All The Bells And Whistles


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This morning.

Church Of The Most Sacred Heart, Arbour Hill, Dublin 7.

President Higgins and Taoiseach Enda Kenny join the annual commemoration at the burial place of 14 of the executed leaders of the 1916 Easter Rising.



Also at Arbour Hill….

Housing Minister Simon Coveney (top left) with Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Paschal Donohoe.

Name that watch (above) anyone?

Sam Boal/Rollingnews

37 thoughts on “All The Bells And Whistles

  1. RuilleBuille

    The Catholic church condemned the freedom fighters (as they did in every generation). Why they are involved is a mystery.

    1. Kolmo

      have a +1 there, they always side with the status quo (no, not the band), it makes it easier for the agents of the foreign government (Vatican) operate in their host country.

      Why is Rolex McUsedcardealer-Coveny involved? Sure, they’d have you condemned as traitors and terrorists and sent off to shoot Germans in trenches, in Belgium..if it were 1916

      1. Percival

        “agents of the foreign government (Vatican) ”

        Absolutely true. The RC are essentially an occupying force who subvert the laws of the state. When Ministers are appointed they are summonsed to appear before the Archbishop. And they don’t seem to think that is a total affront to our democracy. If representatives of religious faiths want a chat, then let them make an appointment and call to the Ministerial departments.

        1. Janet, I ate my avatar

          I learn something new everyday
          Unfortunately an avalanche of hideous facts
          The whole mess needs burnt down for regrowth

    2. newsjustin

      Most, if not all, of the executed (and not executed) of 1916 on the rebel side staxed true to their faith, which was overwhelmingly catholic. Likewise, ministers of that faith, notably but not exclusively the Capuchin Friars, ministered to them during and in the aftermath of the fighting, often at grave risk to themselves.

      That the RCC condemned the fighting and the fighters, it’s worth noting that those who fought did not take your viewpoint.

      You seem to be projecting your modern day angst against the catholic church onto others, in another generation, who would not share it.

      1. Percival

        They had their sights on power in a new state. Control of the people is always their main objective.

      2. classter

        Not quite correct, newsjustin.

        If you read Foster’s ‘Vivid Faces’ you will be surprised by the diversity of opinion on religious matters expressed by those involved in the Rebellion.

        On the other hand, whilst the Official Church condemned the Rising and the later fighting, many Catholic clergy were sympathetic to and sometimes closely involved in the battle for independence.

        1. Steph Pinker

          For anyone who’s interested: Nicholas Furlong’s, Fr. John Murphy of Boolavogue 1753-1798, is a fantastic read, albeit, quite harrowing in parts. Furlong is intense, as is his style and passion, and he writes brilliantly about how complex Fr. Murphy was and what he was faced with, not to mention how he became [what some would call] a reluctant republican; Furlong’s attention to historical detail, coupled with other contemporaneous accounts and sources does Fr. Murphy justice; he also captures his legacy, the period within which he lived, and the inevitable ethical and moral aspects of living in such a society emphatically.

  2. godbless

    See this watch Pascal? You see this watch? That watch costs more than your Ministerial car. I made €970,000 last year (through my rented properties). How much’d you make? You see, pal, that’s who I am, and you’re nothing. Nice guy? I don’t give a poo. Good Minister? Fupp you!

      1. By Popular Demand, Frilly Keane

        not Wheel?

        Jay’sus I’ve bin making a show of meself all this time

        1. bertie "The Inexplicable Pleasure" blenkinsop

          If you speak like you write I’d say that’s the least of your worries :)

          Ah Frilly I’m only pulling your hairy leg now don’t go postal on me!

          1. By Popular Demand, Frilly Keane

            that sounds like sum’ting your pal Anne -Marie would say

            exactly what Anne – Marie would say in fact

    1. fulladapipes

      It’s a Tag Heur (I don’t know how to spell it). Pascal wears a Rolex Datejust 41.

      There you go now.

  3. Boj

    Is he not too young for the oul ‘status watch’ / the one handed high-five / the wearable trophy / the symbol of the rich old businessman? Vote FG!!

    1. Bertie "the inexplicable pleasure" Blenkinsop

      ( I have a dog in this fight, I love a nice watch )

      1. Kieran Nice Young Chap

        Does it matter? It’s the multiple-times-a-day Two Minutes of Hate.

  4. realPolithicks

    Coveney looks like he should have been a priest or a “christian” brother. I’m picturing Donohoe pulling pints in a pub in a small village somewhere.

  5. memes

    It could be one of those watches that count backwards and predict when you might die.

    Has anyone checked and made sure it’s wound up fully?

  6. Kolmo

    Renton, when he got the job as an estate agent after doing a runner with the cash from that head-case Begbie..

  7. Gabby

    That shiny watch could be a fake Tissot bought from a street vendor in Shanghai, where they sell cheap genuine fakes to eager tourists.

  8. basil brush

    a Tag Heuer Aquaracer. Yours for roughly €2000.00. Reliable and stylish. The watch not the owner.

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