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Sunday 4 December 2016

Dublin cab drivers tell stories to stars for new year's festival

Taxi driver Declan Scully with passengers Keith Duffy
Taxi driver Declan Scully with passengers Keith Duffy
Taxi driver Declan Scully with passenger Panti Bliss

Dublin taxi drivers are world famous for their chatty nature - and now their storytelling skills are being put to good use.

Some of the stories they share with their passengers were captured on film in the taxis of three drivers.

The story@work concept is part of the Dublin New Year's Festival programme running over three days, beginning today.

Declan Scully (49), one of the drivers taking part, said filming in his cab was done over three five-hour shifts.

"There were a couple of celebrities, and there were also members of the public as well," he said.

Panti Bliss and Keith Duffy were among the high-profile passengers who travelled in Declan's car.

"The crew set up the camera and the microphones and then off you went, so it just recorded as you went along," he said.

The conversations will now be screened at Street Fest at Stephen's Green in a rolling film of the weird and wonderful stories on New Year's Eve.

Members of the public signed a form consenting to the use of the video, he said.

"Everybody was up for it," Mr Scully, from Kilbarrack, said.

"I will be 10 years a taxi driver in March," he added.

Captured

NYF Dublin - the three-day citywide festival celebrating the best of contemporary Irish talent in arts, music, culture and live entertainment was launched earlier this month.

Now in its second year, NYF Dublin has expanded to include many new elements and events for all ages, organisers said.

Visit www.NYFDublin.com for a list of events.

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