Hula mu’u mu’u, wahine kahiko.
Love it with a passion !
I haven’t been in Dublin that long. 3 years.
And I tend to be shy and uncomfortable when I don’t know anyone somewhere. And i have to admit I am not (and probably never will be) a night person. These are the reasons why I only started going to the local weekly goth night, Dominion, at the beginning of this year. I had tried twice in the past, but I was with my boyfriend and a couple of friends, so we kept to ourselves (nasty us) and I barely dared to dance before leaving early. Of course, the people had been adorable, but when you’re in a group it’s not easy to open up.
What a good decision I took, that Saturday night of February, when after meeting with a few friends I went there, alone, instead of going home. As I was sipping my diet coke on my own and enjoying some nice music but feeling awkward, the organiser of the night came to talk to me and insisted that I should meet some of the other goths that were here. He introduced me to them and they took care of me.
They were really friendly. They had known each other for a while (some longer than others, but so what) and still they made no diffenrence when talking to me. I left earlym but felt happy and thrilled and decided to come more often. Over the following month and a half, I went almost every Saturday. Met more people, got bold and went to dance. Started to feel like one of the regulars. Called the others my friends. They cheered me up when I lost my job, and were happy for me when i found another one.
After a while, I went maybe a little less regularly, as my health was a little flaky (and i am not that much of a night person), and it’s not easy to commit toone night a week when you have to travel or are dead tired, but everytime I went, I felt welcome and enjoyed the music and conversation. I went to the Freak Picnic in St Stephen’s Green, Dublin, a daytime event (yay) that made me feel like I belonged to that community even more. it was followed by an awesome night at Dominion.
I love the fact that we were and still are a “family” of different people. Older goths, younger goths, Irish goths and foreign goths. Young foreign, older foreign, young Irish, older Irish, with different tastes in terms of music and clothing, or a different understanding of “goth”, but a common sense of belonging to a culture, and that the individuals around us were important and precious. Deejays, regulars, less regulars, staff,… just a bunch of wonderful human beings if you ask me.
Then I went on holidays. Then I came back. Then I went to the club because I needed to see those friends and the place and to listen to the music and to dance. A great night. But at the end of which they told us the pub which hosted the club in it’s basement wanted to get their premises back, and we’d have to leave for good.
The community is active and is trying to look for a solution, but Dominion has announced that, unless enough feedback was given to change the organisers mind, it was not a temporary closure and that the club had come to its true end. I understand the reasons behind this announcement, though it makes me very sad and I wish with all my heart that a solution will be found soon and that the Dublin alt crowd will be able to gather again soon. With all my heart I hope that Dominion is going to be born again.
But sometimes, when people go through tremendous efforts and it’s still not enough to keep the club afloat (or their work is unrecognised), yes, i understand that they might want to give up. Or take a rest. But they have done such a wonderful job and they should be thanked forever for that ! And we shouldn’t let them down, we should, all of us, remind them that we loved and will always love the club. And help if we can !
So the last night of Dominion, Dublin, is tonight, and we’ll all be there. It’s going to be the best night ever, it’s just a shame it has to be the last one. Like a sad Christmas where you’d get all the presents and friends and family, but still be sad. Aniway, it will be awesome, it has been awseome, full of wonderful people !
Thank you so much Dominion for making my life in Dublin so much better, for bringing me back to the scene (even though my heart had never left it), for having existed long enough for me to get to know this club !