Sep 18

“O’Casey in the estate – Ploughing on” / Culture Night 2020 (Available now)

This collection was created for Culture Night 2020. It can be watched as a playlist (above) , which will carry us through the life of Sean O’Casey from childhood through to his last farewell to Dublin. Each contribution can also be enjoyed separately (below) .

Join the cast members of the RTE documentary “O’Casey in the estate” as they perform a selection of Sean O’Casey pieces at iconic locations in the North Docklands … on the very streets the great playwright walked .
Our great cast of talented contributors :

Aaron Connolly
Alice Dunne
Anto Seery
Ciara Byrne
Derek Tynan
Diarmuid Callaghan
Kristen Foran
Nadine Foran
Ronan Morris
Richie Sweetman
Treasa Woods
Victor Ewubare.

And the man behind the camera , without whom it would not be possible Louis Maxwell .

“O’Casey in the estate” was a ShinAwil production.

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Sep 18

“Docklands BY Docklanders” – Culture Night 2020 (Available now)

This collection was created for Culture Night 2020 . It can be watched as a playlist (above) , with the pieces appearing in chronological order , from the 18th century to modern day. Each individual contribution can also be enjoyed separately(see links below).

 

Enjoy a literary tour of the Dublin Docklands . Drawing on over two centuries of the written word , our fantastic line up of performers will introduce you to a rich history of memories & perceptions from the Port area and the surrounding communities. Readings will take place from recognizable and iconic locations throughout the Docklands.

Featuring :

Alice Dunne

Brendan Behan

Caitriona Ni Cassaithe

Colm Meehan

Daniel McDermott

Ellen Fleming

James Joyce

Kathleen Behan

Michael Ryan

Monica Horan

Paul Horan

Paula Meehan

Paddy Daly

Peter Sheridan

Roger Lamb

Roxanna Nic Liam

Sarah Atkinson

Scott Graham .

AND the man behind the camera Louis Maxwell

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Dublin Port

Sep 16

Culture Night 2020 : “Docklands BY Docklanders”

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Join us on Culture Night for a virtual journey through time and space in the Dublin Docklands. Using extracts from previously published literature which span over two centuries, we will sample the rich tapestry of stories and characters that have given this area its unique flavour.

The carefully chosen selection of material range in time from the days of the Tall ships through to the modern glass & steel skyscrapers , with each piece reflecting on the memories and perceptions of the daily life of that era, much of it focussing on how it was seen through the eyes of young people.

A diverse cast of readers will bring each piece to life, and each will be presented from an iconic Dockland location.

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(This event is in conjunction with the Short Stories & Tall Tales series , and is part of the Sean O’Casey Festival 2020)

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Friday 18th September – From 4 pm

Available on Facebook, YOUTUBE and East Wall for All website.

 

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We would like to thank Dublin Port Company for their support

Sep 16

Culture Night 2020: “O’Casey in the estate -Ploughing on ”

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We all watched the two-part documentary “O’Casey in the Estate” on RTE back in July. It followed the plans to stage a production of ‘Plough and the Stars” using a non-professional cast. We all watched the emotional scenes and shared the shock & sadness as the once in a lifetime opportunity to step onto the Abbey Theatre stage was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

But nothing can hold this cast back – The Sean O’Casey Festival 2020 is delighted to announce that cast members from the documentary will be united to celebrate Culture Night and you can all join them!

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It will be an online trip through the streets where Sean O’Casey once walked – a tour through the North Docklands with the cast members reading a selection of extracts from the autobiographical writings of the great playwright.

It will be an opportunity to experience a perfect combination of evocative memoir, passionate performers and iconic locations, as we bring the words of one of Dublin Docklands most famous figures to life.

Friday 18th September – From 5pm

Available on Facebook, YOUTUBE and East Wall for All website.

 

Part of the Sean O’Casey Festival 2020

 

Dublin PortWe would like to thank Dublin Port Company for their support

( “O’Casey in the estate” was a ShinAwiL production)

Sep 11

“When Hitchcock met O’Casey” free-to-view

This critically acclaimed documentary is available to view on Youtube for a limited period . Made in conjunction with the East Wall History Group , it sold out its premiere screening at the Dublin International Film Festival .

Available until Monday evening , 14th September . Enjoy

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Sep 06

Sean O’Casey Festival 2020 – full programme available

“All the worlds a stage, and most of us are desperately unrehearsed”

So said Sean O’Casey, and there are no more appropriate words to describe this very strange year. But in the grand old theatrical tradition – the show must go on. This year’s annual festival will be very different of course, with COVID-19 restrictions meaning we cannot host events as we normally would. However, we have put together an exciting programme of online events (free and accessible to all) , and we will also include a unique in-theatre experience (though numbers participating will be extremely limited).

Friday 11th September @ 6pm until Monday 14th September 

“When Hitchcock met O’Casey”

This acclaimed documentary, which premiered at the Dublin International Film Festival 2019, will be available to view (free of charge) for a limited period.

“It was a collaboration between one of Ireland’s most noted playwrights and cinema’s greatest directors, yet the 1930 release of Juno and the Paycock is often neglected in the repertoire of both men. Brian O’Flaherty’s documentary aims to find out why. Featuring extensive, incisive interviews with family members, academics, directors and actors, including Shivaun O’Casey, Prof Charles Barr, Neilí Conroy and Peter Sheridan, it tells the story of how these two iconic figures met and the legacy of the film.”

Screening on YOUTUBE , Facebook and on this page .

Political Writings

Tuesday 15th September @ 8pm

“The political writings of Sean O’Casey”

Sean O’Casey’s life is also the history of the early twentieth century, a period that was shaped by two great ideas, nationalism and socialism. History and politics are woven into the fabric of his life; he was a socialist, a humanist and a great writer who put politics at the centre of his work. He asserted the role of the writer as a transformative force in society. In this ZOOM presentation, Paul O’Brien will explore a lesser known side of O’Casey – his writings on the great political issues of his time.

Speaker: Paul O’ Brien is a writer and activist who has just completed a Political Biography of Sean O’Casey.

ZOOM link : https://dcu-ie.zoom.us/j/97010633258

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Wednesday 16th, Thursday 17th and Friday 18th September      @ 7.30pm

“Nannie’s Night Out”

By Sean O’Casey
Recorded by ANU PRODUCTIONS.

Set just two years after the establishment of the Free State, Nannie is just out of jail and she intends to have a good night on the streets of Dublin. But other people have their plans too.
In typical O’Casey style, this play is at times hilarious yet ultimately tragic. It was first performed, only once, in the Abbey Theatre in 1924. This audio performance was recorded by ANU PRODUCTIONS as part of ‘The Lost O’Casey’ in 2018.

Venue: Sean O’Casey Theatre

Tickets: 5 euro, available here:

https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/nannies-night-out-tickets-119415203087

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Friday 18th September, from 5pm

“Docklands … by Docklanders”

Join us on Culture Night for a virtual journey through time and space in the Dublin Docklands. Using extracts from previously published literature which span over two centuries (right up to2020), we will sample the rich tapestry of stories and characters that have given this area its unique flavour.
The carefully chosen selection of material range in time from the days of the Tall ships through to the modern glass & steel skyscrapers , with each piece reflecting on the memories and perceptions of the daily life of that era, much of it focussing on how it was seen through the eyes of young people.
A diverse cast of readers will bring each piece to life, and each will be presented from an iconic Dockland location.

(This event is in conjunction with the Short Stories & Tall Tales series)

Available on Facebook, YOUTUBE and East Wall for All website.

 

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Friday 18th September, from 7pm

“O’Casey in the Estate – PLOUGHING ON”


We all watched the two-part documentary “O’Casey in the Estate” on RTE back in July. It followed the plans to stage a production of ‘Plough and the Stars” using a non-professional cast. We all watched the emotional scenes and shared the shock & sadness as the once in a lifetime opportunity to step onto the Abbey Theatre stage was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

But nothing can hold this cast back – The Sean O’Casey Festival 2020 is delighted to announce that cast members from the documentary will be united to celebrate Culture Night and you can all join them!
It will be an online trip through the streets where Sean O’Casey once walked – a tour through the North Docklands with the cast members reading a selection of extracts from the autobiographical writings of the great playwright.

It will be an opportunity to experience a perfect combination of evocative memoir, passionate performers and iconic locations, as we bring the words of one of Dublin Docklands most famous figures to life.

Available on Facebook, YOUTUBE and East Wall for All website.

 

“The whole worlds in a terrible state of chassis”

… but the show must go on .

We hope you join us .

Sep 03

“Waterloo, John Rennie , Black Drop Opium and the Docklands dislocated Doorway “.

John Rennie was an innovative Scottish civil engineer , responsible for key works in Britain, Scotland and Dublin , including within the North Docks. His “Doorway into the Docklands” (1813) was never really meant as the tribute to a future victory over the French as is suggested today.

However, that victory which would come in 1815 at Waterloo – an event which would have profound consequences for the Dublin Docklands, would open up an exotic world which among other things would see Ireland become an exporter of Opium to Great Britain.

Rennie’s Doorway , located at the CHQ building has witnessed many of the iconic events of Irish History , and through the stories of the various Doormen such as Robert Nolan in 1795 through to Michael Connolly and John Nolan in 1916, a long forgotten era of Dockland’s history will be explored. Presented by Hugo McGuinness .

 

 

Originally scheduled for broadcast on 30th July 2020 as part of the new Short Stories Tall Tales  series. These online events were created as a response to the restrictions created by the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Aug 28

The story of Clontarf Island

CONTAGION , CROMWELL AND THE CASE OF THE DISAPPEARING ISLAND :

In this talk , Caitriona Ni Cassaithe traces the history of the now disappeared Clontarf Island which was a prominent feature of Dublin Bay right up until the late 1800s. The island served many uses over time and was used as a bathing spot, a quarantine for plague victims and a retreat for city dwellers. The last resident of this popular beauty spot was a Mr. Christopher Cromwell, who spent his final ill-fated days on the island.

Originally broadcast live on 16th July 2020 as part of the new Short Stories Tall Tales  series. These online events were created as a response to the restrictions created by the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Jul 18

Sarah Lundberg Summer School 2020 presents …

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“May your song always be sung” : Sarah Lundberg Summer School 2020

The Sarah Lundberg Summer School 2020 will be an online event , due to COVID-19 restrictions. Each year we remember our friend Sarah (who sadly took her own life in 2014) , when we celebrate her inspirational spirit with an afternoon of talks or performances based on subjects that would have resonated with her and reflect her many interests .

This is the sixth such event . We will also be remembering out friend Alan MacSimoin , who passed away in December of 2018 . Alan was one of the organizers of and a contributor to  previous summer schools.

105683142_3062627390473117_5319781788746306078_nThese individual contributions will be broadcast on Youtube , East Wall History Group Facebook and on the East Wall For All website . Here is the full schedule of presentations , with most running for between 15 to 25 minutes. Please join us on Saturday , and we hope you find something to enjoy :

 

12.00pm: “One step behind”.

12.10pm: “To the East…”

12.30 pm: “Socialist Whodunnits: activism and writing crime fiction in Cork”.

1.15pm: “The Truth about Writing.”

2.00 pm: “The next five minutes: Science Fiction, the future and the present.”

2.45pm: “John Charles McQuaid made me a Socialist”

3.15pm: ‘”The Making of a Community Garden – the story of Mud Island”

4.00pm: “May your song always be sung”.

4.30 pm: “From across the broad Atlantic”

5.00 pm:  “Musical Differences”

5.30pm: “There’s a song that will linger forever in our ears…”

 

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12.00pm: “One step behind”.

Paul O’Brien will open this year’s event performing his own beautiful song “One step behind”. A poignant memory of those who have gone before us but are still very much with us.

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12.10pm: “To the East…”

Our first presentation is written and performed by Roxanna Nic Liam .

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Roxanna is a poet, writer and actor from Dublin. She has performed her poetry at many different festivals including The London Irish Centre, Doolin Writers Festival, Body and Soul, All Together Now and Electric Picnic. Her poem ‘The Bubble’ was recently made into a short film directed by Dave Tynan and won best poetry film at the Doolin Writers Festival. She has performed with many Irish theatre companies including The Abbey Theatre, Druid, Brokentalkers, THEATRE club and AXIS Ballymun. She has also worked in the UK with many companies, including the National Theatre in London. She is a trained drama facilitator.

 

12.30 pm: “Socialist Whodunnits: activism and writing crime fiction in Cork”.

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Kevin Doyle is the author of two contemporary crime novels set in his native Cork, with the final part of the Solidarity Trilogy due next year. His writing is a blend of traditional crime fiction and social commentary, very much located in a real time and place and shaped by his own experiences as a political activist.

In this presentation, Kevin will describe how his years of activism and his knowledge of his home county contributed to his writing, creating a sense of realism, with recognizable characters and a storyline which could be tomorrows headlines.

 

1.15pm: “The Truth about Writing.”

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“Not a whodunnit, this is a how-I-dunnit “.

Derek Farrell is a Dublin Born Crime Fiction Author.

His five Danny Bird Novels have been described, by Neil Broadfoot, as having “Heart, humour and enough twists to give you whiplash,” by Chris McCrudden as “Like M.C. Beaton on MDMA,” and – by no less an expert than Monty Python’s Eric Idle – as “Quite Fun.”

He lives and works in West Sussex.

 

2.00 pm: “The next five minutes: Science Fiction, the future and the present”

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Ciarán Swan takes us on an exploration of science fiction, personal activism and concepts of progress.

Ciarán works full-time in the area of political imagery in the Oireachtas, has a doctorate in visual and national identity on the island of Ireland and has lectured widely at third level in the areas of visual and material culture. He’s a member of the Curatorial Committee of the National Print Museum. He has also designed many of posters, flyers and newsletters for the East Wall History Group.

2.45pm: “John Charles McQuaid made me a Socialist”

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In this short talk, Dr. Mary Muldowney will describe how her teenage years in the late 1960s and early 1970s were affected by Archbishop John Charles McQuaid, as Dublin’s representative of the Irish Catholic Church. McQuaid’s powerful influence on successive Irish governments prompted Mary to question both the role of Catholicism in the Irish state and her own values as she was growing up. The belief in Socialism which answered her questions has stayed with her and prompted her involvement in community, pro-choice and trade union activism in a broad range of campaigns.

Mary is currently Dublin City Council Historian in Residence for Dublin Central, working particularly to promote ‘history from below’.

3.15pm: ‘”The Making of a Community Garden – the story of Mud Island”

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It is one of the great local success stories, as much about community as it is about gardening, and we are delighted to have guests from this award-winning project participate in the Sarah Lundberg Summer School 2020.

This short-illustrated talk will cover the history of the garden, its development over the past eight years and the social as well as environmental role it plays in the area.

4.00pm: “May your song always be sung”.

Sarah loved music, was passionate about creativity and was committed to providing opportunities for artists to find a platform and develop their talents. This is a very important part of today’s event, as several talented young people will be performing songs  they have selected themselves.

Ghaliah Conroy was born in East Wall and having spent most of her childhood there is now studying dance and choreography in the Netherlands. Ghaliah is also a singer and has performed with a variety of different artists such as Soule and Gemma Bradley.

Tadhg Conroy (TYG) is an up and coming singer songwriter, his current single ‘Search for Freedom’ can be listened to on Spotify. His new single will be released on the 27th of July.

Daniel Wigglesworth is a singer-songwriter. He plays the guitar and sings, taking his influences from a wide range of rock and folk. On top of the solo projects, he sings for a rock band too, enjoying the opportunity to explore different styles and techniques within music.

Rebecca Duff is a 23-year-old graduate from the drama and performance bachelors’ course with TU Dublin. Rebecca has lived in East Wall for her whole life, and recently took part in the RTÉ documentary ‘O Casey in the estate’ as Nora Clitheroe. Rebecca also sings at wedding ceremony’s and funerals.

We know you will enjoy the incredible talent on display here, and please support these artists – buy their music, attend their shows , book them . They are the future.

Zeztra are sisters, Avril and Lorna from East Wall. They are a singing and songwriter duo with powerful unique harmonies. After a chance opportunity to open for Maverick Sabre at The Academy in Dublin, they continue to write release and perform their own material.

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4.30 pm: “From across the broad Atlantic”

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We are delighted to have Maria Deasy , President of Irish American Writers & Artists (IAWA) join us with a solidarity greeting and she will briefly describe the organisations goals and their links with todays event.

Maria will introduce Alice Dunne and Niamh Ryan, two Dublin born actors who first met in New York appearing separately at an IAW&A event. They will perform two short but topical lockdown themed pieces, one written by Niamh and the other by NY based Sheila Walsh.

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Maria Deasy is President of Irish American Writers & Artists. She is a New York-based actress, who has appeared Off-Broadway and in several films and television shows. Maria won the Bairbre Dowling Spirit of the Festival Award at Origin Theatre’s 2019 1st Irish Festival for her work as a Producer of Derek Murphy’s Inside Danny’s Box. She also received a Best Actress nomination for that production. At the 2018 1st Irish Festival, Maria starred in Dyin’ For It, also by Derek Murphy, for which she received Best Production and Best Actress nominations. She is the author of the play Mine, about the connection between the coal mining industry and the New York finance world, which she produced at The Broadway Bound Theatre Festival in 2017. Education: Brown University. While her parents harken from beautiful County Mayo, Maria is both a native New Yorker and a Jersey Girl. www.mariadeasy.com

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Niamh Ryan is an award-winning writer, actor and producer. Her plays have been performed in New York, Connecticut, Dublin, Galway and North Carolina. She is founding member of theatre company Cáca Dána. She received a BA in Drama, Theatre and Performance from the National University of Ireland Galway. She also trained at The School of Visual Art New York and The Acting Studio New York. She has enjoyed and thrived from her experiences at IAWA both at home and abroad and found lasting friendships in it’s caring members.

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Alice Dunne is a student midwife who uses her spare time to act and dance. She began performing at a young age with East Wall’s PEG Drama and Variety Group, where she has preformed in many plays and pantomimes. She attended the National Performing Arts School for 10 years and currently teaches musical theatre there. Alice completed a year of full time dance training at Inchicore College of Further Education. She has had the opportunity to perform in James Plunkett’s ‘The Risen People’ (Sean O’Casey Theatre) Peter Sheridan’s ‘Children of Eve’ (Sean O’Casey Theatre), John Kearns’ ‘Sons of Molly Maguire’ (Liberty Hall) and most recently appeared as Mollser Gogan in Shinawills / RTÉ’s O’Casey in the Estate, which was set for the Abbey Stage. While spending a Summer in New York, Alice became involved with the IAWA, where had the opportunity to perform and make some amazing friends.

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5.00 pm:  “Musical Differences”

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A brief exploration of the role of song and music in the history of the international workers movement and the forging of a sense of class identity and solidarity. Two songs will serve as examples for the narrative and will be sung by the narrator.

Paul Bowman is an international anarchist activist currently living in Dublin and active in community and workplace organising as well as the occasional musical forays.

 

5.30pm: “There’s a song that will linger forever in our ears…”

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Just as we opened with an appropriate song, we will finish with one. We never forget our friends, colleagues and family who have gone before us, and we try to move past the sadness and remember these people and why they were important to us. 2020 has been a strange and difficult year with hard times experienced by many. But we look to the future, and hopefully there are better days ahead.

A song that is almost 180 years old, performed here by Black 47.

Used with permission, with gratitude to Larry Kirwan.

 

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 Thanks to all the contributors who joined us for this event , and took the time record their performance or deliver presentations .

 

 Remembering Sarah and Alan.

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Any comments or messages please contact : eastwallhistory@gmail.com

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