What is the project about?
A Pocketful of Dublin is an online interactive documentary which aims to capture a sense of the area and community around Saint Patrick’s Cathedral and the Iveagh Trust’s Bull Alley Estate. This tiny geographical location has a rich and diverse history. Through the words of the current tenants, regular visitors, businesses, previous residents and even the pets, we delve into various aspects of the community past and present.
The resulting “tadbits” of information were organised into four headings; Living Here, Living Past, Relaxing Here and Working Here but we ask that you explore this site as you might do naturally walking around the area, in your own time and in a way that appeals to you most. We have captured audio, taken photographs, filmed video and sourced archived material which when layered together, we hope allows for an immersive experience for the user. The direction of the project naturally evolved overtime from the connections we made and through the willing participation of those we approached.
Scroll down and visit one of the four sections to hear the stories about this very special place and its people.
Special Thanks to:
We are very grateful for the enormous support we have received over the course of this project. We would like to take this opportunity to thank the following people:
All who contributed their time and stories to our project:
Nikola Baker, Barbie the Dog, Helen Berry, Paul Berry, Buster the Dog, Patrick Byrne, Kevin Chellar, Ann Clarke, Grace Connelly, Muriel Dowling, Michael Eustace, Desie Fagan, Terry Ferry, Liam Finnegan, Bernadette Flynn, Declan Forde, Ursula Forde, Marianne Fortin, Matthew Geoghegan, Austin Gleeson, Mark Grace, Tony Gunning, Noel Haughton, Mark Haybourne, Peter Hendrick, Brad Hennessey, Joe Kealy, John Keane, Amber Rose Kelly, Caroline Kelly, Pavel Kelly, Thomas Kennedy, Annette Koger, Mary Lancaster, Marie Lancaster, Alice Leahy, Julie & Phoenix Lynch,Seán Maguire, Joe McCarthy, Mary McKay, Jason McElligott, Eamon Meek, David Miller, Kevin Moylan, Tom Murphy, Teresa Nolan, Michael O’Brien, Reamonn O’Byrne, Gerry O’Connor, Mary Rose O’Connor, Seán O’Connor, Maria O’Neill, Aoife O’Neill, Tommy O’Neill, Louis Parminter, Maeliss Pauly, Richard Quinn, Darren Salmon, F Smith, Colum Sowin, Frances Swords, Ronan Teevan, Julie-Ann Valois, Ed Walsh, Eddie Walsh, William Whelan, Mario White.
The staff of DCU’s School of Communications, especially Damien Hickey, Declan Tuite, David O’Callaghan, Dónal Mulligan, Jennifer Markham, Karl Grimes, Miriam Judge and William Tuke.
Ashley King, Frank Prendergast, Keith Brinks, Monika Mitura, Simon Sedgwick, Michael Nickolaienko, Eamon Forde, Dave Milligan and the rest of our family and friends for their support and encouragement.
Special thanks also to the following, who offered help and support at different stages of the working process: Gene Clayton, Chloe O’Reilly, Liam Finegan, Margaret Martin and the staff of the Iveagh Trust, Louis Parminter, Andrew Smith and the staff of Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, Sarah Poutch of the Guinness Archives, Jason McElligott, Maria O’Shea and the staff of Marsh’s Library, Mary Rose O’Connor, Pat McGarry, Anthony and the staff of Liberties College, Tony Douglas and the Dublin City Council park keepers, Glenn Dunne, Bernie from the National Library of Ireland, Tommy O’Neill and the staff of the Lord Edward pub and restaurant.
Our Facebook and Twitter followers.
Certain archival images in the Living Past and Relaxing Here sections are courtesy of the National Library of Ireland:
2515WL, 304WL, 759WL, 759WL, 1960s Patrick’s Park Photo1, Photo2, Image Lawrence Collection Courtesy of the National Library of Ireland
Also especially to the people of the area who opened their doors to us throughout this project. From the delicious matcha milkshake pick-me-ups in the Bite of Life cafe to the warm welcome from the traders on Meath Street who spread the word for us.