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Posts Tagged ‘ Clontarf ’

Literary Parks In Dublin: Writers And Walks Galore

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A leaflet that I picked up somewhere inspired the topic of this ‘out and about’ in Dublin post. I think I might have mentioned before that I tend to be a bit of a magpie where leaflets and brochures are concerned. Being on an email list is just not the same; the random quality of picking up stray information leaflets appeals to me more.

To return to the leaflet in question: produced by Dublin City Council and Dublin UNESCO, it highlights city parks with a literary connection. Now assuming that the wind and rain ever stop, this would be a great idea for strolling around on a weekend. A couple of the parks have obvious literary glitz (I will come back to those) but I did not realise that Sandymount Green had a W.B. Yeats connection. I used to go to Sandymount quite often a few years ago but obviously failed to spot the memorial bust erected in the park. Yeats was born at 5 Sandymount Avenue hence the sculpture in the green. Perhaps there is a house plaque too; I must check that out as well next time. Sandymount Village is a lively and attractive location to visit and is handy for a beach walk too so this could be a more strenuous literary pilgrimage than most. Continue reading

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News in Brief-Ireland Goes Blaa Blaa As Michael D Set To Visit Lizzy

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Blaa, Blaa, Blaa, only in Waterford! That’s right, the floury nap has been given protected status so that the name Blaa can only be applied if the bread is made in the South East. They join Champagne, Cornish Pasties and Feta Cheese after a group of Waterford bakers united to prevent imitators.

A nun has had her claim for damages of €38,000 after a car accident quashed as the judge ruled the accident never happened. Sister Helen Ugbome, of the Nigeria-based Holy Family Sisters told the court she was hit in the rear of her vehicle by Edel Macklin from Glasnevin, while stopped at traffic lights. However Ms Macklin disputed the claims saying, she was stopped behind Sr Ugbome when she got out of her car, told Macklin she’d hit her and got her insurance details. The judge however wasn’t having it and suggested Sr Ugbome was in fact trying to claim an estimate of insurance after an accident a month previous. God giveth and God does taketh away. Continue reading

Three Uncapped Players In Ireland Squad For Guinness Series

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The Ireland coaching staff have announced a squad of 34 players for the forthcoming GUINNESS Series against Samoa, Australia and New Zealand at the Aviva Stadium in November.

The make-up of the squad is consistent with recent years. The sole exile included is British & Irish Lions outhalf Jonathan Sexton.

There are three uncapped players included in the squad – David Kearney, who was on the bench for Ireland back in 2012, is included alongside Jack McGrath and James Coughlan. Continue reading

Callely Freed Following Overnight Stay Behind Bars

Former junior minister Ivor Callely has been released from garda custody after a night in jail following his arrest stemming from alleged irregularities regarding mobile phone expenses he claimed from 2002 – 2006 while working as a Senator. He remains uncharged.

The former Fianna Fáil TD has previously admitted that receipts he submitted in order to claim over €2,800 were on the headed notepaper of a defunct company – Business Communications – that had ceased trading in the 1990s. He said he did not know how this had happened and subsequently withdrew the claims and refunded the money.

Solicitor Noel O’Hanrahan has claimed his client is “completely and totally innocent of any wrongdoing.” A file has been sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Mr Callely was arrested by fraud squad detectives at his home at St Laurence’s Road, Clontarf yesterday afternoon. Gardai searched this property, his former constituency office on the Howth Road and his holiday home in Kilcrohane, West Cork.

Suspicions regarding the claims were aroused in August 2010 when former Green Party TD Paul Gogarty made an official Garda complaint over what he saw as Mr Callely’s misuse of the expenses system. The Standards in Public Office Commission examined the claims and filed a report.

Mr Callely is no stranger to controversy – resigning the same month after becoming embroiled in a scandal when it emerged he had erroneously claimed allowances worth €81,000 over three years for living in his holiday home in Cork. He was handed a 20-day suspension from the Seanad, but the High Court subsequently overturned the order, ruling that he had not been given a chance to defend himself.

Mr Callely was first elected as a TD in Dublin North Central in 1989 and lost his seat in 2007. Between 2002 and 2005, he held junior ministries in health and transport. He quit his ministerial post in 2005 when it emerged a company involved in public contracts had painted his house for free.

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