Saturday 25 November 2017

Chaos, fun as cameras focus on party street

DUBLIN'S "Partyville" and the comings and goings of revellers and bouncers are the focus of a new TV documentary.

Camden Street has undergone many changes over the years, and RTE's Reality Bites team visited some of the best-known spots along the stretch.

Camden Chaos shows the district on Valentine's Weekend when it is busier than ever.

"With a relic of St Valentine's heart famously mouldering in the local church, for the area's nightclubs, bars, restaurants, flower sellers, jewellers and sex shop, Valentine's Day is Camden Christmas," according to the programme makers.


Once home to mostly family-owned businesses, the street has become much more diverse over the past two decades and is now famous for its hopping nightlife scene.

The hardworking bouncers at Flannery's are put to the test when a 1,000-strong crowd queue for the late bar.

Newly-opened STD clinic Himeru is in the middle of a safe-sex campaign when the film-makers visit.

Elsewhere, the late Amy Winehouse's cousin David Sye hosts a Tequila Yoga night at the Yoga Hub that same weekend.

The programme makers were also privy to a Dublin first when they joined singles looking for love at the Bernard Shaw's Tinder Party.

Nestled among the nightclubs and the solitary adult store on the street there is also an abundance of places to eat.

The cameras stop off at Shay the Burger Van Man's establishment to try to discover the secret behind his famous sauce.

A cafe owner also claims to have brought the all-day breakfast to Ireland, something those who over-indulge in Camden Street at night may be glad of.

Gandhi Mallak, the owner of the Damascus Gate restaurant, also features, decrying the take-away culture of the area.

RTE has promised viewers "a colourful ride through a neighbourhood that's become at once the hippest and most demonised district in Dublin".

Camden Chaos is on RTE2 on Wednesday at 9pm.


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