Posts Tagged ‘ Glendalough ’

News in Brief: Quinn Jumps Before He’s Pushed

NIB's favourite artistes (image courtesy: planetjedward.net)

NIB’s favourite artistes (image courtesy: planetjedward.net)

In what can only be described as typical, Enda Kenny’s put his foot firmly into his mouth -this week he’s been calling Joan-people! People, he’s been calling people fat, according to Micheal Martin anyway. The Fianna Fail leader accused the Taoiseach of being fattist following questioning over the decision to suspend gastric band operations. In a bid to save money Enda suggested the waiting patients go for a jog instead and cut out the Supermacs: ‘prevention is better than cure’ to which Martin took offence. He reckons obese people are subject to ‘the last acceptable form of discrimination’, although conceded this couldn’t be applied to James Reilly.

In other political news Ruairi Quinn has been retired! Well jumped, before he was pushed, out of Leinster House. What does this mean for us?! NIB hears you all cry. Oh no sorry, you were wondering about your World Cup Office sweepstake now USA are out. Continue reading

News in Brief-Daly Kicks Up A Storm As Obama-Mania Takes Over

Clare-DalyThe O’Bamas were here this week enjoying a trip to Glendalough and a portion of chips with Bono. Hasn’t all been Guinness and skittles though. Clare Daly’s been a bit mean about the Presidential family visit and the G8. Daly asked: “Is the US President seeking hypocrite of the century award?” Er, pot, kettle Clare, before branding him “Mr War Criminal” not the most original nickname. Continue reading

Summer In The City: National Gallery Of Ireland

I know that we have been having a mini-heat wave lately, but as we can’t rely on it lasting the summer I have been looking at the NGI’s seasonal activities with interest. Here then, is a quick round-up of events to give you an idea of what’s on offer over the next few months.

After the closure of two temporary exhibitions, ‘The Sketchbooks of Jack B. Yeats’ and ‘Treasured Sheets’ the wraps are shortly to come off two more promising looking exhibitions. At the same time, the run of ‘Essential Ireland: A Mini Tour’ has been extended until 5 August so you still have chance to visit. This exhibition, curated to mark the year of The Gathering, is as you might imagine a tour around Ireland in paint and canvas. It includes scenes of popular destinations around the country painted by, amongst others, James Malton, Francis Place and John Lavery. The gallery ran a series of Tuesday lectures to tie in with the exhibition. I went along to one talk by art historian Mary Jane Boland that focussed on the views of Glendalough, which was fascinating and informative. Continue reading