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Pickets, protests and prison ... it's all in a day's work for Moore St traders

THE characters and personalities of Dublin's inner city markets are to feature in a new documentary which managed to capture the last on-screen interview of the late Tony Gregory TD.

Bananas On The Breadboard, Stories From The Markets Area Dublin, tells the tales of the men and women who have carved a career working in Greek Street, Capel Street, Moore Street and down through the Blackhall area.

The 50-minute documentary tracks the social history of the traditional street-trading in the hub of the capital city and will be broadcast throughout the St Patrick's Festival.

And the film-makers have even tipped their hat to the late Tony Gregory, dedicating the production to the former councillor and TD for Dublin North Central, who agreed to be interviewed just before he died in January last year.

Mr Gregory was synonymous with fighting for the rights of the Moore Street traders in the 1980s, when he and Councillor Christy Burke were arrested and taken to prison following a demonstration outside the GPO.

Director Joe Lee said that the focus of the project was about the political movement in the area but also the ordinary workers' history.

He used archive film for the film and interviewed more than 20 local people with the assistance of Fidelma Bonass, a development worker.

And Mr Lee said that football pundit Johnny Giles and Tony Gregory both feature, discussing their connections with the area.

"I think Tony Gregory gave us what was his last public interview. He got out of his sick bed to come and do this," he said. "There was no pressure on him from our end, but he obviously made a huge effort."

clairemurphy@herald.ie


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