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Van Morrison

This afternoon.

Covid-critic Van Morrison has confirmed a series of reluctantly socially-distanced shows at Belfast’s Europa Hotel on October 29, 30 and 31.

Bernice Burnside writes:

Tickets will be sold in pairs or by tables of eight and the maximum number at each show will be 184 as part of measures to adhere to social distancing legislation in Northern Ireland.

The performance will be preceded by a drinks reception and two-course supper showcasing the best of Northern Ireland produce.

Ticket prices for the first two rows are available at £250 per person, or £2,000 for a table of eight, and all other tickets are £150 per person or £1,200 per table of eight…


Announcing a series of similar gigs in the UK last week, the singer said: “This is not a sign of compliance or acceptance of the current state of affairs, this is to get my band up and running and out of the doldrums.”

He called on fellow artists to “Come forward, stand up, fight the pseudo-science and speak up.”

Tickets here

Previously: It’s Not Too Late To Stop Now


How Galway compares with Budapest, Hungary and Talinn, Estonia – both countries are on the ‘government’s travel-friendly ‘Green (with envy) List’.

Guaranteed rain and the ‘craic’ doesn’t come cheap, you know.

*hits thigh with spoons*

Earlier: Spoilt For Choice

A bumper state-funded salary thread by Ken Foxe, who writes:

The new chief executive of the Land Development Agency: €200,000 per year, provision of a car, health insurance for the candidate and their family, and access to the pension scheme applicable to commercial state body chiefs….

…On the right A salary of €200,000 for the new Project Director of the National Children’s Hospital. This used to be one role but was split into separate posts with a project director and chief officer. Unknown material was redacted by Dept of Public Expenditure & Reform:

On the left a salary of €177,175 per year for the new Chief Officer of the National Children’s Project. This was to reflect the “significant increase in the scale & complexity of the role, the ongoing political, public, and media interest in the project …”…

…Sanction was granted for an increase in the salary of the chief executive of Sport Ireland to €157,000 per year for the final year of the incumbent’s contract. The Dept of Public Expenditure would not comment on why this happened…

…The new head of the National Screening Service is to be given a salary of €161,477 per year. This role has yet to be filled and the competition is ongoing. Dept of Public Expenditure said in future they wanted to be given more notice to make such decisions…

…Sanction was also given for IDA chief executive Martin Shanahan to be reappointed for a five year term with a salary of €187,869 per year. This followed letter from IDA who said the salary had “not been reviewed for some time”…

…the Dept also granted permission for a new head of regulatory affairs at the Health Insurance Authority to be paid a salary at the highest level of the principal officer scale. This is likely a salary of between €101,114 and €107,399…

…Approval for Director of the National Archives to be appointed at a rate of €93,785 per year. Not fully clear if this was the final arrangement and Dept would not provide any further information on it.

Right To Know

Ken Foxe

This morning.

Bernie Finn from Gorey, County Wexford who was  last night named as the overall winner at the annual Unislim Awards in Debenhams.

Judges Triona McCarthy and Fiona Gratzer chose Bernie Finn, of Gorey, Co. Wexford among 12 finalists from across the country a, after losing an incredible 8st 12lb in a year with Unislim.

Bernie, who had  weighed 18 stone 10lbs, said:

“What doesn’t seem like long ago I could hardly walk and I felt so low.”

In fairness.

Wexford woman who could barely walk before losing almost 9st crowned Unislimmer of the Year (The Irish Mirror)

Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland