Thank Fletch it’s Friday.

All of us here at chateau Broadsheet was gutted to hear of the untimely death of founding Depeche Mode synth guru Andy Fletcher.

An enduring icon of the 1980s and a huge influence on the subsequent electro-pop genre, Fletcher’s contribution to music will never be forgotten.

So this week I want to know: what’s your favourite Depeche Mode song and why?

Here’s mine.

Please include video links if possible.

Lines close at 10.45pm.

Last week, thanks to a suggestion by Andy Pipkin, I asked for your least favourite song. You answered in your tens. But there could only be one winner.

Unmutual won my boundless ‘lack of esteem’ with this horror:

Celine Dion • My Heart Will Go On

Unmutual writes:

“Somewhere in the icy depths of the North Atlantic lies the wreck of the Titanic… and if I’m honest and had my way… it’s where this watery dose of sentimental Sonic-Cystitis would be placed for the rest of all time…”

Nick says: Congrats Unmutual and thanks to all who entered.

Last week: Win Nick’s Esteem

Pic: Bunker Vinyl, Cork

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This afternoon.

Carlosfandango writes:

Following from earlier…The hounds in the yard basking in their own gloriousness and awaiting the (grain free) biscuits.

Have a great weekend BS. There will be lots of sun and that’s just excellent with us.


Earlier: Taking The Biscuit

Tracy Gallagher – Caves

The hit man and her.

Mayo singer/songwriter Tracy Gallagher (top) evokes vintage Portishead vibes on her atmospheric new single, recorded in Belfast with Michael Mormecha.

But check out the darkly charismatic video shot in County Antrim by Dan Dan Media and starring Michael McGarry.

Tracy writes:

“Caves is inspired by the work of Joseph Campbell, American professor of Literature and well known mythologist, credited by George Lucas as having inspired Star Wars. While reading his book ‘The Hero With A Thousand Faces’, I became enamoured with the idea of each individual being the hero in their own story and the trials and tribulations each of us have to face and overcome throughout our human experience in order to grow and develop as human beings.

“Caves explores the relationship we have to the natural world and simultaneously to the inner self, it is a look at the wild, powerful and sometimes frightening aspects of nature that can act as a metaphor for the unexplored parts of our inner worlds. The wildness of the ‘seven seas’ and the dark unknown of the ‘cave’ represent our innermost fears, that which we try to keep hidden from ourselves and the world at large but this is also the place where the deepest treasures and revelations lie, where personal growth and development happens.”

Nick says: The darling buds of Mayo.

Tracy Gallagher

This afternoon


RTE presenter Claire Byrne is calling time on her weekly currently affairs TV programme to focus on her radio show and family.

Claire Byrne Live will come to and end after seven years and will broadcast its final episode on Monday next week, RTÉ has announced.

The weekly current affairs programme hosted by Byrne, and featuring a live studio audience, will wrap as this season ends.

Byrne recently spoke about her heavy workload ‘taking its toll’ as she was busy presenting across TV and radio.

RTÉ’s Claire Byrne calls time on TV show with final episode to air next week (

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This afternoon.

Kn writes:

Having seen the many reports of athletes collapsing and some dying in various sports recently, I thought it would be beneficial to see if the same thing is happening in GAA.

The unexpected death of any club athlete usually receives prominent local and often even national press coverage, befitting the GAA’s place at the heart of community life on the island.

Below is a list of all reported deaths by heart attacks, sudden deaths, unexpected deaths or deaths after unspecified short illnesses for all male and female GAA players and referees under 50, between 2018 until this month.

This does not include deaths after long illnesses or accidents. Nor does it include other sports. Recent reports from 2021-22 are short on detail regarding cause of death and do not give ages in many cases.

Finally, this is not meant to provoke outrage, merely a conversation that probably needs to be had.


January: (48), Naomh Comhghail GAA Club, County Antrim – dies from heart attack.
January:  (12), Bray Emmets GAA Club, County Wicklow – dies after collapse at home.
February:(14), Ballygalget GAA Club, County Down – dies suddenly.
September: (38), Tir na Nog GAA Club, County Antrim – dies suddenly.
November: Eoin Byrne (18), Clonmore GAA Club, County Carlow – dies tragically.


May:  (20s) Bective Cannistown GAA Club, County Meath -Sudden Adult Death Syndrome.
September: (17) Oldcastle GAA Club, County Meath – dies suddenly.


February:  (30s) Clann nan Gael GAA Club, County Roscommon –  cardiac arrest.
March: (44) Creggs GAA Club, County Roscommon –  dies suddenly
March:  (29) St Brigid’s Kiltoom GAA Club, County Roscommon – dies suddenly
October: (33), Na Fianna GAA Club, County Tyrone – dies suddenly
October: (31), Killarney Legion GAA Club, County Kerry – dies after being taken ill at work.


July: (16),  Lisnaskea Emmetts GAA Club, County Fermanagh – dies suddenly.
July:  (teens-20s), Drumgath GAA Club, County Down – dies suddenly.
July: (teens-20s), Beagh GAA Club, County Galway – dies unexpectedly
August: (35), Silverbridge Harps GFC, County Armagh – dies suddenly.
September: (40s), Colligan GAA Club, County Waterford – dies suddenly.
October: Conor Montague (teens-20s) St Paul’s GAA Club, County Laois – dies unexpectedly.
December : Sarah Mullen (23), Good Counsel GAA Club, County Dublin – dies suddenly.


January: (teens-20s), Drung GAC, County Cavan – dies suddenly.
February:  (40s), Stabannon Parnells GAC, County Louth – dies suddenly.
February: (32), County Down, founder of Shunde Gaels in Guangdong– dies suddenly
February:  (19), Glynn Barntown, County Wexford – dies suddenly.
March: (20s), St Vincent’s GAC and Castleview FC, County Cork – dies unexpectedly.
March: (20s), Fr Sheehy’s GAC, County Tipperary – dies unexpectedly.
March: (40s), Charleville Kilbeggan GAC, County Offaly – dies unexpectedly.
March:  (20s), Fuerty GAA, County Roscommon – died tragically.
March:  (40), Ballyhale Shamrocks GAC, County Kilkenny –  suspected heart attack
April: (22), Ballyea GAC, County Clare – dies suddenly.
April:  (20s) Westport GAC, County Mayo – dies suddenly.
April:  (14), Maheracloone Ladies GAC, County Monaghan – dies suddenly.
April:  (20s) (Lurgan Ladies GFC), County Cavan, a Long QT sufferer, dies unexpectedly.
April:  (21), Curry GAA Club, County Sligo, dies suddenly
April:  (20s) John Mitchels GFC – dies tragically.
May:  (30) Graigcullen GAA, Co Laois, dies suddenly
May: (30s-40s), Bord na nOg Acla GAC, County Mayo – dies unexpectedly.

Previously: Heartbreaking

Pic: Sky Sports


Martial Law extended in Ireland (Century Ireland)


Any excuse.

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José Maria Fernandez Sousa-Faro, president of PharmaMar, has been charged with being ‘falsely vaccinated against Covid-19’

This morning/afternoon.

Spanish pharma boss Jose Maria Fernandez Sousa-Faro has been caught up in a scandal involving people being added to Spain’s National Immunisation Registry allegedly in exchange for large sums of money, with many of them familiar faces and household names in the country.

According to El Mundo, Spanish police carried out an investigation called Operation Jenner which uncovered a ‘vast network of celebrities and elites who have paid money to have their names fraudulently entered on the National Immunisation Register, despite refusing to be vaccinated’.

Euro Weekly News reports:

The leader of the network was a nursing assistant at the La Paz University Hospital, where he is accused of charging more than €200,000 euros for fraudulently registering 2,200 people as vaccinated in the National Registry against Covid-19. He has been arrested and is currently in custody.

Among those accused are Bruno González Cabrera, a defender who played for Betis, Getafe, Levante and Valladolid. Fabio Díez Steinaker in beach volleyball, runner-up in Europe and fifth in the Sydney Olympic Games. The former Valencian boxer and wrestler José Luis Zapater, alias Titín, who starred in more than a thousand fights.

Others includes: Trinitario Casanova, one of the richest men in Spain, Kidd Keo, rap singer in English and Spanish, Anier, rap singer, Jarfaiter, rap singer, Veronica Echegui, actress, Bruno Gonzalez Cabrera, soccer player, Fabio Díez Steinaker, former beach volleyball Olympian, José Luis Zapater, alias Titín, former boxer, Camilo Esquivel, recognized and prestigious doctor.

El presidente de PharmaMar, entre los más de 2.200 falsos vacunados de Covid (El Mundo)

El Mundo

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