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PODCAST 1!

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IAN O'DOHERTY
top drawer journalist
(podcast 1, episode 3)

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'sumptuous summer'
by Diana Darcy
(podcast 1, episode 1)
CHAPTER 1
CHAPTER 2
'Perception'
by Alex K Delph 

(podcast 1, episodes 2 & 4)
'unchartered untroubled'
by Steffi Baker
(podcast 1, episode 5)
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Issue 16 July 2022

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the lively eMagazine shimmering substance with  sun

dogs in dublin

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order of contents on emag page laptop version
 

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  1. my dogs and me   -  our PODCASTING perspective

  2. lead story -  timeless hookup by Thomas Cantwell

  3. service canine style   by Desmond Purcell

  4. unchartered untroubled by Steffi Baker (also by podcast, episode 5)

  5. elixir for common bites & stings in dogs  by Eric Lowe

  6. border brigade by Diana Darcy

  7. go from ordinary  to extraordinary - OUTDOORS WITH YOUR DOG AND  THE HERON

  8. my pick from archive by Jennifer Hewitt, a reader

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my dogs and me

our podcasting  perspective

'If you love to write, start a blog.  If you love to talk, start a podcast.  If you love to solve problems, start a business.  If you love freedom do what you love'.  Maxime Lagace

Here in 'dogs in dublin' we love the freedom to entertain.  Until now, our focus has been on the written word with supporting visuals.  It is so exciting to be adding another dimension to what we love to do.

According to Wikipedia, 'a podcast is an episodic series of digital audio or video files that the user can download in order to listen.  Alternatively, the word 'podcast' may refer to an individual component of such a series or to an individual media file'.

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Twenty countries were sampled by Reuters digital report.  The result.  Ireland came out on top.  Essentially, it would seem that Irish people are more likely to listen to a podcast.  Bernice Harrison, writing in the Irish Times this midsummer, 21st of June 2022, explains that in Ireland the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland and Dublin City University partner Reuters in putting the digital data together here relating to our preferences.  She goes on to say that the report noted a steep decline in interest in the News in the 18 - 24 age group with many finding it repetitive and negative.  

Easy to see how a set of headphones can facilitate the stepping out of all of this.

The wonderful thing about podcasts is that we can choose what we listen to.

There is such a wide range of options at our fingertips. 

 

If you're like me and do a hell of a lot better when presented with a limited choice as opposed to a multitude, perhaps you might start listening to 'dogs in dublin' podcasts at least some of the time! 

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Podcast 1 is currently available on Spotify and directly via our website, www.dogsindublin.ie.

The first offering is very much a speculative one.  I read 'sumptuous summer' by Diana Darcy from the May 'emag' page using the first microphone that I purchased after the decision was made to go down this route with our eMagazine.  The volume was the stumbling block in episode 1.  Before the Ian O'Doherty interview in mid-May I seriously invested and what a difference.  In episode 3, Thomas Cantwell, our leader writer talks to Ian about the loves of his life and his rise to the top in the ferociously competitive world of journalism.

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In episode 2 I read the first chapter of 'Perception' by Alex K Delph.  The writing is first class so when it is read it comes to life in a vibrant, breathing sort of way.

 

The second chapter of the book is read in episode 4.  If you have somehow missed out on this novel so far, here's an easy way to right the wrong!

 

Steffi Baker is one of our more popular writers.  This month she considers the potential impact of the assistance dog on the life of his owner.  I selected this piece for episode 5 which I think you will enjoy as much as I.

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As we are just fifteen months old, and now five episodes old to boot, I'm keeping all the various episodes in the one Podcast, i.e. Podcast 1.  

The reason is that I would like to invite people who listen to say the Ian O'Doherty interview (circa 40 mins)to perhaps be tempted to listen to a chapter of the novel (circa 20 mins)before turning in for the night.  For those who like things short, there's always the episodes read from the 'emag' page (circa 5 mins) of 'dogs in dublin' eMagazine.

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I share the sense of paradox with Bernice Harrison. She reflects on the fact that we only have two ears and so much time in the day to listen but according to Ciaran Cunningham, Chief Executive of Radio Centre Ireland, growth in podcast listening is adding to live radio.  

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timeless hookup

by Thomas Cantwell
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Ourselves and our dogs go back a long way. Back to the palaeolithic, in plain English the early stone age, 30,000 years ago. Yes, back that far. Yet even long before that, so the theory goes, it started with our hunter-gatherer ancestors sitting around the camp fire eating whatever they hunted that day. The occasional enterprising wolf might pop around – hoping for the odd bone thrown their way.  In time our weary hunters found it useful to have this dangerous beast around – keeping at a safe distance of course - whose howling would alert them to any other unwelcome predators in the near vicinity. A few meal leftovers thrown their way and you got a primitive early warning system – not a bad deal.

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But the love affair did not quite ignite just then as Emma Woodcock points out in issue 44 of the British Edition Dog magazine.  It took many thousands of years for wolves to lose their more ferocious rough edges and become more human friendly. By the dawn of the palaeolithic they had morphed into the ancestors of the dogs we know today. Canine skulls found in Belgium, Russia and the Czech Republic which date over 30,000 years have been discovered near human settlements so it is assumed they were domesticated.  Yet, as Emma explains, experts are still divided on just how far those animals had evolved from wolves. Dogs with a strong lupine streak would hardly make cosy canine buddies.

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However, the experts do agree that the oldest, universally acknowledged dog found to date was discovered in Oberkassel, Germany and is about 14,200 years old. DNA analysis has shown that its owners had helped it survive two illness and the fact that it was interred in the humans’ burial chamber suggests it was a much-loved family member.

As the archaeological record becomes clearer, we see how dogs have become prized and valued companions.  In worldhistory.org Joshua J. Mark, a professor of Philosophy at Marist College, New York tells us that in The Epic of Gilgamesh, one of the most ancient stories from the Near East, in Mesopotamia - dated to 2150 -1400BC - dogs got a starring role. In the yarn the goddess Ishtar travels around with seven hunting dogs which she controls with a collar and leash. Yes, they had them back in those days. No mention, though, about how she organised their poop off-loads!! In Mesopotamian art dogs are depicted both as hunters and as buddies and were cared for in the homes just as they are today.

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The ancient Egyptians elevated the dog to even further heights.  Seemingly they were connected to the dog-jackal god Anubis.  You had to keep on the right side of this deity as he guided your soul to the Hall of Truth, a kind of spiritual supreme court where you got judged for your past misdeeds.

 

This is not surprising in a culture where cats were regarded as the incarnation of gods. (Some say that our laconic felines never cease to remind us of that fact).  Canines were so highly regarded in Ancient Egypt that when they died the more well-to-do families would have them mummified.

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Dogs were highly treasured in Ancient Greece as hunters, protectors and buddies.  In fact the spiked collar, according to Professor Mark , was invented by the Greeks to protect the necks of their dogs from bites by wolves.  The ancient Romans treasured the dog just as much and the Cave Canem (beware of the dog) signs show how valued they were for home protection.

Yet, as Emma Woodcock explains, the ancient Israelites and early Christians did not share their Egyptian neighbours’ enthusiasm for canines. The over forty references to dogs in the bible don’t resonate with much affection for our furry buddies. She says “Many of these phrases use the animal in metaphor, drawing parallel between immoral characters and dogs”.

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And, of course, dogs are major players in our old Irish sagas. Think of the adventures of Finn MacCool and his dog Bran.  Also, the famous warrior of legend Cù Chulainn who began life as Setanta but caused a horrendous faux pas by killing Chief Chulainn’s favourite dog and offered himself as a replacement.  Hence the name Cù Chulainn – hound of Chulainn.

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The bond between dog and human has been the most enduring and rewarding of all time.  Civilisations may come and go but nothing can change the fact that the dog is man’s best friend.

And anyone fortunate enough to have a lovable canine buddy will know exactly what that means.

service  canine style

 by Desmond Purcell
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Chances are your dog does not have to work for a living. But there are several categories of dogs which do and are very good at their job. Here’s a rundown of the useful and often vital services these clever canines provide.

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Service or Assistance:  These dogs have been trained to help people with disabilities. Irish Guidedogs for the Blind are the ones that come immediately to mind of which Roy Keane is a fervent supporter.  Amazing animals who provide such an important need.  They can go anywhere with their handler and can adapt to all kinds of situations.

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Seizure-alert:  Also in the service category and are trained to warn their owner if they sense a seizure coming on.  No-one is quite sure how they do this but it seems they pick up on a change in scent from their owner. They are trained to bark or whine just before the seizure which gives the owner precious time to find a safe place and avoid a seizure-related injury.  Another variation is a seizure response dog that stands next to their owner to break their fall and in some cases retrieves an alert device or medication. The breeds mostly used are the golden retriever, the Labrador and the German Shepherd.

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Irish Therapy Dogs: They offer emotional support by visiting the sick, lonely or injured and those in long term or residential care.  Founded in 2008 it is a voluntary organisation and self-funded. Volunteers also visit schools and day care centres to heighten awareness of the benefits of pet therapy. Dogs of any size or breed can become therapy dogs but they need the right temperament and are good at socialisation.   For more information visit Irishtherapydogs.ie.

Search and rescue: What an important service these plucky dogs provide. Highly trained with exceptional smell and hearing they are expert trackers and searchers, can sniff out dead bodies and in colder climes assist in avalanche rescue.  Breeds used include Labrador retrievers, golden retrievers, border collies and German shepherds.

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Detection dogs: Their capabilities range from law enforcement to health care. Again, with exceptional sense of smell and motivation they are trained to sniff out drugs, explosives and human remains. Some are even able to detect diseases like cancer and unusual blood sugar levels. Labrador retrievers and golden retrievers again feature but also beagles.

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Herding: Most of these dogs have the ability to work with various types of livestock embedded in their DNA although some do need some training to build up their skills. Popular in Ireland for this type of work is the Kerry Blue Terrier which was originally bred to herd cattle and sheep, kill rodents, and hunt small game. Brave with a high canine IQ sheepdogs make great buddies. Other breeds include king shepherds, border collies and black mouth curs.

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Police dogs: Trained to protect their handlers they can hunt down and hold criminal suspects and some are trained to sniff out drugs.  In the military they are used as detectors, trackers, guards and scouts.            

Not surprising in both cases, the breeds used are German shepherds and Belgian Malinois.

So maybe after reading this you may feel that your pooch is pampered and indulged in comparison with those vital hard-working dogs.  Don’t be too hard on him as he might feel he is doing enough with all the fun, joy and companionship he is bringing into your life - and maybe a bit of house guard duty thrown in.

And he could be right!

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unchartered untroubled

by Steffi Baker
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I delight in finding things that make doing stuff easier and more fun.  Consequently, my house is chockers with gadgets for this and that.  Of course there are the tried and trusted ones that I go back to again and again because they work like the needle threader.  Then there are the ones that looked like they could make my life easier but failed miserably which I come on from time to time in a drawer or buried at the bottom of a chest.  I simply cannot bring myself to throwing the ‘useless’ away!

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On an entirely different plane, the Guide dog has the capacity to turn the life of a sensorially restricted person upside down in the best way in the world.  Assistance dogs are trained to lead blind or visually impaired people around obstacles but just consider how much more they can contribute to a hitherto understandably more limited life than the average person. 

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The dog plays the role of pilot while the handler is the navigator.  A mutually active alliance.  I just love the paradox.  Both have to be trained to work together.  The human is limited by impaired senses while the dog is incapable of interpreting traffic lights because they are red-green colour blind!

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During World War 1, the first service animal training schools were set up in Germany.  The dogs were trained to complement the manoeuvrability  of returning veterans who were blinded in combat.  German Shepherds were the first service animals in Britain.  Although once a common breed used for guide work, the unwavering leadership needed from the handler to keep the dog active has resulted in the general demise of this breed.

The two ‘t’s’, temperament and trainability, more or less define selection of working breeds nowadays.  Golden Retrievers, Labradors and  Standard Poodles top the bill.  While certainly these dogs are easier to handle, it means that other breeds with more challenging temperaments but with a strong capacity to work like Boxers don’t get a look in. 


In short, Guide dogs make it easier to get from A to B so the person with impaired senses is more inclined to increase the daily exercise routine.  Also, the confidence the dog brings to people hitherto leading more limited lives is life enhancing.  The sense of independence of the alliance elevates the number of life options now opening up. 

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Dogs are naturally social creatures.  They tend to connect with both dogs and people when out and about.  This  can considerably help perhaps the shy handler who has missed out until now on full social interaction in a spontaneous sort of way. 

When the unknown becomes relaxing the world opens up to everyone.

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 elixir for common... 
bites & stings in dogs

by Eric Lowe
 

Summer time is a welcome opportunity to truly enjoy the outdoors.  The warmer weather allows us to sit and even dine outside.  We dispense with the winter under wear and relish the fresh feel of the warm breeze on bare skin.  Of course we have to protect from too much sunshine as well as deal with the odd sting or two from insects that are feasting on the warm weather too!

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Dogs like to nose around.  Insects generally interest them.  Essentially any insect that can bite or sting you can do likewise to your dog.  Flies, fleas, ticks, ants, wasps, bees – do I need to go on?  Insects sting the closest body part so eyes, ears and feet are common places to find stings.  Sudden pawing at the face, chewing the foot or a swelling in any area of the body are primary indicators that something has happened.  General signs of insects at work on your dog are swelling, redness, irritation, itching, puncture wound.

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Extract the source of injury.  If a tick is the culprit, remove it very carefully using fine-tipped tweezers to pluck the tick’s head from the dog’s skin with even, steady pressure.  Keep it in a jar and later get the vet to identify the pathogen.  As bees are the only insects that leave their stingers in the victim remove the sting by scraping with a hard plastic object like a bank card and flicking it off to avoid releasing more venom.

Then cleanse the wound with an antiseptic wash or simple soap and water.  A bee sting usually responds to a paste of water and baking soda while vinegar and water can work well for a wasp sting.  Then apply an ice pack for 10 minutes.  If the area is extensive use a cooled towel.  Aloe vera can be applied if the sting is in a place the dog cannot reach to lick it off and ingest.  If you have the plant you can have a fresh piece from the leaf or otherwise buy a good quality gel to keep in the fridge.  Make lots of fresh water available.

 

 

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Monitor the dog.   Most dogs will be fine.  However, allergic reactions usually present within the first twenty minutes but can be delayed for some hours.  Be aware that severe allergic reactions can take place.  If there is no improvement after the home remedy is applied, the dog develops difficulty breathing, swelling becomes excessive, lots of drooling, vomiting or diarrhoea or worse dizziness or seizures contact the vet without delay.

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Bites and stings are part and parcel of warm weather.  In most cases the home remedy will do the trick so don’t become too tense about it all.  Having the suggested substances close at hand will give you the confidence to respond immediately.  Knowing the signs of escalated allergic reactions is also reassuring.  Most of all enjoy the warmth.

Krista Williams BSc, DVM, CCRP

Lynn Buzhardt, DVM

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border brigade

by Diana Darcy

A sheepdog is any dog breed developed to herd sheep.  My father kept working Border Collies when I was growing up as well as gundogs.  Nothing lasted on our farm without proving useful

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In short, Border Collies love to work.  Their capacity to aggregate words and commands is second to none.  Our dogs worked every day and they were ever so happy.  When they weren’t keeping the sheep in check they were managing the flock of geese.

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In school I did some research on our sheepdogs for a project.  The breed was developed in Scotland flourishing in the region on the border of Scotland and England, hence the name.  Dog-loving Queen Victoria became a Border Collie enthusiast in the early 1860s which resulted in the separating of Border Collie from the modern Collie.  The Scottish poet Robert Burns even wrote a poem about the tragic demise of his dog Luath

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As a child I was especially fascinated to watch the sheepdogs use the eye to intimidate potential non-conformers in the flock.  Backed up by strength, stamina, work ethic and Mensa intelligence, living with Border Collies meant that childhood was never dull on our farm.   On the rare occasions when I was indoors I loved to watch Border Collies in films and TV shows.  My cousins from the States used to talk endlessly about the television series ‘Mad About You’ a hit in the 90’s.  They visited every other summer.

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I was lucky to spend my childhood on a farm back then.  Nowadays for those not so fortunate there are sheepdog demonstrations.  According to Michael Crowe, a renowned sheepdog handler based in Ballymore Eustace at the foot of the Wicklow mountains, Irish Working Sheepdogs provide the perfect way to spend a day out.  Michael is also open to demonstrating his working dogs at a venue other than his farm too.

As a child I learned quickly that the bond between animal and owner is the key to success.  My father used to say ‘you put the hard work in during the first year and reap the rewards for the rest of the dog’s life’.  Irish Working Sheepdogs also offer lessons to sheepdog owners in how to train a sheepdog.

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Working dogs are a sheer pleasure to watch.  The rapture on their faces as they work delights the soul.  ‘Success is sweet, but the secret is sweat’.*

*General Norman Schwarzkoph

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outdoors with your dog and the  heron

When enjoying the outdoors with your dog by the river, watch out for the heron.  Usually seen alone either by the water’s edge or standing on a rock, you will be impressed by the sheer class of the bird.  Of course there are many species of Heron.  The largest is the goliath heron which stands up to 152cms tall.  Other species can be as small as 25-30cms in length.  Whatever the size, all herons have long, strong and generally unfeathered legs.  The feet consist of long slim toes, three pointing forward and one backwards.

Herons have long necks.  MODIFIED SHAPE OF THE CERVICAL VERTEBRAE FACILITATES THE  NECK TO KINK IN A S-SHAPE

The neck can retract and extend.  

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If the poise of the bird doesn’t impress, then stop a while with your dog to see the majesty of the heron in flight.   Herons differ from other long-necked birds by flying with the neck retracted.  The bird will often fly a central line along the contour of the river before coming to rest again.

Soft plumage of blue, black, brown grey or white covers broad and long wings. The bill is long like a harpoon, can vary from fine to thick depending on the species and usually yellow in colour.

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You and your dog will observe quickly enough that unlike ducks, herons are waterbirds who do not swim.  They feed on the fringes of lakes, rivers, swamps, ponds and even the ocean more often than not in low land areas.  Most species are at least partially migratory.  Interestingly, the grey heron is mostly sedentary in the British Isles but migratory in Scandinavia.

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Aquatic prey is the diet of these carnivorous water birds.  The varied menu consists of fish, reptiles, amphibians, crustaceans, molluscs and aquatic insects.  Usually the bird sits motionless on the edge or stands in shallow water waiting for the next meal to come his way.  This will undoubtedly catch the attention of your dog as you pass by.  Intriguingly, the heron compensates for refraction by moving its head from side to side to calculate the precise position of prey in the water.  Hunting upright gives a wider field of vision but the crouched position means that the bill is closer to spear the prey when located. 

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Herons are generally monogamous, colonial and seasonal nesting birds.  The male builds the nest.  A stretch display from the nest with erectile neck feathers attracts the female.  However, she must wait patiently to approach him, even as long as a few days.  When the time is right courtship takes place in the nest.  A clutch of three to seven glossy blue or white eggs is the result.

The solitary elegance of this water bird with powder feathering will stay with you as you and your dog walk home.

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my pick from  archive...

by Jennifer Hewitt
a reader
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History tour brought me back to my roots

 

One of our readers, Jennifer Hewitt, tells us that our History tour with Your Dog, which featured last September made a big impression on her.  She writes:

Hi 'dogs in dublin',

I popped into Harold’s Cross green with my dog on the Saturday of the May festival having read about your Gazebo in the eMagazine. I’m back in Ireland having spent many long years in Australia – in fact more time abroad than here.  It was my first time in the park for many many years – more than I want to admit. I am only back about a year and a half and I had been finding it difficult putting down roots again. I have hardly any family left here.

But then last September I came across 'dogs in dublin' and that history tour of Harold’s Cross Green really struck a chord with me.  Because of my dad’s job my parents moved around a lot but we did live for a while on Harold’s Cross Road.  I was only about nine or ten at the time but Mam and Dad used to take my little brother Robert and myself walking with our dog Crockett around the park. I have fond memories of that but as a child I had no knowledge of the history of the place. Yet, when I read the history tour I got a great sense of the past, my past, all our pasts, and I began to feel connected to the ‘auld sod’ as they say, in a way I never felt in Australia.

As a child we had a Westie.  My dad was a great John Wayne fan and named him after Davy Crockett, the character he acted in the film, The Alamo. Nostalgia got to me and last year I got another Westie which I named – would you believe – Crockett.

Maybe you don’t remember me but I popped into your very impressive gazebo where you encouraged me to submit my archive choice.

So, thanks for reminding me of my roots.

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 from archive
September 2021 emag page

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make history   in

 

Harold's Cross Park

by Thomas Cantwell
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Let your dog take you on a history tour. Just the tonic if your regular route has become a chore.  The same streets, houses and the shops along which you plod - you don’t notice them anymore. Give a thought to what was there before the present urban landscape took shape and it gives the whole process a new vitality. A little research on your part can extract some surprising historical nuggets.

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This month we get the ball rolling with a stroll through Harold’s Cross Park - a   popular venue for local dog walkers who may not know about its colourful and dramatic past.  So, entering from the southern side, turn left and let your dog take you to a little information centre where you read that the park was opened on May 1, 1894 and designed by William Sheppard who also had Stephen’s Green and Palmerston Park in his portfolio.

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Your first surprise will be to see what isn’t there anymore. The early photos show an impressive rockery, a large pond and a waterfall on the west side facing Mount Jerome - features which have long since vanished. Stroll along the path running parallel to Harold’s Cross Road and invite your canine buddy to take a sniff break at a small memorial erected in 1995 to commemorate the bitterly contested, women’s laundry workers strike of 1945. All they were seeking was a week’s extra holidays which they eventually got.

Looking at the well laid-out children’s playground it is hard to imagine that up to the early 19th century, the green – as it was known then - was a kind of free-for-all animal farm where the locals kept their horses, goats, pigs and donkeys. It stayed like that until in 1893 the Rathmines Commissioners decided to create a park on the three-acre site which they bought from the Irish Land Commission for a mere five shillings. (Imagine what it would cost now!!).

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Just past the playground there is a mini woodland where you can treat your dog (and yourself) to another little pause and imagine the scene where the green was a secret meeting place for some of the United Irishmen who met there clandestinely as they planned the 1798 rebellion.

Then, for some seriously macabre history head over to the west side, just opposite Mount Jerome Cemetery. This was possibly the site of a gallows first erected by the Archbishop of Dublin in the 14th century when the area was in his domain.  He was seriously rattled by the antics of the Harold clan, a prominent Anglo-Norman family in the area who had gone native (as many Normans did). They hung out with the O’Byrnes and O’Tooles, wild men of the Wicklow mountains, very partial to launching murderous raids on whatever settlers had the temerity to set up home on the foothills of Rathfarnham.

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The furious Archbishop erected a cross, roughly where the Kenilworth junction is now, as a demarcation line beyond which the horrible Harolds and their rough dude pals were not to cross. Otherwise, there would be repercussions and he set up the gallows in the green just to drive home the point. Hence the name – Harold’s Cross. Right up to the 18th century it was an execution ground for Dublin City.  From one extreme to another - the gallows was eventually replaced by a maypole and May festivities were held there up to the 1840s and were revived only recently.

A stroll in the park where the past has come to life – all thanks your loyal dog who has helped you see what you never saw before.

Now, doesn’t he deserve a treat!!!