Dublin Beatles Festival hits the city this weekend

The third annual Dublin Beatles Festival will take place this coming weekend from Friday, November 6 to Sunday, November 8 across the city.

This year the event marks the 52nd anniversary of the quartet’s performance in the Irish capital on November 7th, 1963.

The highlight of the event is set to be the appearance of Freda Kelly, former secretary, fan club manager and subject of the documentary film, ‘Good Ol’ Freda’.

Kelly will do a public interview with Newstalk presenter Tom Dunne after a screening of the award-winning documentary on Sunday, November 8 in The Grand Social.

Other events which will take place on the weekend are a gig in The Cobalt Café and The Workman’s Club as well as a Beatles table quiz in the latter.

On the final day of the festival, the short film ‘Lennon Vs McCartney’ will be shown for free in The Grand Social before ‘The Finale Show’ with The Newspaper Taxi Men in the same venue later that night.

Also on that day there will be a free performance of part of the upcoming stage play ‘Pete Best of the Beatles’, which will debut in The New Theatre in Temple Bar in February 2016.

Georgina Flood will be exhibiting some of her drawings of the Fab Four on the closing day, and memorabilia and merchandise group, Beatles Days, will also be on hand throughout the weekend.

For more information visit the Dublin Beatles Festival website. Tickets for the festival are available through Eventbrite.

For more stories from Matthew, you can find him on Twitter at @_Gogery

Photo: Floyd B. Bariscale/ Flickr CC

Majority of increase in burglary offences in Dublin

New figures show that burglaries are on the rise and our analysis shows that the capital accounts for the vast majority of this increase.

The latest report on crime from the Central Statistics Office (CSO) has found the Dublin Metropolitan Area (DMA) accounts for almost 75% of the nationwide increase in reported burglaries and other offences from July 2014 to June 2015.

There were 2,241 more reported burglaries and other offences across the country in the twelve month period compared to the corresponding period from the previous year, with 1,667 of these occurring in the Dublin area.

There are three offences which fall into the burglary and related offences category: aggravated burglary, burglary (not aggravated), and possession of an article (with intent to burgle, steal, demand).

Compared to the previous year, recorded aggravated burglary offences rose by 1.6% while possession of an article (with intent to burgle, steal, demand) increased by 5.3 per cent to 625 recorded offences.

Burglary (not aggravated) had a small increase but still remains the most prominent crime in the category with 27,890 offences recorded across the country, up from 25,619 from the previous twelve months of figures.

New burglary legislation is pending with pilot schemes underway in some districts, including south Dublin, to tackle the main re-offenders for burglaries. The scheme is designed to help try and divert those involved away from their lives of crime.

Recorded theft and related offences also rose by 1.8% nationwide with an increase of 301 recorded offences in the capital.

However, offences recorded as theft from persons fell significantly, by 22.6% nationally compared to the same period in the previous year.

Robbery, extortion and hijacking offences also fell by 8.9% to 2,578 offences recorded across the country; with a similar trend recorded in Dublin with 196 fewer offences.

In contrast, recorded carjacking and offences listed as the hijacking/unlawful seizure of an aircraft or vessel rose by 27.9 per cent to 110 nationally.

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Dublin DJ unites Hozier and Noel Gallagher for charity

Hozier, Noel Gallagher and Florence Welsh, have weighed in to raise much needed funds for breast cancer research.

Irish DJ Greg McQuaid who works on a popular morning radio show KFOG FM, in San Francisco, came up with the idea of a charity single with his co-host Mike Nelson.

The project began last January when Mike’s son wrote parts of a song regarding his mother’s ongoing battle with cancer.

Mike and Greg jumped on board the project and asked everyone who came through the studio to lend their voice and musical talents to the track to bring the young boy’s idea to life.

“The idea was that the show would ask all musical guests that visited the station in 2015 to help get the lyrics out of the kid’s head and make a proper song,” McQuaid told The City.

“Most of the people were at the radio station anyway to perform or promote something so all that was needed was the guts to actually ask them to sing a song about boobs,” he added.

Even though some of these acts were extremely busy, once Greg and Mike went to them directly they were happy to lend their voices to the project.

Wicklow native Hozier didn’t have time to go to their studio, but recorded his part of the song in the Masonic music venue in California while he was touring in the States.

“We went to a venue Hozier was playing at. He learned his part listening to an MP3 of the song we’d sent to his record label. It took about 10 minutes to record,” said McQuaid.

The two radio hosts have been posting clips of the recording process online, and already have over nine thousand views online.

The finished single and accompanying video have been officially released today to coincide with October being Breast Cancer Awareness month, and can be downloaded through iTunes.

Any money raised from the single will go directly towards the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

Photo: @Hozier/ Instagram

A taste of the sea at Matt the Thresher

By Aoife Lawless

Matt the Thresher, Pembroke street
Matt the Thresher, Pembroke street

Seafood lovers of the nation, stop what you’re doing and listen up! If like me, the edible bounties of the sea linger first and foremost in your ideal culinary experience then I give you; Matt the Threshers of Pembroke street, Dublin.

I had heard of this restaurant many times and was aware that it promotes fresh fish and seafood in a fine dining and elegant arena, yet it was only recently that I had the joy of beholding its fishy wonder and wares first hand.

Being a coastal native, I’ve grown up with an inherent respect for all the delights our ocean has to offer. As a child collecting periwinkles and crab fishing was a common pastime during summer months. The sight of crates of whelks by the pier, wafting their fresh and salty odours as they squirmed helplessly by the basin in Courtown is a vivid memory from childhood.

This being the case, when I crave seafood I will not be sated by pathetic offerings of defrosted king prawns, frostbitten sea soldiers disguised in rich sauces.

It is exactly for this reason that when I visit coastal areas renowned for their seafood, such as Donegal and Wexford that I become positively childlike in my excitement at the treasures proffered in their eateries. In my twelve years in Dublin my expectations for the capital to meet these expectations in the same manner has become pessimistic and positively jaded.

It was then to my absolute delight to stumble upon the online menu for Matt the Thresher upon googling ‘top seafood in Dublin’. While hungrily ogling the menu online, my jaw dropped and quickly reset into grinning even drooling position to read of their ‘taste of the sea’ platter, an oceanic cacophony of oysters, crab arms and toes, prawns, lobster and a seasonal variety of shellfish. My mind was blown! The downside was, oh dear, the asking price of €60. Was I deterred? Was I heck! I may be a student on a budget but I have my priorities. I have been searching for the holy grail of the marine world, so who am I to look it in the face and argue over value. The ‘Phew’ moment came when my companion and I were seated and I enquired as to whether it was a sharing platter, the relieving answer was, “Yes, of course!” Happy days, €30 saved! I’ll have a glass of Sancerre to celebrate and celebratory it should be at €11.95 a glass.

Our waitress for the evening was most intuitive. Once we learned of the sharing aspect of the platter and paused to deliberate over starters, she helpfully suggested the main course crab claws to share which, in our ravenous states we jumped upon eagerly and jokingly noted her telepathy.

The crab toes were a wonder, not purely because of their fleshy goodness, but because of the simply rich and glorious savoury butter that dressed their de-shelled bodies. My palate recognised the usual notes of lemon, dill and chilli within the clarified butter which was a vibrant amber colour. They were served up with simply delicious homemade brown malt bread which was made to marry successfully with all seafood.

When the platter itself was set in front of us, it was indeed a taste of the sea and nothing short of all my wildest seafood imaginings. The bountiful collection of crustaceans and molluscs were ingeniously spread over two tiers, one hot, one cold.

The chilled bottom tier consisted of shucked oysters and little boats of baby gem leaves holding king prawns in marie rose. In the middle lay a small bowl of cold crab meat in a light dressing.

The top tier was filled with steaming mountains of mussels and clams along with crab toes and prawns. Atop this sat huge crab arms and lobster claw and tail. The latter called for the use of the weaponry we had been armed with on ordering, a nutcrackers and a special long and thin fork-like device, used to draw the meat from beneath the stubborn shells of crustaceans. The hot molluscs were deliciously fresh and salty. We plucked them from their shells in quick succession one after another after another, breaking only to tackle the big guns; the crab and lobster.

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At this point I should also mention the assortment of condiments and sauces we received with our mammoth dish, these included two flavoured butters, one of which was citrus, marie rose sauce, shallot vinegar (perfect for oysters) and Tabasco. It was after some time that we began to slow down and eventually come to a very final halt. It was with a heavy heart that I looked at the still teeming two tiered tower of uneaten shellfish. My personal mantra of ‘never leave a prawn behind’, instead of encouraging was now taunting. I was defeated.

In retrospect, I think that not alone should this be advised as a sharing platter for two, but for three. The leftovers could have easily fed a third person amply. A doggie bag was never so necessary.

That night I slept with one eye open half expecting a knock on the door from Greenpeace calling me to task for depleting the oceans.

The experience overall was fantastic and I shall definitely return and probably very soon, but next time maybe to try their Dover sole or even just for a bowl of fresh mussels and that tasty brown bread. The best part of it all, guilt aside, was the bill at the end of the meal only came to €130 including various glasses of wine, the aforementioned Sancerre, Chablis and a less costly but much more palatable Viognier. Pretty good considering the excellent quality of the meal, great service and pleasant surroundings.

Matt the Thresher, I will certainly be darkening your door again, Greenpeace and creatures of the ocean, please forgive me for I have sinned and will again..

Welcome to The City

Welcome to the new version of The City. We have a new team taking over and we have lots in store for 2015! As editor of The City I hope to bring you the stories you are interested in with a focus on what is happening in Dublin and Ireland as well as around the world issues. From all the latest in sports to movie reviews, The City hopes to bring you an insight in to life in Ireland for the twenty somethings. We will bring you all the latest news that you want to hear about. This is the news for young people by young people.

Editor, Rachael Hussey


The Little Things

What are the little things you do when you’re down? For some people it may be going for a walk, or chatting to a friend. 

The Little Things campaign was set up by the HSE’s National Office for Suicide Prevention to get people talking about the little things they do to feel well again. The City’s Áine Hennessy and Alison O’ Hanlon spoke to young Cavan goalkeeper Alan O’ Mara, who is an advocate for positive mental health, about his involvement in the campaign. They also went out onto the streets of Dublin to ask people what little things they do to pick themselves up when they are feeling down. Check out the video here…