Tag Archives: Ireland

Dredg – Ireland

You have created a falsehood
A focused yet close-minded view
There’s no telling where we’ll be at this same time next year
But I do know one thing it won’t be far from here

Flash Barry writes:

Does anyone know more about this song (above)?  Ireland was from an album called The Pariah, The Parrot and The Delusion (2009) by [alt rock/prog band] Dredg and based on a Salman Rushdie essay.

It’s a cracking tune (lovely break @.34) and the sarcastic lyrics seem to be from the view a person reveling in small town parochial life. There is very little on google about its origins. The singer is called Hayes so that might be a link but they are a born and bred Californian band. Anyone?


2018 World Press Freedom Index

This morning.

The 2018 World Press Freedom Index has been announced.

Ireland has dropped from its ranking of 14th last year to 16th this year.

Reporters without Borders – which is behind the index – explains:

The highly concentrated nature of media ownership in Ireland continues to pose a major threat to press freedom, and contributed to Ireland’s two-place fall in the 2018 World Press Freedom Index.

Independent News and Media (INM) controls much of the daily and Sunday newspaper market, while broadcasting is dominated by the semi-state company RTE.

The 1937 constitution guarantees media freedom, but defamation suits are common.

The high damages awarded by Irish courts in defamation cases have prompted calls for a review of Ireland’s defamation legislation.

The general scheme of the Communications (Retention of Data) Bill, published in October 2017, has been criticized for failing to provide specific protections for journalists.

In November 2017, the Standards in Public Office Commission tried to force a journalist to provide confidential information related to his investigations into alleged planning irregularities.

Interviewing police sources has been virtually impossible since the Garda Siochana Act of 2005, which bans police officers from talking to journalists without prior authorisation. Officers contravening the ban risk dismissal, a fine, or up to seven years in prison.

2018 World Press Freedom Index

H/T: Tom Lyons

This morning.

In Switzerland…

Ahead of the  International Wheelchair Rugby Federation World Championships in Sydney, Australia, from August 5 to 10…

Irish Wheelchair Association Sport tweetz:

Ireland have recorded a sensational 55-47 victory over Brazil at the World Championship Qualification Tournament in Switzerland this morning.



Pic: Brian O’Donovan

For the weekend that’s in it.

Ireland Vs Scotland.

Lansdowne Road, Saturday, February 19, 2000.

Ireland took to the pitch with a quintet of debutants, among them, Ronan O’Gara and Peter Stringer (airborne above), hoping to break a 12-year-long record of defeats.

The victory would usher in a golden era for Irish rugby.

Gerry Thornely, in the following Monday’s Irish Times, wrote:

And with one bound, Ireland were free. Just like that. It’s amazing what a bit of pace and variation, a bit of old-fashioned aggression and a little of confidence and luck can bring. But what a day, what a metamorphosis.

It was scarcely credible really. The sun shone for once gloriously on this normally overcast fixture, Lansdowne Road rediscovered its spirit and even the singing was good.

Any excuse

Ireland v Scotland: 10 Things You Really Should Know (Irish Times, February 21, 2000)

Pic: Getty


This afternoon.

Temple Bar, Dublin 2

Scotland rugby fans , from left, Dave Cockburn, Fran Costello, Stevie Douglas all from Edinburgh about to be horrifically overcharged for liquor.


S H A N E tweetz:

Type ‘Ireland’ into the Instagram emoji search bar. Eh, @instagram? (Kudos to @RachaelDoogue for highlighting this alarming fact)

Pixdar tweetz:

“Our Type”, a stunning project signed @Trevorfinnegan about the disappearing #shopfronts, signage and #typography of Ireland’s towns and village

See more here

ScolioNetwork tweetz:

This child continues to wait for his surgery. He was listed for surgery in 2016. This is the dangerous and shameful situation that exists for our children who live with #scoliosis in Ireland. #childrenshealth

Shoppers on Grafton Street

The Irish Times reports:

Growth in the Irish economy has again confounded expectations, growing by 10.4 per cent year on year in the third quarter of 2017.

The latest quarterly national accounts show gross domestic product (GDP) accelerated by 4.2 per cent in the third quarter alone amid a strong pick-up in personal consumption.

This was nearly eight times the growth rate recorded in the euro zone as a whole for the third quarter.

The figures also show Gross National Product (GNP), which strips out the effects of multinational profit flows, jumped by 11.9 per cent on a quarterly basis.

Irish economy surges to double-digit growth (Eoin Burke-Kennedy, The Irish Times)


Gordon Kennedy tweetz:

Patriotic pitta bread earlier

Celine Nic O tweetz:

Hole in the wall that looks like Ireland

The Broadsheet Book Of Unspecified Things That Look Like Ireland (New Island)