This morning.

Summerhill Parade, Dublin 1

The locks at 34 Summerhill Parade, occupied by housing activists  since last week, have been changed. Activists observed an order this morning from the High Court set today for protestors to leave, or face the possibility of imprisonment.

Summerhill Occupation (Facebook)

Summerhill house occupiers leave property following deadline (Irish Times)

Sam Boal/RollingNews


The streets are safe.

This morning.

Drogheda, County Louth.

Saiviungon Blanc writes:

“Yeah, we’re down here at the Fleadh Ceoil …handy old number…“

Number 13: Maamtrasna: The Murders and the Mystery by Jarlath Waldron

Selected by: ‘Lobster’

First published: 1992 by Edmund Burke, Dublin.

Why: “This book details the savage murder of an entire family in a beautiful but isolated part of Ireland in 1882. The book looks into the murders, but also the background of extreme isolation and poverty, and the investigation by the Crown forces which followed. The investigation itself was hugely influenced by the politics of the time, serving to heap tragedy upon tragedy, in a way that echoed not just in the area local to the crime, but throughout Ireland, and even had repercussions for the British government of the time. All in all, it’s a fascinating and gripping account of a true story.”

Personal resonance
: “A friend loaned me the book years ago, and it stayed with me as it paints a picture of an Ireland not really known to me, even though I would have spent time in many of the areas mentioned within the book.”

Who would like this? “Anybody with an interest in Irish history or a love of murder mysteries”

Available? Still in stock at De Burca Rare Books. Also available at your local library.

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Damien Shiels
Emily O’Reilly
Graham Howard
David Flanagan
Maura ‘Soshin’ O’Halloran
Kevin C Kearns
Ed Moloney
Gene Kerrigan
Bobby Sands
George O’Brien
Eamonn Sweeney
Terence Patrick Dolan

Great-Irish Non-Fiction’ is a reading list of 100 books chosen by YOU and highlighted over the coming weeks. If you would like to include a favourite leave your suggestion below.

Pope Francis (left) will visit Knock Shrine (right) during the Papal visit

What The Virgin At Knock Would Say If She Could Speak

We need to get back
to when confirmed bachelors
found their own kind through holes in cubicles
during untelevised All Ireland Finals.
To when there were no government funded
lesbians on display in public parks,
or self-confessed sodomites in the Senate.
To when there was no obscene use for
Vaseline, or sexual intercourse in Headford.

To when no one put Coke bottles
where they weren’t supposed to go.
And there were no automatic
washing machines for women to sit on
when Rock Hudson was unavailable.
To when the Irish people stood
at the end of lanes waiting
for nothing to happen,
which it mostly did.

To when young ones who forgot to cross
their legs at the crucial moment could be put
steam ironing curtains for the golf club, sheets
and pillowcases for your mother’s B&B;
still be safely there eight o’clock
in the evening having hot flushes
the hottest day of that century
to which we must get back.

Kevin Higgins

Pics: Getty

Well-appointed and only yards from the Olympia Theatre

Swanky is not the word.

Practical. however, is very much its thing.

Journalist, promoter and ‘sheet pal Barry Hartigan writes:

Having previously got some great tenants from Broadsheet here and here, We’re looking for some folks to share our city center office on Dame Street [Dublin 2] located just up from The Olympia Theatre.

It’s a 3 room suite and the main room is currently free and can easily accommodate 2/3 people.

There are two other small rooms here which are currently occupied and the office has a toilet and kitchen facilities.

The rent is €500 pm (plus bills which are negligible) and the room is available right now so to arrange to look drop an email to



The Office Of Your Dreams

From top: The Gaza Kids football team during a reception to mark their visit last year at Kinvara United FC.; Poster for Sunday’s event

Gaza Action Ireland writes:

The young footballers from Gaza who visited Ireland for the past two summers have been forced to cancel their trip this year.

The Palestinian boys from Al Helal Football Academy, who live under Israeli occupation in Gaza, planned to travel Tuesday (August 14th) through the territory’s border with Egypt at the Rafah crossing and across the Sinai Desert to Cairo, where they would fly to Dublin.

However, the difficult trip was prevented when the Rafah crossing was unexpectedly closed, forcing Gaza Action Ireland to cancel the programme for now.

Despite this terrible disappointment for the children and the organisers, ‘Gaza Kids to Dublin’ are determined to stand with the Palestinians living under siege in Gaza by holding the Solidarity Cup tournament on Sunday, August 19.

There will be a football tournament with Shamrock Rovers,  Bohemians/ SKB and Cliftonville FC as well as a family fun day.

The football kicks off at 10am until 4pm with the family events starting at 1pm., after the winning trophy is presented, everyone who sponsored one of the Al Helal players will release a balloon as a symbol of support.

This will be livestreamed to the kids in Gaza to show them how much they are missed.

In fairness.

Gaza Action Ireland

Pope Francis has responded to revelations of predator priests abusing thousands of children in one US state.

“Regarding the report made public in Pennsylvania this week, there are two words that can express the feelings faced with these horrible crimes: shame and sorrow.

The Holy See treats with great seriousness the work of the Investigating Grand Jury of Pennsylvania and the lengthy Interim Report it has produced. The Holy See condemns unequivocally the sexual abuse of minors.

The abuses described in the report are criminal and morally reprehensible. Those acts were betrayals of trust that robbed survivors of their dignity and their faith.

The Church must learn hard lessons from its past, and there should be accountability for both abusers and those who permitted abuse to occur.

Most of the discussion in the report concerns abuses before the early 2000s. By finding almost no cases after 2002, the Grand Jury’s conclusions are consistent with previous studies showing that Catholic Church reforms in the United States drastically reduced the incidence of clergy child abuse.

The Holy See encourages continued reform and vigilance at all levels of the Catholic Church, to help ensure the protection of minors and vulnerable adults from harm.

The Holy See also wants to underscore the need to comply with the civil law, including mandatory child abuse reporting requirements.

The Holy Father understands well how much these crimes can shake the faith and the spirt of believers and reiterates the call to make every effort to create a safe environment for minors and vulnerable adults in the Church and in all of society.

Victims should know that the Pope is on their side. Those who have suffered are his priority, and the Church wants to listen to them to root out this tragic horror that destroys the lives of the innocent.”

Statement by the the Director of the Holy See Press Office, Greg Burke, on the report of the Pennsylvania Grand Jury issued earlier this week in the United States over the sexual abuse of minors.

Vatican responds to Pennsylvania Grand Jury abuse report (Vatican News)


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US President Donald Trump’s proposed  military parade could cost $92m

The boys at the Pentagon say
That there’s going to be a delay
Before Trump’s parade
As they were dismayed
At the huge price they will have to pay

John Moynes

Pic: Reuters