Aoife Bambury is a Kildare based contemporary visual artist and sculptor, whose current practice is focused on modernist sculpture, using bronze as the core material. Through her process, and working of the bronze, her work can take on the appearance of different materials, and at first glance could be manufactured from vinyl or another plastic.
Utilising her interest in human-made, utilitarian objects and the climate action movements, Aoife’s work includes abstracted elements from the natural and animal world. She is concerned with documenting human interventions and interference in the natural world and in the contrast and chaos that results. The images taken during this process of documentation are incorporated by Aoife into her photographic prints. The stark contrast of nature with objects left behind through human interference also inform the shapes and undulations of her recent sculptures. Her work is intended to convey reactionary responses connected to our inability to co-exist peacefully with the planet that sustains us. Her work is an abstracted reflection of how she perceives and attempts to make personal sense of changing cultural habit
HE WAS PHOTOGRAPHED OUTSIDE THE SCREEN CINEMA WHICH HAS SINCE LONG GONE
To the best of my knowledge Mr Screen did not accept early retirement and now works at the Savoy on O’Connell Street.
In 2017 Dublin City Council granted permission for the development of a mixed-use office scheme at the site which included College House, Number 2-3 Townsend Street, Number 16-19 Hawkins Street, and the former cinema. The new development will consist of the construction of a ten-storey building. On the ground level there will be space for a café, shops and a restaurant unit. It will also have landscaped roof terraces. A 500-seater venue will be situated in the basement, which will hold a bar, restaurant and box office.
The caricature sculpture of a cinema usher, entitled Mr. Screen, which stood utside the Screen Cinema was created in 1988 by sculptor, Vincent Browne. I like it but many of my friends do not like it and consider it to be ugly.
The cinema operated since 1984, showing world cinema, and independent and Irish films. The Screen Cinema, originally named The New Metropole, opened on 16 March 1972 on the corner of Hawkins Street and Townsend Street on the site of the previous cinema, The Regal, which had been demolished since 1962 to make way for offices. The New Metropole name derived from the more famous Metropole Cinema on O’Connell Street (Penney’s department store now occupies the building), and after the latter closed in 1973, the New Metropole became the Metropole.
Originally a single screen cinema, the auditorium was subdivided in 1982 to create two additional auditoria. The new screens were suspended from the ceiling, meaning the main screen was not reduced.
In 1984, it was renamed the Screen Cinema, which became the sister cinema to the more well known Savoy Cinema on O’Connell Street. After this, the Screen showed more unusual, independent, and foreign language films rather than mainstream Hollywood films, which attracted a cult audience to the cinema.
The Screen received a face-lift between 2004–2005 when the interior was upgraded and the cinema lost its original marquee and neon sign in favour of an electronic board displaying the programme.
November 2015 it was reported that staff had been put on protective notice.
On the 19 February 2016, after 35 years in operation, it was announced in the media that the Screen Cinema would be closing its doors to the public as a result of falling ticket sales. It was hinted that Irish Multiplex Cinemas, parent company of Screen Cinema, were to close and sell the cinema a year earlier due to a drop in audience numbers. Staff working in Screen Cinema were said to be offered redundancy packages but this was later withdrawn by IMC and staff were instead offered to be transferred to the Savoy Cinema on O’Connell Street (another cinema in the IMC Group). It was reported that all staff were transferred to the Savoy Cinema with a redundancy package being available from the 29 February 2016.
Two sessions – photographed early September and early October.
I like goats and I like this sculpture.
Donnacha Cahill is a west of Ireland sculptor specialising in Bronze and Steel. A Fine-Art graduate from the ‘Galway Mayo Institute of Technology’, Donnacha is renowned for his ability to create sculpture that tells a story but also allows the viewer to interpret the work with their own narrative.
Architectural sculptor of Dublin. Charles William Harrison was born at Cottingham, Yorkshire, on 4 October 1834, the son of an artist named John Harrison and a kinsman of John Harrison (1693-1776), the horologist.
It is not known what brought him to Ireland; he may have come over circa 1859 to work on the carvings for the Kildare Street club house designed by Thomas Newenham Deane and Benjamin Woodward.
In the early 1860s he set up in business in Dublin with Charles Abbey.
Harrison suffered a heart attack on 16 May 1903 as he was coming out of the Royal Dublin Society’s reading room in Kildare Street and died soon afterwards at his house at 8 Herbert Road, Sandymount. He was buried in Mount Jerome cemetery. He was survived by his widow, Sophia, who died in 1919 at the age of eighty-six, and a large family of children and grandchildren.
He was a member of the Royal Dublin Society, the RSAI and the Dublin Chamber of Commerce. He is described as a genial man and a very active member of the congregation of St Mark’s Church of Ireland church in Mark Street, acting as churchwarden for fourteen years before his death. The business which he founded continued until the 1970s.
After the partition of Ireland of 1921, and again after the Second World War, the Kildare Street Club found itself in decline. In 1976 it merged with the Dublin University Club, thereafter sharing the premises of the latter at 17, St Stephen’s Green, under the name “Kildare Street and University Club”. The Club’s palatial club-house in Kildare Street still stands and is leased, providing accommodation for the Heraldic Museum and Genealogical Office and the Alliance française.