Author Archives: Aaron McAllorum

Stop that.

For pity’s sake.

Absurd handbaggery before a ball is thrown in the Mayo Vs Kerry (in gold) match yesterday at Croke Park.

No cards?


During a press conference in Wimbledon yesterday, after British tennis player Johanna Konta (top right) lost her quarter final match to Czech Republic’s Barbora Strycova 7-6 6-1, Ms Konta asked a male journalist to stop patronising her (above at 3.30).

On RTÉ’s Morning Ireland earlier, during a sports segment presented by John Murray (top left), in which the above clip was played, Mr Murray spoke with show presenter Maggie Doyle about the exchange…

Maggie Doyle: “It was a bit patronising, John.

John Murray: “Yes… it was… but he did point out that she had something like 33 unforced errors…”

Doyle: “Yeah but the way he said it like, I mean ‘do you not want to go on an win?’ Well, ‘yeah, here I am, sitting, you know, in Wimbledon, of course I want to win’ is what she was kind of saying I think.”

Murray: “So you’re with Johanna?”

Doyle: “Of course I am.”

Murray: “All right, OK. Anyway, the men’s quarter finals…”

New balls.

Johanna Konta angry at ‘patronising’ questions after crushing loss to Strycova (The Guardian)

Listen back here

This afternoon.

The Irish Open, Lahinch, County Clare.

Via Extinction Rebellion Ireland:

Members of Extinction Rebellion Clare who disrupted the first day of the Irish Open golf tournament in Lahinch today  say they wanted to appeal to its global TV audience to demand urgent action by the world’s governments to prevent a climate catastrophe.

At 1:20 pm, just as Shane Lowry was approaching the 18th green, the Clare-based climate activists unfurled a huge banner that read, “Game Over: Climate Action Now!”

Aisling Wheeler of Extinction Rebellion Clare said:

“We disrupted the golf event for a few moments to draw attention to the unimaginable disruption to our world that is threatened due to climate breakdown. If governments do not take radical action very quickly, the result will be catastrophic extreme weather events, drought and food shortages, from which Ireland will not be spared.”

She added:

“This action is not anti-golf. We expect real golf lovers to understand. Some of the best golf courses are by the coast, so golf is the sport most threatened by climate breakdown. And golfers love the outdoors.”



The Curragh Racecourse, County Kildare.

Scenes from the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby where the well-heeled and interestingly-hatted great and good and not so good gathered.

From top: Sinead El Sibai, Bairbre Power, Lorraine Keane and Breeda Mcloughlin; Marry Mitchell O’Connor and Sultan Mohamed Al Ali; Colm McLoughlin, Executive Vice Chairman and CEO of Dubai Duty Free and wife Breeda McLoughlin; Mairead Ronan and Louis Ronan; former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern (left) and Pat Breen; Frances Fitzgerald MEP (left) and Audrey Cunningham.

Good times.



In October 2001, the GAA threatened legal action with the makers of GI (Gay Ireland) accusing the magazine of ‘bringing the association into disrepute’ over the use of county jerseys [Kerry, Dublin, Cork, Galway, Kilkenny and Mayo] in chap-on-chap billboard snogs.

18 years later…


The GAA licences official Gay Pride county jerseys.

Good times.

Hon Mayo.

GAA’s involvement in Dublin Pride ‘isn’t just a token gesture’ (Sky News)


Staying in tonight?

RTÉ Investigates – Greyhounds, Running for Their Lives.

Via RTÉ:

The Irish Greyhound Board paid consultancy firm Preferred Results Ltd €115,000 to prepare a business analysis report in 2017.

It stated that 16,000 greyhounds are born each year, of which 5,987 are killed because they fail to make qualification times or their performance declines.

The report estimated 1000% more pups are bred than racing actually needs.

It proposed comprehensive reforms which were not adopted by the IGB.

Across the country RTÉ Investigates looked for evidence of what happened the unwanted dogs.

30 licensed knackeries in Ireland were contacted and – half of them, 15, said they would kill greyhounds for prices ranging from €10 to €35 each….

RTÉ Investigates – Greyhounds, Running for Their Lives at 9.35pm on RTÉ One.

Pic: RTÉ

Michel Platini (left) and John Delaney at the Aviva in 2015

Platini arrested amid probe into awarding of 2022 World Cup to Qatar (RTÉ)

Previously: Delaney Backs Platini To Succeed Blatter

Pic Uefa

This afternoon.

Maynooth, County Kildare.

Wexford hurling star Lee Chin at the launch of a fundraiser in aid of Lee’s local club, Faythe Harriers, offering a 3-bedroom, semi-detached home in Carton Wood.

The house, which is currently under construction and is due for completion in October 2019 is valued at €405,000. Tickets are priced at €100 each and can be purchased here

A hot hurler.

Who knew?

Frilly possibly.

Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland



We would encourage anyone attending the @KatieTaylor homecoming this evening to get to #Bray as early as possible and soak up the atmosphere…. there’s live music from 6:30 pm #GoKatie #KatieTaylorHomecomingBray

— (@bray_ie) June 7, 2019

This evening.

All welcome.

Except the Da’.

And Ross.

And eoin probably.


Katie Taylor’s Homecoming (