Key To The City


Above from left: Grace and Daniel Lambert with Lord Mayor of Dublin, Micheal MacDonncha  yesterday


Drumcondra, Dublin 9.

Lord Mayor of Dublin, Micheal MacDonncha unveiled a plaque in honour of Bang Bang (Thomas Dudley) at the site of his grave in St. Josephs Graveyard.

Bang Bang referred to the key as his Colt 45 and would roam the city ‘shooting’ bystanders. Many acted as if they had been slain.

The idea for the memorial came from brother and sister Grace and Daniel Lambert, who run the Bang Bang Café in Phisborough,

In fairness.

Previously: With A Bang Bang Not A Whimper

Pics: Bang Bang, Eamonn Farrell

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25 thoughts on “Key To The City

  1. Spaghetti Hoop

    His actual key sits in the City Archive on Pearse St – you can see oul Nelson’s head there too.

    1. thefatlad

      I thought that too at first but now I just think they’re being very serious in their jobs. A friendly “thanks” and “see ya” always gets a pleasant response back

  2. Brother Barnabas

    I’d like to see Grace in her own pants but wearing Daniel’s shoes. That would have been a more fitting tribute to Bang Bang.

  3. Pete Tong

    The Shinners know all about bang bang. Would you look at the state of MacDonncha, horrible looking creature.

    1. theo kretschmar schuldorff

      Sure there are still characters in Dublin.
      I saw someone express themselves in their own idiom on this very site only yesterday.

    2. Spaghetti Hoop

      Plenty about – they probably haven’t been iconised yet.
      I miss the oul lockhards though – did they just die off?

  4. Iwerzon

    There was another Bang Bang around the Armagh/Louth area who had the same impulse to shoot people with a key/finger etc and who had experienced shell shock during the war/emergency. PTSD before it was cool.

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