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September 15, 2017 Parking Day 2017
Francis Street neighbours join together for Dublin Parking Day 2017


Friday, 15th September 2017

Francis Street neighbours join together for Dublin Parking Day 2017

DHR Communications, Cuckoo Events and Oxfam Francis Street have joined forces to take part in this year’s Dublin Parking Day event, creating a temporary pop-up bathroom in a parking space on Francis Street, Dublin 8. The theme of the pop-up was inspired by the quiet and tranquillity of one’s bathroom, which most of us take for granted on a daily basis. The installation aimed to highlight the reality that many homeless people and asylum seekers are not afforded this small amenity.

PARK(ing) Day is a free annual open-source global event where citizens, artists and activists collaborate to temporarily transform metered parking spaces into “PARK(ing)” spaces: temporary public places. Having originated in San Francisco in 2005, this year is the sixth Dublin instalment, with 35 pop-up parks set up across the city.

This was the second time that the three companies have worked together to participate in the PARK(ing) Day initiative. As part of the collaborative effort, Cuckoo Events provided props including a toilet, bunting and lino, Oxfam Francis Street supplied the bathtub and DHR Communications offered tea and coffee to visitors and passers-by throughout the day.

Managing Director of DHR Communications, Catherine Heaney said: “A quiet bathroom is something most of us take for granted in our day-to-day lives. As part of this year’s PARK(ing) Day event, we hope to draw attention to the reality that there are many who are not afforded this small facility. For a large number of homeless people and asylum seekers, the tranquillity and privacy of a bathroom is considered a luxury.”

Director of Cuckoo Events, Mark Breen said: “While PARK(ing) Day is a fun initiative and we enjoy taking part each year, it’s nice to be able to use our activity today to highlight a societal issue in a unique and unusual way. It’s not a preachy thing but if it gives people pause to consider what others have and don’t have and how we might help, then along with it being a fun little event, it might help do a little good.”

For more information, visit http://www.dublinparkingday.org/.

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