We are five today and would like to thank all broadsheet commenters/contributors past and present.
Some birthday messages:
“I like that you introduced me to Poorly Drawn Lines (which I continually call Badly Drawn Lines). How you keep issues like the Fr Niall Molloy death in peoples’ minds. How you fought for Kate against the might of the Communication Clinic. For making the acquaintance of some funny commenters, who’s real names and faces I’ve never seen. And Mani. And the rest. They’re just a few reasons Broadsheet is worth the bandwidth alone (or works bandwidth, heh) And for feeding my ego and putting my occasional photos online. Thanks lads and lassies.” Sheila Larkin
“I’m not sure when I first ventured over to Broadsheet, but I think it was after it being linked from the basket case that is Politics.ie. Gradually it became my most visited website/app. I’ve viewed the past 3-odd years through its prism, valuing its idiosyncratic approach to the broader news agenda and important coverage of issues ignored or given short shrift elsewhere. This would be nothing without the irreverent humour, posts chosen specifically to angry up the readers, and, of course, the comment section.”
“Every morning the three sites I check are my Outlook webmail, Facebook and Broadsheet. Only then can I start work emails.”
“Five years of the ‘Sheet? Bloody hell!
Fair play to you all, you’ve done well.
Despite some posters’ snark
Being quite wide of the mark,
And a waste of good HTML.” Gary Flood.
We would like acknowledge with a large tay the following for ‘above the fold’ help.
Nat King Coleslaw, Sue Phillips, Oisín Kane, Sibling of Daedalus, Not Pancho, Aaron McAllorum, Simon Judge, Chris Judge, Legal Coffee Drinker, Edel O’Connell, Lars Biscuits, Sarah Leahy, Lillie Leahy, Emily O’Callaghan, Olga Cronin, Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan, Michael McDermott, Ciaran Walsh, Tom and Sally Fitzgerald; Exchequer Street Boy (James Kavanagh); John Moynes, Sheila Larkin, John Wilson, Gemma O’Doherty, Maurice McCabe, Gavin Sheridan, William Maher, Ken Foxe, Karl Monaghan, Dan Boyle, Anne Marie McNally, Catherine Murphy, Simon McGarr, Alan Newman, Derek O’Connor, Mark Ryall, Tom ‘Dylan’ Dillon, James M Chimney, Aidan Coughlan, Annie West, Eoin Purcell, Elaine Herbert, Aongus Collins, Eamon Delaney, Sinéad Keogh, Lynn Donovan, Louise Roe, Aware, Gareth MacNamee, Anne-Louise Foley, Gary Fitzgibbon, Pamela McCarthy, Mark Tighe, Miriam Cotton, Kevin Cramer, Dermot Ahern, Meliosa Fitzgibbon, Geoff McGrath, Padraig Glynn, Sinead Ryan, Joanne Byrne, Mick Flavin, John Gallen, Aran Brazil, Paul Murphy, Enda Bolger, Colin McGann, Séamus Kiernan, Mark Henderson, Eamon Farrell, Sam Boal, Sasko Lazarov, Elaine Bradley, Mick Wallace, Clare Daly, Dr Tom Clonan, Tom Dillon, Neil Michael, Darragh Doyle, Julien Mercille, Anna Christofides, David Cichon, Conor O’Neill, Barry Hartigan, Buzz O’Neill, Miss Panti, Paula Geraghty, Oireachtas Retort, the people at Hosting Ireland, Justine McCarthy, Gavin Titley, David Norris, Conor Cusack, Mark Kelly, Joan Fitzpatrick, Sam Fitzpatrick, Fat Frog (Gaza), Mark Geary (Australia), Reppy [New Zealand] and our beloved commenters, the Broadsheet Massive. Apologies if we’ve left anyone out.
An unusal one. I am driving with my fiancée around the Ring of Kerry and beyond this weekend (she is Spanish and this will be her first time in Kerry)…thing is I have been trying to extract appropriate sounds from my 2009 iPod but everything is poo, sad or inappropriate [‘Smack My Bitch Up’ anyone?]. Can your readers help me compile a suitable ‘mixtape’ to soundtrack the journey….No Enya, no messers, etc.
Having recently moved into a new home I spent today’s commute looking for a nice rug on DoneDeal. After an hour of browsing a bizarre pattern started to emerge. The recurring appearance of a shiny orange-faced man pouting lustfully. Judging from these images this guy’s selling me the kind of shagpile that may involves throwing my new house keys into a bowl….
Captain David Barry spoke with Áine Lawlor on the News at One about how the LE Niamh recovered 14 bodies from a wooden barge in the Mediterranean.
From the interview…
Captain David Barry: “Yesterday morning, she [LE Niamh] was tasked to carry out a rescue on a barge and this was north of Tripoli, Libya. She picked up about 240 people from that and later that day she was tasked with a second vessel. They came across another an ex- it would have been an ex-fishing vessel with approximately 500 people on board. This vessel was grossly overcrowded. Even by the standards of what is happening down there and some of the people on board told our crew that there were casualties on board. So we transferred 210 people to our ship and a further, approximately 300, to a Médecins Sans Frontières ship, Dignity 1. At this stage, it was dark and our people carried out a search of the vessel, where unfortunately we found the remains of 14 people below decks.”