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Halloween Bonfires


Flimflam

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Dreading next week's devastation of the green space across the road and all that goes with it (the drunk teens, the fumes from burning wheelie bins, the wait of a week for the place to be cleaned up), I called in to my local DCC office yesterday to ask if there is anything that can be done to help prevent this year's bonfire. A most unpleasant member of staff dismissively informed me that it was up to the residents to sort out. I explained that I am a resident and I am trying to sort it out, so could I have some assistance please. I had hoped that I could, at the very least, get a number to ring if I saw a bonfire in the making, so the council could take the wood etc. away, but apparently not. I asked if there was a leaflet I could drop around to the residents in the area and he went off and he came back with ONE leaflet about safety at Halloween, then reiterated that it wasn't the council's problem. I had to walk out at that stage as I was so annoyed.

So there you go, I'm trying to nip this destruction in the bud, it's going to cause all sorts of damage, pollution and expense, fingers crossed it won't cause any injury to anyone, but DCC can give me no assistance. :evil:
 


firefly123

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Hmm. That doesn't sound right. The council were trying for a long time to create designated areas under supervision with free firework displays etc.while removing unofficial bonfires. It worked pretty well in most areas bar the really dodgy spots. Dunno if budgets were cut or something. It makes our lives much easier that's for sure. I will make some enquiries and get back to you if I hear anything.
 

Flimflam

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Thanks Firefly, I appreciate it!

I was visiting East Wall last year at Halloween and the Community groups and Council organised a great parade and fireworks display, the kids all loved it. If the bonfire was for the kids in the area I wouldn't mind, but it's just teens and adult yobs wrecking the place and drinking :(
 

Mountaintop

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Pretty poor from DCC

Budget cut's I'm guessing...withdraw additional funding for bonfire contol ,and spend a fraction of the cost hiring these guys....

[video=youtube;y2e1515l7Tc]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y2e1515l7Tc[/video]
 

Asparagus

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A few years back i was having a driving test prep session at 7pm in tallaght on 31st October.
I came from Johnny foxes direction down the mountain and the first thing that hit me - before the hellfire club - was the smell of sulphur.
My car was full of smoke.
Dublin was on fire.
It was like Vietnam.

There were about 14 bonifires on the route most of them on that green area near the Jobstown inn.
Fireworks hit the car and people in fancy dress ran at the car like mentallers..

Sure tested my nerve as i drove the instructor around...
 

Neutron

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Are these bombfires illegal under that pesky Green Enviroment law?

Or does the government allow us to have them at Haloween, Have a bit of rubbish that I could burn.
 

westernyelp

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Is this a Dublin thing? No bonfires down west for Halloween. We have bonfires night for that.
 

Lonewolfe

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A few years back i was having a driving test prep session at 7pm in tallaght on 31st October.
I came from Johnny foxes direction down the mountain and the first thing that hit me - before the hellfire club - was the smell of sulphur.
My car was full of smoke.
Dublin was on fire.
It was like Vietnam.

There were about 14 bonifires on the route most of them on that green area near the Jobstown inn.
Fireworks hit the car and people in fancy dress ran at the car like mentallers..

Sure tested my nerve as i drove the instructor around...
Did you pass the test?
 

wishywashy

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Dreading next week's devastation of the green space across the road and all that goes with it (the drunk teens, the fumes from burning wheelie bins, the wait of a week for the place to be cleaned up), I called in to my local DCC office yesterday to ask if there is anything that can be done to help prevent this year's bonfire. A most unpleasant member of staff dismissively informed me that it was up to the residents to sort out. I explained that I am a resident and I am trying to sort it out, so could I have some assistance please. I had hoped that I could, at the very least, get a number to ring if I saw a bonfire in the making, so the council could take the wood etc. away, but apparently not. I asked if there was a leaflet I could drop around to the residents in the area and he went off and he came back with ONE leaflet about safety at Halloween, then reiterated that it wasn't the council's problem. I had to walk out at that stage as I was so annoyed.

So there you go, I'm trying to nip this destruction in the bud, it's going to cause all sorts of damage, pollution and expense, fingers crossed it won't cause any injury to anyone, but DCC can give me no assistance. :evil:


Were you ever young yourself or are you old since the day you were born?
 

Lonewolfe

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Are these bombfires illegal under that pesky Green Enviroment law?

Or does the government allow us to have them at Haloween, Have a bit of rubbish that I could burn.
I'll be having one this year and getting rid of some rubbish. I'll invite the neighbours up and we'll have a few beers and stand around it reliving our youth.

Mind you I live in the middle of nowhere, and as I am a complete hypocrite I'd like to see them completely banned in urban areas.
 

mr. jings

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Last three or four years it's been pretty quiet around the Barn for some reason. Maybe the kids have just been stockpiling for this year. :)
 

Spanner Island

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One of the positive effects of our economic bust has been a huge reduction in the amount of fireworks and bangers going off at this time of year... :cool:
 

Mr. Bumble

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In Cork we have Bonfire Night on the 23rd of June. It's a big thing and apparently it goes back many centuries. Even though the City Council tries to organise family events, it's a nightmare for the fire service.
 

Lonewolfe

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In Cork we have Bonfire Night on the 23rd of June. It's a big thing and apparently it goes back many centuries. Even though the City Council tries to organise family events, it's a nightmare for the fire service.
Have to be feckin different, don't ya!;)
 

redhead

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Thanks Firefly, I appreciate it!

I was visiting East Wall last year at Halloween and the Community groups and Council organised a great parade and fireworks display, the kids all loved it. If the bonfire was for the kids in the area I wouldn't mind, but it's just teens and adult yobs wrecking the place and drinking :(
You should talk to one of your local councillors rather than DCC employees about this. For the good ones dealing with this sort of thing is their bread and butter and doesn't hurt them come election time.
 

Spanner Island

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Speaking of crackers, bangers and bonfires...

A good old fashioned and ill tempered head to head earlier today between Conrad Black and Adam Boulton on Sky News...

Very enjoyable stuff... at times I thought one of them might get up and hit the other...

[video=youtube_share;SzuWvfNDC_A]http://youtu.be/SzuWvfNDC_A[/video]
 

ruserious

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In Cork we have Bonfire Night on the 23rd of June. It's a big thing and apparently it goes back many centuries. Even though the City Council tries to organise family events, it's a nightmare for the fire service.
Ah Bonna night. Where no tyre is safe.
 

Ribeye

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Speaking of crackers, bangers and bonfires...

A good old fashioned and ill tempered head to head earlier today between Conrad Black and Adam Boulton on Sky News...

Very enjoyable stuff... at times I thought one of them might get up and hit the other...

[video=youtube_share;SzuWvfNDC_A]http://youtu.be/SzuWvfNDC_A[/video]
Meh,

I see your "You're a Jackass, Boulton"

and I raise ye "I'll punch your head in Paxo" from last nights newsnight:)

[video=youtube;hBI35DMHjy4]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hBI35DMHjy4[/video]
 
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One of the positive effects of our economic bust has been a huge reduction in the amount of fireworks and bangers going off at this time of year... :cool:
Indeed. It was getting completely out of hand. But this year I have noticed a marked change on last year with fireworks going off every night for the last 2 weeks. Reminds me of 06 and 07. I pity the firemen.
Also, as someone of a Christian persuasion I find that the year on year increasing halloween hype in Catholic Primary schools to be OTT. Bloody decorations up for nearly a week now in school and last night I was told that halloween was a Christian festival!
While it is good that teachers are making school a bit more fun nowadays there are limits and it is time to row back a bit on all the hype.
 

gatsbygirl20

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Is this a Dublin thing? No bonfires down west for Halloween. We have bonfires night for that.
St John's Eve down the West--lovely long June evening, and the sound of fiddle music from somewhere far far distant as the communities gather round their bonfires .

I remember them as a child...the big sky, the twilight that went on until after eleven, the scent of June hedgerows and the gates wide open to the hayfields....meadowsweet and cow parsley...
 

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