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We stumbled upon a twitter link from Dublin City Council this week about the remaking of Dominick Street. And while we also came across those regularly used and abused words "masterplan" and "regeneration", it got us thinking about the streetscapes of our city right now.

It's hardly Einstein to observe that every single street in the city centre with any retail bent is undergoing cataclysmic change. While the 'To Let' sign business booms (if you make the signs at least), it presents the city and the landlords with a real chance to consider and redine what it wants its streets to be. Is there an optimum amount of 2 euro stores or should we create a 2 euro quarter in the city? 

Capel Street represents the continual struggle of old and new, one that could just make it but not without some help. Is it unrealistic in these times of change to consider what makes a street special? What gives it an air of dignity or defiance but also an appeal? 

We walk them and live on them but maybe it's time to look at them and think again. Who knows there might be a regeneration masterplan to be found in the process?

Who has crept up their own cul-de-sac where the street has no name this week? MichaelCiaranKate Frances or Conor? With thanks to Camille

'The cover is inspired by Rasputin.' - Diarmuid Ó Catháin
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February 16 2012


where
Samuel Beckett Centre, Trinity College, Dublin 2
01 896 1334
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when
7pm (ends Friday)

how much
€8

theatre
Inadmissible Evidence

Inadmissible evidence. Is probably pretty handy in a courtroom, but a lot more entertaining on the stage. John Osborne's play is as intense as any episode of 'The Thick of It'. It's pretty painful. You will feel a bit awkward. You might spend a bit of time looking down at your knees. Or even biting your nails. But the fluttering in your stomach is a good thing. In this Valentine's week, as an embittered singleton, I relished William Maitland's grinding disillusionment with family life. And who better to interpret this slow erosion of the human spirit than DU Players - you know students are constantly on the agonising rack of love. It was daring staging this play in the Samuel Beckett Theatre - the two have often been compared - so in death Osborne is daring to upstage Beckett in his spiritual home. Naughty. Win Tickets /Cora Burke

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February 16 2012


where
The Twisted Pepper, 54 Middle Abbey Street, Dublin 1.
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when
8pm

how much
€5

talk
The Evolution of the Hipster

With the modern hipster's position as social pariah of the mainstream being galvanised further of late thanks to the likes of Being a Dickhead’s Cool and the hipsters mocking hipsters paradox that is Dalston Superstars, it has become all too easy to forget the true origins of the subculture. The Banter panel reconvenes for another of their monthly discussions, this time assessing the evolution of the hipster. Garry O’Neill, Mick Heaney and Eimear Fitzmaurice will be looking at the metamorphosis of the hipster from being the avant garde pioneers of previous generations to their current oft-vilified incarnation. Was Nathan Barley’s rise of the idiots sketch a forewarning for us all or is there a future for the hipster in today’s society? The panel and audience will be discussing this and more on the night. Win Tickets / Colin McMahon

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February 16 2012


where
The Mezz, 23 Eustace Street Dublin 2


when
7:30pm

how much
€5

fundraiser
Til Death Do Us Party

Bands are usually labeled wedding bands for good reason. There’s an undeniable whiff of sad, mingling midst the damp patches on their untucked shirts. That is until you see Til Death Do Us Party. Firstly, there’s the moniker which has a hedonistic strut in its step and this is evident in Austin, a frontman who rivals Les Savy Fav’s Tim Harrington in terms of ginger charisma. Then there’s the music which cocktail sticks the choicest of classics (Stevie Wonder, Soft Cell, The Sugarhill Gang). Tonight they step out from under the bouquet stampede and confetti crush in support of a fundraiser for Taryn Barker, a gothic thriller web series in development. And in case you were wondering "the band will play for up to 3 hours with a 20 minute break" according to their website so make your own conga line of that if you will. / Michael McDermott

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February 16 2012


where
Ranelagh Arts Centre
26 Ranelagh Main Street
Dublin 6

when
8pm

how much
€5

gig
Allison's Folk Club

The term Folk music has become blurred over the last few years, Mumford and Sons and their ilk have not done a lot for the tag. When you mention folk songs to people now, they immediately conjure up the angsty sound of a young man bemoaning the loss of a girl somewhere in Dalston. Hit them over the head with a copy of a folkways anthology. Luckily there has been a resurgence in proper folk music too, the likes of Meg Baird, Alela Diane, Alina Hardin and Jack White, to name a few, have been flying the flag. Dublin has also seen resurgence in folk clubs, singer Allison  Sleator will be hosting her own tonight. Let’s hope it’s another bastion of nu-folk free fun. / Sam Doyle

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February 16 2012


where
Smock Alley Theatre, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.
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when
Thursday 16th Feb & Friday 17th Feb – 6.30pm – Saturday 18th Feb – 2.30pm

how much
€10/12

theatre
She's Got Love For You

She's Got Love For You is a work in progress and maybe will always be. It's about becomings, journeys to a place that exists only now, pasts lived in the 80s and 90s that forged pathways to here. It speaks to family, to memories, to fear, to change. Relive your own becomings with this piece expressed through multimedia and dance, watch this journey unfold in what is sure to be a beautifully crafted performance. Two other pieces will add nothing if not variety with another work in progress Finding Fighting Words and a piece on changing male desire entitled Every Doris has his Day. The Jack Burdell Experience created the Collaborations festival to bring about 14 one-act plays of which these are the last three. See them now while you still can. / Jessica Hayden 

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February 17 2012


where
Various (see link)

when
See Link

how much
See Link

festival
JDIFF

Ten years a growing, the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival  is imbued by the spirit of its founder, the late Michael Dwyer, and emboldened by the selection of its director Grainne Humphreys. As always, it's the dilemma of choice conundrum. Is Al Pacino or Mark Wahlberg in the flesh going to enhance or compensate for their cinematic vehicles? The best advice is skinny-dip on films you are unlikely to see on a big screen anytime soon. On that note and following exhaustive hours of dog-earring pages and ink circling titles here's what I've plumped for - Damsels in Distress, Family Instinct, The Monk, Turn Me On, Jeff, Who Lives at Home and Silver Tongues. I've never heard of any of these before either but that's not to say at least one of these may change your live and one will be a Fabreze-less stinker. It's a film festival after all. Sit back and let the credits roll. / Zach Joyce

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February 17 2012


where
Cineworld, Parnell Street, D1
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when
8 showings today.

how much
€8.20

cinema
The Muppets

“And I don't care what anybody says. I don't care if no one believes in us because... I believe! I believe in you. And you. And you... So I say fine, let's just start from the bottom and work our way back up to the top!” Big words from a small frog. We all like a little laugh these days, and Jim Henson’s creations are just the people, sorry, ‘Muppets’ for the job. After years of waiting, they’ve finally produced the first decent Muppet film since the nineties.  And it is an unexpected rare combination of optimism and sharp wit. Includes a well cast Jason Segel and Amy Adams - but who cares - that’s irrelevant next to the rest of more felted and fuzzy cast. So if your inner green is feeling a little grey, be sure to check out Kermit, the notorious P.I.G. and friends this week.  Because as Kermit himself says, “Even frogs have rainy days”. / Rachel Ray

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February 17 2012


where
The Grand Social, 35 Lower Liffey Street, Dublin 1.
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when
8pm

how much
€10 (includes October CD)

launch
Ghost Estates

Thirty seconds into Ghost Estates about-to-be launched single October, and you know its going to be special. A rousing, charged tune that reminded me of The Doves' There Goes The Fear but only if played faster and on a vinyl made of mescaline. It's a rip roaring, stomping, euphoric tune, and the standout track of the three released form the debut album so far. The Irish 5-piece have been together since 2010, and are comprised of ex-members of Sickboy and 8Ball. But their past is nowhere near as exciting as their promised future if they can maintain the standard they have set over the last ten months. Considering the actual ghost estates that litter Ireland - a testament to our lowest times - it's pleasing to think that these words could be positively reclaimed. Buy into these guys, they are about to go boom. / Vernon Steel 

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February 17 2012


where
Button Factory, Curved Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
01 670 9202
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when
11pm

how much
€15

gig
The 2 Bears

The romance continues this Valentines week because if there was ever a line up to make hearts flutter it’s this one. NightFlight and Hidden Agenda have betrothed us not one but two worthy suitors. The 2 Bears is the side project of Joe Goddard from Hot Chip (his creative cup runneth over) and the wonderfully named Raf Rundell. With fizzy, limb-flailing dance-floor fillers, you can guess that any church they pay homage to doesn't frown on hedonism – its actually expected. DFA's Benoit & Sergio are masters of good hooks (and soft centres) to lure you into their Balearic sounding boudoir. Ask anyone who was at their Electric Picnic show in September - they made us all very happy campers. Thankfully love (and good music) really does conquer all. / Rachel Hegarty

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February 17 2012


where
The Twisted Pepper, 54 Middle Abbey Street, Dublin 1.
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when
10pm

how much
€12/15

club night
Objekt

There's nothing like a bit of secrecy to get people talking about your music (see, for example, the endless provocations of masked man Zomby), but when Objekt #1 dropped early last year, its unprepossessing title seemed less about manufacturing hype than simply presenting the music with as little bullshit as possible. It worked, with that release and follow up Objekt #2's deft mixture of classic UK bass signifiers and hard-edged Teutonic techno bruising dance floors and taking over mixes throughout 2011. Turned out there wasn't much of a mystery to the man behind the music (he's an Englishman living in Berlin, fittingly enough) but latest 12" Cactus/Porcupine, another set of productions with one eye on the past and both feet in the future, confirms him as one of the most talented newcomers around. This will be big. Win Tickets / Conor McDevitt

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February 18 2012


where
Whelan's, 25 Wexford Street, Dublin 2
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when
8pm

how much
€7

gig
The Wizards of Firetop Mountain

Thundering amps and anguished shrieks can be heard when The Wizards of Firetop Mountain hold court. Be afraid, for these mortal Dublin mages are sworn to obey one true power: the riffs of rock. Channelling overlords of the 70s, and enchanted by the glamour of Black Sabbath, each time they play, the dead souls of that darkest era seem to clamour for release, to return to this plane for just one more gig. Bolstered by their oddities, the Wizards are poised to do well, having wowed the crowd at Whelans' Ones To Watch festival in January. They leave their craggy reaches and blaze down in return to that hallowed place of worship this Saturday with recalcitrant zombie-prog accomplices The Jimmy Cake and enigmatic masters, Disguise, with one aim: to make sweet, heavy music and charm hearts. Win Tickets / Nay McArdle

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February 18 2012


where
The Twisted Pepper, 54 Middle Abbey Street, Dublin 1.
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when
8pm

how much
€8

gig
MMOTHS

18-year-olds these days aren’t how I remember them – getting wasted on Dutch gold and strumming bad versions of Oasis songs. Not this 18-year-old anyway. MMOTHS – or Jack Colleran as he’s known to his mam – has become an important name in electronic music over the past year, producing spellbinding slow-motion soundscapes from his bedroom. Heart EP, featuring dreamy vocals from Sarah of Keep Shelley in Athens over synths, will have you walking on air while the upbeat Summer will have you clicking your fingers and tapping your toes. And rather than strumming bad versions of Oasis songs, he’s creating great remixes of Bon Iver and Passion Pit songs. After signing to SQE records last year, he launches the EP tonight with his first headline show. Not bad for a lad from Kildare who’s just done his Leaving Cert. / Anne Hayden

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February 18 2012


where
The Grand Social, 35 Lower Liffey Street, Dublin 1.
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when
8pm

how much
€15

gig
Errors

Come down with me, it's not like something but it is like whatever — and have some faith in magic. That might not make a whole lot of sense as a sentence and that's because it's a combination of three album titles by Scottish quartet, Errors. This is post-pop that punches you right in the gut. Shimmering synths wash over barely discernible lyrics, backed-up by a seriously heavy rhythm combo. Mentions of Mogwai and comparisons with Battles are undeniably complimentary but don't do these dudes anywhere enough justice. New songs like Pleasure Palaces and Earthscore illustrate the muscle this band commands, both physically and mentally. Like their album titles allude to, sonically they can be a bit of a challenge, you just need to have a little faith in this particular brand of Glaswegian magic. Win Tickets / Simon Judge

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February 19 2012


where
The Science Gallery, Trinity College, Pearse Street, Dublin 2
01 896 4091‎
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when
12pm - 6pm (until April 4)

how much
Free

exhibition
Edible

Explosives, bullets, cigarette filters, not generally what comes to mind when you think 'pig'. Poor Porky has also been used in clarifying my wine...look what a good job he's done! Whatever happened to breakfast rolls, ribs, streaky bacon? Well looks like they're on the way out and the new trend for us greedy westerners is entomophagy. Insects au gratin. The Science Gallery's Edible exhibition explores how we as eaters shape what foods are produced. Exhibits include cooking videos of glow in the dark sushi, bubbling of fermenting alcohol and the "gas bag", which I just about managed to restrain myself from bouncing on. Check out their Feeding Times for a truly unique dining experience, but don't get too carried away as you don't want to turn into " a fat reckless woman like Ms Brown". Insect kebab anyone? / Sarah Maguire

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February 19 2012


where
The Bernard Shaw, 11-12 South Richmond Street, Portobello, Dublin 2.
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when
4pm - late

how much
Free

exhibition
Agnieszka Bloch - Know Thyself

Each drawing by the hand of Agnieszka Bloch is like a little black and white circus of perfectly observed detail. It's dizzying, a kind of African tribal interpretation of the fantastical, the twee, stuff that Christmas cards and fairytales used to be made of. It's as much made up of sugar and spice and all things nice as it is of slugs and snails and puppy-dog's tails though, with some eerie monsters cropping up. It's a bit like entering Narnia. But you're actually going into the Bernard Shaw, where ice queens are pretty thin on the ground. Especially on long boozy Sundays. Bloch's work is transcendent of time and place. It's another little world, a dizzy, hallucigenic world of skinny lines after a tipple or two. But the the beauty of this is that Bloch hasn't created a world with rules. Cos who likes rules? / Kate Frances Coleman 

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February 20 2012


where
Light House Cinema , Smithfield Market, Dublin 7
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when
3:40pm & 6pm

how much
€6-€9

cinema
A Dangerous Method

The last decade or so has seen David Cronenberg mutate from an underground horror director with a flair for the grotesque into a downright respectable arthouse director. A bit like The Fly in reverse then. His latest film is, wait for it, a costume drama, although being Cronenberg it does get a bit Freudian. More than a bit actually, focusing as it does on the rivalry between the father of psychoanalysis and his protege Carl Jung. It's a pretty conventional take, with the most outré element being Keira Knightley's gurning personification of Jung's muse Sabrina Spielrein, which you'll either be applauding as the year's bravest performance or wishing for a Scanners-style head explosion. The best scenes come in the head to heads between the two famous shrinks, with Viggo Mortensen's droll, cigar-waving Freud a highlight. / Conor McDevitt

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February 20 2012


where
50 William Street South  
Dublin 2


when
Regular opening hours

how much
Depends on your pick

le other
Clement & Pekoe

Ah, South William Street, a microcosm of Dublin cool. Pop Up restaurants, Indie clothes stores, high-end fashion, pubs, grub and cafes to sit outside of. Where else can you grab a burger, a pint, a gimp outfit, some flowers and a bong all within 50 metres? Well, you can add proper tea and coffee to that strange rider now with Clement and Pekoe. C&P have build up a solid clientele and their stickyness factor is easily explained by their varied selection of coffee beans and teas. From bitter morning tea to this week's special coffee brew of Rwanda Mussasa (it'll be replaced by a Malawian variety by the time you read this). Sit by the window and watch Jamie Heaslip pace up and down the road or knowingly wink at the awkwardly walking women who pass the entrance having used the Brazilian waxing services upstairs. / Vernon Steel

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February 21 2012


where
Unitarian Church, St Stephen's Green West, Dublin 2
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when
8pm

how much
€10

talk
Young Hearts Run Free

When Donal Dineen's much-loved show left the airwaves after 15 years recently, there was a lot of discussion about the role of radio in this digital age. The general consensus seemed to be that podcasts are great and all, but can’t replace the intimacy of live broadcasts. The heartfelt tributes and outpouring of grief from fans of Donal’s show was a testament to that. Tonight he will join another of Ireland’s most important disc jockeys, John Kelly, who continues to fight the good fight, playing quality, non-mainstream music in an increasingly commercial environment. The pair will muse on the theme “friendship/the importance of radio”, but it’s not all talk. There will be musical performances by the great Uillean piper Leo Rickard, and the gifted Aidan Wall (Hipster Youth, Soil Creep). / Anne Hayden

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February 21 2012


where
Cineworld, Parnell Street, D1
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when
8pm

how much
€10

cinema
Margaret

Kenneth Lonergan's second film as writer-director took three months to film and then almost six years to edit (taking in a couple of lawsuits and some help from Martin Scorsese along the way), but the final product transcends its troubled production history. Yes it's long and sometimes messy and there are story lines and characters which still bear the mark of the editing process, but I found myself utterly gripped throughout. It's a coming of age story, but it's also about (that dreaded term) post-9/11 New York, and Lonergan's superb ear for dialogue and ability to create truly human characters (none more so than Anna Paquin's convincingly conflicted lead) make for a thoroughly moving look at growing up in that city which keeps you totally absorbed over its two and half hour running time. Honestly, I wish it were longer. (Part of JDIFF) / Conor McDevitt

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February 21 2012


where
Vicar Street, 58-59 Thomas Street, Dublin 2.
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when
7:30pm

how much
€39.05

comedy
Jay and Silent Bob Get Old

Ah, those lovable weed-distributing rogues. But even lovable weed-distributing rogues have to face facts - they ain't getting any younger. And the reminiscing begins...silent Bob is coming out of his shell...at last, and maybe the scrapes are going to get less messy...so enjoy the anecdotes of Jay and Bob's formative years. While they can still remember them. Also - word of warning - you might imagine that a near mute and a loudmouth would have had trouble pulling...but from the sheer stomach churning, highly complex descriptions of dalliances past, it would seem that the ladies love pretty much any man with a car and a criminal record. Mugshots. Hawt. As their first time on this side of the pond, we should give 'em a welcome with open arms. This is probably number nine on their bucket list. Cos they're officially Hollywood old. / Kate Coleman

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February 22 2012


where
Whelan's, 25 Wexford Street, Dublin 2
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when
8pm

how much
€17

gig
Ghostpoet

This UK MC may appear like a slow mover with his laidback, sleepy tunes and beats, but don't let that fool you. Ghostpoet's (Obaro Ejimiwe) debut album Peanut Butter Blues & Melancholy Jam was only released this time last year, earning him a Mercury Prize nomination, and since then he's toured with Metronomy, graced the festival circuit and is now back to play Whelans once more after a rapturous gig just five months ago. Hard to imagine that before his whirlwind year he was working in customer service by day and recording tracks in his bedroom by night. His songs capture the melancholy of the daily grind and of life slipping away,  but luckily for us, his sense of fun is intact. Described as sounding like somewhere between Tricky and The Streets, see for yourself and get the full live experience. Win Tickets / Hayley Reynolds

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February 22 2012


where
Talbot Gallery, 51 Talbot Street, Dublin 1
Location Map

when
Until Feb 25th

how much
Free

exhibition
Collette Cronin - I See A Bad Moon Rising

Colette Cronin's first solo show in Dublin is not a reflection on the property bubble that burst on Ireland's big fat lying nose. But it could easily be interpreted as so. Focusing on the notion of 'home', the cork-based artist presents a series of strong visual statements that are on-trend in their clean and crisp visualisations. A skull wrapped in floral wallpaper, various meshes of houses and death crosses, and a Tetris-style dwelling peeled back to its block beginnings are foreboding in some respects, and it's an easy mental jump from these to the notion of ghost estates and wanker-bankers and more 'boomier' times, but their clarity and striking use modernist styles make this an altogether positive experience. Entitled I See A Bad Moon Rising it could easily be renamed We See A New Star's Beginning. / Vernon Steel

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February 22 2012


where
104 Leeson Street.
Dublin 2

when


how much
Pint of Tennants: €3.50

le other
Tavern On The Green

Lurking on the corner of Leeson Street is the future of boozing. I dare you to go in. Sink into the sofas, nurse a pint, and chill out to the eclectic soundsystem (hi-fi) of too cool for school indie tunes. The real achievement has to be balancing live-by-the-sword indie with a volume that allows conversation. In fact, I would tout (the new) Eamon Doran's as the premier destination for people who like to converse when they're out, while avoiding the awkward silence risk. Perfect first date venue or equally perfect for raucous group beering. And then there's the bartenders. One uber-cool peroxide bartender captured a couple of hearts with her razor wit. She needs a bigger audience though...Doran's got it going on, for squishy bum seatage, fine times for your ears and sweet, sweet golden nectar. / Kate Coleman

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Dave Leahy and J.J. Rolfe - Street Warriors

Dave Leahy and J.J. Rolfe are the producer and director of a new documentary about legendary skate shop Clive's of Hill Street. Dave gives le cool the back-story.

My biggest memory and the reason I made this film is just skating with my mates and hearing about this Mecca in town...this was the bleak '80s in a very bleak part of Dublin, people routinely had money robbed off when they went up there. But then you got there and it was such a revelation, like a wonderland. I think the unique thing about the story is that unlike other countries there was absolutely nothing here for people to skate so everybody found their way to the shop where little crappy ramps were built initially and then a temporary skate park came about. 
 
The film comprises interviews with the shop's owner, all the key skaters of the time, and then on top of that there's a lot archive that includes footage of Tony Hawk's visit which hasn't been seen. As a kid it was this really weird moment when this legend comes over to Ireland and goes to this roller skate arena in Dun Laoghaire and almost a thousand people turned up and paid like a quid in to see them perform.
 
Hill Street premieres at JDIFF on Sunday, 19th February at 18.45 in Cineworld. PHOTO: Johnny Savage