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Portmarnock, north county Dublin
Poet and podcaster David Farrell writes:
Here I sat peacefully drinking a cup of tea and looking out into the sea. I come to this beach for sea swimming, a run and basically for my mental health and well being.
I was asked my name and address the week before by these guards and gave it. They asked me: “what are you doing here?”
I said: “sea swimming for my mental health”
They said: “We all have issues with our mental health, we just get on with it”
They asked if we were leaving, I replied yes, and left.
The next weekend they singled me out when they saw me. Approached me with familiarity “ah it’s you again”. I didn’t reply, I sat in silence and they surrounded me, and kept asking me my name and address (which they already had from the week previous) I didn’t reply, I sat in silence, four minutes passed and then I was arrested.
I have sought legal representation and am currently going through it with them. I will be very public and open about how this is going and how it goes.
Wanted me off the beach so they could make tik tok videos of them dancing on it?