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US President Donald Trump’s proposed  military parade could cost $92m

The boys at the Pentagon say
That there’s going to be a delay
Before Trump’s parade
As they were dismayed
At the huge price they will have to pay

John Moynes

Pic: Reuters

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Broadsheet on the Telly returns ton ight at 10pm streaming LIVE above and on our YouTube channel.

Join our panel of old friends, surprise guests and startled pets as we devour the news from home and ‘abroad;.

Topics will include the Pope’s visit, Summerhill Occupation, George Gibney, Gemma O’Doherty and the ‘Change Makers’.

Strong language expected.


Previously: Broadsheet on the Telly

Number 12: Dublin 1660 -1860: The Shaping of a City by Maurice Craig

Selected by: Stan

First Published: 1952, revised 1969, numerous reissues since, most recently a hardback special edition by the Liberties Press in 2009.

Why? “Ostensibly an architectural history of Dublin, it is in fact, a biography of the place, a city that emerges as a capricious and moody character, prone to fits of near catatonic depression and withdrawal, interspersed with periods of manic growth and energy.”

It Stays with You:
“If you spend enough time with it, it teaches you to see the city as Craig did, not as a statically glorious monument to a ragged Georgian peak, but as a constantly re-written text. Though he wrote it at a time when that heritage was beginning to be appreciated, he was neither a snob or a reactionary. He understood the city as a site of struggle throughout – inside and outside the walls, north and south sides, catholic and protestant, and as a stage for a constantly changing population of immigrants.”

Legacy: “More than anything, it reminds you that the boom and bust cycle of the last few decades seems to be written into the DNA of Dublin: the ‘magnificent’ Georgian Squares were thrown up by less than scrupulous speculators who would have been perfectly at home during the Tiger years, and the time during which Dublin briefly swelled into one of Europe’s biggest cities before falling into a near 150 year decline reads like a pre-figuring echo of more recent vanities.”

Availability: Out of stock; Available at Amazon and eBay and in some library branches nationwide (list here).


Damien Shiels
Emily O’Reilly
Graham Howard
David Flanagan
Maura ‘Soshin’ O’Halloran
Kevin C Kearns
Ed Moloney
Gene Kerrigan
Bobby Sands
George O’Brien
Eamonn Sweeney
Terence Patrick Dolan

Great-Irish Non-Fiction’ is a reading list of 100 books chosen by YOU and highlighted over the coming weeks. If you would like to include a favourite leave your suggestion below.

Historian and activist Catherine Corless at the site of the mass grave at the former Tuam Mother and Baby Home in Tuam, County Galway

Survivors and relatives of infants from the Tuam mother and babies home are planning a peaceful vigil in Co Galway to coincide with the papal Mass [on Sunday, August 26] in Dublin’s Phoenix Park.

….Ms [Catherine] Corless and members of the Tuam Babies Family Group will light candles and place a special sculpture made by Flemish women in the shape of a baptismal font at the grave site of the former Bon Secours home.

Tuam mother and baby home survivors to hold vigil during pope’s visit (Irish Times)


IBF World Super Bantamweight champion TJ ‘The Power’ Doheny, 

Tokyo, Japan.

TJ Doheny is the new IBF World Super Bantamweight champion after outpointing Japan’s Ryosuke Iwasa in a unanimous decision at the Korakuen Hall in Tokyo.

Ryosuke was making his second defence of a belt once held by Carl Frampton and started well in the face of intense pressure, inflicting a deep cut under Doheny’s eye by the end of the second round.

…The Portlaoise southpaw took control from midway through the 12-round contest, however, repeatedly landing his jab and a succession of body shots.

In fairness.

TJ Doheny becomes world champion in Tokyo (RTÉ)


Ah here.

This afternoon.

Grafton Street, Dublin 2

Model Isabelle Traber with  Charlie Rafter (above left) and Hannah O Brien (top right) opening  The Christmas Shop at Brown Thomas – 130 days until Christmas,


Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

Previously: Oh. Christmas Tree

Cardinal Donald Wuerl who will be a keynote speaker at the World Meeting of Families in Dublin later this month

I note the statement by Cardinal Donald Wuerl, following the revelation that hundreds of priests had sexually abused thousands of children in Pennsylvania, that he had “acted with diligence, with concern for the victims and to prevent future acts of abuse”.

With all his years of training, education and life experience, could the cardinal not figure out that the best way to stop a paedophile re-offending was to lock him up?

Anthony O’Leary,
Co Dublin.

Child sex abuse by priests in Pennsylvania (Irish Times)

Yesterday: Over 1,000 Children Targeted By Predator Priests

Pic: Church Militant

From top: group photo; Claire Byrne, Jennifer Zamperelli, Ryan Tubridy; (l-r) Zainab Boladale, Keelin Shanley and Caitriona Perry; Brendan Courteny and his mother Nuala; (l-r) Kathryn Thomas, Jenny Dixon, Anna Geary; group photo; group photo; (l-r) Ryan Tubridy, Kathryn Thomas, Nicky Byrne, Ray D’Arcy, Tommy Tiernan, Joanne Cantwell, and Brendan O Connor.

This morning.

Montrose, Donnybrook, Dublin 4

RTÉ announced its Autumn and New Year schedule in  comedy, drama, documentary and lifestyle programming.

To wit:


Taken Down – ‘A detective investigates the violent death of a young Nigerian immigrant found abandoned close to a Direct Provision Centre. From the team behind Love/Hate including writer Stuart Carolan plus best-selling novelist Jo Spain and starring Aissa Maiga, Lynn Rafferty, Orla Fitzgerald and Brian Gleeson.’

Resistance – ‘Continuing the story of Ireland’s violent birth. The War of Independence rages on and everyone is fighting for their lives, and for the future. Starring Brian Gleeson, Simone Kirby and Natasha O’Keeffe.’

Death and Nightingales – ‘The story of one young woman’s struggle to control her own destiny in Northern Ireland in the 1880s. A BBC production in association with RTÉ and starring Ann Skelly, Matthew Rhys and Jamie Dornan.’

Mother’s Day – ‘The story of two mothers on either side of the Irish Sea for whom the Warrington Bombing had a profound, life-changing impact. Starring Vicky McClure, Anna Maxwell Martin, Daniel Mays and David Wilmot. A BBC production in association with RTÉ.’

Doing Money – ‘The true story of Ana, snatched from the streets of London and put into sex slavery in Ireland. Stars Karen Hassan (The Fall) and Alex Secareanu (God’s Own Country). A BBC production in association with RTÉ.’


Finding Joy – ‘Written by and starring Amy Huberman as Joy, a woman who finds herself thrust into the limelight as she tries to get over a break-up. Also starring Aisling Bea, Laura Whitmore and Jennifer Rainsford.’

Women on the Verge – ‘Darkly comic tale about three friends whose lives are going in the wrong direction. Written by Sharon Horgan and Lorna Martin and starring Horgan, Kerry Condon, Eileen Walsh and Nina Sosanya. Co-produced by UKTV and RTÉ.’

Podge and Rodge – ‘Ballydung Manor is flinging open its doors again for celebrity roasting and scorching music acts. New co-host Doireann Garrihy joins the lads this year and may not know quite what she’s letting herself in for…’


Who Do You Think You Are? – Bertie Ahern, Laura Whitmore, Damien Dempsey, Adrian Dunbar, Pat Shortt and Samantha Power explore their roots in a new six-part series.

Brendan O’Carroll’s Britain – ‘The Mrs Brown’s Boys star explores the historic, sometimes turbulent bonds, between Ireland and Britain, the influence of the Irish on Britain and how Brexit is affecting their identity.’

Citizen Lane – ‘Feature length docudrama written by Mark O’Halloran and starring Tom Vaughan-Lawlor as Sir Hugh Lane, one of Ireland’s greatest philanthropists.’

Blue Diamond – One Love – ‘Following a group of drama students with intellectual disabilities as they form their own touring stage company.’

Cosáin Cheol – ‘Documentary exploring the modernisation of traditional music on the Irish and Scottish scenes over the past 60 years.’

Street Art – ‘Examining the explosion of urban art throughout Ireland, meeting some of the most engaging, vibrant and visible artists and cultural commentators in the country right now.’

Great Lighthouses of Ireland -‘Captains, weather forecasters, scientists and historians and most crucially the keepers, attendants and their families tell the tales of these bastions of the Irish coastline.’

Shooting the Darkness – ‘A film about the men who unwittingly became war photographers when the streets of their own town in Northern Ireland became battlefields in The Troubles.’

Féile – An Turas go Tipp! – ‘Irish language documentary celebrating the early 90s music festival that holds a special place in the hearts of a generation of Irish people.’

Orla Tinsley –’Documentary following Irish campaigner and journalist Orla Tinsley as she awaits a life saving double lung transplant in the US.’

Philly McMahon – The Hardest Hit – ‘Drawing from personal experience the Dublin footballer explores the underbelly of illicit drug use in Ireland and makes the case for decriminalisation in Ireland.’

Whistleblower – ‘Following publication of the report of the Disclosures Tribunal, Katie Hannon will present an in-depth documentary on the events leading up to the establishment of this unprecedented public inquiry and the inside story of the Tribunal itself.’

Vogue – ‘Vogue Williams is back with three new shows exploring the life of Instagrammers, trial by social media and whether monogamy has a future.’

Dearbhail McDonald: Fertility Shock – ‘Exploring how Irish people are leaving it later to have babies and how fewer children combined with an ageing population is a demographic time-bomb.’

Stephen Byrne – Leaving Again  ‘Broadcaster Stephen Byrne destroyed his Leaving Cert results before finding out how he did. Now he’s doing the unthinkable and sitting the exam all over again.’

Brendan Grace – Funny Man – ‘Revealing portrait celebrating the life and career of one of Ireland’s most popular and enduring comedians.’

Growing Old Live – ‘Ireland’s top researchers and scientists reveal the mysteries of the human life span from 0 to 100, live in front of a studio audience over three nights.’

War of Independence

The Irish Revolution – ‘A three-part landmark documentary bringing a fresh perspective on a period that changed Ireland forever. Narrated by Cillian Murphy.’

Life Before Independence
– ‘Presented by Catriona Crowe, documents what everyday life was like for the ordinary citizens living during that extraordinary period in our history.’

Keepers of the Flame – ‘Emmy winner Nuala O’Connor tells the story of generations dealing with the consequences of war and civil war.’


RTÉ launches first-rate new autumn season (RTÉ)