DUBLIN City Council definitely heard the protest songs outside Dublin Castle last night, they voted to remove a proposal to ban busking in Temple Bar.

Singer songwriter Tony Floyd Kenna gave us his insight about the nights protest. He was joined by other buskers at City Hall in Dublin, the buskers performed in front of a gathering of least 100 people.

‘On Monday evening I went to City Hall to support the rally against the ban on busking in Temple Bar. Luke Clerkin, one of the main movers in The Never Alone Collective, a group that busks in Temple Bar to fundraise for Teenline Ireland, had invited me. It was easy to say yes to Luke, a positive and inspirational young man whom I had the honour to get to know over last few years when I was playing at the Teenline fundraising busking events.

Of course there are also other good reasons to oppose the tabled busking ban. Busking in Temple Bar has taken on the life of a living breathing cultural experience. An opportunity for both visitors and locals to be exposed to the heartbeat and creative soul of Ireland. If this life were extinguished the very essence and uniques of the Irish experience would be greatly diminished. Tourists can go to any country to drink, to buy souvenirs, but they won’t find living breathing music and street entertainment anywhere else.

Street performance also often offers young upcoming performers and writers their first chance to play in public, to cut their teeth, gain experience, gain confidence. We should be nurturing them at every available opportunity.

So it was easy for me to say yes and to stand up on the steps of City Hall, say a few words and perform one of my songs. It was an honour and indeed a thrill, getting to play for such a wonderful warm dedicated audience. And of course when they sing along with you it’s just magic.

So, can a hundred people coming together and being brave enough to stand up for what they believe in make a difference ? Yes, the City Council meeting rejected the proposed ban it was great to be just a small part of the campaign that helped officials see sense.’

Photo by Arthur Carron.

Check out Tony’s site here – http://tonyfloydkenna.wordpress.com