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By ‘popular’ demand. A lovingly-compiled slideshow of our favourite things that look like Ireland sent in the past year. Think of it as a coffee table book in digital form. You’re most welcome.

Thanks to:

Mince pie (Therese O’Donoghue) Moss found in New Hampshire, USA (Noirin Ni Earcain) Damaged plasterwork, Siena, Italy (Margaret Lyons) Puddle (Dermot Donovan) Green ‘Gummi’ Bear (Sean Mullen) ‘Time Team’ on Channel 4 (Michelle Bond) Sawdust (Diarmaid Frain) Dublin City Bikes map (Simon Free) McNugget (unknown) Fake Hollywood Burn Prosthesis from Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen (Alan O’Sullivan) Pothole in Culebra, off the Caribbean Island of Puerto Rico (Diarmiuid Brophy) Stone (Lahcen Campbell) Tree from the Electric Picnic 2008 (Ruairi Carroll) Empty pack of Camel Lights (Kenneth Wilson) Graze on a five-year-old’s knee (Charanga) Bruise on an apple (Bob Lewis) King crisp (Andrew Moore) Cloud above Manhatten (Joe and Tina Buggy) Beer top foil (Naomi Kelly) Soup (Fionn Kidney) Hedge, West Cork (Diarmaid Frain).
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Taken yesterday in the Hugh Lane Gallery in Dublin.

We don’t know much about art.

But we have always trusted oil companies to tell us what’s what

Here then are some of the 21 winners of the this year’s Texaco Children’s Art Competition.

Now in its 57th year.

Which also happens to be Chompsky’s age in badly drawn dog years.

Gallery: 1. Shania McDonagh (13) from Mayo, winner (12 to 13 years) for her piece ‘Bill’. 2. Fionnan Henry (8) from Athlone, 2nd place (7 to 8 years) for his piece ‘Bird’s Nest’ 3. Bryna Molloy (15) from Mayo, 1st place (14 to 15 years) for her piece ‘Despair’. 4. Olivia Cure (6) from  Co Galway, 1st place (6 years and under) for her work ‘Rosie Whiskers’ (with her muse Rosie Whiskers). 5. Kerry Grimes (8) from Monaghan, 1st place (7 and 8 years) for her work ‘Flower Power’. 6. Juliette Morrison (13) from Louth , 2nd place (12 to 13 years) for her work ‘Raining Men’. 7. Keith Blake (18) from Tipperary, who won 1st place over all and 1st place (16 to 18 years) for his work ‘A Warm Place’. 8. Maire-Clare Doran (18) from Down, 2nd place (16 to 18 years) for her piece ‘The Lovely Lilly’. 9. Oenone Stafford (17) from Wexford, 3rd place in Category A (16 to 18 years) for her piece ‘Arklow Harbour’.
(Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland)



Salma Elbouzari, age 2,  and her father Seid  joined members of Ireland’s Libyan community in Dublin today to present letters to the Department of Foreign Affairs and the European Union House on Dawson Street, protesting against their country’s ruler Muammar Gadaffi and the bloodshed he has unleashed in Benghazi and Tripoli.

(Photocall Ireland)

Libya: Journalist Prepare For ‘Floodgates To Open’ (Guardian)



Members of the USI this afternoon outside the Dail.

It was like Tahrir Square.

If the Egyptian protestors, rather than fighting for democracy, were demonstrating for the retention of Irish as a compulsory subject in the Leaving Certificate.

Conas a tú tá.

You can say that again.

(Photocall Ireland)



A total of 48 people died in the fire that engulfed the Stardust nightclub in Artane in the early hours of February 14, 1981.

Photographer Eamon Farrell captured these rare colour images (black and white photography being the standard for press work at the time) in the aftermath of the tragedy.

The gallery, which includes scenes from outside the city morgue, begins in the RDS, as news of what has happened reaches delegates attending the Fianna Fail Ard Fheis.

Stardust Group Steps Up Campaign For Justice On Disaster’s 30th Anniversary (Irish Times)

Prime Time Special On the 20th Anniversary (2001): Watch here

(Photocall Ireland)