Ireland’s real coast, mapped

Via Coast Monkey:

Our marine territory extends far beyond our coastline encompassing 880,000 km2 and this huge area is more than 10 times our land mass. The map above shows this enormous area.

This map was developed by a joint venture by the Geological Survey of Ireland and the Marine Institute, and it shows Ireland’s current designated Irish Continental Shelf, which is one of the largest seabed territories in Europe.

The continental shelf is the extension of a State’s territorial waters, where the natural land extends under the sea to the outer edge of the continental margin beyond 200 nautical miles from the coastline baseline.

Well, there goes plans for a second edition of the buke.

Damn you, Coast Monkey.

Ireland’s coast: Through the eyes of the map maker (CoastMonkey)

Earlier: Gas Man, Altogether

Thanks Spaghetti Hoop

Table from a Central Statistics Office report published earlier today

The Central Statistics Office reports:

In the year to May, residential property prices at national level increased by 12.4%. This compares with an increase of 13.5% in the year to April and an increase of 10.9% in the twelve months to May 2017.

In Dublin, residential property prices increased by 10.7% in the year to May. Dublin house prices increased 10.3%. Apartments in Dublin increased 13.5% in the same period. The highest house price growth was in Dublin City, at 14.6%. In contrast, the lowest growth was in South Dublin, where house prices increased 6.6%.

Residential property prices in the Rest of Ireland (i.e. excluding Dublin) were 14.1% higher in the year to May. House prices in the Rest of Ireland increased 13.7% over the period. The Mid-West region showed the greatest price growth, with house prices increasing 22.1%. The Border region showed the least price growth, with house prices increasing 3.7%. Apartment prices in the Rest of Ireland increased 15.5% in the same period.

Overall, the national index is 20.4% lower than its highest level in 2007. Dublin residential property prices are 22.5% lower than their February 2007 peak, while residential property prices in the Rest of Ireland are 25.5% lower than their May 2007 peak.


In the 12 months to May, the median price paid by households for a dwelling on the residential property market was €235,000.

Dublin was the region with the highest median price (€359,000) in the year to May. Of the four administrative areas of Dublin, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown had the highest median price (€528,500). Whereas, Fingal had the lowest median price (€315,000).

Outside Dublin, the highest median prices were in Wicklow (€310,000) and Kildare (€277,250).

The lowest median price for a dwelling was in Longford (€91,000). The next lowest were Leitrim and Roscommon (both €95,000)

Residential Property Price Index May 2018 (CSO)

An aquatic sculpture by artist Jason deCaires Taylor semi submerged in a paradisal coral lagoon in the Maldives (yes, another one).

Guests wade across 150m of shallow water from the nearby resort island of Sirru Fen Fushi to the 6m tall stainless steel cube whose figurative human, plant and coral shapes can be explored above and below the water.

And then everyone goes back to the resort and has a good long think about what just happened.


Archbishop Diarmuid Martin

Kate O’Neill, in The Times Ireland edition, reports:

The archbishop [Diarmuid Martin] said the suggestion that the pontiff would visit a former Magdalene laundry during his visit was just speculation.

“The question of all victims will be looked at. There are victims of institutions, survivors of abuse by priests, Magdalene laundries, the mother and baby homes, we are looking at all of those,” he said.

Pope protesters decried as ‘spoilsports’ (Kate O’Neill, The Times Ireland edition)

Sam Boal/Rollingnews

BETA-MAX – Pleased To Meet You

Following on from their palpably stonking debut Reach High Five last month…

Dublin dance music project’ BETA-MAX’s second single written “in the spirit of this hot Summer”.

Contains: pigeons.


Previously: You May Like THis

A very impressive LEGO Mindstorms bridge-building rig constructed back in 2012 by (presumably off-duty but you’d never know) boffins at the Oslo And Akershus University Of Applied Science.


Bring Your Limericks To Limerick.

And win FIVE HUNDRED euro!

A celebration of humour and bawdiness in anapestic meter.

Part of the Limerick Literary festival, August 24-26.

Lisa and Dominic, of the Limerick Writers Centre, write:

We wanted to reach out to let you know about our limericks competition  [details below]final in Limerick.  The first prize is €500 this year…

…After this year’s event we are going to try to get the final collection of the Limericks published and we will publish some of the performances on YouTube….

Samples welcome below.

This morning.

Pre-Budget Forum, Dublin Castle, Dublin 2


Pic: Michelle Byrne


Minister of State with special responsibility for disabilities, Finian McGrath and  Minister for Employment Affairs Social and Protection, Regina Doherty speaking to the media outside the forum’s main session.



This morning.

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald (centre) met with Britian’s Prime Minister Theresa May (top ) ahead of Ms May giving a speech in Belfast this morning about Brexit.

Ms McDonald spoke to Philip Boucher Hayes on RTÉ Radio One after they met.

From the interview…

Mary Lou McDonald:It seems to me that she has come to Ireland to deliver a speech that really represents picking a fight with Ireland and picking a fight with the EU. I have put it to her that the rhetoric around protecting the Good Friday Agreement, in all of its parts, the rhetoric around preventing any hardening of the border is just that – it’s rhetoric. And it superseded entirely by her instinct, her desire to play to the Brexiteer gallery back in Britain and within he DUP. So it was a firm meeting a very challenging meeting. I said to her, umpteen times and I reiterated it again – a) that Ireland cannot and will not be the collateral damage of the Tory/Brexit. I have to tell you Philip I came away from that meeting with no sense of reassurance…

Philip Boucher Hayes: “Let’s break it down bit by bit Mary Lou. What was her reaction to your suggestion that Britain was picking a fight with Ireland?”

Mary Lou McDonald: “Of course she rejects that. I think you will see and you will hear when the, when her speech is delivered shortly that it is very much posited as a Unionist speech. I mean, there’s no great surprise in that. Theresa May is a Unionist and that’s fair enough.

“But she is particularly tone deaf to politics here in this part of Ireland. She doesn’t seem to have any deep appreciation of the fact that some 50% of the population would not ascribe to themselves the definition or the identity of Unionist. She seems to have only a very superficial understanding that the north of Ireland is a place apart…this place isn’t as British essentially, things are different here. And Ireland, the island, the North, in particular, but the island as a whole, because of the particularities here, requires a bespoke solution and absolutely needs a worst case scenario contingency plan – the backstop as it’s called…”

Listen back in full here

Pic: Paul Reilly



David Blevins (Sky News): “Prime Minister, you said the EU backstop would be a breach of the Good Friday Agreement because the majority of people here wish to remain in the UK. But the majority of people here have also voted to remain in the EU. So are you not now in breach of the Good Friday Agreement?”

Theresa May: “I think, if we look at what happened in the referendum. A decision was taken that, across the United Kingdom, people would be asked their view on whether or not to leave the European Union. And parliament said and Government said that it would accept that collective view that was taken across the United Kingdom and that is exactly what we are doing. And within the UK there were different votes in different parts of the UK but, overall, the result was that people wanted to leave the EU and we’re delivering on that and I believe that it’s an important part of our, of people’s trust in politics, given that parliament said it was the overall choice of the people of the UK, that we respect that overall choice that they took.”