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Instead of White Water Rafting in George’s Dock, Dublin 2, what about an open air, all year-round public swimming pool for ALL citizens of Dublin City?

Campaigners Dr Patrick Earls and  Dr Mark Murphy discuss this plan with Jimmy and former champion swimmer Vanessa.

Petition here

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Just ‘dropped’.

Trailer for ‘The Sparks Brothers’

Sandra Houlihan writes:

Edgar Wright’s music documentary captures the art-pop pioneers at an improbable late career high, as well as recounting the story of how they got there, asking why they are not as celebrated as they deserve to be, and finding out how they became your favourite band’s favourite band.

Featuring Beck, Vince Clarke and Andy Bell of Erasure, Chris Difford of Squeeze, Alex Kapranos of Franz Ferdinand, Nick Rhodes and John Taylor of Duran Duran, Stephen Morris and Gillian Gilbert of New Order, Nick Heyward, Bjork, Flea from Red Hot Chili Peppers, Bernard Butler, Martyn Ware of The Human League/Heaven 17, Roddy Bottum of Faith No More, Jane Wiedlin of The Go-Gos, Steve Jones of Sex Pistols, ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic, Mike Myers, Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth, as well as producers such as Todd Rundgren, Muff Winwood, Tony Visconti, Giorgio Moroder and James Lowe….

Heartbeat.

Increasing heartbeat.

Release date: July 30

Sparks?

This afternoon.

The trailer for ‘Home Truths’.

A sort film on the housing crisis by Eamon Dillon.

Mick Caul writes:

Featuring hard-hitting real life interviews with victims of Dublin’s rental system and depicts the stark reality of the housing crisis in Ireland….

Available next for subscribers to Eamon’s YouTube channel.

Fillum

HSE CEO Paul Reid this afternoon

This afternoon

Dr Steeven’s Hospital, Dublin.

Via RTÉ:

At the weekly HSE briefing, Mr Reid said recent Amárach Reseach data shows that the percentage of the population who say they will definitely take a vaccine has increased from 45% in November to 70% today, with an additional 17% saying they will “probably” take a vaccine.

He said the latest social activity measure by the ESRI shows that support for the vaccine remains strong.

He said HPSC data just being finalised shows a “quite extraordinary take-up” throughout the age groups.

“Based on the CSO data that they are working off…for the 85 years plus, 96% have received dose one”, Mr Reid said. “80 to 84, 99% dose one. 70 to 79, 97% , and 74 to 75 is 92%.”

He said 73% of the 60 to 69 group have received dose one, and 26.5% of 50 to 59s, as these cohorts are still receiving vaccines.

Earlier: Stuck On You

RollingNews

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This morning.

Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2.

Ministers of State at the Department of Justice James Browne TD (top second right) and Hildegarde Naughton TD (centre) helping launch the ‘Lock it or Lose it’ campaign to tackle bike theft.

Sam Boal/RollingNews

Earlier

This morning.

A total of 6,845 bicycles have been reported stolen since January 2020 and April 23, 2021.

The average value of the stolen bicycles is €500 while 10% of the bikes were worth €1,000 or more.

More than 70% of the bicycles were reported stolen in the Dublin Metropolitan Region for a total of 4,825 bikes [compared to in Cork]…

A total of 2,139 bicycles were recovered throughout that period but these were not necessarily stolen during the same timeframe.

Nearly 7,000 bikes stolen since January 2020 (RTÉ)

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Behold: the sacred island mountain of Uluru, aka Ayers Rock, pictured against an equally extraordinary backdrop. To wit:

Uluru is an extraordinary 350-meter high mountain in central Australia that rises sharply from nearly flat surroundings. Composed of sandstone, Uluru has slowly formed over the past 300 million years as softer rock eroded away. In the background of the featured image taken in mid-May, a raging thunderstorm is visible. Far behind both Uluru and the thunderstorm is a star-filled sky highlighted by the constellation of Orion. The Uluru region has been a home to humans for over 22,000 years. Local indigenous people have long noted that when the stars that compose the modern constellation of Orion first appear in the night sky, a hot season involving lightning storms will soon be arriving.

(Image: Park Liu)

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