Dublin is full of stories and I can’t think of anywhere in the world that has better stories to tell than this small corner of the city. The craic to be had on Jacob’s Factory floor, going with your nan to the old Iveagh Market to get the messages, long afternoons in the Bayno Play Centre, a first date in the De Luxe Cinema and where you might go after, or the lost shopfronts and pubs of the Liberties before the road widening and – the memories of these places should be collected and shared.
With so much change happening in this part of the city, as new developments appear, as we welcome new people and communities to the area and as new generations are born it is by preserving and sharing these stories that we can keep and share a sense of place, keep these memories alive and be good ancestors.
After months of preparing and shelving books, in 2018 when we finally reopened the doors of the library among the first people to come through the door was a couple; i hope they would’t mind me saying that they were older. Pure joy shone out of them and as they spoke they alternated between holding hands, hanging off the other’s shoulder, nudging each other and sharing private little jokes between themselves. They told me that once a week they would travel by bus across the city to where they had a lock-up. He would carry on building his train set and she would get back to making doll’s houses. I think I’ve thought of them every week since.
If you have a a memory to share about life in this part of the city or know someone who does, please get in touch. At some point down the line, when it’s safe to do so again we could record it over a cuppa or else I can send you information to record own story or that of someone close to you by email or over the phone. Once a few tales are gathered I’ll edit them into an episiode and upload it here for people to listen to and send a copy to the Dublin City Archive.
No story is too small . . . in fact the small stuff is sometimes the best!