At a generous estimate, with the exception of medical appointments or attending sporting events, it would be ventured that wheels transporting yours truly only circumnavigated Dublin city a handful of times at most. One of which was when I was about eight, my one and only occasion on Dublin Bus. It was the trip that every kid probably gets brought on – in to see the Christmas lights in the city.
Other than that, my occasional sojourns into the Big Smoke generally revolved around frequenting the Ilac Centre where friends of ours had a clothes shop at the time. Whenever we were in that way, no trip was complete without a visit to either the Fish Markets or Moore Street. Preferably both. Those infrequent Fridays came back to mind recently after watching Mrs Browne’s Boys D’Movie. Simply as the essence of Brendan O’Carroll’s masterpiece was a depiction of what might be described as ‘Old Dublin’.
Though released in 2014, the Ben Kellet-directed motion picture could hardly be more relevant than at present. After all, to their utmost credit, those invested in and connected to Moore Street are engaged in the exact battle upon which the film is based. That is to say, trying to maintain their trading stall business from being swallowed up by greedy property developers.
Enough of the country has already been destroyed by mass housing developments. The necessity for at least some of which is questionable at best. Farm land is disappearing, the countryside way of life being eroded and urbanisation continuing unabated.
To those of us reared around and immersed in farming and country customs, it has resembled a slow and painful death to the life we know, loved and, for me at least, relied upon. Likewise, the decimation of the hive of life and activity that were the street markets.
However, perhaps the most upsetting and somewhat forgotten domino effect of such things is the other businesses at least effected if not forced into closure by the decline in the likes of Moore Street and other such markets.
Sport or True Crime will always top the list for this writer in terms of preferred television viewing, but, in fact, anything true to life is television at its best. While D’Movie may have been based on fictional events, you wonder had O’Carroll one eye on whatt was ahead when designing the plot.
If so, the hope for those currently battling to save the heritage, history and heartbeat of the city is that they register a similar victory to Agnes!