Thursday 27 July 2017

Minding our own backyards

Some visionaries wanted to build an Irish Hollywood near the incinerator, but that’s not being encouraged. We know the value of burning rubbish in this country, but not of making art. Stock picture
Some visionaries wanted to build an Irish Hollywood near the incinerator, but that’s not being encouraged. We know the value of burning rubbish in this country, but not of making art. Stock picture
Brendan O'Connor

Brendan O'Connor

For a couple of glorious hours on Dublin Bay yesterday the sun came out. And Dubliners came out to play along the shore. At Seapoint, the bathers were out.

Men were helping their kids into wetsuits as they had a bit of daddy-daughter time and instilled hobbies and habits that will last a lifetime. From eight to 80 they were out. Kids screaming as they jumped reluctantly into the still, chilly water. And that particular brand of fit, sinewy, smiling older person you see at Ireland's sea-swimming spots. Outside, looking fit and lively, instead of sitting inside, waiting.

If you heard of another capital built around a bay, with swimming spots dotted around the suburbs, you'd go there for a city break. In another city, there'd be a walking and cycle path around the whole bay, from Howth to Dalkey.

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