Joyce-Cycle

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Joyce-Cycle

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: donnacooney1@yahoo.ie – Twitter & Instagram @donna_cooney1

“Angela the flying Pig”

Pigs on Parade a major fundraising auction for Jack and Jill Children's Charity. My Angela which I created is going on parade next week and is looking for a sponsor! Please contact if you're interested.. !

Pigs on Parade a major fundraising auction for Jack and Jill Children’s Charity. My Angela which I created is going on parade next week and is looking for a sponsor! Please contact if you’re interested.. !

Copper and silver wire manipulated and formed into wings interlaced with beaded jewels. Soft faux suede saddle hand sewn and decorated with jewels. Angela body is painted and textured in a sunset sky with soft shades of peach and pink.

Copper and silver wire manipulated and formed into wings interlaced with beaded jewels. Soft faux suede saddle hand sewn and decorated with jewels. Angela body is painted and textured in a sunset sky with soft shades of peach and pink.

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Hi

I’m really excited to be bringing my project Freedom Machine. A celebration of the historic link between bicycles and women’s emancipation. There will be one hundred women in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in suffragette costumes, with replica banners. This is a continuation of a concept and instillation I did at the Electric Picnic in 2017. The idea is also to reclaim #FreedomMachine for women as it has been used by ‘Harley Davidson’ fans.   https://freedommachineie.com/blog/

  • The American civil rights leader, Susan B Anthony, wrote in 1896:“I think the bicycle has done more to emancipate women than any one thing in the world. I rejoice every time I see a woman ride by on a bike. It gives her a feeling of self-reliance and independence the moment she takes her seat; and away she goes, the picture of untrammelled womanhood.”

“Many women cyclists would still claim those feelings of self-reliance and independence, but sadly in 2018 the number of female cyclists is dwindling, with three times more men than women choosing to cycle”.

I haven’t updated for a while as have been busy with a few projects. Founding a start up games company, updating and learning some new skills and designing art street furniture, which I cannot put on the website until after the submission decision.

I’m also glad to be starting a project with the trainees in PACE in April for ten days, facilitating a large sculpture project with the wood and metal trainees.

I will add more as I go along and keep sending me your comments and reviews.

All the best…

Donna