Sunday 15 July 2018

Bless your cotton socks - capital's famous phrases worn with pride

From left, Jennie Guy, of the Fire Station Artists Studios, Jamie Hayes, Culture Minister Josepha Madigan, Oonagh Young, of the Oonagh Young Gallery, and Jade Halligan. Photo: Mark Stedman
From left, Jennie Guy, of the Fire Station Artists Studios, Jamie Hayes, Culture Minister Josepha Madigan, Oonagh Young, of the Oonagh Young Gallery, and Jade Halligan. Photo: Mark Stedman

Ryan Nugent

'Bless your cottons socks', 'would ye catch yourself on' and 'state of ya' - just a few of the unique colloquialisms of the north inner city as young people in the area got creative with printed T-shirts.

As part of Cruinniú na nÓg - the Creative Ireland programme - more than 500 events will take place across the country.

Ehi Osarhieme, pictured at Cruinniú na nÓg festival in Waterford City. Photo: Patrick Browne
Ehi Osarhieme, pictured at Cruinniú na nÓg festival in Waterford City. Photo: Patrick Browne

At the Oonagh Young Gallery, on James Joyce Street, young people from the area came up with phrases and slogans befitting of their neighbourhood and then screen-printed them onto T-shirts.

A group of four brainstormed last week, putting together 10 of the most-used slogans in the north inner city. They were told to write down slogans that they'd hear regularly.

One of the young people involved, Jade Halligan (20), from Railway Street, pointed out "You going docks?" as her choice, particularly given the sunny weather of the past four weeks.

The phrase refers to going for a swim at the canal nearby.

"Most of them are just slogans you hear around the place, like 'you going docks' is do you want to jump into the canal," she said.

"It's the one I hear most."

She explained another, "I'll tell nanny".

"It's just like when you're out and you're messing around, someone who knows your nanny will be like 'I'm telling your nanny on you'."

Scanning the phrases, Culture Minister Josepha Madigan said many were unique to the area.

"I liked 'Ballymun in the Sun ...you're only massive hun', that's pretty funny," she said.

"They're absolutely indicative of this part of Dublin and it'd be interesting if this was replicated around the country what phrases will come up.

"The colloquialisms of each little village would probably shine through," she added.

Asked what her own slogan would be, the minister referred to the famous Muhammad Ali quote "float like a butterfly, sting like a bee".

"I think there's truth in it - it's a bit of fun," she said.

Jennie Guy, of Fire Station Studios, is involved in the Monto Arts Group and said people can choose between 10 different slogans to print on it.

"They go away with a slogan that's very particular to this area," she said. "It's nice to be able to make visible the language of the area."

Irish Independent

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