golden cornfield tens of thousands of Irish wriggled and twisted to death, their dimming eyes dazzled by the flame from a scarlet poppy, their dulling ears shocked by the lilting notes from a rising lark. The ghosts of them who fell at Dettingen, Fontenoy, and Waterloo were clasping their colder arms around the newer dead.

The whole city was sadly coloured now with the blue of the wounded soldier. They were flowing into St Vincent’s as room could be made for them. Mr Tobin, the head surgeon, had lost an only son in Flanders, and it seemed he couldn’t see enough of forms similar to what his son last looked like. Every free moment he plunged into the middle of those well enough to talk, and would stand there silent, for he was almost stone-deaf, and could hear only a shout given into circular disc with a delicate connexion to a rod stuck in his ear. Where did you get your blighty, son? he’d say to a wounded man, sticking the rod into an ear, and inclining the disc towards the soldier’s mouth. When he heard the faint echo of the place’s name, he’d murmur, Ah! my son spent his last moment a long way off; but yours was near enough, son; near enough. He seemed to think when he was close to them, he was closer to his son. When on the roof of the operating-theatre, a group of them sang Tipperary, Tobin was in the middle of them, trumpet in ear, his old, slender wavery hand trying to keep time: trying to conjure up the ghost of his son from the songs and stories of the wounded men. You wouldn’t get a mother doing it, thought Sean. She’d feel it too deep. She’d conjure up her boy’s ghost out of the coloured shadows he left behind him. Neither in noise of song nor murmur would she bring back the sad, sunny dust of his shape again, but in the deep and bitter loneliness of remembrance.

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Extracts from “Drums under the windows” (1945)


All six volumes of Sean O’Casey Autobiographies, republished by Faber and Faber, are currently available in both print and kindle editions.

If you have a favourite Sean O’Casey extract please bring it to our attention.

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Aug 11

East Waller is finalist in fashion awards

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Local woman Aimee Chan is one of the eight finalists in this year’s Persil Irish Fashion Awards. This is the 15th year of the competition, and the winning designer will receive €10,000 and the chance to have their creative outfit manufactured and sold in Dunne’s Stores.  The final will take place in September on TV3’s Xpose, where all the finalists will have the opportunity to showcase their talent. Additionally, the outfits will be displayed in selected Dunne’s Stores nationwide throughout September.


 Aimee, a student at NCAD and a talented designer has lived in East Wall since she was two years old. Hailing from a creative background she is heavily influenced by her Chinese ancestry. Explaining her love of the fashion industry, she says “At 11 years of age, I was brought to a fashion designer’s studio in Hong Kong, where I got my first proper glimpse into the fashion industry. That was when I knew that fashion was an area that I wanted to work in.”


Aimee is yet another East Wall success story, and we wish her the best of luck in the finals. We will update this story in September and let you all know when Aimee’s designs are on show in Dunne’s Stores.

Aug 10

School Garden Clean up

The East Wall Men’s shed will be hosting a clean up of the side garden of St. Joseph’s Co-Ed school this Tuesday , 12th August . All welcome to come along and join in . Meet at the school at 10am . Please pass details on to anybody who may be interested in taking part or getting more involved with the Men’s shed activity .


For more details on the East Wall Men’s Shed project , check out their facebook page :

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Aug 04

East wall men’s shed

 One of the most exciting new developments in the community in recent times was the establishment of a local “men’s shed” group.

mens shed


See link to their face book page for further information

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Aug 04

Sarah Lundberg R.I.P.

Sarah Lundberg , a member of the East Wall History Group , and  active on other community initiatives , sadly passed away last month . Her death came as a great shock to the community and she will be sadly missed .

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The East Wall History Group will present a full tribute to Sarah during this years local history festival in October.

Jun 23

John Moran – Photographer

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It was with great sadness that we learned of the passing of John Moran, resident of Island Quay, and a great friend of the East Wall History Group. John was a political activist, journalist and photographer. Here is a small selection of beautiful visions of our community, as captured by John. (All images reproduced with permission).

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 06 0709 10John Moran R.I.P


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