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This afternoon.

Dublin city centre.

Liam Kavanagh (pic 4) leads the St Patrick’s Day Parade watched by International Guest Of Honour Mark Hamill with President Higgins (above).



Kevin Street, Dublin 8, earlier.

(Pix: Oisín Kane)

This afternoon.

John Gallen writes:

Not sure in what town exactly this was taken. Somewhere along the Wild Atlantic Way judging by the signage…

Previously: Unreal

The ‘Here’s How‘ current affairs podcast

Host William Campbell (right) writes:

Sandra Khadouri (above left) is one of the founders of a new British political party Renew Britain, which hopes to mitigate or stop the planned Brexit next year.

The Here’s How podcast asks her what exactly they hope to do, and what their chances of success are….

Listen here

The Echo Chamber podcast

Hosts Tony Groves (left) and Martin McMahon welcome filmamker Terry McMahon into the ‘tortoise shack’.

Martin writes:

Film was once the realm of myth making and escapism, but these days our politicians are the scripted actors who are playing roles in a PR Spun Irish success story.

Award winning Actor-Writer-Director, Terry McMahon, joins us in the tortoise shack for a no holds barred discussion on Our Ireland, Apollo House and the lies they were told by a government that wants to maintain the myth. Warning: strong language and mature themes throughout…

The Echo Chamber


Roisin Burke, in the Evening Echo, reports:

Three people have been arrested and a number of weapons and drugs were seized as part of a multi-agency Operation Thor day of action yesterday.

Five premises in Mallow, Country Cork were searched where Gardaí recovered weapons including knives, an imitation firearm, knuckle dusters and some modified weapons [including alarmingly crude bladed hurl, above]

Weapons and drugs seized after five premises raided by Mallow gardaí (Evening Echo)

THis afternoon.

St Brigid’s Church, Kill, County Kildare

Artists and musicians, including Christy Moore help serve at the funeral of Liam Og O’Flynn, former member of Planxty and Ireland’s greatest contemporary exponent of the uilleann pipes.

Eamonn Farrell/RollingNews

Trainman Blues – Skulls, Crosses, and Bones

Trainman Blues is the brainchild of Irish blues artist Richard Farrell and Danish bass player and producer Laust “Krudtmejer” Nielsen.

Skulls, Crosses and Bones is taken off Trainman Blues’ first album, released on Danish label ‘Straight Shooter’ [and launched last night at Denmark’s hub for blues, Mojo Blues Bar in Copenhagen ahead of a European tour, with some irish dates].

To wit:

Trainman Blues

A Mother Brings Her Son To Be Shot.

By Irish documentary maker and journalist Sinead O’Shea.

In The Guardian, Ms O’Shea writes:

Punishment shootings facilitated by family members is a phenomenon with which I, as a documentary film-maker, am very familiar. In 2012 I began talking to the O’Donnell family in Derry. Earlier that year Majella O’Donnell had taken her teenage son, Philly, to be shot by local gunmen.

Majella, her son and his shooters are all part of a community that considers itself to be still at war. They are Republican dissidents and do not feel represented by the Republicans who signed up to the Good Friday agreement on their behalf.

I have made films all over the world but on my doorstep found a story that was more compelling than anything I’d ever previously encountered.


…The resulting film, A Mother Brings Her Son to Be Shot, will receive its international premiere this weekend in Copenhagen, at CPH:DOX, one of the most prestigious documentary festivals in the world, where it has been nominated for an award. The Oscar-winning director Joshua Oppenheimer is now executive producer.

The international interest is in disappointing contrast with the UK. The documentary premiered at the London film festival last year but as yet, no UK broadcaster has committed to screening it, despite mounting concerns that Brexit could reawaken old divisions.

I found out what happened when a mother took her son to be kneecapped in Northern Ireland (Sinéad O’Shea, The Irish Times)