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The streets are safe.

This morning.

Drogheda, County Louth.

Saiviungon Blanc writes:

“Yeah, we’re down here at the Fleadh Ceoil …handy old number…“

Well-appointed and only yards from the Olympia Theatre

Swanky is not the word.

Practical. however, is very much its thing.

Journalist, promoter and ‘sheet pal Barry Hartigan writes:

Having previously got some great tenants from Broadsheet here and here, We’re looking for some folks to share our city center office on Dame Street [Dublin 2] located just up from The Olympia Theatre.

It’s a 3 room suite and the main room is currently free and can easily accommodate 2/3 people.

There are two other small rooms here which are currently occupied and the office has a toilet and kitchen facilities.

The rent is €500 pm (plus bills which are negligible) and the room is available right now so to arrange to look drop an email to



The Office Of Your Dreams

From top: The Gaza Kids football team during a reception to mark their visit last year at Kinvara United FC.; Poster for Sunday’s event

Gaza Action Ireland writes:

The young footballers from Gaza who visited Ireland for the past two summers have been forced to cancel their trip this year.

The Palestinian boys from Al Helal Football Academy, who live under Israeli occupation in Gaza, planned to travel Tuesday (August 14th) through the territory’s border with Egypt at the Rafah crossing and across the Sinai Desert to Cairo, where they would fly to Dublin.

However, the difficult trip was prevented when the Rafah crossing was unexpectedly closed, forcing Gaza Action Ireland to cancel the programme for now.

Despite this terrible disappointment for the children and the organisers, ‘Gaza Kids to Dublin’ are determined to stand with the Palestinians living under siege in Gaza by holding the Solidarity Cup tournament on Sunday, August 19.

There will be a football tournament with Shamrock Rovers,  Bohemians/ SKB and Cliftonville FC as well as a family fun day.

The football kicks off at 10am until 4pm with the family events starting at 1pm., after the winning trophy is presented, everyone who sponsored one of the Al Helal players will release a balloon as a symbol of support.

This will be livestreamed to the kids in Gaza to show them how much they are missed.

In fairness.

Gaza Action Ireland

Pope Francis has responded to revelations of predator priests abusing thousands of children in one US state.

“Regarding the report made public in Pennsylvania this week, there are two words that can express the feelings faced with these horrible crimes: shame and sorrow.

The Holy See treats with great seriousness the work of the Investigating Grand Jury of Pennsylvania and the lengthy Interim Report it has produced. The Holy See condemns unequivocally the sexual abuse of minors.

The abuses described in the report are criminal and morally reprehensible. Those acts were betrayals of trust that robbed survivors of their dignity and their faith.

The Church must learn hard lessons from its past, and there should be accountability for both abusers and those who permitted abuse to occur.

Most of the discussion in the report concerns abuses before the early 2000s. By finding almost no cases after 2002, the Grand Jury’s conclusions are consistent with previous studies showing that Catholic Church reforms in the United States drastically reduced the incidence of clergy child abuse.

The Holy See encourages continued reform and vigilance at all levels of the Catholic Church, to help ensure the protection of minors and vulnerable adults from harm.

The Holy See also wants to underscore the need to comply with the civil law, including mandatory child abuse reporting requirements.

The Holy Father understands well how much these crimes can shake the faith and the spirt of believers and reiterates the call to make every effort to create a safe environment for minors and vulnerable adults in the Church and in all of society.

Victims should know that the Pope is on their side. Those who have suffered are his priority, and the Church wants to listen to them to root out this tragic horror that destroys the lives of the innocent.”

Statement by the the Director of the Holy See Press Office, Greg Burke, on the report of the Pennsylvania Grand Jury issued earlier this week in the United States over the sexual abuse of minors.

Vatican responds to Pennsylvania Grand Jury abuse report (Vatican News)


Over 1,000 Children Targeted By Predator Priests

Rosita Sweetman: Please Stay At Home

Staying in?

Broadsheet on the Telly returns ton ight at 10pm streaming LIVE above and on our YouTube channel.

Join our panel of old friends, surprise guests and startled pets as we devour the news from home and ‘abroad;.

Topics will include the Pope’s visit, Summerhill Occupation, George Gibney, Gemma O’Doherty and the ‘Change Makers’.

Strong language expected.


Previously: Broadsheet on the Telly

Historian and activist Catherine Corless at the site of the mass grave at the former Tuam Mother and Baby Home in Tuam, County Galway

Survivors and relatives of infants from the Tuam mother and babies home are planning a peaceful vigil in Co Galway to coincide with the papal Mass [on Sunday, August 26] in Dublin’s Phoenix Park.

….Ms [Catherine] Corless and members of the Tuam Babies Family Group will light candles and place a special sculpture made by Flemish women in the shape of a baptismal font at the grave site of the former Bon Secours home.

Tuam mother and baby home survivors to hold vigil during pope’s visit (Irish Times)


This afternoon.

Grafton Street, Dublin 2

Model Isabelle Traber with  Charlie Rafter (above left) and Hannah O Brien (top right) opening  The Christmas Shop at Brown Thomas – 130 days until Christmas,


Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

Previously: Oh. Christmas Tree

Cardinal Donald Wuerl who will be a keynote speaker at the World Meeting of Families in Dublin later this month

I note the statement by Cardinal Donald Wuerl, following the revelation that hundreds of priests had sexually abused thousands of children in Pennsylvania, that he had “acted with diligence, with concern for the victims and to prevent future acts of abuse”.

With all his years of training, education and life experience, could the cardinal not figure out that the best way to stop a paedophile re-offending was to lock him up?

Anthony O’Leary,
Co Dublin.

Child sex abuse by priests in Pennsylvania (Irish Times)

Yesterday: Over 1,000 Children Targeted By Predator Priests

Pic: Church Militant

From top: group photo; Claire Byrne, Jennifer Zamperelli, Ryan Tubridy; (l-r) Zainab Boladale, Keelin Shanley and Caitriona Perry; Brendan Courteny and his mother Nuala; (l-r) Kathryn Thomas, Jenny Dixon, Anna Geary; group photo; group photo; (l-r) Ryan Tubridy, Kathryn Thomas, Nicky Byrne, Ray D’Arcy, Tommy Tiernan, Joanne Cantwell, and Brendan O Connor.

This morning.

Montrose, Donnybrook, Dublin 4

RTÉ announced its Autumn and New Year schedule in  comedy, drama, documentary and lifestyle programming.

To wit:


Taken Down – ‘A detective investigates the violent death of a young Nigerian immigrant found abandoned close to a Direct Provision Centre. From the team behind Love/Hate including writer Stuart Carolan plus best-selling novelist Jo Spain and starring Aissa Maiga, Lynn Rafferty, Orla Fitzgerald and Brian Gleeson.’

Resistance – ‘Continuing the story of Ireland’s violent birth. The War of Independence rages on and everyone is fighting for their lives, and for the future. Starring Brian Gleeson, Simone Kirby and Natasha O’Keeffe.’

Death and Nightingales – ‘The story of one young woman’s struggle to control her own destiny in Northern Ireland in the 1880s. A BBC production in association with RTÉ and starring Ann Skelly, Matthew Rhys and Jamie Dornan.’

Mother’s Day – ‘The story of two mothers on either side of the Irish Sea for whom the Warrington Bombing had a profound, life-changing impact. Starring Vicky McClure, Anna Maxwell Martin, Daniel Mays and David Wilmot. A BBC production in association with RTÉ.’

Doing Money – ‘The true story of Ana, snatched from the streets of London and put into sex slavery in Ireland. Stars Karen Hassan (The Fall) and Alex Secareanu (God’s Own Country). A BBC production in association with RTÉ.’


Finding Joy – ‘Written by and starring Amy Huberman as Joy, a woman who finds herself thrust into the limelight as she tries to get over a break-up. Also starring Aisling Bea, Laura Whitmore and Jennifer Rainsford.’

Women on the Verge – ‘Darkly comic tale about three friends whose lives are going in the wrong direction. Written by Sharon Horgan and Lorna Martin and starring Horgan, Kerry Condon, Eileen Walsh and Nina Sosanya. Co-produced by UKTV and RTÉ.’

Podge and Rodge – ‘Ballydung Manor is flinging open its doors again for celebrity roasting and scorching music acts. New co-host Doireann Garrihy joins the lads this year and may not know quite what she’s letting herself in for…’


Who Do You Think You Are? – Bertie Ahern, Laura Whitmore, Damien Dempsey, Adrian Dunbar, Pat Shortt and Samantha Power explore their roots in a new six-part series.

Brendan O’Carroll’s Britain – ‘The Mrs Brown’s Boys star explores the historic, sometimes turbulent bonds, between Ireland and Britain, the influence of the Irish on Britain and how Brexit is affecting their identity.’

Citizen Lane – ‘Feature length docudrama written by Mark O’Halloran and starring Tom Vaughan-Lawlor as Sir Hugh Lane, one of Ireland’s greatest philanthropists.’

Blue Diamond – One Love – ‘Following a group of drama students with intellectual disabilities as they form their own touring stage company.’

Cosáin Cheol – ‘Documentary exploring the modernisation of traditional music on the Irish and Scottish scenes over the past 60 years.’

Street Art – ‘Examining the explosion of urban art throughout Ireland, meeting some of the most engaging, vibrant and visible artists and cultural commentators in the country right now.’

Great Lighthouses of Ireland -‘Captains, weather forecasters, scientists and historians and most crucially the keepers, attendants and their families tell the tales of these bastions of the Irish coastline.’

Shooting the Darkness – ‘A film about the men who unwittingly became war photographers when the streets of their own town in Northern Ireland became battlefields in The Troubles.’

Féile – An Turas go Tipp! – ‘Irish language documentary celebrating the early 90s music festival that holds a special place in the hearts of a generation of Irish people.’

Orla Tinsley –’Documentary following Irish campaigner and journalist Orla Tinsley as she awaits a life saving double lung transplant in the US.’

Philly McMahon – The Hardest Hit – ‘Drawing from personal experience the Dublin footballer explores the underbelly of illicit drug use in Ireland and makes the case for decriminalisation in Ireland.’

Whistleblower – ‘Following publication of the report of the Disclosures Tribunal, Katie Hannon will present an in-depth documentary on the events leading up to the establishment of this unprecedented public inquiry and the inside story of the Tribunal itself.’

Vogue – ‘Vogue Williams is back with three new shows exploring the life of Instagrammers, trial by social media and whether monogamy has a future.’

Dearbhail McDonald: Fertility Shock – ‘Exploring how Irish people are leaving it later to have babies and how fewer children combined with an ageing population is a demographic time-bomb.’

Stephen Byrne – Leaving Again  ‘Broadcaster Stephen Byrne destroyed his Leaving Cert results before finding out how he did. Now he’s doing the unthinkable and sitting the exam all over again.’

Brendan Grace – Funny Man – ‘Revealing portrait celebrating the life and career of one of Ireland’s most popular and enduring comedians.’

Growing Old Live – ‘Ireland’s top researchers and scientists reveal the mysteries of the human life span from 0 to 100, live in front of a studio audience over three nights.’

War of Independence

The Irish Revolution – ‘A three-part landmark documentary bringing a fresh perspective on a period that changed Ireland forever. Narrated by Cillian Murphy.’

Life Before Independence
– ‘Presented by Catriona Crowe, documents what everyday life was like for the ordinary citizens living during that extraordinary period in our history.’

Keepers of the Flame – ‘Emmy winner Nuala O’Connor tells the story of generations dealing with the consequences of war and civil war.’


RTÉ launches first-rate new autumn season (RTÉ)