Tom Lyons, on, reports:

Former billionaire Seán Quinn has returned to business by launching a new online sports betting venture called QuinnBet.

The new venture has just gone live and is targeting sports betting in Ireland and Britain. It also plans to launch an online casino later this year.

Seán Quinn Sr heads the business but a number of other family members are understood to be involved, including his son Seán Quinn Jr.

The business secured a gambling licence earlier this week. Like Quinn’s previous ventures in cement, manufacturing and insurance the new business appears to be aiming to win business by offering lower prices than rivals.


Sean Quinn is back in business with betting venture (

Green space at North King Street, Dublin 7

Gavin Treacy writes:

I was wondering if you could ask the good folk of their thoughts on the removal of one of Dublin city centre’s only parks.

The space (above) runs along North King Street between Beresford Street and Anne Street North [Dublin 7] it’s run by Dublin City Council and has recently been fenced off for possible building works.

It’s the only open green space in the entire area, it’s loss would have a huge effect on the neighbourhood, was wondering if any readers have any thoughts on it?

Pics via Village magazine, Google Maps

Stanley’s Bar, Brooklyn, New York


Anon writes:

I was drinking at Old Stanley’s Bar in Brooklyn, NY, with friends when someone in my group pointed out this sign (above) that was displayed behind the bar.

A debate ensued with another Irish group who were there and I was told that this was the ‘norm’ in NY bars. I spent two Summers living in NY and never saw anything quite like it.

I’d like to hear other Irish people’s opinion on this.

(btw this was not an Irish bar)


Darren and Christopher Doyle hold the eviction notice they received from Phoenix Park authorities last weekend

Claire Scott, on Dublin Live, reports:

Homeless men have spoken out after their tents and belongings were taken by Phoenix Park authorities.

….The two men, Darren Doyle, 35, and Christopher Doyle, 28, were among an estimated 10-15 people who were issued eviction notices and were told to leave and remove their tents ‘as soon as possible’.”

….On Tuesday, they returned to the park to find their belongings and tents were removed despite the fact that they had left a note on cardboard in the door of the family sized tent explaining that they would be back to collect their items.”


Phoenix Park authorities take belongings and tents belonging to homeless (Dublin Live)

The Dara Fitzpatrick Memorial Run medal

On Saturday, September 16, at 10am.

At Waterford Airport.

A 5km memorial run to honour the four Rescue 116 crew members who died in March – Captain Dara Fitzpatrick, Captain Mark Duffy, Winch Operator Paul Ormsby and Winchman Ciarán Smith – will be held.

Proceeds from the run will go to the children’s charity Touching Hearts and South Eastern Mountain Rescue Association.

The organisers write:

The Dara Fitzpatrick Memorial Run has released details of their run finisher’s medal. The medal depicts a Sikorsky S92 Helicopter flying over the sea on a rescue mission. In the background are the numbers “116”, together with four flying doves honouring the lost Rescue 116 crew members.

…Speaking about the medal one of the event’s organisers Captain Barry O’Connor said, “The doves are a touching tribute to our four colleagues who tragically lost their lives in the service of others on March 14th this year”

[Dara’s sister] Niamh Fitzpatrick said: “This medal is a beautiful memento of what will be an emotional run in memory of Dara. To have a design that captures the helicopter and the four crew members is very special; this is a medal that Dara would be proud of.”

Those wishing to take part can register here.

Entry is €20.


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