Kieran Carey at Ormston House

Doric or Ionic

“ Doric or Ionic was the thought I had,
about the reminants of another past time.

They intrigued me and are the welcoming smile
to all the art that hang on the walls.

They fit in with images yet hold their own when it come to glitz and glamour,
Like gods in the balcony watching over treasured gifted children.

They are painted a simple white
and flap their wings at night when no one is around.

Oh leaf , oh legend , oh dear what can the matter be,
Jonny so long at the fair.

– Kieran Carey


Clare Glynn Chitan at Ormston House

What memories linger with in these walls

What spirits visit and walk these halls

Stairs and rooms, memories from years to year

Spirit of joy and sorrow ring out in the air


Secrets, whispered from room to room

 Telling of births and deaths, now silent as the tomb.

Laughter and tears mothers voices children’s calls.

Lingering memories clinging to the walls.


Empty spaces, resonating sounds.

Old familiar Ormston House, Prominent in our town.

Little do we know what secrets it holds?

While we walk on Patrick Street, we will not be told.

– Clare Glynn Chitan


Brendan Hayes at Ormston House


They were just three ordinary ghosts that I met, going about their ghostly business-
so was I surprised? Well: I was surprised that I wasn’t more surprised by
meeting the three ordinary ghosts.

I guess they were not at all spooky –
No silly sheets over them with burnt-out holes for eyes …just three ordinary
ghosts as I’ve said . Near Ormston House

Later I was asked many questions: how did I know they were ghosts?
Could I see through them? Now that was I thought stupid …
But they definitely could see right through me …

And what of their business that caused them cross my path that day —
yes it was day, not night!? THEY WORE NAME-TAGS of men that I’d known
so there was recognition.. but I’m not sure; were they the likenesses of those
I’d known? Which might have made events easier understand.

Or were they simply carrying the tags of others departed …. I had many questions-
and I was much questioned later ..and later again. Oh, usual stuff; did I not try
and take a photo… Ask for email ,twitter, even facebook links.
it wasn’t like I was scared, either .

Yes. They knew my name, I’d heard it said- by someone in the trio-
as I stood aside, quite clearly ‘That’s Brendan!!!    And when they’d walked past I turned and saw -Yes, they had their feet firmly on the ground
and their backs jerking, like they were laughing …

They were just three ordinary walking, talking ghosts
that I left alone …and continue with whatever was their business that day
as I walked near Ormston house . Was that so weird from me ?
What else should I have done or said anyway ..

– Brendan Hayes


9-10-11 Launch – Street Line Critics and Prequel Programme Collaboration


Hey Everyone, the long wait is over!  The Street Line Critics and Prequel Programme Collaborative event will be launched at 12pm on Wednesday the 14th of May and will run for two weeks.

You will be able to find us chalking up the large windows of Ormston House Gallery (9-10 Patrick Street) on Wednesday if anyone would care to drop by for a chat.

We will be writing up the many submissions we received as well as a variety of interesting facts and tidbits.

A different submission will be posted up for each day of the event and we will be sharing lots of photos.  Don’t hesitate to drop by and see it in the flesh though!

For more information on the event:   

Prequel Programme:

Ormston House:

Extension of submission deadline for the Prequel Programme, Street Line Critics Collaboration

Hey Everyone,

We are extending the deadline for submissions to the Street Line Prequel Collaboration for one week while preparations for the event are underway.

If any of you have anything you would like to share be sure to get in touch. We shall keep you all updated with the exact dates that everything shall be written up. Be sure to watch the Street Line Critics page for photographs from the event. We will be highlighting someone’s submission for each day of the event.

Thanks for your interest and support.

Clare Glynn-Chitan on Pery Square


What could be more pleasant than to sit in a restaurant with a glass of wine and have a nice meal,

Not to feel guilty about the fact you skived off work,

That you have lost your pay on playing the slots, the bingo, the horses, drink, drugs, whatever,

Depression is an all-consuming deep pit,

Eats away at the soul,

Crushes you in ways you cannot dream of,

Destroys your health and well being,

Leads you along the path you would not travel,

You go so low you cannot see the road that leads you home,

Confidence is squashed, you are in sludge and mire,

Where is the path that leads you home,

You are in your own hell and stay there longer than you should,

Where did you go wrong, how did you get there?

Did you expect too much from yourself and your loved ones,

You cannot accept failings at any level,

It is in your hands to change,

Is it that easy to change the tracks in your brain?

Retrain the brain, set down new pathways,

Focus on other activities,

Move on to find another path,

Change the channel,

Come out the other side and join the human race.

– Clare Glynn-Chitan