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This evening.

Ireland’s Edge conference, Dingle, County Kerry

Cillian Murphy writes:

Zoe Philpott in a dress made up of 4,400 LED lights, after performing her show Ada.Ada.Ada based on the life of Ada Lovelace, the world’s first computer programmer at the first day of the Ireland’s Edge creativity & technology conference at eir Other Voices in Dingle.

Pic: Fiona Morgan


*sound of miniscule violin*

Previously: Kate Fitzgerald on Broadsheet



At around 11pm on Thursday reports began to circulate of a peculiar image which appeared on the front of a house in the Riverview Estate in Kilmallock.

Within an hour, up to 50 people had gathered outside the two-storey home – some travelling from as far away as Mitchelstown – to say prayers and light candles, at what locals believe is an image of Our Lady.

During the commotion, residents called to the house of a local priest at around 11pm asking him to attend the scene.

“At that stage there were up to 40 people gathered. A number of cars and vans had parked up. People were saying the Rosary and holding candles. The priest joined in,” said one local.

Crowds gather at ‘apparition’ of Virgin Mary in Limerick (Áine Fitzgerald, The Limerick Leader)



Ah here.

Thanks Daisy Chainsaw


A child could do that.

Brendan McCarey, of Mullan Kids in Monaghan writes:

The Colour Me Lampshade is the ideal gift for allowing creative children to turn their creativity into a piece of art for the world to see. This would be the perfect stocking filler and a brilliant activity for the kids on Christmas morning….

Colour Me Lampshade (Mullan Kids)

Mullan Kids

Irish-made stocking fillers to marked ‘Irish-Made Stocking Fillers’. No fee.


Ross O’Mullane, at Energia, writes:

Season’s greetings, Ho ho ho etc! We’re on the look out for Ireland’s most Christmassy home, and we’re open for entries until Sunday night – I wonder if BS readers know of anyone who might like to win €2000 for themselves and €2000 for a charity of their choice!?


Enter here


Henrik’s Norse flag of Dublin

On a recent visit to Dublin, Henrik Jacobsen a Danish graphic designer and architect was quite taken with the city and particularly the Nordic origins of Dublin which date back to 841 AD.

In true Danish, style he gathered up as many books as he could and read up on Viking Dyflin.

Henrik writes:

“The Viking story of Dublin is illuminating both from a Norwegian and Danish perspective.The fact that this city was almost a proto-Venice of the Irish and North sea is something that has largely been forgotten.

One of the things that struck me, is that there is an undercurrent of Nationalism in many of the accounts of Viking Dublin. I think many Irish people narrate the story of the Vikings as ‘us’ and ‘them’, when the truth is far more complex and interesting. I was amazed to learn that a Norse dialect was still spoken in parts of Dublin up until the early 14th century.

A lifelong vexillologist (flag lover) he set about a simple task (from a design perspective) of crafting a Nordic flag for Dublin using the city’s navy and sky blue colours.

Said Henrik:

“Every town and village in Denmark has its flag and crest. Ireland is no different in that respect, but you don’t see them, unless you attend a Gaelic football game. Indeed many of those flags are of recent origin. I personally think, Dubliners should be proud of the Norse origins of their city.

It took me a while to get my head around the fact that the colours used at those football matches were not the official colours of the city but only introduced when colour television was introduced for GAA matches…

The Danish flag was formulated in 1748, the design but not the colours were copied by the Norwegians, the Swedes (typical) and the Finns etc. I can see no reason why Dubliners cannot have their own Nordic flag.

I think it looks good. Also, one has to accept that the Irish national flag is itself a knock-off of the French tricolore, so there is no need to stand on ceremony about such things”


Thanks Antoine D’Alton


Walter Hobbs

Walter Hobbs was IBRC’s independent expert who oversaw the massively controversial sale of Siteserv to Denis O’Brien-owned Millington.

In a memorable RTÉ Prime Time appearance last year, Mr Hobbs described the deal as the best the state could have achieved.

So what of Walter now?

A Young Covey writes:

That guy now seems to be this guy and nobody appears to have raised a single question about it….

Good times.


Timeline To A Killing

The KPMG Connection


From top: Cover and sample page of Jonathan Sugarman’s book The Whistleblower; and Mr Sugarman (centre) at the launch of his book at Buswells Hotel in Dublin this morning, with MEP Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan and Diarmuid O’Flynn, of Ballyhea Says No

A bit of a hero, in fairness.

Jonathan Sugarman is a former executive at Unicredit Bank Ireland in Dublin’s IFSC who resigned in September 2007 after giving a detailed account of enormous liquidity breaches at his bank a year before the financial crash.

Mr Sugarman, whose warning were ignored by the Central Bank, gave an address (above) to MEPs last week and earlier today launched his book The Whistleblower, published with the help of Luke Flanagan MEP, in Buswells Hotel, Dublin 2.

Those who wish can buy the book, priced €3.75, a on Smashwords here

Transcript via

Pics: Smashwords and Denis pⓐrfёnov

Thanks Richard Farrell