Martin Vander Weyer 10 November 2018 9:00 AM 10 November 2018 9:00 AM Share Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Email Whatsapp We may or may not hear news soon of a settlement of the Irish border issue that will allow Brexit to proceed without the calamity of ‘no deal’. Word this week was that Irish taoiseach Leo Varadkar might offer a compromise ‘review mechanism’ for the ‘backstop’ which might otherwise leave the UK locked in a customs union — but like me, you’re probably none the wiser as to what that actually means. History will judge this episode as a disgraceful example of politicians bluffing in the face of tough choices rather than explaining complexities or acknowledging hard facts — set out, in this case, in a Northern Ireland Affairs select committee report in March 2018 that said, among many other interesting things, ‘we have had no visibility of any technical solutions, anywhere in the world, … [Read more...] about History will judge UK ministers harshly for the Irish backstop
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In music, The Editors were on at Vicar Street for €34. If theatre was your thing, Tom Crean Antarctic Explorer was in The Gaiety for €29 while cross-town Richard III was in The Abbey for €13. The Battle of the Ax for €5 was there for stand-up comedians in the Ha'Penny Inn as amateurs grabbed a mic and tried their hand. And if you hadn't a penny, The Lost Moment exhibition based on The Troubles at the Gallery of Photography in Temple Bar and The Beasts from Brazil looking at that nation on canvas in the National Gallery, were free. It may not be an alpha city like London or Hong Kong, but there's no shortage of choice in the capital. And there is always the other option, given it was midweek, of just sitting in. Yet it's against this backdrop that 38,321 allegedly showed to Lansdowne Road knowing what they'd get. And while that figure is bloated beyond belief, there were many in attendance. Too many. The self-professed likeability and lovability of Irish fans … [Read more...] about Ewan MacKenna: The problem for the FAI is that the health of the body doesn’t matter when you slice the head clean off
This Limerick plays a Savile Row game: tailored and smart and adorned with a kind of cuff-linked elegance. True, they have formidable size too and their physicality is, as Derek McGrath averred, "absolute". But they take you out with the clean crack of pistol fire, not blunderbuss in a bird sanctuary commotion. They are hurlers first, warriors second, you see. So they look serious, different. This performance was collaged with so many illustrations of spatial awareness and intelligent use of the ball that McGrath's lament over choosing not to deploy a seventh defender seemed needlessly self-critical. For Waterford were napalmed by a team that, as their manager John Kiely agreed, looks to be growing with every new day. Face it, the business of structures and systems becomes redundant when one team is so patently superior to the other. A draw against Clare on Sunday will secure Limerick a Munster final place -an Ennis encounter which has already been sold out - but you have to … [Read more...] about Limerick blow shakes Déise out of the summer celebrations
FÁILTE ROMHAIBH ar ais, yes, it’s welcome back to the universe known as the Bluffer’s Guide to Irish where we will talk about goals. No, not the type that will haunt Loris Karius for the rest of his life but cuspóirí, aidhmeanna and spriocanna - your ambitions in life. Oscar Wilde rather unkindly called ambition “the last refuge of the failure” but many of you dear readers, like the Bluffer himself, will have cuspóirí pearsanta - personal goals in life and they will vary according to what age you are, how uaillmhianach - ambitious you are, an méid airgid atá agat - the amount of money you have, and so on. If you were asking someone what they would like to achieve in life, you would ask them cad é ba mhaith leat a bhaint amach sa tsaol? Younger people might tell you they want to end up with a jab maith - a good job, neart airgid - enough money, teach deas - a nice house and so on. But of course, young people can be … [Read more...] about Is ambition “the last refuge of the failure” or something more positive?
RYAN O'Shaughnessy is hoping to bring the luck of the Irish to Eurovision 2018 tonight. He made it through the first semi-final to tonight's big show - here's everything you need to know... Who is Ryan O’Shaughnessy? Ryan O’Shaughnessy, 25, is a singer-songwriter from Dublin. He is the youngest of three children and has an older brother, Graham and a sister, Apryl. In May 2012 he reached the final of Britain's Got Talent, finishing fifth. He also appeared on the first series of The Voice Of Ireland, the Irish version of The Voice UK. How was Ryan O’Shaughnessy chosen to represent Ireland? In August 2017 Irish broadcaster RTÉ held a competition to choose their next Eurovision entry. Over 300 songs were submitted for consideration. The song Together was chosen after being selected by a panel of music industry professionals who listened to and judged the shortlisted final entries. What song is Ryan O’Shaughnessy … [Read more...] about Who is Ireland’s Eurovision 2018 finalist? Ryan O’Shaughnessy to perform Together at the final