“Every river has its voice.. the Dodder is like your blood running through you.” Lucille Redmond is an Irish writer and journalist. Her first short story ‘The Shaking Trees’ won the 1975 Hennessy Award. Her work has since been published in The Irish Times, The Irish Press, The Sunday Tribune and many others. Lucille takes us to Dartry, where the Dodder, “the Goddess of rivers…runs free”. She speaks of her cycling adventures, the sense of history the city gives her and of her family’s links with the 1916 Easter Rising.
Rose moved to Ireland for love. She met her husband, a native of Dun Laoighre, while they were both teaching in Nagasaki, Japan. She takes us to Dun Laoighre, where she and her husband often found themselves on visits over their many years dating long distance, indulging their shared love of Indian food and the beautiful harbour and market.
Tiago has been cycling since he was three years old. Growing up in Brazil he competed in BMX competitions. He takes us to the Docklands, a place he discovered when he first arrived in Dublin while working as a delivery cyclist. And talks about the differences between Dublin and festive but cycling hostile São Paulo.
Anne-Marie is a Corkonian living in Dublin. She has travelled all over the world for Concern. She takes us to Rathmines Tennis Club, where she can indulge her love of intense competition. We learn about cycling, tennis and knitting in Senegal and Ireland.
Kat & Amelia
Kat and her daughter Amelia love nothing more than to explore the city on Kat’s bike. Kat talks about her childhood riding bikes in Portmarnock and Malahide, and how cycling makes Dublin a small and accessible city. They take us to Blessington Basin, Kat’s latest discovery, a walled public park built as a reservoir in the 19th century, full of swans, ducks and fairy forts.
Katya loves the Phoenix Park. Its the one place she finds peace away from the hurly-burly of office and family life. It’s here her young children attended a forest school, and here she brings the family for weekend peace and quiet. Where the kids can climb trees and the stress leaves her body as she picks wild garlic and primrose for dinner.
Richard Marsh is an Author, Bardic Storyteller and Tour Guide. In Merrion Square Richard tells us about his special relationship with his bike he’s been riding since the 1980’s. Nomade Motobecane saved his bacon while exploring the ruins of Ireland’s mysterious Celtic past in Avoca County Wicklow. He takes us on a tour, not just of Wilde’s statue, but also of the disassembled Selfish Giant