Author Archives: Aaron McAllorum


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 (

Undisputed Lightweight Boxing Champion of the World Katie Taylor asks during a press conference (with her manager Brian Peters, top) if Sports Minister Shane Ross – a lurking, photo-hungry presence at her arrival at Dublin Airport on Tuesday – is still behind her.

Previously: Give Him A Belt

This afternoon.

Ahead of WBO, IBF and WBA world lightweight champion Katie Taylor’s fight to take Delfine Persoon’s WBC title at Madison Square Garden tomorrow night….

Two weight word champion Carl Frampton on sparring with Katie and getting outboxed.


Katie Taylor v Delfine Persoon: ‘This might just be the women’s boxing match we have waited for’ (BBC)