Lidl Ireland have just published research saying girls need more encouragement to participate in team sports on HerFamily.ie.
Today I saw that they are advertisinggirls’ t shirts featuring unicorns & boys’ saying ‘best player’ & ‘team supporter’.
I am absolutely fuming at the blatant sexism not to mention stunning hypocrisy. I’m delighted that they continue to support Ladies Gaelic Football but this ‘serious support’ should also apply to the clothing they have for sale…
From top: Shane Ross (right) and Pat Hickey flank Olympic sailor Annalise Murphy at Rio last Summer; from left: OCI President Sarah Keane, Executive Committee Member Lochlann Walsh and Honorary Treasurer Billy Kennedy
Buswells Hotel, Dublin 2
The Olympic Council of Ireland gives a media briefing on the Judge Moran Report into the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.
The IOC, along with their ticket seller Pro 10 and former president Pat Hickey, declined to take part in the inquiry.
Pro10 was appointed after another reseller, THG, was rejected by the Rio organising committee.
THG was the authorised ticket reseller for the OCI at the Olympic Games at London in 2012 and Sochi in 2014; it was intended by Marcus Evans, who owned THG, and Mr Hickey that it would be the authorised ticket reseller again at Rio 2016.
However, in May 2015, the Rio Organising Committee for the Olympic Games rejected the application of THG for this position.
The Moran Report stated that Pro10 seemed to be little more than a cover for THG – and that Pro 10 was not fit for purpose.
“It might appear that the appointment of Pro10 was to disguise the continuing involvement of Marcus Evans and THG in the sale of tickets in Ireland for the Rio Olympics,” it said.
“The invocation of the “right against self-incrimination” by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), THG, Pro10, and Mr Hickey created a major obstacle.“
Above, from left: David Treacy, John Small, Eamonn Dillon and Ciarán Kilkenny
Danish menswear brand Jack & Jones launch their Every Day Hero range, featuring four Dublin GAA Ambassadors; Footballers Ciarán Kilkenny and John Small, and Hurlers David Treacy and Eamonn Dillon.
David Treacy wears a Denim Alvin jacket €79.99, Kevin Mao shirt €39.99, Trevor crew knit €39.99, navy chino €34.99, John Small wears a Gotham wool coat €169.99, Luke rollneck knit €39.99, Liam skinny jeans €49.99, Eamonn Dillon wears Fly hood €39.99, Fly sweatpants €34.99 and Ciarán Kilkenny wears a Black Alvin jacket €79.99, Well shirt €34.99, Will sweatpants €49.99.
Tower Guoman Hotel in London where Irish athlete Thomas Barr was staying during the IAAF World Championships
The Guardian reports:
The world athletics championships being held in London has been hit by an outbreak of norovirus, health officials have confirmed.
Public Health England (PHE) said it had been notified of about 30 cases of people associated with the event, London 2017, falling ill; two of those have been confirmed by laboratory tests as having the vomiting bug.
…The Tower hotel told the BBC that investigations in conjunction with health officers and the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) concluded the hotel was not the source of the illness.
“We have followed strict hygiene protocol, ensuring that those affected are not in contact with other guests and all public areas have been thoroughly sanitised,” the hotel said.
Botswana’s Isaac Makwala, a medal prospect in the 400m on Tuesday, was given medical dispensation to withdraw from the 200m heats after throwing up in the medical room.
Makwala would normally be scratched from the final after pulling out of another event. As he missed the heats on medical advice, however, he would be able to run, if fit.
A number of other athletes staying at the same hotel also have gastroenteritis, including the Ireland 400m hurdler Thomas Barr.
“I’m gutted to have to withdraw from the semi-final. My whole year has been focused on the world championships. To not be able to go out and compete for Ireland is beyond disappointing.”
The Irish race walkers are due to arrive on Thursday and plans are already in motion to try find alternative accommodation for them.
The reaction from the organisers has been swift and professional, though you do have to wonder what the response would be if this happened in Rio last year, where it seemed British media outlets were keen to jump on every little organisational imperfection.
Will they do the same when dozens of athletes’ championships have been ruined on their own turf?
The NOT AT HOME project will first be presented as a live theatre installation at the Dublin Fringe Festival this September.
Grace Dyas and Emma Fraser present the issue of travelling abroad to access abortion services and is based on testimony gathered from women around Ireland that have had this experience .
Grace and Emma took to Liverpool where they recorded audio and video of the journey and the people they met on the way to the clinic there.
Grace Dyas speaking at the launch of the Dublin Fringe, said:
As the conversation around abortion access gets closer to a referendum next year, the divide between those on both sides continues to deepen and become more entrenched.
As that gap widens, the space for calm and thoughtful articulation of women’s lived experiences gets smaller and smaller.
We are developing NOT AT HOME as a calm, inclusive way to reclaim some of that space for the thousands of women who have travelled and will travel before the current regime is changed….
The project is continuing its appeal to women who have travelled abroad to access abortion services to submit their stories via the project’s website www.notathomeireland.com. These stories can be submitted anonymously or otherwise.