Now not a good time?

Maybe later so.

This afternoon.

Dublin Castle, Dublin 2.

Embattled, coffee-chugging Minister for Agriculture and the Marine Barry Cowen arrives for government cabinet meeting alongside chief whip Dara Calleary.

Thomas Byrne legging it across courtyard (out of shot).

Earlier: Cobble Wobble

It Wasn’t Me

Derek Mooney: It’s Not Just Loyalty – It Is Loyality

Previously: No Turning Back


Maria Laoise writes:

How many news articles, opinion pieces, or editorials in the Dublin-based media addressed the anti-Catholic, anti-Nationalist & anti-Irish 11th Night bonfires that took place in the 6C at the weekend?


Bonfire banners ‘sectarian and offensive’, says Foster (BBC)

This evening.

Dublin city centre.






Behold: the 70m Codecasa Jet 2020 Yacht – ‘inspired’ by aviation design and looking like the offspring of cruise ship and a Jumbo jet.

Along with accommodation for ten guests, there’s a 20x10m sundeck, swimming pool, indoor/outdoor gym, sea-level ‘beach club’, an owner’s suite taking up the entire bow of the main deck, a helipad and a double tender area with room for all manner of seafaring toys. 

A concept up to now, actual construction is expected to start later this year.

If you’re in the market, you won’t be asking the price.


Technology that helps identify passengers with the ‘rona.

At Abu Dhabi International Airport in the human rights-friendly capital of the United Arab Emirates,

What could go wrong?

Thanks Jack Jones

‘James Joyce Reluctant Groom’

Presented by Loopline Film in association with the Irish Cultural Centre Hammersmith, London United Kingdom.

Loopline writes;

The extraordinary story of how after living together for almost three decades James Joyce married Nora Barnacle in London on 4 July 1931.

Dublin-born poet Niall McDevitt (top) takes us on a London-based Bloomsday walk stopping at the houses of people who were closely connected with Joyce and his career.

A highlight is when Niall takes us to the house where James and Nora lived for the best part of a year on Camden Grove.

James and Nora’s children Giorgio and Lucia came to visit and so did paparazzi seeking out a good story

Directed, filmed and edited by Sé Merry Doyle and produced by Rosalind Scanlon

James Joyce reluctant Groom (Loopline)

Previously: Niall McDevitt: To The Statue Of Lord Cromwell

A ‘visual excavation’ of Western history by British photographer Drew Gardner wherein descendants of historically significant people pose,  recreating  famous portraits of their ancestor.

But there’s more going here than mock-ups. The photograph of Shannon LaNier (top pic) is especially significant.

He’s the sixth-great grandson of Jefferson and Sally Hemmings, who the third U.S. president enslaved and forced to bear his children, a story that’s long been left out of historical narratives.

(From top: Shannon LaNier, Jefferson’s sixth-great grandson; Hugo de Salis, fourth-great grandson of Napoleon. Napoleon in his study, by Jacques-Louis David, 1812; Helen Pankhurst, great granddaughter of women’s rights activist Emeline Pankhurst; Tom Wonter, Wordsworth’s fourth-great grandson. William Wordsworth, portrait by William Shuter, 1798; Gerald Charles Dickens, Dickens’ great, great grandson. Charles Dickens, portrait by Herbert Watkins, 1858; Isambard Thomas, Brunel’s third-great grandson. Isambard Kingdom Brunel, portrait by Robert Howlett, 1857; Irina Guicciardini Strozzi, the 15th great granddaughter of Lisa del Giocondo. The Mona Lisa by Leonardo DaVinci.)



This afternoon.

Dublin Castle, Dublin 2.

Taoiseach Micheal Martin declines to chat with reporters holding enormous microphone stands ahead of a cabinet meeting.


The deputy leader of the Green Party has called for more clarity regarding Minister for Agriculture Barry Cowen’s drink-driving conviction.

In an interview with Newstalk radio, Catherine Martin said that Mr Cowen had “strenuously denied” the allegations over the weekend.

However, the Minister for Media, Tourism, Arts, Culture, Sport and the Gaeltacht added that “more questions” had arisen and “more clarity” was needed.

‘More questions’ around Barry Cowen drink-driving offence – Catherine Martin (RTÉ)


This afternoon.

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan deigns to chats with reporters – from a distance.

Earlier: Derek Mooney: It’s Not Just Loyalty – It Is Loyality

Yesterday: No Turning Back