Seomra Spraoi

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Seomra Spraoi (English: Play Room) was an autonomous social centre in Dublin, Ireland which first opened in 2004 and closed in 2015.[1] The centre rebranded in 2015 and was renamed jigsaw_(WSM_venue). Same building, same people, and with the added ongoing disturbance to the local community of noisy nuisance causing "gigs" or "raves".[2] Sadly the ideals upon which the "space" - then Seomra Spraoi now Jigsaw_(WSM_venue) - purported to run have fallen away and from 2015 - 2017 the public figure Donal Dineen and the anonymous profit making managerial hierarchy, aka "Barry" continue to illustrate their eroding integrity as they ignore notices and warnings from Dublin City Council arising from noise complaints from people living in nearby buildings. Seomra Spraoi was run by an anti-capitalist commune along autonomous principles.[3]Jigsaw_(WSM_venue) is run by "Barry".[4]

Seomra Spraoi was formerly located at Ormond Quay,[5] then Mary's Abbey, and from 2004 - 2015 situated at 10 Belvedere Court, behind Mountjoy Square and off Gardiner Street Upper, in Dublin's north inner city.

Jigsaw_(WSM_venue) (English: Jigsaw) is located at 10 Belvedere Court, Dublin 1. Donal Dineen markets raves at Jigsaw_(WSM_venue) as backstory. The debris from the communal raving is usually sorted into Tin and Glass for collection by the local Waste management company.

Beer cans and Glass bottles

Seomra Spraoi hosted a number of regular events over the years, such as :

  • Bicycle workshop
  • Vegan cafe
  • Open cinema (movies for homeless people who can't afford to go to the cinema)
  • Spanish language classes
  • Practical squatter nights (learn how to squat)
  • Chess club
  • Open collective meetings

A number of collectives used the space for meetings and activities, such as :

  • Abortion rights campaign
  • Anti racism network
  • Choice Ireland
  • Dolphins barn community garden
  • Fracking free Ireland
  • Gluaiseacht
  • Indymedia
  • Queer Thing
  • Revolutionary Anarcha-Feminist group
  • Shell to sea
  • Workers solidarity movement


In February 2011 the project was the only space in Dublin that would host a public talk by Philip Nitschke, founder and director of the pro-euthanasia group Exit International, after several other venues cancelled on short notice due to pressure from small right-wing Christian groups.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mooney, Sinead (September 2007). "Spraoi's company". Irish Times. 
  2. ^ Dineen, Business, Donal Dineen. "DJ". Facebook. Facebook, Donal Dineen. Retrieved 4 May 2017. 
  3. ^ Mullally, Una (27 April 2013). "In freewheeling Dublin collective Seomra Spraoi, the personable is political". Irish Times. Ireland. Retrieved 9 September 2016. 
  4. ^ Mullally, Una. "Barry from Dublin". The Irish Times. The Irish Times. Retrieved 4 May 2017. 
  5. ^ "Dublin gets new radical centre". Infoshop News. Infoshop.org. December 31, 2006. 
  6. ^ "Seomra Spraoi provides venue for assisted suicide workshop". Archived from the original on March 8, 2011. 

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Coordinates: 53°21′28″N 6°15′29″W / 53.35778°N 6.25806°W / 53.35778; -6.25806