- 20 Mar 01
They re calling it Little Africa, this area close to Dublin s city centre where the country s first real ethnic quarter is slowly taking shape. Peter Murphy reports on the birth pangs of a new kind of Irish nation. Photography: Peter Mathews
Take a walk on the northside. Loiter awhile behind the Ilac Centre, one part of Dublin city where graffiti culture is still writ large on the brickwork. On an increasingly multicultural Moore St, with its Nigerian cafe, black boys on mobiles and exiles on main street, a female Jesus freak hymns her head off, parading a placard which reads BELIEVE ON (sic) THE LORD JESUS CHRIST AND THOU SHALT BE SAVED ACTS 16-31. Every third car is a cab. Put the right music on the Walkman and turn 360 degrees you could be in that Crosstown Traffic jeans ad shot in pre-zero tolerance New York.