- Arklow Speakers’ Corner
Okay, copying the English, why not, we could beat them at their own game. Hyde Park Corner is the famous one, Sunday afternoons, also some in other places in our neighbouring isle. And, guess what, one in Limerick. Look up Speaker’s Corner on Google to see more. Saturday afternoons for the Limerick one. I was at the Hyde Park one years ago, very enjoyable, all kinds of speakers, move from one to the next.
But where, if we had one? Not too near noisy traffic, so the speakers could be heard. Also, the stands or whatever they would be would need to be vandal and bullet proof, maybe made from railway sleepers. Stands are required. No amplification allowed. A policeman is present at the Hyde Park corner one. No one got too excited, except a fanatic young Irish speaker. I thought if we had something like that here only nutcases would speak, politics and religion could be disallowed maybe. Not everyone in Ireland is a looney, we do have immigrants. Saint Patrick was one.
- Arklow Radio Station
Some young guy had one over in the west of Ireland a few years ago, calling himself Lex. He wrote a book, very very good and funny and well written, on the internet. The local gardai said as long as the signal did not interfere with theirs and ambulances, ok. Some young people are very funny and lively, local shops advertised.
- Arklow Voice
Some kind of newspaper or magazine for local stuff and artists of all kinds, events, maybe births, marriages and deaths columns as well, hatched, matched and despatched as journalists call it. We have some good photographers and an artist or two, their work could be reproduced. I write poetry by the way. And not only poetry. Blueprint are very good printers here in Arklow and printed an A5 booklet of mine, so I know a little about it.
These all require further thought. Rome wasn’t built in a day, nor Arklow, two heads are better than one, many hands make light work, social media could be used to advantage, why not?
A little knowledge is a dangerous thing, more is better.
Someone might say, at least someone is doing something around here. Possibly editors should be below the age of criminal responsibility.
Also, there’s always the dog shit problem, as referred to in one of my poems. A problem until its solved. In other jurisdictions dogs are dna tested. For that reason. I won’t go into details, spare your blushes. Not to mention the unmentionable.
Can these things be done for love or money? Mostly love I would say. Who is willing to donate their time free, or their work? Some are, you might be surprised.
Would they make life better? Yes. Who says? I do. Am I alone in that opinion? I know Arklow is not New York, LA, London or Rome. But it is home. Its better than nothing. Lets make it better still.
This message goes out to the world but primarily to Peir Leonard newly elected member of Wicklow county council, for whom I voted, although she was not my first choice. She has joined the elect.
This all requires thought and consideration, Peir. Hope to see you this weekend.
29th May, 2019