Shay Healy plays a signed Rolling Stones-autographed Fender Stratocaster at the launch of a Rock and Pop Auction in aid of the Irish Parkinsons Association in 2013

This morning.


Songwriter and broadcaster Shay Healy dies aged 78 (RTÉ)


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Thank Florence it’s Friday.

We received a suggestion earlier from regular reader Scottser for the theme of this week’s music jamboree.

He mused:

“In the current climate, a theme of anti-Establishment would make a pretty cool Friday tunes competition.”

So there you have it: simply post your favourite anti-Establishment song and the reason why you like it below to be in with a chance of bagging yourself a €20 Currys PC World voucher redeemable in any Currys store.

Here’s mine.

The winner will be chosen by my anarchist flatmate.

Please include video links if possible.

Lines close at 11am on Saturday!

Nick says: Good luck!

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It will do 0-100km/h in less than 4 seconds with a top speed of 150km/h.

And it’s yours for $10,700 (€8,980) in the US and, no doubt, more than that elsewhere.


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Last night.

Broadsheet on the Telly.

Featuring Neil Curran, Vanessa Foran and Jimmy Smyth.

Plus special guest, former Fianna Fáil minister Conor Lenihan.


00.00.30 Beards
00:01:38 Conor Lenihan
00:03:00 In the Public Interest
00:04:00 Official Welcome to the Executive Branch of the Dáil
00:15.50 Missing Words Round
00:19.45 Book Plug
00:26:00 Lenihan attempts a ‘t’wasn’t like that in my day’
00:35:00 Oireachtas Golf Club Gate v The Glen Boxing Club Gate
00:39:00 Government report card – spoiler alert – “weakest Government we’ve ever had”
00:47.:10 Lenihan agrees with Bodger, kinda.
00:55:00 Payroll Vote aka Special Advisors.
01:00:00 The longest question in history
01:01:45 Answer to the longest question in history
01.23:00 Good is better than being liked
01:25.00 The telly and fillums
01:29:50 Shay Healy, our very best wishes

Last night: Staying In Tonight

This afternoon.

The British Embassy, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4


Britain’s Prince Philip in Dublin in 1998

This morning.

Buckingham Palace has announced the death of Prince Philip, husband of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II.



Not now, lads.

From top: Reggie Kray and Barbara Windsor in the Double R club, east London, 1964; David Langwallner

I had not been to the Thames Magistrates Court or Bow Street Magistrates Court in almost 30 years until two years ago and here I am now again in Covid times on an Easter Saturday. Well one has to eat in perilous times.

Magistrate work has become desirable since Crown Court work is at half-mast. Most courts cannot observe social distancing, particularly for jurors, and only a few are spacious enough to deal with the dangers of infection real or perceived.

More obviously, less pressing trials are being parked until Autumn of next year in many cases and there are endless adjournments. Trials may in fact never go ahead.

Certainly, much of the profession and indeed employability, is about to be obliterated. It is difficult to see how many sustainable lives can be built out of the chaos of economic, environmental, and social potential liquidation. Which is why with the light dying I am working round the clock.

And thus, I joined several of the slightly more prominent criminal barristers of London slumming it this Saturday in St Mary Le Bow, an epicenter of crime and intrigue and famous real or ersatz criminality.

In a previous article for Village on the legal profession, somewhat inelegantly entitled Law is Boring, Trials Are Fun, I recalled a former client who happened to be the most dangerous remaining remnant of the Kray gang.

My East-End client was perfectly polite until after the acquittal. He then asked to meet for a ‘sing-song’ in a seedy alehouse: 
“I did not want to say it to you, but you are Irish, and if you had messed up, I would not have taken it kindly. Know what I mean son?” The threat was noticeably clear. I did not go for the pints.

What I did not say was that the pub was The Bow Bells, a few yards down from Thames Magistrates Court and the same distance further to St Mary Le Bow, the famous cockney church of Bow Bells. To be a cockney you must be born within the sound of the bells, though the catchment area is quite wide. The sound of bow bells apparently led the future Lord Mayor Mr. Whittington not to leave London

The Bow Bells pub is a fine establishment of long vintage with a history of a ghost who mysteriously appeared from a toilet, and is probably the flagship pub of East London and often visited by the denizens of the underworld. It is not quite the ‘seedy ale house’ of my Village piece, that was poetic license by the Editor, but it was one of the watering holes of my client’s employers, The Kray twins.

On Bow Road is an inauspicious Enterprise Car Rental which none would really care about save that it was formerly a different establishment called The Double R, the nightclub centre of the  Kray gang, who co-mingled with the rich and famous. Designer gangster thrills are of course so dangerous then and now. Radical chic with the glitz of London and Barbara Windsor in attendance.

The clerk in Bow Street today was unclear about where I could find the ‘Kray’s pub’ and that is perhaps right. Some deserve to be forgotten.

Both that club and the Bow pub are now closed due to Covid regulations as indeed is the interior of the famous church. open in a limited way of Sunday observance at Easter. You can walk up the famous primrose path and see the graves. You can even see the door but that is all until tomorrow then you can go in.

A little sign reads:

‘Celebrate The Easter Resurrection on Sunday’

The church is one of the the great churches of London. It was redesigned after the great fire of 1666 by Sir Christopher Wren and, though blitzed in WW2, much of that design is still there.

That area of London is an era of reminder of economic destitution, of crime but also of the essence of being a Londoner. Of British decency and reasonableness.

It is also a reminder that, in a parallel universe, the corporate criminals, the vulture funds transnational interests and bankers now mirror gangster capitalism. And the ‘gang’ includes our new crypto fascist leaders from Orban to Varadker with their handmaidens in a bought judiciary and a pliant media.

I will leave of course Freddie the Fingers, for it was he, out of the conversation. As a deeply psychotic gangster he is not all comparable to such as Kissinger or Sutherland in terms of human evil.

He at least wanted to buy me a pint.

David Langwallner is a barrister specialising in public law, immigration, housing and criminal defence including miscarriages of justice. He is emeritus director of the Irish Innocence Project and was Irish Lawyer of the Year at the 2015 Irish Law Awards. His column appears here every Tuesday and Friday. Follow David on Twitter @DLangwallner


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A mesmerising, undulating kinetic artwork by Scale Collective created for the Constellations Festival in Metz, northeast France.

A ring of forty eight 1.5m long light rods, 40cm apart, each connected to a single motorised mechanism controlled by a viewer interface that spins the rods to create synchronised patterns.

But you knew that.


This afternoon.

Leinster House, Dublin 2.

As loyalist paramilitary groups denied involvement in another night of rioting in west Belfast, Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald…

…said loyalist violence has been deliberately planned to stoke up maximum tensions and called on unionist politicians to show “enlightened leadership” and to call off protests planned for this weekend.

Speaking outside to journalists Leinster House Ms McDonald said it is “unacceptable” that unionist leaders in the North have not yet called for further protests planned for this weekend to be cancelled.

“That message needs to come from all of us, but it particularly needs to be heard loud and clear from the leadership of the DUP, from all the unionist political parties and from all of the loyalist organisations,” she said.

“Now is your moment to step forward and in a very unequivocal and very clear and firm way, to say to those who have orchestrated this violence to stop and to call off all of the protests.”

Loyalist paramilitaries deny involvement in protests (RTÉ)


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