Today, in the Irish High Court, Mr Justice Max Barrett passed judgement in favour of the case made by the 1916 Relatives Association with support from a new generation of Irish volunteers. This judgement, against the position of the government, will protect important 1916 battle sites beside the GPO around Moore Street from demolition.
Sadly a proportion of 1916 battlefield sites were deemed unimportant by the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphries and her government. Now the High Court has ordered that she must reconsider her position.
You can read the full story here from the Irish Times including a synopsis of the 400 page judgement by Mr Justice Max Barrett.
Archive image of P. H. Pearse in 1916. Inspiration for the street art on Moore Street.
In the centenary year of the 1916 Rising, a piece of street art has appeared on plywood hoarding surrounding a terrace of red brick buildings used by rebels during the rising on Moore Street, just around the corner from Dublin’s O’Connell Street.
Some of the houses are in immediate danger of demolition and a Save Moore Street campaign was born out of the government’s lack of vision in preserving such a historically significant landmark in its entirety.
The piece is a re-imagining a famous photograph from the era. It depicts Patrick Pearse surrendering to two figures (originally British soldiers) dressed in high viz jackets and hard hats (now representing developers). It is a clever concept with a strong message and up to this point I like it.
But, and here’s the thing, look to the right of the image and it is signed Banksy. It is not a Banksy (I contacted his PR agent Jo Brooks who confirmed this to me categorically), therefore, with the Banksy tag the image becomes a forgery. It immediately disappoints. I love and have a reverence for the arts on par with the love I have for my culture.
Without the Banksy tag, the piece would simply be regarded as ‘in the style of’ Banksy. Therefore respecting Banksy and his amazing body of work and also respecting the actual artist of the piece.
But would the media have picked up on it? Probably not.
The Save Moore Street campaign is getting attention in the media today (with the ‘is it or is it not a Banksy’ narrative).
But I believe, long term, it is to the detriment of the artists involved; who I believe, deserve a little bit more respect.
Save Moore Street Campaign 1
Irish Times article with Jo Brooks confirmation that the piece is NOT by Banksy.
Halla na Cathrach (City Hall). Image credit Julie Corcoran ©2015
And so ends a week of photographs inspired by one day in Dublin.
It began with feeding the birds in St. Stephen’s Green Park,
listening to a band a the top of Grafton Street,
visiting a shrine outside St. Teresa’s Church,
bearing witness to silent chatter on Clarendon Street,
capturing an elephant above a sports store on Suffolk Street and
snapping some pretty young things outside Brown Thomas.
To see the whole collection in one place check out my Flickr album; ‘A Day in Dublin‘.
Go raibh maith agat.
‘Where old ghosts meet’, Grafton Street, Dublin. Image credit Julie Corcoran ©2015
A group of human street statues striking a pose outside Brown Thomas on Grafton Street, Dublin.
‘A Day in Dublin’ is a series of photographs all taken on the same day around Grafton street in Dublin, Ireland.
The collection includes;
Feeding the birds in St. Stephen’s Green Park,
Listening to a band at the top of Grafton Street,
Visting a shrine at St. Teresa’s Church,
Passer’s-by on Clarendon Street,
and the elephant above Elvery’s sports shop on Suffolk Street.
Elvery’s Elephant, Suffolk Street, Dublin. Picture credit Julie Corcoran ©2015.
On leaving a cafe replenished and revived on Suffolk Street, I looked up and spotted this snazzy elephant above a sport’s store.
A Day in Dublin is a series of photographs all taken on the same day in the capital featuring;
Feeding of the birds in St. Stephen’s Green Park,
A band playing on Grafton Street,
A shrine outside St. Teresa’s Church and
Passers-by on Clarendon Street.
Glass encased shrine outside St. Teresa’s Church, Clarendon Street, Dublin. Image credit Julie Corcoran ©2015.
Monday began with the feeding of the bird’s in St. Stephen’s Green Park.
From there, we followed our ears to the top of Grafton Street.
Then, avoiding all things material, we followed the spiritual path to St. Teresa’s Church on Clarendon Street where I took this photograph of a shrine in the priory courtyard.
Keywest playing an impromptu gig at the top of Grafton Street. Image credit Julie Corcoran ©2015.
After leaving St. Stephen’s Green park our ears led us to the top of Grafton street where Keywest, a band that cut its teeth busking on the very same street, were promoting their new album, Joyland.
Needless to say we picked up a signed copy, watch this space, they’re really very good.
Downtown in Dublin with my camera.
Each day this week I’ll be sharing my favourite images all taken on the same day in October.
This photograph of a man feeding a juvenile swan and seagulls was taken beside the pond in St. Stephen’s Green Park.