Anakana Schofield – Award Winning Author of Bina, Martin John and Malarky

On my way back from Phibsboro last night I was wandering up the road and something seemed odd in the skyline. All the telly aerials are gone from the chimney pots these days, I realised.

There’s also begun a tradition of dedicating bridges to people, hence there are two small bridges on the road to Cabra – the left hand side of one of them is dedicated to the hunger strikers, the right hand side of the same bridge is dedicated to those who died for Irish freedom (or some such quote. Both erected by local (Cabra) Sinn Fein office if I recall properly).

The other bridge further down is less obviously dedicated to Liam somebody who was a hurler, born and raised in Cabra who died in the Munich Air Disaster.  Both bridges, in fact all bridges, have a sign saying if a vehicle strikes this bridge phone Iarnród Éireann (Irish Rail) and a local 01 number. One of them sure enough has a railway below it, the other basically had a marshy water logged streak and no rails, so I was rather curious as to why Iarnród Éireann would have anymore interest in a vehicle striking this bridge over say a local post box or lamp post or driving over my foot.

Nearer to home is a pub where a fella was shot recently in a gangland type related murder. The very next building to the pub is an established funeral home. Co-incidental rather than deliberate one imagines.

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