It’s all gone a bit Pete Tong.

Via Juliette Gash

Says the ‘sheet’s resident music head Mike McGrath-Bryan:

So, the line-up is out. Sold-out before a single name was announced.

Commentary/conjecture in the ‘Sheet tomorrow. First impressions: a tad heavy on nostalgia, to say the least. Still, though: Run the Jewels, Young Fathers, Parquet Courts, Phantogram. Well-played.

Ignore Seatwave, etc., too. People will invariably look to offload tix in the run-up, get them that way and stop feeding the beast.



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Ireland’s first quintuplets in 2013, from left: Rory, Amy, Conor, Cian and Dearbhail

On The Late Late Show

Gareth Naughton writes:

As Mother’s Day approaches, Ireland’s only quintuplets – Amy, Cian, Conor, Dearbháil and Rory Cassidy – return to The Late Late Show 15 years after their first appearance alongside mum Veronica and dad Kevin.

Journalist Jon Ronson will discuss the ever growing problem of online shaming, as Twitter mobs gleefully descend on sometimes innocent and unwitting individuals with terrible personal consequences.

Comedian turned writer Julian Clary will join Ryan in studio to discuss his enduring and occasionally outrageous career as well as tying the knot at 57.

Chanelle McCoy is the newest businesswoman putting entrepreneurs to the test on Dragon’s Den… She’ll be joined on the couch by long term Dragon Gavin Duffy.

*attacks telly with kitchen knife*

The Late Late Show, Friday, RTÉ One at 9.35pm


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Here hair here.

Colin Brady, of Taller Stories, writes:

We’ve just released the trailer for our first feature-length documentary about the barber culture in Ireland. It’s called GRUAIG.

Over the past couple of years we’ve travelled around the country when we could and visited barbers in different places to get their stories. Enjoy!

Taller Stories (Facebook)


The grounds of the former Bon Secours mother and baby home in Tuam, Co Galway; Galway West independent TD Catherine Connolly

You may recall how, during Leaders’ Questions on March 8, Independent TD Catherine Connolly, of Galway West, asked about a second interim report from the Commission into Mother and Baby Homes which was given to the Minister for Children Katherine Zappone last September.

This interim report was to identify any matters that the commission felt warranted further investigation as part of the commission’s work.

Ms Connolly asked Taoiseach Enda Kenny:

“I’m asking you now to confirm, why it hasn’t been published? Eight months later? What’s in it that’s so frightening? What’s in it that prevents it being published?”

Further to this…

Fiach Kelly, in The Irish Times, reports this morning that the indemnity agreement signed in 2002 between the then Minister for Education Michael Woods and 18 religious congregations – which served to cap the orders’  liability – may be extended to include children abused in mother and baby homes.

Just recently, the Comptroller and Auditor General found that, as of the end of 2015, the congregations had paid just 13% of the total compensation bill which, at that point, amounted to €1.5billion.

Mr Kelly writes:

The existing redress scheme for victims of residential child abuse could be reopened to cover those abused as children in mother and baby homes, an unpublished report to the Government has recommended.

The proposal is contained in the second interim report of the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes, The Irish Times has learned. It has caused alarm in Government circles, due to the cost of the existing scheme.

It says the redress scheme established in 2002 could be used again to provide compensation for those who were abused as children in mother and baby homes.

…Ms Zappone has been repeatedly pressed in the Dáil for the reason for the delay in publishing the second interim report, which she received last autumn.

A briefing on it was given to Cabinet in the autumn, but a number of Ministers could not remember a redress scheme being discussed. Well-informed sources said the delay in its publication was due to the controversial nature of the proposed form of redress.

One source suggested that it may never be published if there had not been public outcry over the commission’s confirmation last month of the discovery of the remains of babies and infants at the site of a former mother and baby home in Tuam, Co Galway. However it is now expected to be published next week.

Government alarm at possible redress for mother and baby home victims (The Irish Times)

Previously: ‘What’s In It That’s So Frightening?’

Indemnity And The Religious

‘Based On The Findings Of The McAleese Report’


Cat Palacetextured pop from Dubland

What you may need to know…

01. Cat Palace is a reverb-laden, poppy, vaguely shambolic front for songwriter/vocalist David Blaney and various collaborators.

02. Emerging in earnest in 2015 with two extended-players, the band, fleshed out by long-term collaborator Christopher Barry and Enemies man Oisín Trench, has been between Dublin and Kentucky getting the last touches in on a debut long-player.

03. Streaming above is the video for new single Peddle It, a tragicomic rumination on routine, sustainability of music and all that attends.

04. Having somehow avoided immediate bankruptcy to pay Myles Manley the going rate for the advance on new stuff, Little L Records are releasing the album, entitled Why Don’t You // Why Don’t You, Go Off, next month.

Thoughts: Melancholy, but not without a sideways smirk, and plenty for fans of the wider indie-rock diaspora aside from reverb heads and shoegazers.

Cat Palace



From top: Martin McGuinness in Downing Street; Dan Boyle

As a young man his sense of anger seems palpable. In older pictures there is a sense of a man who had learned the value of hope.

Dan Boyle writes:

Willy Lomax, the lead character in Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman, cuts a sad and pathetic figure. In writing about Martin McGuinness, I make no attempt to compare their respective characters. I merely borrow the play’s title to consider the role of politicians as salesmen, a role I believe McGuinness performed very effectively.

At least it is a role that politicians need to play, even though too many take a ‘whatever you’re having yourself’ approach to life.

The selling of ideas, concepts, ultimate destinations, but most obviously possibilities, should be a central part of the role of a politician. That so many take a ‘where are my people so I can follow them’ approach, is a tragedy and failure of politics.

The ability to identify key audiences; to measure and manage expectation; to use language to be understood and where possible inspire – these are the tools of that rare breed, the successful politician.

I once had a relatively private meeting with Martin McGuinness. The then evolution of politics on this island saw David Trimble and Seamus Mallon as the nexus of the Northern Ireland executive. It would be a number of years until McGuinness became the heart of that executive. At this meeting he was part of a Sinn Féin delegation meeting with the Green Party, seeking support for the early release of IRA prisoners.

The Green response was not as enthusiastic as the Sinn Féin team had hoped. Mr. McGuinness was most forthright is expressing his disappointment. I found him intimidating. Perhaps that feeling was as much informed by a preconception I held of Martin McGuinness and his reputation. Perhaps it was the hypersensitivity we Greens suffer.

In that brief meeting, through that flash of anger, I caught a sense of the Martin McGuinness for whom the bomb and the bullet had been his preferred methods of persuasion.

Or he could have been having a bad day. Making character assessments on the basis of one off meetings is always unwise. An even more superficial approach would be to look at photographs of the younger and older McGuinness. As a young man his sense of anger seems palpable. In older pictures there is a sense of a man who had learned the value of hope.

Nor should we be unaware of the realities of those who had lived in an apartheid statelet, where the hatred foisted on them created a violent response.

The identification of that violence as being self defeating must have been a difficult obstacle for him to overcome. To go from there to work with, work within and to seek to make work a system that had consistently undermined his community, must have required huge reserves of self evaluation.

That he managed to do that while mastering the timing of when to push, when to leap, when to take the risk, makes his an extraordinary achievement.

He did so more openly, more honestly, more effectively than anyone else in the republican movement. They will miss him. So will we.

Dan Boyle is a former Green Party TD and Senator. His column appears here every Thursdyay. Follow Dan on Twitter: @sendboyle


Garda Reservists in Templemore College, County Tipperary in 2014

Do you like to dress up in blue
And tell normal folk what to do?
Well if you’ve got the nerve
For the Garda Reserve
Then all of your dreams can come true.

John Moynes




Scenes Of Moderate Violence, the debut collection of poems from John Moynes (above), is currently being crowdfunded.

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