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.
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
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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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Broadcast - 18/05/1978
Clip Length - 00:01:51
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Broadcast - 17/09/1978
Clip Length - 00:05:22
"Second-hand, second-rate and over-crowded buildings"
Broadcast - 22/09/1978
Clip Length - 00:01:39
"We are marching to stop the destruction of Wood Quay”
Broadcast - 23/09/1978
Clip Length - 00:02:12
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Broadcast - 28/09/1978
Clip Length - 00:01:30