When : Thursday, 19th October 2017 Where : Larkin Community College, Dublin 1. Time : from 3pm to 8pm
Following the publication of Kieran Mulvey’s independent report in February 2017, Michael Stone has been appointed Chairperson of the Programme Implementation Board for the North East Inner City (NEIC) Initiative. Work has commenced on the 54 actions in the Mulvey report by the new Programme Office and four dedicated sub groups.
An information day is planned for Thursday, 19th October where local residents and those who work in the area can drop in, learn more and have a say about what is happening in the community. The event will take place in Larkin Community College from 3pm to 8pm and people are encouraged to come along at any stage. Members of the Board will be joined by others from community groups, the Gardaí, government departments and local organisations. There will be a focus on four themes:
Crime and drugs
Employment, training and education
Family, youth and social services
Commenting on this open invitation, Michael Stone said: “I am determined that the NEIC Initiative will be successful and will make the North East Inner City a safe, attractive and vibrant living and working environment for all. Community involvement is key to the success of this work.”
Bloomsday in the Monto
Friday, 16th June 2017, 12pm
Eileen McLoughlin Park (Liberty Park), Foley Street, Dublin 1
join us for an afternoon of re-enactment and afternoon tea in the park
Dublin, Ireland: The North Inner City Folklore Project & H.O.P.E. will host Bloomsday in the ‘Monto’. Come and join us for an afternoon of theatre and afternoon tea in Liberty House Park, Foley Street, Dublin 1 on Bloomsday, Friday 16th June 2017. Kick-off is at noon, sharp. The event is free of charge and open to all.
Foley Street was called Montgomery Street and this gave the name to the small area just west of Connolly Station that was once Europe’s most infamous red-light district: the Monto. The Monto came to prominence in the late nineteenth century, until the new State, prompted by the Legion of Mary, effectively shut it down in the 1920s. The Monto was immortalised in James Joyce’s Ulysses. In the Circe chapter, the protagonist Leopold Bloom and Stephen Dedalus visit a Brothel on Tyrone Street, now Railway Street.
This Bloomsday, we would like to invite people to come join us in the park as we re-enact those times through Ulysses readings, the Monto wedding, drama, song and afternoon tea. Please, if you can, come dressed up in Edwardian costume; for example: long dresses, ruffled blouses, fans and floral broad hats for the ladies and for the men; slacks, shirts, waistcoats, braces, straw boater hats, top hats and paddy caps.
About: The North Inner City Folklore Project was setup to document peoples’ memories of life in the north inner city from the 1900s up to the present day. Local historian, Terry Fagan, has collected a large archive of recordings, photographs and artefacts from tenement life. Today, Terry gives walking tours around the north inner city detailing subjects from Dublin tenement life, the Monto, to the 1913 lock out and the 1916 Easter rising. H.O.P.E., Hands On Peer Education, is a front-line service in the north inner city where the community’s addicts’ can get access to much needed support and treatment options. H.O.P.E. facilitates and advocates for recovery through abstinence. We also work with families affected by addiction & offer a wide range of advocacy services.
After a number of months of deliberations, the eight working groups of the north inner city community coalition came together to present their draft proposals for Kieran Mulvey, who is due to report the situation in the North Inner city to an Taoiseach, Enda Kenny. This event comes after a number of community brainstorming sessions devised to bring together the various organisations of the North Inner City’s vast communities.
The energy that has brought all these community groups together, came out of what was a growing number of criminal fatalities. The Government stepped in to not only quash the gangland activities suffered by the communities of the north inner city but to question their roots and provide preventative measures to the communities who have seen little of the growth celebrated nationally from the most recent economic crash.
“THIS IS JUST THE BEGINNING”
…is the message of reassurance from the NICCC convenors. The convenors confidently assured the larger group that this is the first step in community-state engagement.
A new National Drugs Strategy is being developed by the Department of Health and will set out Government policy on tackling the drug problem from 2017 onwards. This new Strategy is important for service users, families, communities and front-line staff working in the field of addiction.
The Department of Health is running a public consultation between the 6th September and 18th October 2016, seeking the public views on the drugs issue in Ireland to help inform the new National Drugs Strategy. At the end of the public consultation, all the views received will be gathered in a report. The report will be provided to the National Drugs Strategy Steering Committee to help inform the new Strategy.
We are all invited to communicate our view in one of the following ways:
Visit the page: www.health.gov.ie/drugs-strategy and complete the questionnaire
Call the number: 1890 10 00 53
Write to: national Drugs Strategy, PO Box 12778, Glenageary, Co. Dublin
When we go through tough time, little things like talking about our problems, getting regular exercise, drinking less alcohol and being involved in activities we enjoy can make a big difference to how we feel. Find the little things that work for you at yourmentalhealth.ie
If you or anyone you know is at risk from drug or alcohol addiction, H.O.P.E. is here to help. Feel free to drop in for a chat. Our daily clinic is open from 10am to 1pm, Monday to Friday.
HOPE is hosting a Community Unity Day for the North Inner City. We would love if you could participate. We are looking for face painters and people to play games with the children. If not, please come along. Bring the whole family! Everything will be provided for free. We are asking for a one euro donation to support Hughe’s House.Hugh’s House provides accommodation, 365 days a year, for Parent’s and family of children in Temple Street and Rotunda Hospitals.
NORTH INNER CITY OLDER PERSONS’ GROUP
According to the Centre for Ageing Research and Development in Ireland, ‘‘Social engagement is key for the health, well-being and independence of older people’’. Further, ”Community projects that cater to the needs of diverse groups of older people are important in encouraging social engagement and interaction’’.
The North Inner City Older Persons’ Group is a voluntary organisation that holds a biannual day out in the summer and in the winter. Every year, around one hundred and fifty older people from the tight-knit community of the north east inner city descend on the Waterside Hotel in Donabate, North County Dublin. Over the years the group fund-raised amongst themselves and small local organisations. Through collections and raffle tickets the group funded each event themselves. This year, they would like to get funding through sponsorship.
“One of our biggest fundraisers – the late Paddy Behan – he’s gone.”–Tony Dunleavy
Each event costs in and around seven thousand euro. With transportation, food, drinks and entertainment for the evening, it works out to about 40 to 50 euro per head. A staggering amount for those only in receipt of the O.A.P. These are people who are mostly living in isolation, with little to no family. A lot of the older people in the community have lost their families to drink and drugs. All they have is themselves and their neighbours. Subsequently, for most of these older people, this is their only form of social outing!
Committee Member, Maggie O’Dea, describes how the wheelchair bound are brough up for a dance.
We would like to close with a great big thank you to everyone that has supported the group’s event in the previous years. Through the hard work and dedication of the community, we have been lucky enough to host this biannual event. This year, however, the hard work of the community is not enough and we need to go further to ensure the older people of this community can still have their day out.
The North Inner City Older People’s Group are looking for direct sponsorship or donations to help fund the biannual day out for the older people of the North Inner City. Donations can be made out to ‘The North Inner City Older People’s Group’, AIB Upper O’Connell Street, Dublin 1. NSC: 931136. ACC.: 04486042. No amount is too small, and remember, a little help can go a long way.
Joe Dowling; Treasurer, N.I.C. Older People’s Group. 018 878 404
If you or anyone you know (older persons) is at risk of isolation or loneliness, there are a number of organisations that can help.
The Senior Help Line is a confidential listening service run by older people for isolated or lonely older people for the price of a local call anywhere in Ireland. The lines are open every day from 10am to 10pm, Lo-call: 1850 440 444
ALONE supports vulnerable older people providing temporary or permanent housing and combatting isolation and loneliness in society. Volunteers and staff work with older people in ALONE’s dedicated housing projects and in the community. 016 791 032
Friends of the Elderly is an Irish charity that brings friendship and social opportunities to the elderly, especially those who live alone. Its volunteers visit the elderly in their homes in the Greater Dublin area. 018 731 855