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Yesterday.

Tulllamore, County Offaly

Terrifying Presidential hopeful Gavin Duffy and his wife Orlaith Carmody Duffy campaigning for the Presidency at the Tullamore Show.

Previously: Man Of The People

Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

Meanwhile…

Drogheda, County Louth

Ah here.

Many people believe it’s in bad taste’ – Presidential hopeful Gavin Duffy receives backlash over Fleadh posters (Independent.ie)

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RíRáIrish hip-hop legend lasts the test of time

What you may need to know…

01. One of the founding fathers of Irish hip-hop, Tullamore man RíRá helped lay the foundations for our homegrown beat game as part of Scary Éire, alongside DJ Mek, Dada Sloosh and Mr. Browne.

02. He’s been more than active since Scary Éire’s initial album-shelving-induced disbandment, with a string of singles, extended-plays and LPs, all self-released. In addition, he’s had countless features on Irish hip-hop releases, most recently of note, his collab with Waterford’s Nylon Primate.

03. Streaming above is the visual for new single Still Around, released on Monday, created and edited by Cras Cassidy.

04. Available for download and streaming now from Bandcamp and iTunes Music Store, if that’s more your bag.

Thoughts: One of the true “lifers” of Irish independent music affirms his commitment to doing things his way, waxing philosophical in his distinctive gritty tones.

RíRá

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From top: Tullamore town, County Offaly; Homeless activist Ken Smollen’s Facebook message

Named locally as Conor O’Hagan, who originally hails from Clonakilty in Cork, he was “hospitalised recently due to the effects of sleeping outdoors and has passed away this evening,” Smollen said. “May he rest in peace,” Smollen said. The cause of his death is not yet known.

Ken Smollen recalled his interaction with the young man in Tullamore: “I only spoke to him once when I gave him a sleeping bag and some food. A number of people tried to help him on numerous occasions, and as far as I’m aware he has been in Tullamore for about 5 months,” he told the Offaly Express.

“He could be seen regularly on the bridge over the river and beside the Bridge House or in other locations on William Street. The last time I saw him he was busking outside the AIB. I know that he was hospitalised about 2 months ago. I haven’t personally seen him on the streets since that,” Smollen added.

UPDATED: Homeless man dies in Tullamore (Offaly Express)

Ken Smollen (Facebook)

Top pic: Millhouse.ie

 

The Castlepalooza music and arts in Charleville, Tullamore Co Offaly festival this morning confirmed its headliners for their 10th anniversary festival.

Of Montreal, Hercvles & Love Affair and Aeroplane lead the charge, propped by Jape and Fight Like Apes to name but two.

Three day ticket only €49.

Castlepalooza Music And Arts Festival (31st July – 2nd Aug 2015)

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After Clare Daly and other United Left Alliance TDs named people who had their penalty points quashed in the Dáil last December, a series of public meetings were held in the Red Cow Moran Hotel.

Members of the public who had concerns about garda practices were invited to attend the meetings and tell of their concerns.

Following on from the response to these meetings, Ms Daly, Joan Collins, Mick Wallace and Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan founded a group called Justice For All.

Justice4All will hold a protest will take place outside Tullamore Garda Station from 12 noon to 3pm today.

More here.

Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland

UPDATE:

Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan spoke to Midlands 103FM earlier, to explain why the protest is taking place in Tullamore.

He said:

“Our offices have been contacted by more people from this general area than any other area so we thought that it would be an appropriate garda station to hold the protest outside. And this isn’t about having a go at guards. This is about trying to bring about accountability so that the majority of good, decent, hard-working gardaí can actually get on with their job.”

Justice4All To Hold Tullamore Garda Station Protest (Midlands 103FM)

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Mairead Brennan writes:

Have a look at what children in Tullamore did to raise money for their arts centre! 74,274 coins collected raising approx €3,750. They set a new world record for the largest coin mosaic.

The final mosaic of an oak tree measured 30 square metres, beating the previous 26 square metre record set in Estonia.

Music: M83 – Steve McQueen

87Kilbride Street, Tullamore.

Near Hugh Lynch’s pub, home of the Bladdering

Emmet Lynch writes:

This gentleman uses his multipurpose vehicle as an office, dining room, store and to transport livestock. He parks there every day and gets the crowd from the butcher’s to bring him out the dinner to the car. He had a calf in the back one day !

He has an American twang [having lived in Philadelphia in the 50s] which adds wonderfully to the whole spectacle. And the best part? He’s 87.

Eighty seven.

Panel beat that.

Hugh Lynch’s, Tullamore