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A flight of fantasy

A flight of fantasy Our lives are just like flight paths That takes us everywhere Sometimes when flying solo We glide without a care Most times we cruise automatically In directions that we know And at times we change to manual To avert some things that show We at times hold our head in the clouds To... 

Cool Clear Water

Cool Clear Water                               4th September 2014 by/Tony Gorman The mountains hung high over old Dublin town And the rain raised the streams as they cascaded down Over ledges so high as it gushed to the ground Causing rainbows to form as it splashed all around Filling... 

A Day at the Phoenix Park Races

  Phoenix Park Racecourse on 8th May 1946 Image credit to Clontuskert I remember those days when my youth was ablaze With ambitions of winning dosh fast When my mate Billy Browne turned the prices around As the tips he was given were vast At the Phoenix Park races we both had a go Of increasing... 

Bring Back Dublin of Old!

The Above picture is from The RTE Archives and Depicts a Dublin Metropolitan Constable Take the Dublin of today in an open sort of way And compare it with Dublin of past There were places you’d go without any fear And we thought those old days they would last We enjoyed a night out for a drink or... 

“Listen” New open mike nite for young musicians in Solas Bar

Song and music can lift ones heart and bring people together. On Sunday 8th June I was invited to an open mike where people can sing, play an instrument or both. “Listen” is a new service that has been put together by James Hamilton, the father of the up and coming singer/song writer Conor Hamilton.... 

A Trouble Shared is a Life Spared

It’s so sad to think that in a lot of cases of people committing suicide the signs are not recognised until after the person has taken their own life. Inquiries then take place but all too late and someone always says “I could see this was going to happen because of how the person was acting”,... 

Dublin 8 Musician’s Album Soars On Online Charts

Thomas Brunkard, brother of our esteemed website manager Eoghan and native of Dublin 8 has recorded an album of instrumental tracks that has been recently climbing the online charts.  Thomas has hit number 1 in the instrumental online chart and this accolade cannot go unnoticed by this Dublin 8 record... 

Diego & Eoghan – A Poem by Tony Gorman

  A friend in need is a friend indeed As Diego showed that day His instincts brought him straight to you In a canine sort of way For he showed that he had of aptitude In adventures of this kind And with his big brown eyes he soon surmised That food won’t be hard to find For you fit the bill to... 

Memory of Nelson’s Pillar by Tony Gorman

Another Charming Poem By Tony, You can’t help but enjoy them!  Memory of Nelson’s Pillar 8th May 2014 by/Tony Gorman I remember dear old Dublin back in my boyhood days So far back that in the westerns was a bearded Gabby Hayes And old Nelson on his pillar standing proud and tall and high As... 

Hope of a new day by Tony Gorman

A quick note about this  wonderful new poem by Tony. It’s good to see that people speak openly about mental health problems to reassure those suffering that there’s help there when they need it. I think the biggest uplift is to know that somebody cares giving hope to their lives. I wrote my poem... 

The Klares and Big September Live at The Academy

The Klares will play support to “Big September” at the Academy on Abbey Street this May 17th.  This cool new group won a competition last year “The Webfactor” and preformed at YouBloom@Dublin. As you may recall, we at the Fountain, your favourite online newswire, hooked up with the Klares last... 

The Irish On YouTube – Top 10 Trending Music Videos of 2013

Below is the Top 10 Trending Music Videos on YouTube during 2013, calculated based on visitors to the video-sharing website by Irish residents. This chart comes out each year, and it features the most popular music videos that have been shared on external websites, and have been viewed by a significant... 

Conor Hamilton Interview – A Star In The Making

After selling out the Academy, on Abbey Street lower, here in our wonderful city of Dublin, Conor Hamilton has a lot to be thankful for. Aged only 15 he is already making a name for himself as a singer songwriter and he has a few video’s up on his YouTube channel. So how did this young man at the... 

Elbow To Play 2014 Gig In Kilmainham (Tickets from Thursday)

The UK rock group, Elbow, have announced that next year they will play at the Royal Hospital in Kilmainham, right here in Dublin 8. The gig is pencilled in for Wednesday June the 25th 2014, and tickets go on sale from Tickmaster.ie from this Thursday at 9am. They are priced at €49.50. The band are... 

Christmas Classics – TOP 10 XMAS SONGS

Here is my list of what I feel are the top ten quintessential Christmas Pop hits… 10. The Little Drummer Boy – David Bowie and Bing Crosby (1977) This collaboration earns its place simply due to it bizarreness. Renowned rock star Bowie, famous for trans-gender extreme drug taking in Berlin (which... 

Gallery: Beautiful Winter Sunset Views From Howth Head

Note from FRG.ie editor: Here are some images that Alan Finn took whilst reviewing Dublin Bus’s North Coast & Malahide Castle Tour. We thought these photos, taken from Howth Hill and featuring the Irish Sea and Poolbeg, are so impressive that they deserved to be featured in their own article!... 

Poets Corner: It’s Life, But Not As I Know It

Having been inspired by Alan Finn’s pieces relating to the issue of drugs, I decided to submit some of my own work which was done during my time in detox and residential rehab. It was the beginning of a journey that ended up changing my life. Over the coming weeks, the FRG.ie have kindly agreed... 

Lockout-Inspired Play, By RADE, Free To All This December

The organisation RADE, whose speciality is promoting recovery from drug abuse through performance in drama and entertainment, has this year decided to produce a play based on the Lock Out in honour of its centenary. People recovering from addiction have donned bonnets and caps to recapture the spirit... 

Poets Corner: The Wake Up Call

Having been inspired by Alan Finn’s pieces relating to the issue of drugs, I decided to submit some of my own work which was done during my time in detox and residential rehab. It was the beginning of a journey that ended up changing my life. Over the coming weeks, the FRG.ie have kindly agreed... 

Casadh To Premier Their 1st Film: Locked Out! (Nov 29)

The Casadh treatment centre, based in Newmarket, are to premiere their first ever film, at Liberty Hall on Eden Quay in Dublin 1 on Friday the 29th of November 2013. The Dublin 8 drug treatment programme have been doing sterling work here in our community for many years, and this film is yet another... 
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