The Documentary “Hill Street” looks at the evolution of skateboarding culture in Dublin since the late 1980′s. Directed by JJ Rolfe and Produced by Dave Leahy (Warrior Films)
The initial driving force behind the scene was a proprietor of a unique skate shop in North Dublin inner city – “Clive’s of Hill Street”. From here Clive Rowen progressed the scene through the building of primitive ramps at the shop before graduating to a temporary skate park in the Top Hat Ballroom in South Dublin. Clive even managed to convince a Powell Team, including the legendary Tony Hawk, to visit the park for a now historic demo.
Soon after his continuing efforts resulted in a leg of the European Skate Championships being held in the Point Depot in 1991. From these early days skaters from Hill Street eventually opened their own full time private skate parks starting with “Simons Park” on Sir John Rogersons Quay in Dublin. This troubled park soon closed but not before a visit from the then “Deathbox” Team (now Flip Skateboards) including cult skater Tom Penny.
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