The last table quiz held by Seomra Spraoi took place at the Lower Deck Pub on 15 July. The quiz ended in a draw and so a dance-off was held. Here are exclusive pictures. At least one of those pictured here has emigrated to Scandinavia because of the shame of this spectacle.
St Nicholas of Myra Hall, Francis Street, Dublin, 2pmâ€“3:30pm
Dublin is on the verge of having an autonomous social centre, set up and run by a collective called Seomra Spraoi, which formed last year. A public meeting this Saturday will update on progress and take on board people’s views on what the centre can be used for and how it will be run. It’s not too late for you as a individual or group to become part of the project (indeed it will never be too late to come on board, but now is when you are needed).
Seomra Spraoi is a collective seeking to establish an autonomous social centre in Dublin. Lots of individuals and groups are on board. There is a credit union account with money in it. Fundraisers have been happening. Folks have been meeting weekly for quite some time. For more background see the link below.
Now, keep the following under your hat: as things stand, we should be making a definite announcement on Saturday about a space in the north inner city which will be taken up in early August!
By the way, â€œpublic meetingâ€ does not mean you coming along to listen to the heads who are involved already: it’s about everyone who comes along sitting around in a circle and making decisions together.
Nicholas of Myra Hall is on the corner of Francis Street and a small street called Carman’s Hall. Coming from Thomas Street, about two thirds the way along, you’ll see a grand piano hanging off a building on the left: turn right there and it’s on the right.
G8 report back
There will be a half hour break from 3:30pm to 4pm, followed by a report back meeting from the G8 summit in Scotland.
Bring some food to share (Seomra Spraoi will not be cooking this time).
If the weather is still fine, we can have the meeting in the playground outside.
Friday, the 4th, starting at 8pm, St. Nicholas of Myra Parish Hall, Carman’s Hall.
Our fourth Seomra Spraoi event: catch up and contribute to social centre project and support the Ploughshares putting the War on Trial for us on the 7th of March Social Centre project feedback session and live music.
Films: Food: Meet: Chat: Music.
The venue is the St Nicholas of Myra Parish Hall, Carman’s Hall (a street running between Francis St and Meath St). Admission free or donation. Proceeds to Ploughshares Defence fund. For more information contact 087-2861238. All welcome.
This Friday, the 28th, starting at 8pm, St. Nicholas of Myra Parish Hall, Carman’s Hall.
There will be a film followed by live Brazilian music and food.
The venue is the St. Nicholas of Myra Parish Hall, Carman’s Hall (a street running between Francis Street and Meath Street). Admission free or donation. For more information contact 0872861238. All welcome.
Film: Raw-Farming: Documentary on Brazilian women’s organic farming movement (courtesy of LASC, details here).
Many readers will be aware of the success of autonomous social centres in other European cities, independent of local authority, church, business or other controlling body. These spaces have provided a focal point for many of the social movements in the West, where public spaces have been eaten away by consumerism, property speculation and the culture of the car.
They celebrate collective cooperation and diversity and have numerous day-to-day uses: community drop-in centre, inexpensive cafe, political meeting space, library, gig venue, arts centre, and internet cafe, to name a few.
Several attempts were made in Dublin in the past couple of years to set up autonomous centres in buildings that had been derelict for years, but these have been evicted by the City Council or by â€œheaviesâ€ employed by the owners. Clearly the Council would prefer to see buildings remain derelict rather than put to any use.
Seomra Spraoi is the provisional name of a collective which has come together to create a social centre space in Dublin.
In early December there was huge response to the call for a gathering to initiate an Autonomous Social Centre in Dublin over a hundred people came and watched films about centres across Europe and chatted over vegetarian food served afterwards, then on the 21st of December we had a well attended gig in the Voodoo Lounge, where fans of both punk and dance were entertained and more funds were raised, how long before we can use/raise that money towards a building is the question.
After the Xmas break we had another meeting in the first week of January to see how far we got with research on the finance and structure of the proposed social centre. We have expanded on our wishlist of functions for the centre and now we have to start making these a reality under one roof. As we organise we coming across the very factors which have made it necessary to take this ambitious project on, small borrowed rooms, restrictions on their use, no consistent place for people to know where we are.
We have been talking to people involved in social centres and how they go about it and making contacts with them and remembering our own experiences on our travels to spaces around Europe and elsewhere. We are still refining the question of what do we want and how do we make it happen within the restriction of doing it the legal way, (Insurance, finance, legal form etc.).
Next we will be concentrating on the search for a location, raising more money and getting more people involved. We are looking for more people or groups who think they could help with the project in any way or possible co-host events of the type that one day may be held in the centre.