"We are marching to stop the destruction of Wood Quay”

EXHIBITION : WOOD QUAY

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Protest march against the building of civic offices on the site of a Viking settlement at Wood Quay.

  • Title
    Protest March
  • 1st Broadcast
    23/09/1978
  • Clip Duration
    00:02:12
  • Material Type
    Video
  • Series title
    RTÉ News
  • Clip title
    "We are marching to stop the destruction of Wood Quay”
  • Extended description

    The Friends of Medieval Dublin organised a protest march against the construction of civic offices on the site of a Viking settlement at Wood Quay in Dublin.

    Protesters include the poet Thomas Kinsella, who tells the crowd that this is “the birthplace of our own city”. Other speakers include Mary Robinson, who was the legal representative for the Friends of Medieval Dublin, Dr Michael Herity of the Royal Society of Antiquaries, and professors Kevin Nolan and F.X. Martin.

    Addressing the crowds, Mary Robinson states "We are marching to stop the destruction of Wood Quay. And we are marching for the construction of civic offices. To be constructed elsewhere".

    It is estimated that on a final count up to 20,000 protesters took to the streets of Dublin that day resulting in one of the largest expressions of public outcry on a matter of cultural heritage in the history of the state. It was hoped that a turn out in such large numbers would give a clear message of opposition to the Dublin Corporation and the government.

  • Information

    A RTÉ News report broadcast on 23 September 1978.

  • Local keywords
    Wood Quay, 1978, Protests, Thomas Kinsella, Mary Robinson, Friends of Medieval Dublin, Michael Herity, Kevin Nolan, FX Martin, Viking
  • Geographical coverage
    Ireland, Dublin
  • Topic
    Society and Social Issues
  • First broadcast channel
    RTÉ
  • Production year
    1978
  • Country of production
    Ireland
  • Original identifier
    LX3751
  • IPR restrictions
    Rights Reserved - Free Access
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  • Item type
    part/extract
  • Item colour
    Colour
  • Item sound
    Mono
  • Aspect ratio
    4:3
  • Language used
    English (eng)
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