So last night completed our Halloween festivities in Dubiln and truthfully I’m happy it is over!
Our kids trick or treated here in our neighborhood which was fun – many houses really got into the spirit. Some go overboard with light up skeletons and screaming goblins and moving hands… they loved it. Unlike in America where you get ONE or maybe two pieces of candy, they Irish gave out bags of candy – just like goody bags at the end of a birthday party. A family up the road made 70 bags!! On the next street over, one lady told us she’s been living in her home for 49 years and she’s been giving mulled wine away to all the parents who come to the door. I took a sip but gave Nils my glass – so that is when I became the DD who would drive us to the bonfire and fireworks up by the kids’ school.
So after going up and down our street and the next one over, we headed over to the fireworks. Not sure who exactly put them on but I think it’s the council – as they are illegal here. Anyway we ran into some of the families from the kids school and the fireworks were good. Immediately after they lit the bonfire – which was essentially just junk that all the local kids gathered. There was wood but also stuff like a turtle sand pit, a mattress and a tire! Do they not know how bad that is… anyway, we stayed for a bit to see it get lit up, Soren and his friend tossed a few pieces of wood in and then we were off – as were many of the families. Who knew what happened later that night, but in reading the newspapers online, lots of bad behavior was happening throughout the city. The Dublin Fire Brigade Tweeted @DubFireBrigade their call outs all last night – and some stuff was just bad. Perhaps it is just me but the police do NOT carry guns so when called to help protect an Ambulance or Fire Truck who was to help out injured person, being greeted by a group of unruly youths seems a bit silly. The headline was: In one 12-hour period, fire services dealt with 193 small fires or bonfires, 19 house fires and 26 “unconscious cases”.
Earlier in the day, the four of us took a walk to the local grocery store to pick up a couple things and we say a group of kids setting off fireworks which they call “bangers” here. Anyway, they were clearly just hanging around without supervision and later that night on the way to the fireworks we drove by a huge bonfire in the grassy green by the playground. Nils and I differ a bit here as he says they are just kids hanging out having some fun…
Who knew the city could/would be so insane. There is a line between kids having a bit of fun and then there is outright dangerous and disrespectful behavior which is labeled “anti-social behavior”. You often here of a great North Side vs South Side city issues with these problems but last night to me solidified that there is problems on both sides of the River Liffey. When I say bad, I mean a 21 year old guy from the flats in the South Side of the city was stabbed to death. And West of the city was another stabbing incident. Happy to report this is no where near our house!
Anyway, we then went over to a neighbor’s house up the road for some drinks and the kids watched TV and ate way too many treats and chips.
Thankfully we all had a great, SAFE night!
Oh and carving our pumpkin a week early is way too soon – they were ROTTEN!!