The New York City Marathon hits Dublin

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Hurricane Sandy led to the New York City Marathon being cancelled, after many athletes travelled to New York to participate in this year’s race.

The organizers behind Dublin City Marathon got together with the sponsors to hold a Dublin re-run on November 18th. The actual NY medals and t-shirts were shipped over and awarded to the runners when they completed.

Here are a few images and sounds from the day.

Images and interviews by Fionnuala Holohan.

Route courtesy of Dublin Marathon.

Hollaback launches new chapter in Dublin

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Hollaback, an international organization dedicated to ending street harassment, launched in Dublin on Monday 19th November.

Individuals who experience street harassment in Dublin are invited to share their stories at dublin.ihollaback.org. Street harassment is a pervasive problem in Dublin.

Hollaback Dublin is run by a team of local community leaders who are deeply committed to working online and offline to end street harassment in their community.

TheCity.ie spoke to Jenny Dunne one of the organisers of the Dublin branch.

Image courtesy of Hollaback.org.

National Library Day

National Library Day took place last week.The City crew (Jenny and Blaithin) took to the oldest library in Ireland – Marsh’s library to ask passersby if they have a library card?

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by Blaithin Henehan and Jenny McGovern

Pro-Choice march

Thousands turned out for the Pro-Choice rally and Savita vigil on Saturday, November 17th. The case of Savita Halappanavar first came to light on Wednesday November 14th and has resulted in a huge outcry from many Irish people with demand now growing for legislation on the X case.

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Dublin as a film set

For many years Ireland has set the scene for many of Hollywood’s great movies. Ireland has a wonderful history with the silver screen, let’s not forget John Waynes ‘The Quiet Man’ or what about the opening twenty minutes of ‘Saving Private Ryan’, which was shot in Wexford.

The beautiful green fields of the Curragh, Kildare famously set the scene for Mel Gibson’s ‘Braveheart’. Of course these big budget productions need plenty of land to film so Dublin isn’t always first choice, however lately Dublin is slowly but surely becoming a filming hub for Hollywood and beyond.

Only recently Trinity College Dublin became the movie set for Ireland’s first ever Bollywood movie. It’s hard to imagine Dublin as the location for the latest Bollywood blockbuster. Even harder still to picture actors dressed to look like Gardai strutting about in those elaborate dance sequences.  The ‘Ek The Tiger’ preview shows dance scenes taking place in Trinity College, Grafton Street and Temple Bar.

In  September  Harry Potter’s Daniel Radcliffe came to Dublin for the filming of his latest movie ‘The F Word’,  a romantic chic flick.

Maybe one day Dublin will have its very own Hollywood style andmark city tour? This might allow cinema goers the chance to retrace scenes from their favourite movies. Possible tour stops for  The Commitments’, frequently cited as the best Irish film of all time might include The Guide Hall Synge St where the band are shown playing, or Sheriff St where Jimmy Rabbitte is shown selling cassettes. Include  Adam and Paul’ on the tour and your trip will include Ballymun and St Stephens Green. And  of course let’s not forget the Academy Award winning ‘Once’ The film takes us on a trip around modern Dublin from Howth Head to Mountjoy Square to Grafton Street all accompanied by a lilting soundtrack.

Another movie associated with Dublin is of course,  Neil Jordan’s ‘Michael Collins’. Dublin (including Dame Street; Grafton Street; Fitzwilliam Square; the Dining Room of Mansion House. and the Members’ Room of City Hall) forms a backdrop to most of the film. Collins meetsup with the subversive double agent Ned Broy (Stephen Rea) in the Marshes Library, St Patrick’s Crescent, the oldest public library in Ireland, and is given clandestine access to the centre of British rule, Dublin Castle (www.dublincastle.ie), where he realises the full extent of British intelligence. In the morning, he cycles back across the famous Ha’penny Bridge over the Liffey (the first iron bridge in Ireland, there was, as the name suggests, once a toll to cross it).

So step outside of your cinema and walk the streets of Hollywood, right at your Dublin doorstep!

By Caroline Ewins