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For the day that’s in it.

Another part of UCD’s History Hub’s video series on the Battle of Clontarf – Commemorating Clontarf: 1014 through the Ages.

Mick Liffey writes:

The video looks at how the battle has been commemorated in the last 1000 years. It focuses on how the story of the battle was reshaped for political purposes at various different times in Irish history, beginning with Brian Boru’s great-grandson at the start of the twelfth century, through the romanticisation of the story in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, to Daniel ‘O’Connell’s use of the battle in the mid-nineteenth century during the Repeal movement. Finally, it looks at the relationship between the Irish Volunteers and the Battle of Clontarf at the time of the 900th anniversary in 1914, and later, on the eve of the 1916 Rising.
The video features contributions from UCD historians Dr Elva Johnston, Dr Eamon O’Flaherty, Dr Conor Mulvagh as well as Dr Meidhbhín Ní Úrdail of the UCD School of Irish, Celtic Studies, Irish Folklore & Linguistics. It was wholly funded by the UCD School of History and Archives.



Piper Mark Redmond (top)  plays a specially-commissioned [by Dublin City Council] piece for the uileann pipe composed by Sandie Purcell to commemorate the Battle of Clontarf.

 (Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland)



Harry Byrne’s, Clontarf, Dublin last night.

It’s got a lovely head, in fairness.



Melanie Finn tweetz:

Gorgeous day for the Battle of Clontarf celebrations.

[A giant 3D printer at work at WinSun Decoration Design Engineering Company
in Shanghai, China]

Running at full speed, the company’s printer is capable of producing up to ten 650 sq. foot homes in just 24 hours. Measuring in at roughly 105 feet long, 33 feet wide, and 21 feet tall, this hulking 3D printer works almost exactly like a normal one — just on a much larger scale. It pumps a special type of pre-mixed concrete through a nozzle and onto a flat substrate in a pattern designed to give the finished house as much structural integrity as possible. Layer by layer, the house’s walls are built, and once the concrete dries, the house is outfitted with doors, windows, and a shingled roof.



This giant 3D printer can build 10 prefab homes in under 24 hours (Digital Trends)


[From top: The front pages of today's Diario Catarinense, published in Florianópolis, Brazil; Milenio Novedades, published in Yucatán, Mexico; Público Milenio, published in Guadalajara, Mexico; La Prensa, published in Panama City, Panama; Peru.21, published in Lima, Peru; and Hoy, a Spanish newspaper published in Chicago, Illinois, USA]

Latin American press react to the death of Colombian author Gabriel García Márquez, who died yesterday, aged 87, as a result of complications from pneumonia.

Latin America reacts to death of literary colossus Gabriel García Márquez (Guardian)

Gabriel Garcia Marquez top 10 quotes (Telegraph)

Pics: Newseum

1654423877[Jahmal Swaby]

A schoolboy who was ignored by passersby as he staggered into the road with a gaping knife wound after being robbed at Finsbury Park station [on Sunday morning] is trying to track down the Good Samaritans who came to his aid and probably saved his life.

…Despite being injured and distressed, he was ignored by passers-by. Drivers swerved around him as he staggered into the road in a desperate attempt to seek help.
He was eventually saved by two men who told him not to panic, placed him on the ground and put pressure on the wound to reduce the loss of blood, before calling an ambulance.

“….When the police came, the men who helped were pushed to one side but they didn’t leave. They waited till the ambulance came to take me away.”

The two helpers were both white, middle aged, around 6ft tall and of normal build. Both had Irish accents and one was wearing a black polo top.

Teen stabbed in chest in Finsbury Park desperate to find Good Samaritans (London24)

Thanks DD


turner-martyn[Martyn Turner' (above) and the controversial cartoon (top)]

Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin voiced his grievances about a cartoon which appeared in the Irish Times on Wednesday, during a Holy Thursday Mass in the Dublin’s Pro Cathedral yesterday morning.

It appeared in the paper a day after retired parish priest Fr Gearoid O Donnchu told Chris O’Donoghue on Newstalk that he will not break the seal of confession under any circumstance.

The cartoon – a comment on the Children First Bill which provides for the mandatory reporting of child abuse and the Catholic Church’s seal of the confessional – no longer appears on the Irish Times website.


Martyn Turner (Irish Times)

Previously: Too Toon?

Bless Me Father

Thanks Joan O’Connell