August, 1981.

The first-ever Irish Times colour supplement.

Produced by the paper’s Special Reports Department, edited by Niall Fallon.

Auctioned at Adam’s on August 10:

This edition of the Irish Times Supplement magazine was in fact never circulated.

The interesting choice of a cover image of a photograph by Tom Lawlor of a supermarket in Cap d’Agde naturist resort in France clearly did not gain the approval of the Major Tom McDowell, the editor of the newspaper at the time of publication…

…It is understood that he ordered for the copies to be destroyed and the publication of the edition halted. The work of Niall Fallon’s department was never to see the light of day, with the Irish public spared from such indecency….

The First Irish Times Colour Supplement (Invaluable)

Minister for Health Stephen Donelly at Dublin Castle yesterday

This morning.

RTÉ’s Morning Ireland.

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly said Covid-19 is ‘spreading at a fast rate’ around the world, and the five-day average cases in Ireland has jumped from ‘less than 10 to over 50 recently’.

Via RTÉ:

He said the rise in the number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 was being driven by clusters of cases all around the country and eight of these clusters were “quite significant”.

He said the National Public Health Emergency Team is unanimous and unambiguously of the view that things are “very, very finely balanced” and the Government decided to take a cautious approach.

Mr Donnelly said that international evidence shows the number of cases do rise when pubs reopen, but hoped in time that businesses and pubs might be able to reopen in a phased or regional basis.

Covid-19 community transmission ‘across country’, says Donnelly (RTÉ)


The Incoming President of the Vintners’ Federation of Ireland has described the decision not to reopen all pubs next Monday as a “kick in the teeth“.

Paul Moynihan said publicans had done all that was asked of them to reopen in a safe and sanitised way and it was “very late in the day” to tell them they could not reopen on 10 August as expected.

Mr Moynihan said the number of Covid cases have been rising while most pubs remain shut and said there have been no increase in cases associated with pubs that serve food, which re-opened five weeks ago.

Last night: Fancy A Scoop?





This afternoon.

Beirut, Lebanon.

‘Firecrackers’ are stored in the area where the blast occurred, local TV reported.

Not your Moore Street bangers.

Lebanon: Large explosion heard in capital Beirut (Sky News)


This evening.


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