Executed in The Brutalist Manner



Fergus O’Neill writes:

In September 2015 the last 15 storey Ballymun tower (Plunkett tower) was demolished. The tower blocks were built in 1966, fifty years after the 1916 Rising. An attempt (a badly failed one some might say) to provide social housing for the exploding Dublin population.

The seven high-rise towers were optimistically named after the seven signatories of the proclamation. Tens of Millions have been spent commemorating the centenary year but still we have no new childrens hospital, a broken hospital service, a homelessness crisis and a housing crisis.

… to celebrate the occasion I’ve produced an illustration entitled ‘The Towers’. The print is available from the Irish Design Shop on Drury Street [Dublin 2] and for Easter week. All proceeds go to the Simon Community

Fergus O’Neill

21 thoughts on “Executed in The Brutalist Manner

  1. Kieran NYC

    In other news, Luas drivers have decided to pay their own tribute to the Rising by being a small band of delusional men determined to p1ss off most of the population of Dublin on a holiday weekend.

      1. Sheik Yahbouti

        Isn’t he though? Those of us who live on “de Nort side” don’t actually give a monkey’s about the (strangely constructed) Luas.

        1. Same old same old

          Kieran’s from Cork I believe
          I think he was trying to get to Dublin and catch the Luas alright but took a left turn on the Mallow to Macroom road and just kept going

  2. formerly known as @ireland.com

    The slums are named after patriots.
    The posh areas have kept their Brit names. Why?

    1. some old queen

      The George is knacker central these days.

      What is screech screech brake?

      A twink learning to drive.

      1. sǝɯǝɯʇɐpɐq

        I’m not gay so I don’t offense at that joke or even understand it fully..
        I take offense at your use of the word ‘knacker’.
        I’m a knacker and I haven’t been in The George for years.

    2. B Hewson

      So all suburbs be re-named after the 1916 rising ? Ireland has far more layers of history than that

  3. Eoin

    Usual story with Ireland here. I lived near enough to the towers. My friends lived in em. They could have been great, had promises been kept. But governments change and so do priorities. And the people of Ballymun suffered (and still do) as a result of FF and FG civil war politics.

  4. Digs

    An interesting way to celebrate the “occasion”. I won’t be celebrating it myself as I’ll be celebrating the centennial of the Sykes Picot agreement. I’ll probably just share a large bag of Tayto and raise a glass of rock shandy with some close friends, something a bit more low key than a poster I know, but I just like to keep things simple….

    1. sǝɯǝɯʇɐpɐq

      Living the life…
      I commend you.

      I have a new girlfriend.
      She met me on Broadsheet.
      How mad is that?

      We’ll never get married, but we love each other.

      Her name is Catherine McEntee.
      I love her, she loves me.

      You know what it’s like when you fall in love and you want to tell everybody?
      -No? You don’t remember?

      It doesn’t matter then.

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