Imagine my surprise whilst recently walking down nearby Navan Road, I spotted what looked like a dismembered horse's head placed on a gaudily attired human body (left).
I thought it might be the latest instance of Dublin's many scumbags torturing and killing sentient beings for their amusement. You know... because there's nothing else to do, like. See previous post's comment section.
Thankfully, it wasn't – just a rather unusual advert for Kitchenwise (right). But back to serious matters.
My perception of urban animal cruelty is that it occurs mainly in "working class" areas - though many such areas contained a high "unemployed" cohort even during the boom, when there was near full employment in most other places.
There have been other instances of animal – not to mention people – cruelty covered on this blog at Smithfield, Finglas and Donaghmede. Now we have Darndale.
My own parents were working class inner-city Dubliners of many generations. The Ma having been brought up in York Street, Charlotte Street, Fatima Mansions and Crumlin. The Ol'fella Pearse Street and Sean McDermott Street. But scumbags they were not - and nor where most of their contemporaries, as far as I could gather. So where has all this come from?
Is it because people have been encouraged to pop 'em out in our "republic" for much of its history (remember contraceptives were effectively banned up until relatively recently) with little thought for following up the feat with parenting?
Is it because we are ruled by a gombeen political class that has set the bar for the whole country? Or because we have an education system based on rote learning and conceived only to peddle bullshit and perpetuate existing class divisions? One that is happy to see large sections of our population leave school early and illiterate, while the usual select goes off to Uni?
Has each ignorant, brutalised generation just become worse with every subsequent manifestation? The case of the horse having its ears lopped off and intestines ripped out just the latest expression?
We seem to have a lot of "this sort of thing" in Ireland when you consider our relatively small population per square metre. It's been bad as long as I can remember but, incredibly, it seems to be getting even worse.
It doesn't augur well for the future, does it?
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