The Title of the Dublin Cycle Campaign in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2019 is Joyce-Cycle.
We celebrate Irish Writers and the connection with the bicycle. From James Joyce, Flann O’Brien’s ‘The Third Policeman’, Jonathan Swift, Sterne, Oscar Wilde, Samuel Beckett.
Beckett’s character Molloy “A confused shadow was cast. It was I and my bicycle. I began to play gesticulating, waving my hat, moving my bicycle to and fro before me, blowing the horn, watching the wall. They were watching me through the bars; I felt their eyes upon me. The policeman on guard at the door told me to go away. He needn’t have, I was calm again. (GII.21)
The concept is by Artist Donna Cooney who developed the highly regarded Freedom Machine in the 2018 Parade. Ms. Cooney will co-ordinate Joyce-cycle in this year’s parade. The parade creative team will be assisted by Artist’s Laragh Pittman and Gary Brady who also worked on the Freedom Machine pageant.
There will be over one hundred participants of all ages from babies to those nearing their 90’s. This creative Joyce-Cycle pageant will bring to life the wonderful writings of some of our best loved Irish writers. Participants will take part in workshops in Tailors hall to create the pageant.
We will also be joined by some living Irish writers and well known faces astride and merged with their beloved bicycles.
There will also be a poetry competition in with collaboration Poetry Ireland on the theme of bicycles with winners in the under and over 16 categories. The writers will win a cash prize. Winning Poems will be published online and printed. Printed poems on cards and book markers will be given out to the public viewers on the day to encourage interaction.
This is the first year that the Dublin Cycling Campaign will be in the main body of the parade this is due to the success of our pageant last year. We will be ahead of a marching band and guaranteed RTE live coverage, we will also be included in the Irish Times festival Guide and the main St. Patrick’s Day festival guide.
For more information: Check out the pageant website Joyce-Cycle
Contact: Donna Cooney: Co-ordinator Joyce-Cycle for Dublin Cycling Campaign
M. 083 3317190 – Email: firstname.lastname@example.org – Twitter & Instagram @donna_cooney1