Category Archives: Misc

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin

Kate O’Neill, in The Times Ireland edition, reports:

The archbishop [Diarmuid Martin] said the suggestion that the pontiff would visit a former Magdalene laundry during his visit was just speculation.

“The question of all victims will be looked at. There are victims of institutions, survivors of abuse by priests, Magdalene laundries, the mother and baby homes, we are looking at all of those,” he said.

Pope protesters decried as ‘spoilsports’ (Kate O’Neill, The Times Ireland edition)

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BETA-MAX – Pleased To Meet You

Following on from their palpably stonking debut Reach High Five last month…

Dublin dance music project’ BETA-MAX’s second single written “in the spirit of this hot Summer”.

Contains: pigeons.


Previously: You May Like THis

Bring Your Limericks To Limerick.

And win FIVE HUNDRED euro!

A celebration of humour and bawdiness in anapestic meter.

Part of the Limerick Literary festival, August 24-26.

Lisa and Dominic, of the Limerick Writers Centre, write:

We wanted to reach out to let you know about our limericks competition  [details below]final in Limerick.  The first prize is €500 this year…

…After this year’s event we are going to try to get the final collection of the Limericks published and we will publish some of the performances on YouTube….

Samples welcome below.

This morning.

Pre-Budget Forum, Dublin Castle, Dublin 2


Pic: Michelle Byrne


Minister of State with special responsibility for disabilities, Finian McGrath and  Minister for Employment Affairs Social and Protection, Regina Doherty speaking to the media outside the forum’s main session.



This morning.

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald (centre) met with Britian’s Prime Minister Theresa May (top ) ahead of Ms May giving a speech in Belfast this morning about Brexit.

Ms McDonald spoke to Philip Boucher Hayes on RTÉ Radio One after they met.

From the interview…

Mary Lou McDonald:It seems to me that she has come to Ireland to deliver a speech that really represents picking a fight with Ireland and picking a fight with the EU. I have put it to her that the rhetoric around protecting the Good Friday Agreement, in all of its parts, the rhetoric around preventing any hardening of the border is just that – it’s rhetoric. And it superseded entirely by her instinct, her desire to play to the Brexiteer gallery back in Britain and within he DUP. So it was a firm meeting a very challenging meeting. I said to her, umpteen times and I reiterated it again – a) that Ireland cannot and will not be the collateral damage of the Tory/Brexit. I have to tell you Philip I came away from that meeting with no sense of reassurance…

Philip Boucher Hayes: “Let’s break it down bit by bit Mary Lou. What was her reaction to your suggestion that Britain was picking a fight with Ireland?”

Mary Lou McDonald: “Of course she rejects that. I think you will see and you will hear when the, when her speech is delivered shortly that it is very much posited as a Unionist speech. I mean, there’s no great surprise in that. Theresa May is a Unionist and that’s fair enough.

“But she is particularly tone deaf to politics here in this part of Ireland. She doesn’t seem to have any deep appreciation of the fact that some 50% of the population would not ascribe to themselves the definition or the identity of Unionist. She seems to have only a very superficial understanding that the north of Ireland is a place apart…this place isn’t as British essentially, things are different here. And Ireland, the island, the North, in particular, but the island as a whole, because of the particularities here, requires a bespoke solution and absolutely needs a worst case scenario contingency plan – the backstop as it’s called…”

Listen back in full here

Pic: Paul Reilly



David Blevins (Sky News): “Prime Minister, you said the EU backstop would be a breach of the Good Friday Agreement because the majority of people here wish to remain in the UK. But the majority of people here have also voted to remain in the EU. So are you not now in breach of the Good Friday Agreement?”

Theresa May: “I think, if we look at what happened in the referendum. A decision was taken that, across the United Kingdom, people would be asked their view on whether or not to leave the European Union. And parliament said and Government said that it would accept that collective view that was taken across the United Kingdom and that is exactly what we are doing. And within the UK there were different votes in different parts of the UK but, overall, the result was that people wanted to leave the EU and we’re delivering on that and I believe that it’s an important part of our, of people’s trust in politics, given that parliament said it was the overall choice of the people of the UK, that we respect that overall choice that they took.”

King Kong Company – My Name Is Now

A sultry Summer thumper from glorious Dublin-based ‘festival specialists’.

Sabrina writes:

‘This new track and video features Sue O’Neill on vocals. Sue has been a regular King Konger since the band’s first ever Electric Picnic performance back in 2013. That gig gave birth to KKC’s legendary festival status, and the legend has been growing steadily since… ‘

King Kong Company


This morning.

Swords, Dublin

Pilots picket outside outside Ryanair head office part of their series of 24-hour official IALPA (Irish Air Line Pilots’ Association) actions in a dispute about their terms and conditions.

Sam Boal/RollingNews

Emma Graham-Harrison, in The Guardian, reports:

Facebook is to publish comprehensive data on political advertising during Ireland’s abortion referendum campaign, giving an unprecedented insight into targeting of voters on social media, and setting a powerful precedent for election transparency.

The US company has told Irish politicians it will provide anonymised details of the amount spent on targeting Irish voters on its platform between 1 March and 25 May, and the number of referendum-linked ads that had been purchased.

It will also provide details of proposed advertisements, and proposed spending, that it had rejected after bringing in a ban on foreign organisations paying for online campaigns inside Ireland.

… The Irish vote threw concerns about “dark ads” – targeted at individual voters or small groups, and not visible to the rest of the electorate – into sharp focus after it emerged that foreign organisations had been taking advantage of a loophole in Irish law to target voters online.

Facebook to publish data on Irish abortion referendum ads (The Guardian)

Pic: Shutterstock

The Imperial Russian Cruiser Dmitriy Donskoi rumoured to contain 200 tons of gold when it sank

If there’s truth in the tales that they’ve told
Some Koreans have found lots of gold
But you should beware
Of buying a share
Before we see what will unfold

John Moynes

Pic; Wikimedia


Today’s front page of the English edition of The Sun.


AIR HEAD Ireland’s PM has been branded ‘mad’ for threatening to stop British planes flying over Ireland as revenge for Brexit (The Sun)

THE SUN SAYS The Irish PM is a fool, but this latest tantrum exposes Brussels’ intentions to keep us in its grip (The Sun editorial)