Currachs are racing under the whistling bridge. Today the wind that carries their spray on the Shannon is flecked with the sharp tang of Molotov spray paint. In the skate park a busy crew of Eastern European graff artists are busy constructing a temporary mural on the banks framing the boats battle. Today it’s an occasion of two traditional visions on water and land, one Irish one and from hiphop New York.
Limerick B boy Baz has organized the elements from Graff to MC via Djing and of course breaking for 2 days in the skate park. The regular skate kids are hitting the ramps surrounded by a scatter of onlookers nodding to the beats spun by Dj Rainners and Baz and those who occasionally hit the lino for a few moves.
There’s a great vibe here with a self-policed strategy by the skaters and the young dancers many of them wide eyed at the energy of it all. Performers from Bazs classes are coaching each other in moves before some synchronized stepping out. Lads so small that they they seem to be running between the djs legs stashing their bags under the decks, asking for 10 cents for sweets and 50 cents beats. Rainners hasn’t got fiddy or Akon or basically anything to Bluetooth the kids with but they don’t mind, its a jam in the true sense. There’s even a bit of education in the mix. Dj Professor Johnny Doobs steps up to cut up Jay Dees ‘Fuck the Police’ featuring that songs de rigueur crowd join in bit, which charmingly the youth didn’t respond to. Various older B boys were now dropping by and Baz began to orchestrate routines as the event settled down into a solid groove.
Doobs then noisily destroyed the sound system or that’s what it appeared to have happened until we realized that the generator ran out of juice. ‘So What’ he shrugged ‘ill just do a rap then’ and off he went free styling his way into the hearts of the circle of young girls who wouldn’t have seen this kind of thing too often on You Tube.
The diesel arrived for the decks and the fun continued with all participants unconcerned about the oldsters glued to the Munster v Leinster intensity in their own Giant TV Park at the other side of town.
Rugby happens all the time here and there’s no shortage of facilitating its celebration and continuing tradition in the city. Bazs elemental throw down is equally deserving of some similar recognition for a more regular and solid future because if you needed evidence of a new generation expressing themselves in co-ordinated moves to a proud crowd it’s in events like this you will find it.