Before we begin today’s Irish-themed Sunday Service – here is a brief disclaimer.
This is by no means intended as a definitive list of either the best, or of the most influential Irish skateboarders.
Ireland has been producing skateboarding talent for as long as we can remember and as such, this little ode to four of our favourites is going to leave out a bunch of people who ought to be included.
Off the top of my head, honourable mentions must go out to following: to skatepark/skate company owners Wayne Gallagher and Mike Keane, to O’Connell St, Dublin’s G1 skate store owner Graham McPherson, to short-clad maniac Al Collins, Jer Evans, early Dublin videographer Ciaran O’Connor, Rob Benson, James Black, more recent Dublin-based video maker Ciaran Hughes, Craig Dodds, Richard Gilligan, Keith Walsh, Dion McGarrity, Naoise and crew at High Rollers, Stef Jaconelli, Irish Snowy, Blayney Hamilton and more besides. Then moving north you have the likes of Bernard Rea, Niall Neeson, Jerome Loughran, Graham and all at Loko, Jay Dords, Chris McQuilkin, the Monkeybird crew, Ryan ‘Hippy’ O’Neill, Niall ‘NOB’ O’Brien and Stuart Robinson; plus the Cork heads, the Limerick crew, etc, etc…the list goes on and on.
Point being – Ireland’s skateboarding scene, despite receiving less media attention than the rest of Europe, has been on fire for a very long time and all the people mentioned above (plus many others) have been instrumental in drawing attention to that fact.
With the above caveat in hand – we thought it made sense to pull together a grip of footage from four of our Irish mates given that this Saturday was St Patrick’s Day.
All of them have ‘made it’ as known skateboarders in various capacities and each one of them has left their mark on today’s Irish skate culture.
Anyhow, enough blabbering…