Category Archives: Misc


Today saw the return home after four months deployment to Sierra Leone of a five-strong Irish Defence Forces medical team helping fight the spread of Ebola.

The homecoming was witnessed by Random Irish Photos.

Randomer writes:

Each of them men were screened five times and they are to be screened a sixth time not that they are back on home soil.They were screened before leaving their base in Sierra Leon, then at Sierra Leon Airport, then they were screened again when they were travelling through Morocco and they were screened twice in the UK before returning to the Casement Aerodrome earlier today.

Of their time in Sierra Leone, Captain Eugene O’Connor said:

‘We were all spread out all over the country, so we all have different experiences. Obviously there is a degree of poverty there and a degree of fear with the virus But that was something that was on our minds all the time.

‘When we arrived in country, there was a spike in cases And there was always a concern that it was going to spiral out of control.We were pressed into immediate areas of hot spots quite quickly. Between all the agencies, they managed to get a hold and stymie the outbreak at that stage. So within about a month, cases began to level off and so they are almost at zero but it’s a bumpy road. It never just goes 360 cases to zero.’

Captain O’Connor was met his mother Mary, sister Tracey and Gillian, his niece Milla Banerjee, nephew Ben Banerjee, and his Italian girlfriend, Miranda Pio. Also travelling with Cpt O’Connor were Sgt David Sliney, Cpls Frank Noonan and Pierce Foley and trooper Richard Fitzgerald.

Random Irish Photos


The Front Lounge Parliament Street, Dublin

Should you be in Dublin.

Peter McGuire, of Dublin South Central’s Yes Equality group, writes:

This Saturday morning, The Front Lounge on Parliament St will open at the earlier time of 10am to follow RTÉ One’s Marriage Referendum count on the big screen projector. Breakfast will turn to brunch. There will be tea. There will be coffee. From 10.30am, the bar will open: There may be drink.

Early tallies for the Marriage Referendum may come in by around 10 or 11am, depending on whether or not the Presidential Age Referendum is counted first (and if it’s close, it may be a bit later). No voters and undecided people are also very welcome to attend: The Front Lounge is a public house, open to all.  Spread the word.

Alternative suggestions welcome below

(Photocall Ireland)

El Clash Combo Toners May 24toners

Free Sunday?

Barry writes:

We’re bringing bands back to Baggot St! Back in the 80s and 90s, long before Whelan’s arrived on the scene in Wexford St, the musical hub of Dublin was centred around Baggot St in The Pembroke, The Baggot Inn and Toners.

Between these three pubs there were bands playing 7 nights a week with something for every taste. The Pembroke and the Baggot Inn are long gone but Toners remains pretty much as it was one of the oldest and best known pubs in Dublin with an excellent bar on the first floor.

Now the Alternative Sunday Social Club is running gigs again on Sunday afternoons between 4.00pm and 7.00pm and this week it’s the turn of El Clash Combo, Ireland’s first Clash tribute band. Support is from DJ Karl Tsigdinos and all three hours of fun will set you back a mere fiver!


Alternative Social Club At Toner’s (Facebook)



Margaret Heffernan, Dunnes Stores CEO

Don”t make Margaret angry.

Too late.

It is understood store workers were told to turn up for work on Friday morning but that they would be doing so “behind closed doors”. Management were unable to provide them with details of what would happen from then on.
Betty Dillon, Mandate’s divisional organiser for the southeast, said the mood after the meeting was bleak.
There is absolutely huge upset. There are members of staff going around crying, terribly distraught, terribly upset,” she said.
“[They were told] it would close until further notice. I believe at this point in the evening notices have gone up on the doors to say this store is now closed.”

Dunnes Stores ‘shock’ decision to close Gorey store (Irish Times)

Previously: They’ve Only Gone And Dunnes

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Jack Yes

Anna writes:

Our dog Jack picked up this Vote Yes card that had come through the door and paraded it around the house, eventually settling in my office where he proceeded to eat it. He’s a (E)quality dog!


Charlie writes:

Mr Picklesworth AKA Pickles says a Yes vote is the right vote


Jamie writes:

Here’s Oz the Black Metal Cat showing his support in a suitably theatrical manner


LHP Publicity write:

Rocco has no nos.


Daniella writes:

Millie for Yes.


Sinead writes;

After canvassing during the week with me, Bella is voting yes today!


Denise writes:

Here is Francis Duffy. “Giving the Paw for Tá” (left). You will also find him on his popular* Facebuke page “Francis Duffy” where he has been very vocal on the importance of the YES vote. *38 likes and counting…


Shiela writes:

Josie the orphan lamb gets her Yes Equality on… ok fine, it’s pretty rubbish, but I’m at work and can’t afford to spend much time Photoshopping. Also, I’ve been trying to get her to say “TAAAA”, but she’s only been able manage a “MAAAA” and a “BAAAA”….

Last minute Pets For Yes/Pets For No/Pets For Don’t Know to marked Pets For Yes/Pets For No/Pets For Don’t Know

Earlier: My Dog Has No Nos