42 thoughts on “De Monday Papers

  1. The Observer

    I bet there are no direct quotes from Leo Varadkar to ANY journalist in any of those papers. Instead we will have to wait until Barry Egan next Sunday. Leo is giving him a story and quote a week and is available to him. So, We now have a Taoiseach who gives complete weekly access to a gossip journalist who won’t ask hard hitting political questions. Nice one. Perhaps Fionnan Sheehan needs to pass on the political questions to Sunday’s Egan. Whoever the editor of the Irish Times is could do the same for non press conference answers.

    1. rotide

      Like the swathes of people here that predicted a McGregor win? Not like anyone was fooled by PR there.

  2. Charger Salmons

    ” A winner even in defeat ”
    Yup,my prediction was right.
    Prepare for a hero’s return to Dumpland by McTurnip,yet another Irish sportsperson celebrated for losing.
    And hardly ever a mention in the media for one of Ireland’s most successful sporting exports the England ODI cricket captain Eoin Morgan.

    1. classter

      Yup, ’cause he’s the English captain. He could play for Ireland if he chose to.

      It is his prerogative and it is even understandable but you hardly expect fulsome praise for it, do you?

      Anyhow, I’m not sure that McGregor has ever been celebrated in Ireland (or elsewhere) purely as a sportsman, but more as some hybrid of a sportsman/entertainer. The winner, I suspect, is being used to refer to the fact that he earned prob over 100m this year. How many other Irish businessmen or other did that this year?

        1. mildred st. meadowlark

          I’d say a better reason to admire McGregor is that a bit less than 5 years ago he was on the dole with few prospects for himself, and he has turned his life around entirely. And it’s down to his hard work and his drive. I mean the money thing is great too, but I think it’s how he has managed to achieve what he has that’s so remarkable.

          That’s why I don’t get how people can be so dismissive of someone who has made a success of themselves, based on hard work and dedication.

          1. A snowflake's chance in hell

            No it isn’t.

            It’s because he’s a willing fool to play the clown prince and stage Irishman and stand up on a stage and get slapped a bit rough for idiots to cheer.

            He’s not even that good a clown (witness his moronic comment about someone who wants a ‘knock’) but in these boring days he will get a few airings on Twitter or whatever

          2. mildred st. meadowlark

            Spoken with all the certainty of someone who has no idea about MMA/UFC.

            And if you wish to knock his success because it apparently caters to ‘rough idiots’, go right ahead. I’ll admire his savvy, as a fighter, as a showman and as a businessman.

    2. Papi

      I wonder who hurt Charger so very much. The chip is staggeringly heavy for the poor chap. Daily life must be insufferable.

      1. Brother Barnabas

        Rumour has it that a Leitrim lad shifted his girlfriend when he was 16. Still hurts.

    3. Joe cool

      I’m not his biggest fan. But they kid has achieved things. lots of things. 5 years ago he was on the dole, now he’s in mega fights for 100 million and is champion of the world. Boy deserves credit

  3. Charger Salmons

    Morgan originally went to England to play Test cricket.Ireland does not have a Test team.
    He also went to play regularly against the best teams in the world.Ireland plays regularly and loses to Afghanistan and Scotland.
    He also plays at the highest level in individual team competitions around the world such as the Indian Premier League.
    By any definition Morgan is an outstanding Irish sportsman yet barely gets mentioned.
    It’s because his sport is that English game.
    Classic Irish myopism at its best.

    1. Yep

      Ohhhhh! The Indian Premier League!

      Even when Ireland did well, that time, in that place, the bandwagon jumping was to a minimum. People just don’t enjoy watching it.

      I can see you now, an 8 year old running up to the field all smiles trying to convince people to play with your new cricket set. Only to be laughed at and then have your stumps stolen for goalposts.

      People like things. Other people like other things.

      1. Shayna

        I’m not sure what was up with Tyrone. It was a poor display against the Dubs. Tyrone were so stand-offish, it was embarrassing to watch. Anyhoos, good luck to the Dubs against Mayo.

          1. Spaghetti Hoop


            Tyrone insulted the entire association breaking the parade like that. At play they were no match to the Dubs. It wasn’t an equal fight.

        1. Frilly Keane

          Are you serious?

          Did you not see what the rest of the country saw?

          Tyrone went in to play their Nordie defence game and no matter how handy they are a blocking, man marking, pulling n’dragging
          And no amount of prayers
          Could out run or out jump a high ball sailing over

          Dublin kept ye away from that ball yesterday

          By keeping it out of yere reach
          And that’s all they did

          Compare the hand pass stats
          In the 1st half alone ye were sub 50 while the Dubs were well inta the 200s

          It must have been an atheist ball
          It wouldn’t go near ye

          And make no mistake Shayna
          That score line flattered ye

          1. Shayna

            I have to concede Frilly, Tyrone weren’t up to it, but they seemed under-powered. I really thought they were up to it.
            I think Declan McClure who was introduced at half-time (he’s from my club, Clonoe O’Rahillys) should have started. It was too llttle, too late
            By the way, I do hate the term ‘Nordie’.

          2. Brother Barnabas

            you’re oddly singular in your perspectives, shayna

            I wouldn’t care much for the term ‘nordie’, but you refer to Dublin in pejorative tones constantly. I suspect you don’t even realise it – all part of the provincial mindset. it’s embarrassing – or should be.

          3. Frilly Keane

            Its as Joe Kernan regularly said

            “yis are all ah’ginst us”

            “we don’t git enough ray’spect”

          4. Brother Barnabas

            is that to me, frillz?

            if so, I’m not whingeing about anything. but fact is – this is Dublin’s era and we’re by far the best team around right now.

            just as it was Cork’s time late 80s/early 90s, Kerry’s time for most of the 00s (and the late 70s/early 80s before). And Tyrone has their time too around 10 years ago.

            It’ll pass for sure – always does. But, as of now, that’s how it is.

            The “I don’t understand what happened… Tyrone didn’t perform” is b0ll0cks. Tyrone performed as well as they were let – utterly outclassed. Hadn’t a chance.

          5. Frilly Keane

            that was for Shayna Brudder

            although it has to be said
            that Dublin panel has to be the best 21 ever
            I don’t even think Smigs side would have managed them yesterday

  4. Shayna

    @ Brother, thank-you for highlighting my mind-set. I was born in Stillorgan. I’m merely a person who offers opinion on my adopted county. I have accepted lots of things in my life, but calling me, provincial, it’s a tad upsetting.
    Perhaps, I’m not as thick-skinned as other types, but, Adieu!

    1. Brother Barnabas

      sorry to have upset you, shayna, but the constant anti-Dublin thing – and the use of pejorative terms when referring even benignly to Dubliners – is indicative of a provincial mindset. as the kids say, you’d wanna get over it already.

  5. The Bottler

    Has any public sector person engaged in the area of fire safety/building regulations ever been asked what they have been doing for the past fifteen years?

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