Author Archives: Aaron McAllorum

Blackrock College at last year’s Leinster Senior Schools Rugby Final

This morning.

Via The Irish Times:

After recent matches in the competition the Leinster branch of the Irish Rugby Football Union issued a letter to schools warning about drinking and anti-social behaviour involving past pupils, as well as derogatory name-calling from the stands.

…former international referee Owen Doyle described his disgust at what he saw on the stands during school matches.

He said there were chants from some groups of supporters, such as “your father works for my father” and “we pay fees”, and verbal abuse of volunteer match officials and schoolboy players on the pitch.

…the Spiritans – founders of Blackrock College, St Michael’s College on Merrion Road, St Mary’s College in Rathmines and Templeogue College in Dublin – said its school communities were “united in a commitment to holistic education underpinned by strong core values”.


Anti-social chants bringing sour note to schools rugby (Carl O’Brien, Irish Times)

Pic: Shutterstock

Thanks LG

Roy Keane

On The Late Late Show.

Jennifer O’Brien writes:

Roy Keane makes his eagerly anticipated return for an exclusive sit down chat with Ryan Tubridy. Roy’s companion will be an adorable Labrador puppy in training for Irish Guide Dogs….

In honour of Care Day, the world’s biggest celebration of children and young people with care experience, we will visit the remarkable stories of Ireland’s young people in foster care …

Following the tragic death of Love Island presenter Caroline Flack last weekend, RTÉ 2FM and Love Island Australia star Eoghan McDermott, will reflect on the woman he knew…

The Great House Revival presenter and architect Hugh Wallace will be here to give his radical solutions for Ireland’s housing crisis…

We’ll be taking a look at some rare and exclusive rock memorabilia with music historian Jeff Nolan.

Choice Music Prize nominee Mick Flannery will be in studio for a very special performance of single, Baby Talk, with Susan O’Neill.

Singer Lisa McHugh will perform her new single, The Scandal.

The Late Late Show on RTÉ One at 9.35pm.


Irish Rugby coach Andy Farrell announced the Irish squad (top pic) when Ireland faces England this Sunday in Twickenham for the Six Nations.

Ireland name unchanged side as Caelan Doris starts from the bench (RTÉ)




Ireland Team Named For Twickenham (Irish Rugby)

Bohemian FC 2020 away jersey, in new partnership with Amnesty International Ireland


If only we had a mad lad chancer with an in at FIFA.

Earlier: ‘Refugees Welcome’: Bohemians team up with Amnesty for new away kit

This morning.

On Cork’s 96FM Opinion Line with PJ Coogan.

Deirdre O’Shaughnessy writes:

Glanmire native Conor O’Keeffe has battled depression and says he feels like a weight has been lifted during his recovery.

Now he will attempt the impossible by running 32 marathons in 32 counties… in 32 days.

He’s also going to carry 32 pound weights on his back and remove one per day as a symbol of how he overcame his situation….

In fairness.


Conor O’Keefe

From top: Yesterday’s Irish Mail on Sunday; Ryan Tubridy (left) interviewing Pat Spillane in June 2019; Michael Ring, Minister for Rural and Community Development; his request for details of Pat Spillane’s RTE pay.


In the Irish Mail on Sunday,

Journalist Ken Foxe, of RightToKnowIE, revealed  Minister Michael Ring used Freedom of Information to try and find out how much GAA analyst Pat Spillane had been paid by RTÉ.

The request came four days after Mr Spillane had criticised Mr Ring and the Fine Gael government on The Late Late Show.

Mr Spillane said Mr Ring was ‘handing out grants’ rather than regenerating rural Ireland

He told host Ryan Tubridy::

“Grants are great, but grants are short term, sticking-plaster solutions and they are political … throwing meat to the lions.

These projects are not about people … Rural development has to be people-centred and people-driven. The minister is getting very bad advice. They have to bring jobs to rural Ireland.”

Ken Foxe writes:

When I first tried to find out the identity of the TD who made the request, RTÉ refused to release it saying they considered that it constituted the “private papers” of the Oireachtas member. This is the exemption famously used to hide politicians’ expenses:

Interestingly, RTÉ said they had contacted the person in question to establish if they sought the records “as part of their work as a TD or as part of their work in an FOI’able body” e.g. a government department.

The TD said it was “sought as part of their role as a TD”

This was despite the fact that Mr Spillane worked directly for Minister Ring’s department. Mr Spillane was also in direct contact with Mr Ring in his role as rural ambassador.

Through RightToKnowIE, we appealed RTÉ’s decision and after internal review their decision was overturned

Going back to request itself, I asked Mr Ring about assertion this was done in his capacity as a TD, rather than in his capacity as a minister.

The “private papers” exemption could not have applied if request was made as a minister. His spokesman said he would not be commenting.

Notable that he also sought for the information to be “relayed … as a matter of urgency”.

He did not get what he was looking for however, as the salary/expenses and so on are considered “personal information” and the request was refused.


Michael Ring pic: Rollingnews

This morning.

Knocklyon, Dublin 16

Fianna Fáil party leader Micheál Martin playing basketball in St Colmcille’s Community School as he begins a day of canvassing for General Election 2020 in the Dublin South West constituency.

It’s not a caption competition unless you insist.

Leah Farrell/RollingNews