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Broadsheet on the Telly returns ton ight at 10pm streaming LIVE above and on our YouTube channel.

Join our panel of old friends, surprise guests and startled pets as we devour the news from home and ‘abroad;.

Topics will include the Pope’s visit, Summerhill Occupation, George Gibney, Gemma O’Doherty and the ‘Change Makers’.

Strong language expected.


Previously: Broadsheet on the Telly

Number 12: Dublin 1660 -1860: The Shaping of a City by Maurice Craig

Selected by: Stan

First Published: 1952, revised 1969, numerous reissues since, most recently a hardback special edition by the Liberties Press in 2009.

Why? “Ostensibly an architectural history of Dublin, it is in fact, a biography of the place, a city that emerges as a capricious and moody character, prone to fits of near catatonic depression and withdrawal, interspersed with periods of manic growth and energy.”

It Stays with You:
“If you spend enough time with it, it teaches you to see the city as Craig did, not as a statically glorious monument to a ragged Georgian peak, but as a constantly re-written text. Though he wrote it at a time when that heritage was beginning to be appreciated, he was neither a snob or a reactionary. He understood the city as a site of struggle throughout – inside and outside the walls, north and south sides, catholic and protestant, and as a stage for a constantly changing population of immigrants.”

Legacy: “More than anything, it reminds you that the boom and bust cycle of the last few decades seems to be written into the DNA of Dublin: the ‘magnificent’ Georgian Squares were thrown up by less than scrupulous speculators who would have been perfectly at home during the Tiger years, and the time during which Dublin briefly swelled into one of Europe’s biggest cities before falling into a near 150 year decline reads like a pre-figuring echo of more recent vanities.”

Availability: Out of stock; Available at Amazon and eBay and in some library branches nationwide (list here).


Damien Shiels
Emily O’Reilly
Graham Howard
David Flanagan
Maura ‘Soshin’ O’Halloran
Kevin C Kearns
Ed Moloney
Gene Kerrigan
Bobby Sands
George O’Brien
Eamonn Sweeney
Terence Patrick Dolan

Great-Irish Non-Fiction’ is a reading list of 100 books chosen by YOU and highlighted over the coming weeks. If you would like to include a favourite leave your suggestion below.

Historian and activist Catherine Corless at the site of the mass grave at the former Tuam Mother and Baby Home in Tuam, County Galway

Survivors and relatives of infants from the Tuam mother and babies home are planning a peaceful vigil in Co Galway to coincide with the papal Mass [on Sunday, August 26] in Dublin’s Phoenix Park.

….Ms [Catherine] Corless and members of the Tuam Babies Family Group will light candles and place a special sculpture made by Flemish women in the shape of a baptismal font at the grave site of the former Bon Secours home.

Tuam mother and baby home survivors to hold vigil during pope’s visit (Irish Times)


A voice controlled game by Nicole He in which you speak commands into your computer to zoom, enhance and pan around a crime scene.

Yes, just like in the movies.

Lose yourself here.


IBF World Super Bantamweight champion TJ ‘The Power’ Doheny, 

Tokyo, Japan.

TJ Doheny is the new IBF World Super Bantamweight champion after outpointing Japan’s Ryosuke Iwasa in a unanimous decision at the Korakuen Hall in Tokyo.

Ryosuke was making his second defence of a belt once held by Carl Frampton and started well in the face of intense pressure, inflicting a deep cut under Doheny’s eye by the end of the second round.

…The Portlaoise southpaw took control from midway through the 12-round contest, however, repeatedly landing his jab and a succession of body shots.

In fairness.

TJ Doheny becomes world champion in Tokyo (RTÉ)


Ah here.

This afternoon.

Grafton Street, Dublin 2

Model Isabelle Traber with  Charlie Rafter (above left) and Hannah O Brien (top right) opening  The Christmas Shop at Brown Thomas – 130 days until Christmas,


Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

Previously: Oh. Christmas Tree

A surreal short by Amy J. Xu in which a boy without a body makes his way through a world melting from stress.

Won’t everybody just chill.


Cardinal Donald Wuerl who will be a keynote speaker at the World Meeting of Families in Dublin later this month

I note the statement by Cardinal Donald Wuerl, following the revelation that hundreds of priests had sexually abused thousands of children in Pennsylvania, that he had “acted with diligence, with concern for the victims and to prevent future acts of abuse”.

With all his years of training, education and life experience, could the cardinal not figure out that the best way to stop a paedophile re-offending was to lock him up?

Anthony O’Leary,
Co Dublin.

Child sex abuse by priests in Pennsylvania (Irish Times)

Yesterday: Over 1,000 Children Targeted By Predator Priests

Pic: Church Militant

Otis Blue writes:

A Cop Eile? Spotted in Skibbereen. One for the collectors of vintage vinyl. Anyone care to suggest the playlist?