I've got a lot of balls
Monday, May 30, 2005, 03:08 PM
De Luan 30.05..05
I've got precisely eight hard balls and a few soft ones following an afternoon of cleaning up Dun Laoghaire beach beside the baths.to which I ran like a scared cat from the wrench throwing and 'bar-wielding head reckers' of my favourite Fortyfoot This, the only free Cois Farraige in the Dún (palace) of good old chief OLaoghaire, has been abused to a terrible state so that it resembles a tiphead rather and a recreational spot; the gravelly shore is covered with massive stones and concrete rubble, which must have been deposited thereon relatively recently by or with the consent of the present rulers of the Dún.
The rubble not only blocks the smooth entry of bathers into the sea but acts as a filter to hold all debris arriving from other parts of the bay as well as that thrown in by the people squatting there. All in all it makes for a very unpleasant approach to the beautiful sandy bathing area as good as Biarritz and is, probably, done so that the Corporatorators may be justified in giving the area away for 'reclaimation' and building.
Following my noon time swim, I, being just as unemployed as those squatters, decided unilaterally to clean up this beach and collected all the rubbish into three big bundles.
I would like to have taken the rocks out also but, not being Samson and without the machinery used to put them there, that was beyond my powers.
By 16.00 the beach was considerably cleaner and, wonder of wonders, the squatters had left. One small step for a man, one giant step for mankind!
Feeling so good about how clean it was I did not resist the temptation to have another swim in the beautiful rising tide although my clothes and towel were soaking after the soft day we were having.
Before returning home I dropped a note into the county managers receptionist to say that the rubbish from the beach had been piled up in three heaps above the high water mark and he might wish to have it removed in accordance with the litter pollution act of 1997etc..

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threat to life at fortyfoot
Wednesday, May 25, 2005, 04:45 AM
25.05.05
We enjoyed a very pleasant swim at the fortyfoot between 10.00 and 11.00 today and even kept the dog tied up outside. However, when I released the dog on exiting the fortyfoot he chanced to run across a rocky patch in which the 'volunteers' had placed some plants although it is certainly not their property. One 'volunteer' threw a spanner at the poor dog which landed at my feet, perhaps, deliberatedly. Another 'volunteer' shouted abuse at me personally and at the dog although he had done absolutely no dirt or damage to the place.
This fellow followed me down towards Sandycove beach and threatened me something to the effect that ,besides being lame, I might get a blow of a bar across my head.
This made me to wonder if that is how the man who was supposed to have been injured by diving met his end. They might have hit him with a bar and pretended he hit a rock in order to swindle two million out of the insurance.
Anyway, I think I should place an account of this threat in the public domain in case they carry it out and also pretend that I injured myself diving.
I wonder why they have this great hostility towards me and if it has something to do with my campaign to have the sites of the baths open to the people instead of being handed over free to private 'developers'

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dirty dublin bay
Tuesday, May 24, 2005, 09:42 AM
24 may 05
I'm sorry to say that I have been disappointed with the conditions of the bay as I found them at The Halfmoon , Pigeonhouse. This used be a site of swimmers from the south Bull Wall well out into the bay and one would think the water would be pretty clear here> but I went for a swim at high tide on Sunday and although it was nice to swim in I couldn't help feeling a bit dirty from the water becuse of algae floating in it. Today it seemed even worse with alot of scum on it too.
By contrast the water at the Fortyfoot was lovely and clear and clean. This Scotsmans area of the bay seems to be the cleanest part of all Dublin bay. Perhaps its due to its depth or strong currents changing the water.
It will be a scandal if the Corporators get away with their proposed reclaimation of this beautiful bay. So ridiculous too, when all the rest of the bay is so useless except for looking at. Of course The Irish seem to delight in looking at shit out their front door. it keeps anyone from building in front of them so that they can continue to enjoy the view of the shit.
Just like a poor farmer I came across down in Kerry once who had the animal dung heap piled up at his door.
Only pigs would build their sty on such a beautiful and pleasant seashore as Scotsman's bay but I know pigs have better taste than that. Even little bonhams go to the farthest end of the shed where they are born to defecate. They could teach us a lesson in how to keep our enviroment pleasant.

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the power of one
Wednesday, May 18, 2005, 07:35 AM
18 May 2005
Perhaps, I live in a dream world and like to praise myself but i find it hard not to feel chuffed about two things that happened in the last week.
one was the big protest held on Sunday against the council's plans for the sea baths at Dunlaoghaire. When i started my reclaimthesea campaign about three years ago people told me it was useless to oppose a'decision already taken by the people with money'.
The first attempt at privatising this prime piece of seaside came to nothing and , hopefully, this second attempt will also be shot down. The politicians ought to be ashamed of themselves as they are elected to safeguard the peoples' rights.
The second success i would like to claim is the disappearance of the foul smell of shit which was wafting from the central sewerage treatment plant on Dublin bay at least for this morning when I cycled around there with my dog Sylvester.
Of course, these developments may have happened without my tail-wagging atal - not like I would like to imagine the tail wagging the dog; but it makes life worthwhile to think one may be right an odd time and to get support for your view.

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smell of shit over dublin
Friday, May 13, 2005, 03:31 PM
13.05.05
dublin used to be famous for the foul smell from the liffey at times but the old river no longer smells. What does smell obnoxiously is the city sewerage treatment plant at Ringsend- Irishtown-Sandymount. As I passed through Sean More (once lord mayor) park, Irishtown this morning the smell was overpowering from the works to its west probably more noticable because of the east wind.
It should be possible to have the foul gases sent up a chimney like the esb generator chimneys and dispersed in the atmosphere. A builder would not be allowed to allow sewerage fumes escape below roof level of a building and the Council should be under a similar obligation to remove the vapours of their massive septic tanks from the reach of the citizens.
It seems that the lawmakers here are above their own laws - 'do what i say not what i do', seems to be their motto.
Even the sea shore at Irishtown doesn't look too healthy with a lot of green stuff growing on the sand, so the treatment plant doesn't seem to be saving the sea either.
how do cities twenty times as big as Dublin deal with their sewerage, I wonder.
I think no place in London or New York would you come across such revolting smells - it would make you wonder if the Paddies can get anything right, as the English always believed.
Sinn Fein we waddle along in our own shit.

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