Tag Archives: 1984

This afternoon.

Orwell Road, Rathgar, Dublin 6.

Further to the passing by a sub-committee of Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council of a proposal to change the name of Orwell Road to ‘Independent Ukraine Road’ ..

“…The proposal might well have some merit but I think that the way it’s been gone about is slightly unfortunate. I think it insinuates that if the residents of Orwell Road don’t want to change the name of the road then somehow they could be perceived as being not in solidarity with the people of Ukraine, and I think that’s not how you should do things.

“The residents of Orwell Road unanimously stand with the people of Ukraine in this terrible war, and we are all praying for peace today and hopefully the negotiations in Turkey will bring an end to a terrible conflict.”

Dr Ronan Collins, resident of Orwell Road, Dublin 6.

Orwell Road residents say should have been told of name change proposal (RTE)

Pic via Simon Mills


Good grief.

This afternoon.

Kevin Higgins, Galway-based poet and UK Labour Party member, upsets the party with some flagrant wrongthink.

Kevin sez:

“I will be contesting the case. I would like a copy of the ‘complaint’ against me. And I would like, indeed will be insisting on, the right to question in person this rather amusing “evidence” which all has to do with my sharing poems on social media.”

That’ll learn him.

Ken Loach video here

Previously: Kevin Higgins on Broadsheet


How many?

On this day in 1984, the Irish Navy intercepted the fishing trawler ‘Marita Ann’ off the Kerry coast as it attempted to import seven tonnes of weapons, which included 163 firearms [91 rifles, mostly Armalites and 3 Browning .50 heavy machine guns], and 71,000 rounds of ammunition.

The Sinn Féin TD for North Kerry Martin Ferris was one of five men arrested on the trawler. He was sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment.

The Marita Ann was later bought by Barney McKenna of The Dubliners who renamed it ‘Daragh Liam’ and fished out of Howth.

Good times.

Watch the RTÉ News report here.


From 1984, Father Michael Cleary was one of five churchmen who took part in a charity Church v State Celebrity Challenge motor race in the Phoenix Park.

Fianna Fáil leader Charles Haughey started the race after arriving in a vintage Rolls Royce.

Participants included Liam Cosgrave.

The race was won by TD Michael Keating, racing for the Stanhope Centre for Alcoholism, who celebrated with champagne.

Good times.

Watch here.