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Street Art In Dublin

By Karl Ffrench / August 20, 2020

Street Art is about expression, creativity, freedom, asking and raising questions. Its imagery instills thought, even if it’s about protesting or analysing our society of today. To many, it’s beautifying an area, a space, an empty space, and it’s a way to step beyond normal conventions and a freedom in displaying art in the street. […]

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Busking in Dublin

By Karl Ffrench / July 31, 2020

Grafton Street has provided a soundtrack to Dublin for decades, most of those sounds coming from Buskers. These artists and performers have become part of the musical heart of the city. I spoke to some of the buskers that keep street music alive in Dublin. Dylan Harcourt has played for a year and a half […]

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Deserted Grafton Street

By Karl Ffrench / July 22, 2020

Grafton street, mentioned in songs by The Script, Nanci Griffith, Bagatelle and Dido, is one of two main principal shopping streets in Dublin. Kept alive, not only by the sounds of Buskers, but the hustle and bustle of shoppers and tourists alike. The street was named after Henry FitzRoy, 1st Duke of Grafton, the illegitimate […]

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St Stephen’s Green Park 140 Years Old

By Karl Ffrench / July 20, 2020

St Stephen’s Green Park, often informally called Stephen’s Green or just ‘The Green’, is spread over 22 acres (8.9 ha) and it is the largest of the parks in Dublin’s main Georgian garden squares. Today it’s cared for by the Office of Public Works (OPW), but access to the Green was restricted to local residents […]

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Being Black in Ireland: “You don’t look Irish”

By Karl Ffrench / July 15, 2020

Being black in Ireland and having to fit in, is one of the first things you have to learn growing up. You may not have experienced any racism personally, but to others,  it’s part of their every day. The killing of George Floyd by police in Minneapolis created a needed surge in addressing the topic […]

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Arabic has at least eleven words for ‘love’!

By Karl Ffrench / July 13, 2020

Arabic has at least eleven words for ‘love’ and each of them convey a different stage in the process of falling in love. The word ‘hawa’, for example, describes the initial attraction or inclination of the soul or mind towards another. The term comes from the root word ‘h-w-a’ – a transient wind that can […]

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Over one million people have downloaded the Covid-19 tracker app

By Karl Ffrench / July 10, 2020

Over one million people have now downloaded Ireland’s Covid-19 tracker app. Ireland has now joined Italy and Germany who have already activated their tracing apps as tools to avoid a second wave of coronavirus infections. But what does it actually do and how does it work? The Covid Tracker App is free to download and […]

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The Lord Mayor of Dublin speaks openly about racism in Ireland

By Karl Ffrench / July 7, 2020

Racism is a real issue in the daily lives of migrants, refugees and asylum seekers, with more arriving as the days unfold, it will only escalate. According to a recent report, Second European Union Minorities and Discrimination Survey Being Black in the EU, by Professor Michael O’Flaherty, Ireland is the second most racist country in […]