You’re Terrible, Mural

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Sinn Féin TD Mary Lou McDonald and a friend in front of an unfinished mural on the gable wall of Canon Burke Flats at Fassaugh Avenue/Ratoath Road junction in Cabra, recently. The words of the 1916 Proclamation were to be placed in the centre

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Dublin City Council workers painting over the mural late Wednesday evening/early Thursday morning

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The painted-over mural yesterday evening

The Cabra 1916 Commemoration Committee writes:

Dublin City Council housing department removed the Cabra 1916 Proclamation Mural in the early hours of [Thursday] morning. We, the 1916 Commemoration Committee, are saddened by this act. The mural is only one part of a number of planned events which we have submitted to the council over four months ago…We are asking our community and local reps to support our program of events and our further options and actions in relation to the mural.

Cathy Power writes:

There is ugly stuff on walls all over Dublin, some of it obscene, some of it racist, some of it just stupid, but Dublin City Council mobilises a crew, in the dead of night, to paint over a community mural in Cabra of the Proclamation of 1916. Who ordered this and why?

Alternatively…

Anyone?

Cabra 1916 Commemoration Committee (Facebook)

Thanks Buzz

UPDATE:

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Neil King writes:

Cabra doesn’t get the playing field to itself when it comes to weird-bottom murals. Here’s one from Roe River Books in Dundalk.

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139 thoughts on “You’re Terrible, Mural

  1. Dude McLynn

    Good. Leave that crap to the savages beyond the border. Next it’ll be Bobby Sands looking down at us as we drive around. Get f()cked.

    1. classter

      I am happy enough for the mural to be re-painted but it is odd.

      Go to that area & there is plenty of litter & plenty of signs of the council’s inability/unwillingness to maintain the area under their stewardship.

      Yet, they do this.

      Putting aside the natural anti-SF sentiment of most commenters here (myself included) and this is sinister.

      1. Caroline

        Not true. The council is actually pretty active in the area, particularly with regard to graffiti. In any case the mural has been up for weeks and was a massive and intrusive eyesore. There is nothing sinister about it.

  2. Vote Rep #1

    Maybe they should have just asked permission? If somebody sprayed the Eighth Amendment on the side of a house on the end of my road, I’d expect the council to clean it up as well.

  3. medieval knievel

    what’s SF’s position on graffiti artists spraying their unsanctioned artwork on publicly-owned buildings?

      1. declan

        Only the Army Council – which *doesn’t exist anymore – it’s sort of an Army Comrades Assocation now – wonder what colour shirt they wear?

    1. bubbleandsqueak

      If the graffiti is in support of Sinn Fein or by someone they like they are grand with it ; if the graffiti is anti Sinn-Fein or is by someone they don’t like they are against it.

  4. Urbanfrog

    Council were 100% right here, SF have high jacked our flag, anthem and language, now they want to high jack our history…

      1. Vote Rep #1

        We were always thought that the opening lines were ‘Sinne laochra fail’. That seemingly is the correct original opening to it. FF did actually change it to ‘Sinne laochra fáil’.

          1. Vote Rep #1

            I meant to say that FF did actually change it to ‘Sinne Fianna fáil’ so they did hijacked it. You were right!

        1. Cian

          There is no ‘correct original opening’ to it in Irish. The song was written in English, and the chosen as the national anthem in English.

  5. alex lyons

    Thats clearly city council/corporation housing for the elderly, do they think pensioners want every eejit in Cabra with a celtic shirt drinking cans there all next year?

    Pretty sure you paint any giant mural on a corpo building theyll cover it up

    The Shinners tried that Belfast mural nonsense when they started to get big in Tallaght, had to undo it as everyone complained it made the place look like a warzone

    The more they Nordie SInn Fein up the more it hurts them with voters down south

    1. Neilo

      Let’s hope for more Original Flavour Uncle Friendly Hands PIRA/ Sinn Féin in the run-up to the election, then.

      1. ahjayzis

        Pandora’s box. Let SF do it now and Renua Ireland will be painting the cover of Atlas Shrugged on the side of every orangery / summerhouse in South Dublin.

        1. Neilo

          You won’t believe this, but there’s a bookshop in Dundalk that actually has the cover of The Fountainhead as a mural. For reals. Still better than a Provo one, though.

          1. Rob_G

            Do, I’m fierce curious.

            Strange choice for the bookshop, though; I thought that even people who agreed with Rand’s politics acknowledge that it is a very turgid read?

          2. Deluded

            Cool!
            … but is that just a (very nice) Art Deco thing as opposed to wouldnt-it-be-dandy-if-we-were-all-honeybadgers?

    1. Spaghetti Hoop

      Political murals, that is.
      (Some will try and weave in the case of the marriage ref. Dublin murals for petty argument.)
      Well done DCC. This type of stuff is proven to be divisive and dangerous.

      1. Neilo

        @ Rob G: it isn’t a a good read but it may just be that the cover is really nice. I’ve always meant to ask the owner about that. Snaps to follow – unless Louth Co Council painted it over as a blow against objectivism,

        1. ahjayzis

          Piss off Cian. Our independence isn’t under threat – it’s celebrated every day by just *being* independent. We don’t need to paint yesterday’s conflict on our houses, emulating the conflict zone and sectarian quagmire 100km up the road. We should be providing an example for them, not aping them.

          Let’s focus on the battles the country faces to come, and not continually live in the ones of the past.

          Council estates in East London aren’t painting murals of the Blitz to the gables, if they were we’d wonder why they haven’t moved the f**k on.

          1. Vote Rep #1

            The only way to show you like Irish independence is to have large murals of the rebellion and heroes from it and the struggle up north and to vote for SF at all times. Anything else shows you are, in the words of certain SF councillor, nothing but a West Brit.

    2. Deluded

      Thanks Neilo : )
      From roeriverbooks.com
      Independent bookshops survive because they aren’t just about financial transactions. They are about books, obviously, but also about people, people who write books, people who read books and people who like being surrounded by books. They don’t just want to sell you books to make money; they want to sell you books because the books they sell are worth reading.

      1. Neilo

        @deluded: That is an excellent store – more power to their collective elbow! But that Rand mural tickles me in places that I didn’t know I had places…

  6. doncolleone

    they should have sprayed agent orange on that whole estate, the absolute state of the howayas in those pics. Bring back eugenics.

  7. MT

    Its all in preparation for the SF 2016 project linking West Belfast to Cabra via the new “Super Falls Road” (formerly M50/M1/N1/A1).
    Ducking Fopes.

    1. Neilo

      ‘Further options and actions’ – PIRA/Sinn Fein cannot help but sound sinister in their every utterance no matter how banal.

  8. Eamonn clancy

    Love the hypocracy though, the wonderful image of the two men embracing on Gerorge’s St was left alone and we all hopped on that bandwagon in defence of it, but this one? Nah, it doesn’t fit our nice, cosy addenda so we’ll boo it off the stage.

    1. Joe835

      That was always temporary; I supported it because it was only ever going to be there for a few weeks – probably wouldn’t have liked it there permanently. In any case, it’s not glorifying those who glorified death, it was a positive message.

      1. Neilo

        Agreed: two men embracing in the context of the marriage equality referendum gladdens the heart. The hijacking by PIRA/Sinn Fein of the 1916 Rising must be challenged at every turn.

        1. Vote Rep #1

          regardless of that, the building was privately owned and it was done with the permission of the owner. If Eamonn clancy doesn’t believe in ownership, then he won’t mind people coming along and spraying all over his house/car/etc?

      2. Sido

        Whilst I didn’t like the gay mural – it served a purpose for gay activists, and I trusted they weren’t about to start a campaign of sticking them all over the place.
        This is entirely different, give this sort of thing an inch and they’ll start breeding – well like … amoebas.

      3. Dog Gone. IT

        better pull down all those statues of Jaysus on the cross then

        and also rename Connolly, Pearse, Ceannt etc while you’re at it

        That sort of glorification of violent war-mongering really turns my stomach

        1. Neilo

          No need to go to those measures, at all. I’m a proud citizen of this Republic but that bunch of bandwagon-jumping/widow-making/kiddy-fiddling Nordie bastiches getting involved in 1916 commemorations just annoys me a soupcon.

    2. Spaghetti Hoop

      Ah here. People may also object to any of the murals in Temple Bar or around the city. But these, plus the temporary embracing one are certainly not as divisive and provocative as were the Shinner / PIRA / UVF / UDA murals that were part of our troubled history. Sometimes referred to as ‘war’ propaganda. Hardly the same.

    3. Nigel

      Yes. It’s as if the principles involved have less to do with the existence of murals than with their content. Because we can tell the difference between something we like and something we loathe and express ourselves accordingly.

  9. Joe835

    Well done DCC; the minute one is allowed, SF will try to get one up on every gable they can find. This isn’t Belfast, we’re secure enough in our Irishness not to have to resort to effing murals.

  10. theo kretschmar schuldorff

    Bravo DCC! Never so content to pay my taxes!

    However, further down the road from the deleted mural is this entire bridge which has been hijacked by the Shinners; plaque on the right is for 1981 hungry men, Plaque on the left is 1916 fighty men.

    https://www.google.ie/maps/@53.3661495,-6.2901829,3a,19.3y,254.73h,81.06t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sz_5vqk4FDq3q2768bEfVEw!2e0!7i13312!8i6656

    https://www.google.ie/maps/@53.3661495,-6.2901829,3a,19.3y,328.33h,81.27t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sz_5vqk4FDq3q2768bEfVEw!2e0!7i13312!8i6656

    No plaque for all civvies killed yet. They must still be carving that one. It will have lots of names.

    1. Neilo

      They’d need a bridge the size of the Forth to display the names of the dead and the living scarred by their crimes.

    2. Caroline

      To be honest, the whole area is quite plaque-happy. At least that bridge itself looks alright, the new bridge on Connaught Street is appalling. It looks like a motorway flyover. They just fkd any old thing in.

          1. Dog Gone. IT

            Careful now. I might show up at your next book launch and frighten all the kids.
            We’ll see who’s creepy then.

        1. Neilo

          Hang on, mate. You’ve got a natural edge in such combat. There’s a chance – given your moniker – that you’ve at least visited Heidelberg. :)

    1. Spaghetti Hoop

      Exactly, Star – and look at the tensions they created there.
      SF want the ‘war’ to continue their particular way, and wherever they can collect votes.
      One can be proud of Irish Rebellion and Independence without resorting to this.

  11. Joe cool

    No need for this sort of thing. But if it p***** off Adam “young labour” Hurley , then I love it

    1. Nigel

      Wow. Lovely. Shows up SF-style heroic-historic graffiti for the cramped, pompous, joyless, bloodthirsty propaganda that it is.

    2. Vote Rep #1

      All those on corpo property was either commissioned by the DCC or DCC gave permission for it. I know SF aren’t used to getting permission to do what they want, but thems to rules down in the south.

  12. Owen

    Fupp me… 95 comments all in agreement!! What’s happened on here? Dare I say it… have we all agreed on something!?

    Wait…. where is Mr.T? Has he agreed yet?

      1. Dog Gone. IT

        I’m really not in favour of the incipient unanimity here either as it seems to come with a soupcon of superciliousness at “Shinners and Other People Who Don’t Share My View” but in fairness fair play to DCC

    1. Jonotti

      I’ve yet to have my two cents.

      Look, I can sympathise with the local republican group…
      Nah, those shinner knacks can fook off with their divisice graffiti.

      1. Dog Gone. IT

        This thread was really enhanced by your contribution, thank for taking the time from your busy day

  13. Woof

    If the Corpo – sorry, the ‘City Council’ – is getting proactive on graffiti, maybe they could clean up some of the other stuff reported on SaveMyStreet or whatever it’s called in the last few years.

    No? OK.

    Or… hmm… maybe we should just go out and spray-paint Bobby Sands wherever we want graffiti removed. Where do we get stencils, please?

  14. scottser

    dcc did the same in the 90s on the side of a block of council flats at the top of buckingham st/summerhill. there was a pretty cool mural reproducing a letter in code bobby sands wrote while in prison. i think it lasted a few days before it was painted over. now it just immortalises the fact that anto is a rat.

  15. Woof

    In one of the country’s museums there’s an original Proclamation, which, rather disturbingly for a delicate and rare old document, regularly has lights shining from behind on certain selected lines. There’s also a voice booming them out. But only certain lines, you understand. The nice ones.

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