Bands Dublin Shouldn’t Forget: Pony Club

Mark Cullen - Pony club

Mark Cullen, Darren Cullen, Jason Cullen Dave Morrissey, Rob Cumiskey

Pony Club are the music vehicle for the solo work of Mark Cullen. Hailing from Finglas, Mark was well known for his involvement in the critically acclaimed band Bawl in the 90s (later called Fixed Stars), formed with his brothers Darren and Jason. Pony Club was established in 2001 soon after Bawl/Fixed Stars parted ways, and here he was responsible for producing some of Dublin’s most sharply written pop songs. Cullen’s output with Pony Club remains unique among the Dublin indie/rock/pop bands of the 2000s in that most songs were focused on working-class culture, relationships and situations without being preachy and somehow still managing to be catchy. Essentially most Pony Club songs are full of sharp social commentary and represent the closest an Irish band ever came to matching Pulp. The instrumentation is either love it or hate it, with heavy use of keyboards and synth plus supporting rock instruments; the first album was mainly recorded in Cullen’s childhood bedroom. A better read of the man can be found here.

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Work Must Pay 5 Aside is a Great Success

Work Must Pay hosted a 5-a-side fundraiser on Saturday, 1st October. IMPACT, the Connolly Youth Movement, Sinn Féin Republican Youth, Misneach and the Workers’ Party all submitted teams to the event.

The event was held in Irishtown’s Sport and Fitness Centre, and was followed by a social back in John Clarke and Sons in Ringsend. Participants watched a mesmerising All-Ireland Final replay, with Dublin finally securing back-to-back titles for the first time since Heffo’s Army in 1977.

Congratulations to our comrades from Sinn Féin Republican Youth who ran out winners of the 5-a-side tournament!

Lastly, a special thanks must be paid by the Work Must Pay campaign to Shane Lambert of IMPACT, without whom this event would not have been possible.

You can be sure this tournament will be back next year!!!

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Animals of Farthing Wood: The Cartoon School of Communism

Anyone who has ever taken a short tour of YouTube comments will be aware of the “only 80’s/90’s kids will get this” obsession that permeates everything from Hanson videos to kids cartoons. As cynical trade-unionists with a hidden agenda, we decided to cash in on this trend. 

During the early 1990’s there was a spate of environmentally conscientious children’s programs, some which had dubiously simplified but ultimately well-meaning political messages, while others were more light-hearted in tone. It could be argued that David the Gnome was the granddaddy of them all. Released in 1987, it ran on RTE 2 until 2006 such was its popularity. The franchise also had a number of spin off’s and films. David the Gnome was a sweet little show that centred around gnomes, their community (including animal friends) and how they had to clean up all the mess that humans made of the world. Often there would be a little moralising about the humans and their greed or the like but it always ended on a happy note.

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Unite Hotel Workers Branch (London) – Graphic Novel

Unite Hotel

Unite’s Hotel Workers Branch in London continue to set the standard in our union for organising precarious workers. Check out their excellent and quite moving, graphic novel serialisation about workers in the hotel industry. We will update as they become available so keep an eye out here or on the UNITE live website.

*UPDATE* Now complete

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