Where have all the Halloween Bangers Gone?

General Urko

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Over the last few years at least in Galway the amount of Bangers being let off around this time of year, seems to have thankfully declined. They used to start in early September and get progressively worse!
I have no objection to children playing, it's their job! And anybody who has seen my posts will know that I have a frothing at the mouth detestation of Nanny Statism, especially with criminalisng consenting adults having sex with each other in private, the minmum pricing of alcohol, the sugar tax and no doubt the fundamentalist clampdown which will be undertaken against regular pornography including mild S&M.
However, when you have a situation where kids and young adults are let loose to act like ferile animals (a reflection on the pigz not doing their jobs and so called parents breeding for mickey money) and in the process putting the heart crossways in vulnerable people and leading to post traumatic stress issues to pet animals, including guide dogs, you can be sure I have a serious issue with it!
But while, I know there will be a day akin to a mild Belfast troubles day on Halloween night, there is definitely much less of it at the moment than previously!
Mind you, I saw a troop of young nax going up The Headford Road, one of the major arterial roads in Galway City with shopping trollies full of tyres which they nabbed close by! Eyes were popping out of peoples' heads looking at this but nobody intervened and there wasn't a pig to be seen!
RE the bollock acting with bangers, does this happen anywhere else, I cannot imagine it being tolerated in Germany/Netherlands or Blandanavia or anywhere else either!
I was actually so annoyed by it in the past that I was going to seriously put it out there that any local shop selling them should be boycotted! It seems though a lot of them were got from over the border!
Oh and outside of Ringsend, do the great and the good nax in D4 ever get a dose of it?
 


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is there a bangor App? we used to all get them as kids but none of the kids on our road bother with them now. you do get the ringsend skangers lighting a bonfire on that small park beside the beach which I think is pure knacker
 

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Over the last few years at least in Galway the amount of Bangers being let off around this time of year, seems to have thankfully declined. ?
Now that you mention it , it is very noticeable how much less of it in my area as well.


Other years it was like Baghdad in operation desert storm with Bangers going off all over the place , only heard a very few all week this year.
 

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The bangers used to be going off from around the beginning of September in the area where my mother lives (where I grew up) but I realised when I was up today that thankfully no bangers had gone off today or the last few weeks. Which is good because they frighten the dog. The local children are as productive as ever collecting their pallets and burnables on those big trollies that the staff use in the supermarkets when they stock the shelves, they're about 6 feet tall, 4 feet wide and f*ck knows where and how they got them. But they're industrious when they want to be.

There were a few bangers where I live just the past few nights, on a main road, I think they're coming from the Cabra side, the cat gets freaked with them, she never used to bother but something must have happened to her a few years ago because if she hears them now she legs it behind the couch (as if the couch would save her :roll:).

They don't bother me but I agree with you that they frighten the animals and for that reason I don't like bangers.
 
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Fireworks and bangers always seem like a decent indicator of economic health. They became more and more common each year through the 90s and up til the crash (it was like a warzone for a month, some of those years), seemed to disappear almost totally except for on Halloween day during the recession, then made a little resurgence in the last few years.

But yeah, I agree with OP, there are almost none in my area so far this year.
 

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May be sprogz are getting more and more absorbed in the digital world!
Re the harm to cats and dogs, they have vastly superior hearing and smell to us, so it must be extremely severe on them and on vulnerable!
A the big question is how come it was ever tolerated, it's just sheer fooking madness!
 

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May be sprogz are getting more and more absorbed in the digital world!
Re the harm to cats and dogs, they have vastly superior hearing and smell to us, so it must be extremely severe on them and on vulnerable!
A the big question is how come it was ever tolerated, it's just sheer fooking madness!
Not in the council estates and blocks of flats, there are gangs of children all working industriously gathering pallets, sofas and tyres, even more intensely now that school's finished. They're very serious about it as it nears Hallowe'en, some can't wait and will have mini bonfires in the run up to it, but they guard their booty well as rival area children will try and rob the wood for their bonfire and they also have to watch out for the council who blitz the areas for stockpiled bonfire material who they will then attack and fight to the bitter end to keep their stash.

It keeps them fit anyway, and they learn about organisation and being team players.
 

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I noted on the 6-one news tonight that the council are sending drones up to find stashed bonfire material so they can remove it before Halloween.
 

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Over the last few years at least in Galway the amount of Bangers being let off around this time of year, seems to have thankfully declined. They used to start in early September and get progressively worse!
I have no objection to children playing, it's their job! And anybody who has seen my posts will know that I have a frothing at the mouth detestation of Nanny Statism, especially with criminalisng consenting adults having sex with each other in private, the minmum pricing of alcohol, the sugar tax and no doubt the fundamentalist clampdown which will be undertaken against regular pornography including mild S&M.
However, when you have a situation where kids and young adults are let loose to act like ferile animals (a reflection on the pigz not doing their jobs and so called parents breeding for mickey money) and in the process putting the heart crossways in vulnerable people and leading to post traumatic stress issues to pet animals, including guide dogs, you can be sure I have a serious issue with it!
But while, I know there will be a day akin to a mild Belfast troubles day on Halloween night, there is definitely much less of it at the moment than previously!
Mind you, I saw a troop of young nax going up The Headford Road, one of the major arterial roads in Galway City with shopping trollies full of tyres which they nabbed close by! Eyes were popping out of peoples' heads looking at this but nobody intervened and there wasn't a pig to be seen!
RE the bollock acting with bangers, does this happen anywhere else, I cannot imagine it being tolerated in Germany/Netherlands or Blandanavia or anywhere else either!
I was actually so annoyed by it in the past that I was going to seriously put it out there that any local shop selling them should be boycotted! It seems though a lot of them were got from over the border!
Oh and outside of Ringsend, do the great and the good nax in D4 ever get a dose of it?
A trip up the North will get you all you are looking for.....
 

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Halloween has gone all social justice warrior. Decorate your house in gaudy cr@p to prove how hip and risqué you are but don't dare think about scaring a feral cat with a banger.

As an example there's a complete stuck up ************************ I knew in college who lives at the top of my road. She's plastered a "Danger: Keep Out" banner across her gate tonight without the slightest hint of knowing or irony.
 

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Over the last few years at least in Galway the amount of Bangers being let off around this time of year, seems to have thankfully declined. They used to start in early September and get progressively worse!
I have no objection to children playing, it's their job! And anybody who has seen my posts will know that I have a frothing at the mouth detestation of Nanny Statism, especially with criminalisng consenting adults having sex with each other in private, the minmum pricing of alcohol, the sugar tax and no doubt the fundamentalist clampdown which will be undertaken against regular pornography including mild S&M.
However, when you have a situation where kids and young adults are let loose to act like ferile animals (a reflection on the pigz not doing their jobs and so called parents breeding for mickey money) and in the process putting the heart crossways in vulnerable people and leading to post traumatic stress issues to pet animals, including guide dogs, you can be sure I have a serious issue with it!
But while, I know there will be a day akin to a mild Belfast troubles day on Halloween night, there is definitely much less of it at the moment than previously!
Mind you, I saw a troop of young nax going up The Headford Road, one of the major arterial roads in Galway City with shopping trollies full of tyres which they nabbed close by! Eyes were popping out of peoples' heads looking at this but nobody intervened and there wasn't a pig to be seen!
RE the bollock acting with bangers, does this happen anywhere else, I cannot imagine it being tolerated in Germany/Netherlands or Blandanavia or anywhere else either!
I was actually so annoyed by it in the past that I was going to seriously put it out there that any local shop selling them should be boycotted! It seems though a lot of them were got from over the border!
Oh and outside of Ringsend, do the great and the good nax in D4 ever get a dose of it?
A trip up the North will get you all you are looking for.....
You need a license to buy fireworks in NI and also license to sell them.
 

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Halloween has gone all social justice warrior. Decorate your house in gaudy cr@p to prove how hip and risqué you are but don't dare think about scaring a feral cat with a banger.

As an example there's a complete stuck up ************************ I knew in college who lives at the top of my road. She's plastered a "Danger: Keep Out" banner across her gate tonight without the slightest hint of knowing or irony.
I've seen a few houses this year with various "Danger! Keep Out" tape (like the guards use at a crime scene) in various colours across their doors and gates. One had yellow tape with black print and from a distance I thought it was an actual crime scene.

I was thinking the other day, there was never any of this fuss when I grew up in the early 80's. My friends and I would dress up on Hallowe'en evening (ages about 9-12 years old) and go round local neighbours asking them to "help the Hallowe'en party". We'd get fruit and monkey nuts and the (very) rare neighbour would give us sweets, then we'd all go and watch the local bonfire about 7pm with parents in attendance, monitoring the fire then go home maybe an hour later before the older teenagers would come along to drink and sniff glue.

Some neighbours would call us in and want us to do a party piece like sing a song in exchange for some apples. Nowadays the children use the Americanism "Trick or treat", get loads of sweeties and if there's any fruit they throw it away. If any of them come to my door I will say "Trick please, and make it a good one". If I am impressed with their trick I will give them a pomegranate between them.

There was no decorating of houses either back then. That was done at Christmas, a month and a half later. Now everyone decorates the interior and the exterior of their houses in gaudy sh1te from the euro shop which has Halloween supplies displayed since the beginning of August.

I was listening to Morning Ireland on Friday and at the end of the show which is nearly always a children's slot now, they spent a good while talking to children who were learning about Hallowe'en in school and for most primary schools, last Friday was a day for dressing up in their Hallowe'en costume. This never happened in the 80's. Hallowe'en was barely mentioned in school and we never had any Hallowe'en party there either, never mind having the news report on it.
 

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Fireworks and bangers always seem like a decent indicator of economic health. They became more and more common each year through the 90s and up til the crash (it was like a warzone for a month, some of those years), seemed to disappear almost totally except for on Halloween day during the recession, then made a little resurgence in the last few years.

But yeah, I agree with OP, there are almost none in my area so far this year.
You're right, bangers should be added to the freakanomics index of economic indicators. By the early 00's my area in D8 used to sound like a bad day in Baghdad during shock and awe for a full week at the end of October, then as the economic crisis began to grip the barrage eventually petered down to the level a local gangland dispute.
The lack of a literal burning of money would suggest that the recovery is not impacting working class areas.
 

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We'll see tomorrow if there are any fireworks around, I hadn't noticed the lack of bangers until it was mentioned but they are missing around our area. In my time, bangers were available in Moore street but no fireworks. It was hilarious, the dealers hid them under their skirts. We also mixed weedkiller & sugar until the troubles when weedkiller was banned.
 

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I've seen a few houses this year with various "Danger! Keep Out" tape (like the guards use at a crime scene) in various colours across their doors and gates. One had yellow tape with black print and from a distance I thought it was an actual crime scene.

I was thinking the other day, there was never any of this fuss when I grew up in the early 80's. My friends and I would dress up on Hallowe'en evening (ages about 9-12 years old) and go round local neighbours asking them to "help the Hallowe'en party". We'd get fruit and monkey nuts and the (very) rare neighbour would give us sweets, then we'd all go and watch the local bonfire about 7pm with parents in attendance, monitoring the fire then go home maybe an hour later before the older teenagers would come along to drink and sniff glue.

Some neighbours would call us in and want us to do a party piece like sing a song in exchange for some apples. Nowadays the children use the Americanism "Trick or treat", get loads of sweeties and if there's any fruit they throw it away. If any of them come to my door I will say "Trick please, and make it a good one". If I am impressed with their trick I will give them a pomegranate between them.

There was no decorating of houses either back then. That was done at Christmas, a month and a half later. Now everyone decorates the interior and the exterior of their houses in gaudy sh1te from the euro shop which has Halloween supplies displayed since the beginning of August.

I was listening to Morning Ireland on Friday and at the end of the show which is nearly always a children's slot now, they spent a good while talking to children who were learning about Hallowe'en in school and for most primary schools, last Friday was a day for dressing up in their Hallowe'en costume. This never happened in the 80's. Hallowe'en was barely mentioned in school and we never had any Hallowe'en party there either, never mind having the news report on it.
Nice that they have the confidence to dress up. I brought my children to school on Friday and it was great to see everyone dressed up. Big difference to the 70s when I went to national school where you kept the head down trying to avoid a belt from a teacher or older child.
 

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We'll see tomorrow if there are any fireworks around, I hadn't noticed the lack of bangers until it was mentioned but they are missing around our area. In my time, bangers were available in Moore street but no fireworks. It was hilarious, the dealers hid them under their skirts. We also mixed weedkiller & sugar until the troubles when weedkiller was banned.
I used to make my own bangers too. We used to make them by threading caps from cap guns on a pin, wrapping them in selotape and using rubber bands as a fuse. Perhaps kids aren't industrious enough these days to craft their own explosives. Of course we were also pretty health and safety be damned, the holy grail was getting your hands on a quater stick, which could have blown your whole hand off if you were a messer, a fact that made messing with them all the more attractive.
 
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The locl authority here hosts a major bonfire. It's a pleasant evening out and they encourage kids to get involved in finding (legit) sources of combustables.

Back in '78 I had a run-in with the Law when a friendly (sort of) and officious copper stopped me as I was on my way to see the local bonfire.

"Where are you off to, skobie?", he asked.

I delved into my obnoxious self and responded haughtily that the lingua franca in the area was commonly considered to the English which was a reluctant relic of our colonisation and that I would prefer that he address me using that tongue. It's easy to be cheeky in front of mates.

My father collected me from the station an hour later. He was stern to me in front of the cops but laughed in the car and took the opportunity to have a sneaky couple of pints on the way home. He bought me my first pint. The regulars in the men's bar in the Submarine were all tickled by the story and would have stood me many more pints but for my father saying "no".

It was a great night.
 


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