I remember walking through the city at 3:30am.
Eerily quiet and the only thing accompanying me being the harsh bright street lights.
The bustling city, filled with entitlement and self importance, lying there empty and silent. As if the land and the city was an unwilling vessel for the sudden and rapid urbanisation and commercialisation now ever present.
And only now the city can relax,
A walk through the mountains on a cold, drizzly day.
A public screening of Back to the Future, by the sea, I attended.
I recently made my first visit to Kilmainham Gaol in Dublin. Famous for holding the 1916 Easter Rising leaders prior to their execution, on site.
The leaders were able to be identified, as when they were printing the Proclamation of the Irish Republic (Which proclaimed Ireland’s independence from the UK).
When this was being printed it had to be printed in two halves, and as they were discovered by the British, they only had time to destroy the top half, leaving the bottom half, which included all of signatories of the Proclamation.
A list of the men executed is shown below.
“Little islands are all large prisons; one cannot look at the sea without wishing for the wings of a swallow.”
~ Richard Francis Burton
A message I found on the bottom of a drawer, in a house I booked while on holiday.
“Congratulations you have found the secret drawer, read on or bad luck will come your way! I have placed bodies in this area and if you step outside you will even find one beneath your feet! – Call 028 9080 9080 and ask for a ‘fat one down the throat’ taxi on account, they will understand. Alternatively, this house is fucking awful and the owners are devil worshipping paedophiles – get out while you can! Fuck! Fuck! Suck a fat one! Sincerely your dead granny! ”
After the untimely sentencing and subsequent death of her new husband, Grace Gifford herself became incarcerated in the very Gaol in which her husband was killed.
Grace opposed the Anglo-Irish Treaty and was arrested during the Irish Civil War and brought to Kilmainham Gaol. She only spent a few short months here, but during her time she put her artistic talents to work and painted her cell walls.
I was lucky enough to visit both Grace’s cell as well as Joseph Mary Plunkett’s.