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‘What Culture Means to Me’ by Alex Ferns

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Alex Ferns

What does Culture mean to me?

That is a very interesting question, because it has a lot of different answers.

I believe that culture relates to the people, places, buildings, environment, opinions, thoughts and values that surround us. All of this defines culture.

Our Culture, in Dublin, Ireland

People – whether it is our parents, friends, associates, or everyone and anyone, the persons of Dublin – make it the place that it is. Specifically those closest to us, such as family and friends, is something I deem very important to our culture.

Well-known figures are key, sometimes in a positive and negative way.

Those who fought in the 1916 Rising that we still remember today, past and present politicians, media personalities dead or alive, poets/authors/sportstars/artists and others of a major talent, and religious orders that have played (and continue to do so) a major role in the development of the city.

However, our culture should teach us not to forget the ordinary heroes of Dublin from all times, such as Doctors, Gardaí, Shopkeepers, Teachers, Stall-Owners, Post Office Workers, etc.

And nowadays, many come from far and away to either tour or live in Dublin along with the native Dubs, and it is adding a beautiful new dimension to our already amazing region.

Places and Buildings – O’Connell Street, Moore Street, Meath Street, Thomas Street, Synge Street, The GPO, Leinster House, Áras an Uachtaráin, St.Stephen’s Green, The Iveagh Markets, Our Lady’s Hospital in Crumlin, The Coombe Hospital and Rotunda Hospital are just some of the iconic places of Dublin.

Some of these locations are our background, some of them are our present and some of them will be our future.

This embodies the meaning of culture. Places and Buildings both physically and metaphorically shape who we are.

Opinions, thoughts and values – anyone who knows Dublin (and Ireland in general), can see (or should I say hear) that different viewpoints are expressed everywhere, whether it is among family at home, politicians in the Dáil, or even pundits such as Eamon Dunphy and Richie Sadler debating after an Ireland Football match on RTÉ.
Us in Dublin could not shut up, even if we tried. And that’s what I love about the Blue in Ireland’s Green.

Despite what some people may think today, these various opinions create a better environment in our society.

That is why we have Freedom of Speech in Article 40 of our constitution, a constitution our country fought so hard for.

However, at the same time, our values should educate us to know that our words should never be ones of discrimination, and that if anyone does breathe such nastiness towards people of different races, religions or sexual orientations, there should be consequences.

Dublin is friendly to everyone.

Dublin does not judge, we imagine walking in the shoes of others that fear unnecessary judgement.

Dublin is home to all.


Alex Ferns
Synge St student
The National Neighbourhood 2018



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