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1. Posted by coldwarspy (Travel Guru 1108 posts) 10y

Was in Dublin this weekend. Anyone see the riots on O'Connell Street?
Looked like Beruit '85. wierd to see this in Dublin.

2. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 10y

I heard about it through my b/f, who lives in Belfast. He said most of the trouble came from people from the North... There's nothing in our local news about it, though - at least not from what I've seen. How bad was it?

3. Posted by coldwarspy (Travel Guru 1108 posts) 10y

The Protestants wanted to March. When I saw it it was, ironically, infront of the General Post Office, and we were ushered away from O'Connell Street by the Garda. From what i saw, a police van was attacked by rioters and drove away from the scene. The riot police then moved on the rioters. At this time, we got pushed in the opposite direction by the police and forced down a side street away from the action. After goin to a pub (The Celt - very good pub without all the Temple Bar the tourists) we came out an hour later and the section of O'Connell Street where we were standing was toasted black scooter which was still burning and the fire spread onto the bicycles parked nearby. Close by a trash bin was overturned and still on fire and pieces of rubbish was littered and burning all over the street.

Half a dozen shops had smashed windows and the ground covered in broken glass and rocks.

The "Front Line" was then backed up to the bridge between the North and South side of town.

But by this time we were headin back to the pubs to watch Scotland beat England! weeee!

4. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 10y

Barring the fact that I know just about diddly-squat about the whole Protestant/Catholic thing in the North, I don't get why they went South (to another country, at that) to protest. Sometimes it's like they're stuck 100 years in the past. I read that the N. Irish government hasn't sat for something like 3 years (although they've been aid, of course) because one party refuses to negotiate with the the party over religious convictions. What ever happened to the separation of church and state?

What was my question? Oh, yes. Why did they go to Dublin again...?

5. Posted by Rraven (Travel Guru 5924 posts) 10y

we're still trying to figure that out !! there have been a lot of debates in the radio today about it,..... the fights weren't completely down to the north though, there were a lot of republicans involved, what shock me the most was that there were only 300 guards around, they say they weren't expecting trouble !?!? there was mass emails been sent everywhere telling people to stay out of the city on saturday as there would be trouble, there had been debates in papers leading up to it, from teh outside you could see there would be a riot ....