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


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

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

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    A RTÉ News report broadcast on 23 September 1978.

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    Wood Quay, 1978, Protests, Thomas Kinsella, Mary Robinson, Friends of Medieval Dublin, Michael Herity, Kevin Nolan, FX Martin, Viking
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    Ireland, Dublin
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    Society and Social Issues
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    English (eng)