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Tower Guoman Hotel in London where Irish athlete Thomas Barr was staying during the IAAF World Championships

The Guardian reports:

The world athletics championships being held in London has been hit by an outbreak of norovirus, health officials have confirmed.

Public Health England (PHE) said it had been notified of about 30 cases of people associated with the event, London 2017, falling ill; two of those have been confirmed by laboratory tests as having the vomiting bug.

The Tower hotel told the BBC that investigations in conjunction with health officers and the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) concluded the hotel was not the source of the illness.

“We have followed strict hygiene protocol, ensuring that those affected are not in contact with other guests and all public areas have been thoroughly sanitised,” the hotel said.

Botswana’s Isaac Makwala, a medal prospect in the 400m on Tuesday, was given medical dispensation to withdraw from the 200m heats after throwing up in the medical room.

Makwala would normally be scratched from the final after pulling out of another event. As he missed the heats on medical advice, however, he would be able to run, if fit.

A number of other athletes staying at the same hotel also have gastroenteritis, including the Ireland 400m hurdler Thomas Barr.

“I’m gutted to have to withdraw from the semi-final. My whole year has been focused on the world championships. To not be able to go out and compete for Ireland is beyond disappointing.”

Meanwhile, David Gillick, on RTE, reports:

The Irish race walkers are due to arrive on Thursday and plans are already in motion to try find alternative accommodation for them.

The reaction from the organisers has been swift and professional, though you do have to wonder what the response would be if this happened in Rio last year, where it seemed British media outlets were keen to jump on every little organisational imperfection.

Will they do the same when dozens of athletes’ championships have been ruined on their own turf?

London 2017: 30 people fall ill after norovirus outbreak at athletics event (The Guardian)

Barr forced to withdraw due to illness (Athletics Ireland)

World Championships health issues hard to stomach (David Gillick, RTE)

Top pic: Jason Rosam

Rachid Redouane

David Hurley, in the Limerick Leader, reports:

A Limerick resident is being questioned by gardai after the discovery of identification documents at his home which were in the name of one of the London terror attackers [Rachid Redouane].

The Limerick Leader has learned the Moroccan national was arrested at a property in the city on Monday night on foot of information received from UK Police.

It is understood the documents were located during searches of the man’s apartment following his arrest.

He is being questioned at a garda station in the city by detectives attached to the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB) on suspicion of using forged documents.

EXCLUSIVE: Man in custody after ID in name of London attacker seized in Limerick (Limerick Leader)


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The Irish Times reports:

A knife-wielding assailant who stabbed a policeman inside the perimeter of Britain’s parliament has reportedly been shot by police.

There was a major security alert at the Palace of Westminster in London after a man apparently carrying a knife charged through the gates into the front yard of the parliamentary compound.

After the incident, two people were seen to be lying within Old Palace Yard, immediately outside Westminster Hall.

Meanwhile, a number of injured people were seen lying injured on Westminster Bridge near parliament. It is understood a car hit a number of people near the bridge.

Knifeman reportedly shot by police at House of Commons (The Irish Times)

Pic: Sky News


Free tomorrow?

Josh Clarke writes:

Ourselves at Hackney Irish Social Club are throwing a party in east London Friday night [The Castle 44 Commercial Road, E1 1LN] a fundraiser for Abortion Support Network. All welcome. Free entry.

Dioscó Aris (Facebook)




The Sudden Club Weekender, a massive three-day throwdown featuring some of the best new music from Ireland and the UK, presented by the good folk of the Southern Hospitality Board, at the Kino in Cork City, December 9th-11th.

Tickets as priced in each pic, available now.


Also, next month, a fundraiser for the Abortion Rights Campaign at the same venue. More on that this week.

Abortion Rights Campaign


If We Got Some More Cocaine I Could Show You How I Love You

A new Irish play at the Old Red Lion Theatre in Islington, North London’s East End.

August 30-September 24.

By John O’Donovan, who writes:

Set entirely on the roof of a house in Ennis [Co Clare], If We Got Some More Cocaine I Could Show You How I Love You tells the story of a night in the burgeoning love and relationship between two troubled young men, Mikey, 24, originally from Ennis, and Casey, 18, originally from Croydon [South London[

Mikey and Casey have been on the rob all day; now there’s a party to get to and they have everything they need . . . Booze. Cash. Drugs. Each other.

The only problem is they’re stuck. Stuck on a roof. Stuck together. And as they wait for the Guards to stop circling the house, they find out there are some truths you just can’t climb down from.

If We Got Some More Cocaine I Could Show You How I Love You by John O’Donovan


The Evening Standard reports:

The two camps in the EU referendum battle met today in a bizarre clash on the Thames on board a propaganda flotilla.

Sir Bob Geldof boarded a boat on the Thames to oppose Nigel Farage’s pro-Brexit flotilla, which was making its way up the Thames towards parliament.

The flotilla, of up to 35 boats, had been organised by Scottish skippers as part of the Fishing for Leave campaign.

The Boomtown rats star blasted out songs including Chicago’s “If you leave me now”, while the Leave boats retaliated by firing water from a hose at Geldof’s vessel.


Nigel Farage and Sir Bob Geldof clash on Brexit in bizarre Thames flotilla ‘battle’ (The Evening Standard)

Pic via Guardian and video via Mikey Smith and Kaya Burgess


Jim Waterson tweetz:

I’m under aural attack from Bob Geldof who has the loudest soundsystem known to man and is haranguing Farage.