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The Sun reports:

Police have revealed there are more than 500 alleged victims and 248 clubs named in the football sex abuse probe.

The scandal emerged last year when a string of top footballers claimed they had been abused while at clubs’ youth systems and academies.

Police chiefs today announced Operation Hydrant, the UK-wide investigation into non-recent child sexual abuse, has now received 1,016 referrals.

This is up from 819 before Christmas.

Cops are now looking into 184 suspects, 526 potential victims, and 248 clubs.

This is an increase of 100 clubs, professional and amateur, since the last update four weeks ago.

Footie abuse scandal: 526 alleged victims, 184 possible suspects and 248 clubs named in football sex abuse probe (The Sun)

Previously: The Net Widens

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bwplan1862 Bray Athletic Grounds/Carlisle Grounds, Bray, Co. Wicklow (top), Bray Wanderers Strategic Plan (above)

Further to the Sunday Business Post story on the future of the Bray Wanderers and the inclusion of a new 4500 seat stadium in their future strategic plan.

Bray Wanderers shareholders will lobby present their plans to Councillors tonight in Bray at a public meeting.

Bray Wanderers who currently lease the Carlisle Grounds from the town council cite that the old grounds are not big enough for their future plans and that there is a need to aquire a site outside of Bray for their new greenfield leisure complex.

Steven Matthews, Green Party said:

If they (Bray Wanderers) want to go, it’s up to them, we haven’t initiated any process to ask them to leave. It’s the remit of the councillors to decide what happens to the land. It’s public land, it belongs to the council and we have no plans to develop it.

Any developer looking at Bray would say: There’s one I’d like to keep an eye on.

*drops fish and chips*

Save The Carlisle Grounds (Facebook Public Group)

Bray Wanderers Owners Push For Carlisle Grounds Land Swap (Sunday Business Post)

Paul Cahill (photo credit: Bray Wanderers Strategic Plan)

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A bright spot in a dismal year.

Sarah Neville writes:

Pull Like a Dog, a special one-hour documentary following Olympic silver medallists Paul and Gary O’Donovan ollow the brothers as they return to their parish of Lisheen and Skibbereen rowing club in the aftermath of their success.

In this clip (above), Gary and Paul and their father Teddy O’Donovan remember the first time the boys got on the water in a rowing club. Teddy says: “After that Sunday I was probably dreaming of what might be really, rather than what would be.”

Pull Like A Dog airs on Tuesday, December 27 at 9.25pm on RTÉ One.

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From top: Dublin Cork and Belfast

Something for your wall?

Kate Ó writes:

We travelled the 4 provinces of Ireland  to capture Ireland’s most iconic places, from 32 vantage points.

We photographed, sketched, and screen printed each iconic place to create ‘Ireland’s Views Collection’ including; Dublin’s, Pigeon Towers, Cork’s Shandon Bells, Belfast’s Harland & Wolfe, and Galway’s Browne Doorway. Purchase online at link below

Retro Éire

Irish-made stocking fillers to broadsheet@broadsheet.ie marked ‘Irish-made Stocking Fillers’. No fee, just Christmas glee.

Save Poolbeg.

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Sick of the way the game is covered?

The hype, the haircuts and the unwelcome ‘spit roasts’.

You may like an Irish football blog called Pollemma, which caters for the ‘thinking fan’.

Polemma‘s founders Alan Walsh and Paul Tierney explain.

We’re looking to change the conversation around football a little by avoiding clickbait, endless talk of massive transfers and a lot of the nonsense you hear about the game at the top level, and look at football from a slightly different perspective.

We write about the Irish game but also cover stories people might not be familiar with from England, Italy, Africa, Iran and wherever people are kicking footballs. From John Delaney’s antics at the FAI to how a team of refugees are challenging the status quo in Italy.

We do write about the bigger English and European clubs, but in our own way. We love the game, and we’re trying to make Pollemma about why we love it.

We’d love to hear from writers who want to tell interesting stories about the beautiful game, designers, film-makers, coders or anyone creating anything about football.

We’d be thrilled to feature work from like-minded fans. You can mail us at votepollemma@gmail.com or on twitter @votepollemma

Pollemma

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Number 1. Frank Burke.

Taking one for the team.

Sinead Finnegan writes:

AIG Insurance today released the first video of its three-part mini documentary series, ‘Playing for Dublin and Fighting for Ireland’.

The short series focuses on three individuals; Frank Burke, Tilly Simpson and Charlie McMahon, who each represented Dublin at intercounty level, but who also fought for independence in Ireland in 1916.

The first video released as part of the mini-series tells the story of Frank Burke )above). Frank, who studied under Padraig Pearse at St. Enda’s school, travelled into the GPO with Pearse by tram on Easter Monday, 1916..

After the Rising, Frank would arguably become Dublin’s greatest ever player, winning two All-Ireland hurling titles and three in football. On Bloody Sunday, while playing for Dublin, Burke who was being marked by Michael Hogan was shot by British forces.

The ‘Playing for Dublin and Fighting for Ireland’ mini-documentary series is produced by Paul Cahill and narrated by Paul’s father, Des Cahill….

AIG Ireland

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Yesterday

O’Moore Park, Portlaoise, County Laois

Cuala 3-19 O’Loughlin Gaels 2-16

Luke Brennan writes:

The last time I was at a Cuala match in Portlaoise was 25 years ago. That year (1991), a great crop of Dalkey, County Dublin hurlers had won their second hurling championship in 3 years, but were beaten by a strong Birr team in the semi-final.

We left the game thinking that there was always next year

It was 21 years before Cuala won another Dublin hurling championship (2015). They repeated it this year and yesterday went  on to add their first Leinster title to it.

I can’t tell you how happy I felt to see members of the 1991 team back on the same pitch, celebrating the win with the players. John Treacy, Karl Schutte and Maurice O Callaghan were part of the squad back then.

Yesterday, each of those 3 had two sons on the winning team (David Treacy, Sean Treacy, Mark Schutte, Paul Schutte, Con O’Callaghan and Cian O’Callaghan). It’s also worth mentioning that the Schutte’s are nephews of Vinnie, Mick and PJ Holden who served the club so admirably back in the day.

Winning this Leinster title is the result of generations of endeavour. It’s richly deserved and to be enjoyed by a great young Cuala team. We’re very proud.

Cuala GAA

Mattie Kenny: Progress for Cuala meant lifting Leinster title (RTÉ)