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Live from Los Angeles…

Buzz O Neil Maxwell writes:

Patrick Kielty reads Seamus Heaney’s Funeral Rites at the Seamus Heaney Symposium of IrelandWeek 2019. and explains his personal connection to the poem and why he chose to read it on the night.

Held at the Clark Library, UCLA, the Symposium was a very special evening to celebrate the life of Seamus, and the US publication of the newest anthology of his work, 100 Poems, selected by his family…”

IrelandWeek 2019

Accountant and FAI VP Paul Cooke (left in pics 1 and 2) and FAI President Donal Conway at the Football Association of Ireland Annual accounts publication for 2018 this afternoon.

This afternoon.

The FAI published their reports and financial statements for 2017 and 2018.

They have revealed that the organisation has net current liabilities of more than €55million and that former CEO John Delaney agreed a settlement with the organisation of €462,000.

The reports and statements for 2017 and 2018 can be read here


FAI President Donal Conway


This morning/afternoon.

Football Association of Ireland tweetz:

Donal Conway is to step down as President of the Football Association of Ireland at an EGM on January 25, 2020…


Former CEO of FAI John Delaney

This afternoon.


The FAI has disclosed that the organisation has current net liabilities of more than €55m, following the release of their 2018 accounts.

The association has been in discussions with UEFA as well as their banking partners since the end of 2018 in an effort to provide financial stability within the organisation.

Presenting the 2018 accounts at the FAI headquarters, executive lead Paul Cooke explained how the association came to a severance settlement with former CEO John Delaney, which amounted to 462,000, including a pension payment.

FAI reveals liabilities of €55m (RTÉ)



At 1pm.

The Football Association of Ireland is expected to publish its accounts for 2018, as well as revised figures for 2017 and 2016.

Details of former CEO John Delaney’s severance package are also expected to be among the figures.

They figures were supposed to be published yesterday but on Wednesday the FAI announced that they’d be published today instead.

Also on Wednesday, mobile phone firm Three announced that it will be ending its partnership with the FAI when their current deal expires next July.

Further to this…

The Irish Independent reports:

Irish football is being told to prepare for a “bomb” when the FAI’s accounts are presented today, with debts of over €50million expected to be revealed.

The association’s former CEO, Bernard O’Byrne, has warned that possible new sponsors will stay away from a “toxic” FAI until more changes are made at board level.

FAI expected to reveal debt ‘bomb’ of more than €50m at today’s presentation of accounts (Aidan Fitzmaurice and John Fallon, Irish Independent)

Previously: Three Mobile

“John Delaney Could Run Anything”

For The Last Time, It Was A BRIDGING Loan

“We Were Told ‘There’s No Story Here'”





Ranelagh, Dublin 6.

Rachel Elliman photographed this black fox which wandered into One Kinda Folk café in the courtyard of Yoga Dublin in Dartmouth Road.

They write:

“We are huge animal lovers here at One Kinda Folk and are absolutely buzzing after this very rare beauty decided to come by for a coffee… Anyone know anything about Black foxes? The most beautiful boy we’ve ever seen!”

Further to this, Colm Walsh writez:

“The colouration is a neotenic trait — retaining juvenile characteristics — associated with tameness and friendliness.

A lot of the Novosibirsk foxes are black, silver, or even spotted or piebald, and have floppier ears and waggier tails.

Paolo Viscardi of the Dead Zoo thinks it’s more likely that it is a domesticated fox (descended from the Novosibirsk foxes) that was being kept as a pet and escaped or was released.”


Adorable black fox pays a visit to Dublin cafe and delights locals (Emma Costello, Extra.ie)

Previous: Fantastic

Thanks Colm

In Galway?

If you’re looking to spend an enchanted evening listening to mesmerising minimalist piano music, then the place to be is piano virtuoso Úna Keane’s concert in the Black Gate Cultural Centre in Francis Street, Galway, this Sunday at 8pm

Una will be playing compositions from her wonderful sophomore album In The Deep.

Support on the night comes from Lowli who will also be duetting with Una.

Nick says: Don’t shoot the piano player.

Úna Keane Black Gate Cultural Centre

Úna Keane


Behold: the T.One from California based electric vehicle manufacturer Neuron – a multifunctional base designed to accommodate a range of uses from crew cab and pickup to van and tow truck. The interior is similarly modular with 4 and 6-seat passenger options or a pleasing dual rear seat and central driving position.

Still at the prototype stage but already taking advance orders.


The proposed new National Children’s Hospital; from an article on IPVM

Shaped like an eye.

Made for looking…

This afternoon.

Charles Rollet reports on IPVM (the ‘world’s leading authority on video surveillance’):

The world’s most expensive hospital project ever, the new Children’s Hospital in Ireland, has chosen an all-Hikvision surveillance system including specialized facial recognition cameras, IPVM has found.

Privacy experts and an Irish politician raised serious concerns about this to IPVM, due to the sensitivity of deploying facial recognition in a children’s hospital and the use of Hikvision cameras given its recent human rights sanctions and China government control.

The NCH, which is currently under construction in Dublin, has already attracted controversy for its spiraling price tag which now stands at $2 billion.

…IPVM made a Freedom of Information request about the NCH’s video surveillance system, and we received one detailing all the “equipment brand and models being used on the NCH project”

While NCH would not disclose the camera counts or pricing, we estimate in the range of a million Euros for the project including at least hundreds of cameras. Given the size of the hospital campus, the variety of high-end models selected (facial recognition, ANPR, PTZs, people-counting, etc.), this is a large project.

IPVM asked about Hikvision’s Xinjiang sanctions and we received a generic response ignoring this question:

“The safety of patients, visitors and staff at the new children’s hospital is of paramount importance to everyone working on the new children’s hospital project.

Stanley Security Systems, who have been working in this area for more than 25 years, were successful in the competitive procurement process for the installation of the security systems at the new children’s hospital.”

Using facial recognition on children is highly sensitive; in both Sweden and France, schools that attempted to use facial recognition were banned from doing so by data regulators due to the GDPR, which Ireland is also subject to.

IPVM asked the NCH directly why it had specified facial recognition cameras and we received this response:

“It has not yet been decided which aspect of this technology’s many capabilities will be used in the new children’s hospital. This decision will be taken nearer the opening of the hospital by Children’s Health Ireland and will be in line with Irish and European data protection and privacy legislation and in such a way as to ensure that the occupants of the hospital have the right protections afforded to them, in line with their privacy rights..”



Ireland National Children’s Hospital Chooses Hikvision End-to-End With Facial Recognition (IPVM)