A few notes:
1. The trailer opens with a shot of a Dublin city bus rounding College Green, the home of Trinity College, where I used to hang out with the arts crowd in my late teens and early twenties.
2. The next scene shows a Dublin Area Rapid Transit (DART) train arriving at the Dublin Connolly (formerly, Amiens Street) station. (As you can tell, I have a thing about moving transit vehicles.)
3. The next shot shows me riding the train out to the seaside village of Howth, once a separate community and now part of greater Dublin.
4. Then comes a shot of the yachts at Howth followed by me walking past the Abbey Tavern. This is the pub where a group of amateur folksingers recorded a song, “Off to Dublin in the Green,” which was used on a 1966 commercial for Carling Black Label lager. The song was a hit for the Abbey Tavern Singers and for the Dublin Rogues, a group I co-founded after I moved to Canada. You can hear the Abbey Tavern version by clicking HERE.
5. The next shot was taken at the south end of O’Connell Street, Dublin’s main thoroughfare. In the background you can see the statue of Daniel O’Connell, the great 19th century political leader popularly known as The Emancipator. One of the angels at the bottom of the statue carries on her breast a bullet hole from a shot fired during the Easter Rising of 1916.
6. The next shot shows a cyclist riding on the sidewalk to avoid a bus on Merrion Row, near O’Donoghue’s Pub. (I also have a thing about pubs!) O’Donoghue’s is where Ronnie Drew and the Dubliners got their start in the music business during the early 1960s.
7. The next scene shows me walking through Stephen’s Green, a lovely little park at the top of Grafton Street. When I was a child, we went to that park on Sundays to listen to the military brass bands and feed the ducks.
8. Then we see, in quick succession, a couple of musicians playing in a pub at Temple Bar, and some of the various street performers, artists and flower sellers that appear every day on Grafton Street.
9. The final scene shows me leaving Grosvenor Villas (and metaphorically leaving Dublin), the little cul-de-sac where my first home was located. There are six row houses on that street. We lived at No. 3.
Amazing what you can pack into a one-minute video, isn’t it? Enjoy!
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