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This morning.

Rick O’Shea, whose Book Club currently has 28,000 members and who starts as the new presenter of the RTÉ Radio 1 Book Show on December 8, writes:

Last year The Rick O’Shea Book Club Christmas Appeal raised over €51,000 in aid of the Peter McVerry Trust’s work helping those who need the most help in the middle of Ireland’s homelessness crisis.

Sadly Ireland’s homelessness crisis hasn’t improved in the intervening 12 months.

This year I want us to raise even more so here’s what you can do:Donate the price of an average second hand book – €5.

We start now and the appeal closes on New Year’s Eve.

Donate here

The Rick O’Shea Book Club

A week ago, on Monday, November 12, RTÉ Gold presenter Rick O’Shea asked members of his book club to donate the price of a cheap paperback book, €5, to housing and homeless charity, the Peter McVerry Trust.

Since then, €13,300 has been raised for the charity.

Now he’s calling on corporations and companies to contribute, saying:

“I’d love companies and corporates to consider giving a tiny something at this time of year on top of all of the members of the public digging deep. Your fiver will make such a difference to the number of people they can help on cold, dark Irish streets this Christmas.”

Anyone who wishes can donate here

Thanks Yvonne Judge



From top: Savoy 1 cinema, Dublin 1 and Rick O’Shea

2fm broadcaster Rick O’Shea writes:

I Was told yesterday by someone in the know that the glorious Savoy 1, the largest cinema screen left in the country, is being closed and subdivided into smaller screens.

Trying to confirm with them, they’ve been a bit evasive on Twitter, but if it’s true it will be a sad day in the history of Irish cinema-going.

The screen that held almost 2,500 in the 1920s, holds 800 today with still that glorious giant set of red curtains that peel open before the film starts, and has been the location of pretty much every Irish movie premiere for decades will be chopped up into little ones in the coming months.

I’m not blaming the owners, this is obviously to make money to keep their heads above water in a competitive business, but to see the screen in which I saw my first James Bond movie, Superman, Silence Of The Lambs and hundreds since – and the place where I introduced Star Trek, almost every Marvel movie and many others – divided up will be as sad as the day the Adelphi [Middle Abbey Street, Dublin 1] closed.

The less big the screens are, the less I want to go to them.

Yeah, there’s an element of the Clerys/ Bewley’s paradox at work here.

Be honest with me – when was the last time you went into a movie at Savoy 1?

Still, it’s the last of the truly great old big screens left…


Previously: Meanwhile, Close To Clerys