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Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams was by ed cArty aware of at least two other cases of sexual abuse dealt with internally by republicans, police, and Mr Adams was aware of the it has been claimed. cases, which have since been investigated Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin made by police. the allegation as he revealed two victims Mr Martin suggested dealing with cases contacted him with concerns over investi- internally may have been a ‘broader trend’ gations into their cases. in the republican movement. Sinn Féin said the claims were disgraceful He compared the practice to the handling and totally untrue. The allegations came of abuse cases by the Catholic church where yesterday as Mr Adams’ brother Liam was he said the institution was seen as ‘more sentenced to 16 years in prison for the rape important than the individual victims’. and sex abuse of his daughter. Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McAdams, 58, from west Belfast, was told he Donald said Mr Martin’s remarks made in had committed the ‘greatest breach of trust the wake of the sentencing of Liam Adams imaginable’ as he was jailed for were disgraceful and totally the assaults on Áine Dahlstrom untrue and she accused Mr from age four to nine in the late Martin of trying to score 1970s and early 1980s. ‘cheap political points’. Meanwhile, a spokesman for Gerry Adams has been Fianna Fáil said Mr Martin had severely criticised for not inwritten to authorities in northforming police about an ern ireland over the allegations alleged confession from his and ongoing investigations. brother nine years ago about Mr Martin claimed the two the abuse of his daughter, cases were dealt with internally which he revealed during a by the Provisional republican first, collapsed, trial earlier movement and not reported to Jailed: Liam Adams this year.
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Cutest thing on short legs: The low-slung Napoleon could become the next must-have pet Pictures: AudrA Mitchell TAUNTS about his lack of stature failed to stop Napoleon from cutting a swathe across Europe. And now a moggy named after him could be about to conquer the world on some of the shortest legs in the animal kingdom. The Napoleon breed may bear an uncanny resemblance to a draught excluder. But it has been recognised by the International Cat Association after nearly 20 years of campaigning by breeder Joe Smith. And now that its pedigree is recognised, the compact cat is tipped to challenge lapdogs in the affections
by DOMINIC YEATMAN of celebrity pet-lovers such as Paris Hilton and Britney Spears. Kai Rogers – who has brought a breeding pair to his cattery in Llanelli, West Wales – is hoping to be ahead of the trend. ‘It’s a bit comical because when you first see one, you think it’s sat down when it’s not,’ he said. ‘It’s like a meerkat, it will stand up on its hind legs for quite some time.’ The Napoleon – created by USbased Mr Smith by crossing the Persian and Munchkin breeds – is
sold by only a handful of American dealers, with prices starting at $1,200 (€880) for a kitten. Mr Rogers said ‘there’s always a chance’ that such exclusivity will make it the next must-have accessory for the girl who has everything. But Paris Hilton and company should know that the fluffy pets can be more of a handful than your average chihuahua or shih tzu. ‘They’re just as quick and agile as other cats and they can run pretty fast,’ said Mr Rogers. ‘What they lack in height they make up for in ingenuity.’
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‘Only seven stuck to pay rules’ – HSE ONLY seven hospitals and health agencies comply with public sector pay rules, health chiefs have revealed. HSE director general Tony O’Brien said there had been a ‘nod and wink’ culture in the institutions over the breach of earnings. He revealed just seven of 42 agencies complied with pay rules, as others ran up millions in so-called top-ups. The HSE would work to ensure those top-ups were repaid, he added.
Victim left covered in blood GARDAÍ have appealed for information over an attack in which a man was left covered in blood. The 41-year-old was set upon as he walked through Fishamble Street near Temple Bar early yesterday. The man, whose wallet was taken during the attack, is being treated for ‘severe’ facial injuries.
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Man in knife threat Buyers fail to meet after ‘rude gesture’ Bord Gáis valuation A MAN broke into a home and held a knife to the 65-year-old occupant’s throat because he mistakenly thought someone had ‘given him the finger’ from the window, a court has heard. James McGuire, 27, had been mixing alcohol and prescription medication when he believed he saw someone making a rude gesture to him. He later told gardaí he was in a ‘feud’ with a young man who lived there since he was 11 years old. The court heard Kevin Tormey was confronted in his home by McGuire, of Mobhi Road, Glasnevin, who had three knives and asked where Mr Tormey’s son, Stuart, was. He was punched and kicked by McGuire, who held the knife to his throat. Judge Patricia Ryan adjourned the case until January.
Back in court: Anthony Lyons arrives, with an unidentified woman, at Dublin’s Court of Criminal appeal to face a revised sentence for sexually assaulting a woman after the original prison term was ruled too lenient
THE sale of a Bord Gáis division has been abandoned after no buyer was willing to stump up the asking price. Bord Gáis Energy, the retail, assets and trading division of the state-owned company, was offered to international energy companies and investment groups with the Government pushing for €1.4billion. It was earmarked for sale under the bailout loan programme alongside Coillte harvesting rights, which were also dropped, and a 25 per cent Aer Lingus stake. Pat Rabbitte, Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, said none of the final bids for Bord Gáis Energy were at an acceptable level. Among those interested or approached were energy group Viridian, private equity group Blackstone and Malaysian state power firm Tenaga Nasiona.
Sex attacker seeks leniency over ‘abuse’
THE family of a businessman was followed and abused when he was jailed for six months for a violent sex attack, a court has been told. Anthony Lyons is facing a revised sentence for assaulting a woman after the Court of Criminal Appeal (CCA) ruled the original prison term was too lenient. His barrister Patrick Gageby told the three judge court that Lyons’ wife Eileen and their four children had suffered a campaign of harassment over the case. Their ten-year-old son was among those targeted while being brought to and from school by his mother, he said. Mr Gageby said a man who lived near the family, a ‘supportive network’ of taxi drivers, and the media, had targeted the family from the day Lyons was jailed. ‘The publicity in this case was unusual and an unfortunate consequence,’ the barrister added, appealing that the intimidation and media coverage which had a ‘punitive effect’ be taken into account. Lyons was sentenced to six years in July 2012 for sexually assaulting a then 27-year-old woman on October 3, 2010.
by SARAH STAck But Judge Desmond Hogan sparked outrage when he controversially suspended five and a half years of the jail term and ordered him to pay his victim €75,000 in compensation. The CCA previously upheld an appeal by the Director of Public Prosecution against the sentence on grounds the trial judge had been too lenient. The three judges have reserved judgment on the revised sentence. Lyons, a former aviation boss from Griffith Avenue in north Dublin, was convicted by a jury after pleading not guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to the sexual assault. He admitted the attack – in which the victim was rugby-tackled to the ground and violently physically and sexually assaulted. Lyons was released from prison almost a year ago. Caroline Biggs, senior counsel for the DPP, said the victim had not yet taken any of the €75,000 compensation.
Property prices up 6% in the last year PROPERTY prices have risen more than six per cent in the last year, with the Central Statistics Office revealing the rise is 15 per cent in Dublin. Dr Peter Stafford, director of Property Industry Ireland, said the rapid price rises in Dublin of 2.3 per cent last month were as a result of a lack of property for sale, rather than an indication of a property bubble. Meanwhile, the online property tax deadline has been put back from yesterday until 5pm on Friday because of the level of calls.
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It’s all Greek to ken rogan, as he att empts to understand why we just can’t seem to get enough of Mel Gibson films and bad news stories
ristotle, he’s a bugger for the bottle, and very rarely stable’. So said Monty Python, who announced a comeback this week, which is good news. But we’re here to talk about bad news. And Aristotle, could you credit? So: why is the news always bad? This question was eloquently, if indirectly, posed in Nick Hornby’s High Fidelity: Did I listen to pop music because I was miserable? Or was I miserable because I listened to pop music? After 15 years working in and around the media (mostly around), not only did I not have the answer, but why would you even want one? Either they shovel tragedy at us to make us afraid, which is depressing, or worse, we actually like the misery and they’re just giving us what we want. Which is even more depressing. But an article by a screenwriter (Twitter handle @scriptmag) blew my mind, if you can forgive such earnest carry-on. Turns out you can unpick the bad news knot – you just need to be an ancient Greek with a brain the size of five mutant pumpkins. When not creating the basis for the entirety of human thought, Aristotle set down the rules of drama in a book called The Poetics. I even I tried reading it. Big mistake. Never meet your heroes. He crams such indecipherably dense truth and meaning into so few words that
the really good ones draw us in. trying to grasp it actually makes We invest in them, believe in you feel drunk. them, and in the best cases even But here goes – Poetics: ‘Tragedy, then, is an imitation of ‘feel’ for them. Which helps us to forget it’s all make-believe so an action that is serious, we can get busy purging our complete and of a certain emotional tensions. magnitude’ and then, (skipping This profoundly cool reading some lines here, can’t imagine of Aristotle’s Poetics goes, in they’re important): ‘…through pity and fear effecting the proper my view, a considerable way towards explaining the power of purgation of these emotions’. stories. I know. What the funk is Now cobble onto this marble purgation? Think ‘purge’. But in statue of philosophical this instance, purgation means interpretation my own sludgy ‘catharsis’ which yes, I concede is like translating from Farsi into lump of Polyfilla: what if the same principle applies to the Klingon, but at least ‘catharsis’ news? Because that’s what the is vaguely familiar, and may in news is: stories. That’s even fact be a new seven-seater what they’re called. Hence people carrier: ‘The we can daily live our Renault Catharsis. fears without Live. Regret. Puff having to endure your cheeks and All you need to them. Our jobs fart out your our loved mouth. You’re unpick the bad news lost, ones dead, our French.’ Anyway knot is a brain the homes and lives ‘catharsis’, size of five mutant devastated. Far from according to the frightening us, dictionary, is the pumpkins these stories might ‘purging of the even help. And while emotions or relieving movies will always be of emotional tensions more dramatic, they are by the especially through certain kinds same token unreal, and therefore of art, as tragedy or music’ less exciting. Besides, we don’t (recall Hornby’s High Fidelity), have time to watch movies every while dramatic ‘tragedy’ is ‘imitation’. So how do you purge day. But we do get the news. And that’s the best explanation emotions watching imitations? I can find for why a country can Example time, and continuing lose its marbles over a domestic my, ahem, ‘homage’ to murder, or why a whole @scriptmag, consider the Mel continent can obsess for months Gibson movie ‘Ransom’. It was – years even – about the a big hit because it drove lots of disappearance of Madeleine parents to the cinema. Why? McCann. On some level it helps Because parents could experience their worst nightmare us to blow off emotional steam. Or as Ron Burgundy put it: in a safe way. But while the ‘The Human Torch was denied a setting creates distance, the bank loan.’ @kenrogan characters create empathy, and
Happy fesTive feeT: Clodagh Tighe from Leitrim has fun at the opening of the Dublin Toy Fair at the RDS. This Christmas’s top toys will be for sale at the fair, which runs until Sunday. See www.dublintoyfair.com PIcture: conor Mccabe
soldiers face discharge after drunken row TWO members of the Irish Defence Forces face being discharged from the army for taking part in a violent fight after a ‘night of binge drinking that went wrong’ in a city centre nightclub. Andrew Gilmore, 25, and Michael Kearney, 30, will be sentenced at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court tomorrow after Judge Martin Nolan indicated that he is considering a ‘deferred sentence’ provision which would leave the army free to impose a sanction other than dismissing the soldiers. The judge heard Gilmore, of Gormanstown Army Barracks, Co Meath and Kearney, of Carlton Crescent, Strabane, Co Tyrone, had left Madonna’s Nightclub after 3am when a row broke out between them and another two men and a woman.
by DecLan brennan Gilmore punched the first victim Patrick Byrne who was knocked unconscious. He then assaulted the man’s friends, Thomas Roantree and the woman. Another man, who disappeared after gardaí arrived, received blows to the head and body and Mr Roantree was kicked while he was on the ground, Garda Frank Johnson told the court. He said CCTV footage showed Kearney kicking someone on the ground once. All of the victims have since recovered from their injuries. The court was told a prison sentence, a suspended sentence or a fine of more than €800 would result in automatic dismissal from the defence forces.
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HeryL Cole has successfully wrestled a reported €1.7million from X Factor USA bosses, we can exclusively reveal. The showbiz recluse won her legal dispute with producers Blue Orbit in an out-of-court settlement after they unceremoniously gave her the chop in 2011 after just three weeks. It marks the end of the last bad reminder hanging over the 30-year-old and show boss Simon Cowell – paving the way for her to return to The X Factor
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in Britain next year. ‘It was never about Simon. It was about the production company and the contract they signed,’ an insider said. ‘She and Simon are totally cool and have been for some time. ‘This was the final sticking point and means everything has been resolved.’ Former Girls Aloud star Cole locked horns with
show bosses in Los Angeles Superior Court after slapping them with a hefty bill of unpaid fees following the fallout. Having collected her €1.3million fee for her short-lived US adventure, she has now pocketed payment for what would have been her second season, plus wardrobe and styling costs and a €10,000-a-month living allowance. Cole was booted off the Fox TV show amid claims that American audiences struggled to understand her strong Geordie accent.
But friends insisted it was too early to talk about a possible return to The X Factor judge’s chair after 54-year-old Cowell revealed plans to bring his old sparring partner back for the next series. ‘These things are never looked at until the contract is signed in May. ‘There’s always going to be speculation about her going back next summer. Who knows right now if she will return?’ a source teased. Her spokesman refused to comment but confirmed: ‘Cheryl’s dispute with Blue Orbit has been resolved amicably.’
Back to have fun: Cheryl has ended her exile and is eager to get on with her fourth album
Alec Baldwin has blamed ‘fundamentalist’ gay activists for ‘killing’ his TV chat show. The actor – whose Up Late programme has been axed after he called a photographer a ‘c***sucking f**’ – said US campaigners such as Rich Ferraro had fanned the flames of the scandal. ‘This is probably one of Rich Ferraro’s greatest triumphs,’ the 55-year-old said of the Glaad group spokesman. ‘They killed my show. And I have to take some responsibility for that myself.’ MSNBC, which cancelled Up Late after suspending Baldwin for two weeks, said: ‘This is a mutual parting and we wish Alec all the best.’
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Christian Bale deeply regrets his infamous foul-mouthed rant on a film set in 2008. The 39-year-old flew into a rage when Terminator Salvation’s director of photography Shane Halburt accidentally walked into a scene. ‘I desire not to be that person who would behave in that fashion,’ he told Variety magazine. ‘It was wrong.’
Treacy to bring punk back to Brits Irish headwear guru Philip Treacy has been named as the designer of this year’s Brit Awards trophies – and says he will give them a ‘punk’ look. Treacy’s creations have crowned stars such as Madonna, Boy George, Grace Jones and Jamiroquai’s Jay Kay, and he follows the likes of Vivienne Westwood and Damien Hirst in styling the prize.
Thigh’s the limit: Rita Ora leaves just enough to the imagination as she arrives with boyfriend Calvin Harris to celebrate her 23rd birthday at The Box in Soho Picture: XPOSurePHOtOS.cOM
Ban James over ‘slur’, say 6,000
James Arthur should be banned from returning to The X Factor for his homophobic remarks, say fans. Almost 6,000 have ‘liked’ the Facebook page ‘Drop homophobe James Arthur from X Factor’ after he used the term ‘f***ing queer’ in a rap song. Arthur exacerbated the issue by sending abusive text messages to fellow X Factor graduate Lucy Spraggan, who is a lesbian, when she challenged his views. The spat was leaked on Twitter by Spraggan, 22. Middlesbrough-born Arthur, 25, is set to appear on this weekend’s
show, but the Facebook page calls on ITV to drop his performance, and wants sponsors TalkTalk and Domino’s to boycott the show. The Facebook page says letting Arthur plug his music on the show that made him would be ‘a massive slap in the face to everyone who has suffered homophobic abuse in the past.’ An ITV spokesman told Guilty Pleasures the show does not condone homophobia but added: ‘James Arthur has apologised for his remarks, making it clear he did not mean to cause any offence.’
Organisers of the February 19 awards in London choose a different figure from the design world each year for the trophy. Treacy designed the ‘toilet seat’ hat worn by Princess Beatrice at the 2011 British royal wedding. He said: ‘Music has always been my inspiration and I’m fortunate to have worked with some of the music industry’s Hat’s crazy: Treacy and Grace Jones greatest artists.’
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Nigella ‘drug lies allowed sisters take €820,000’ by DANiEL biNNs NIGELLA LAWSON’s personal assistants were allowed to splurge €820,000 of her ex-husband’s cash as long as her drugs habit remained secret, a court heard yesterday. Elisabetta and Francesca Grillo were given free rein with a credit card belonging to one of Charles Saatchi’s companies to buy luxury goods and foreign holidays for themselves. The sisters were only brought to book when they burned through £50,000 in a month, the jury heard. But their lawyer, Anthony Metzer QC, told the court: ‘The defendants’ case is that Nigella Lawson lied to her ex-husband about her drug use and about the expenditure that was
Trinny: I snorted coke to be cool n TRINNY WOODALL has said alcoholism and cocaine addiction turned her into a ‘fake, lying, thieving, cheating person’. The TV host (pictured) started taking drugs and drinking heavily ‘to be cool’ and went into rehab aged 21. However, she carried on for another five years. ‘The belief that I had a disease helped me to get through it. It has not been an easy journey,’ the 49-year-old writes in The Spectator. incurred by the defendants, both expressly and implicitly, because she was fearful of Mr Saatchi’s reaction if he knew about the extent of the expenditure and drug use. ‘There was a culture of secrecy within Nigella Lawson’s marriage.’
The sisters lived rent-free, with Elisabetta, 41, paid £25,000 a year and Francesca, 35, £28,000, the court heard. They had worked for the TV chef before she married Mr Saatchi and were close to the family. But prosecutor Jane Carpenter said
Accused: Elisabetta (left) and Francesca Grillo arrive at court yesterday to face claims they spent £685,000 on a credit card belonging to advertising guru Charles Saatchi (right) the pair gave in to temptation after being handed the card and got through £685,000 (€820,000) in four years. They bought clothes and accessories from Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Miu Miu and Prada, while heading off on luxury holidays around the world. ‘This case is about fraud... motivated by greed and that’s what this trial is about. Not about other issues of matrimonial discord or drug taking,’ Ms Carpenter told the jury. Earlier, Mr Metzer tried but failed to get the case abandoned saying the couple, who divorced in June, were just using it as ‘a convenient forum... to rehearse disputed issues between them’.
He added: ‘If Mr Saatchi is telling the truth, then Miss Lawson is a habitual criminal.’ The couple split after photos were published of Mr Saatchi, 70, holding his wife by the throat at a restaurant. He later accepted a caution for assault. Yesterday, Lawson, 53, thanked her followers for their support on Twitter. She also posted a recipe for an eggnogbased cake called Holiday Hotcake. The sisters, from Bayswater, west London, deny fraud and the case continues at Isleworth crown court.
Lamborghini phone rings up the bling... SOMETIMES no matter how expensive your car – some people just don’t seem to notice how rich you are. But now those bearing fat wallets can also produce the blingest of phones to remind people how rich they are. The €3,000 Tonino Lamborghini Antares smartphone may not quite have the spec of a top range sports car – but boasts some seriously flashy body work. It has all the stylish curves and angles of the car which carries the same name – although this is made by Tonino Lamborghini the
lifestyle company, not Automobili Lamborghini. Tonino CEO Gianluca Filippi said: ‘Antares is designed to match instantly recognisable Italian flair with great performance and stunning materials.’ Russia and China will be able to snap up the Android phone first, when it arrives in December. It will then arrive in Italy, and only come to the Britain and US next spring. The Antares comes after BlackBerry launched a Z10 smartphone recrafted by Porsche and Vertu started selling a TI Ferrari phone. Exclusive for Metro Herald readers
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Cash and carry firm has €30k hygiene fine cut THE operator of a Dublin cash and carry specialising in ethnic African food has had a fine for breaching hygiene standards cut from €30,000 to €1,000. Nigerian national John Johnson, who employs five people, feared he would be put out of business when he was hit with the €30,000 fine in July this year. He had been prosecuted at Dublin District Court by the Health Service Executive (HSE) on six counts of breaking hygiene of foodstuff regulations, at his business, the Bimdoc Cash and Carry, at Jamestown Business Park, in Finglas. Judge James O’Donohue yesterday ordered the cash and carry operator to pay €1,000, plus the HSE’s costs of about €6,100.
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World Cup venue collapses Two dead as stadium to host opener is torn apart by NICOLE LE MARIE PART of the stadium that is supposed to be staging the opening match of next year’s World Cup collapsed yesterday, killing at least two people and injuring a third. A 500-tonne segment of the 70,000seat arena toppled and crashed into the outer wall – wrecking part of a giant LED panel that would have made the venue glow with light. Banks of seating were also destroyed in a huge setback for builders who had been nearing completion of the Itaquerao Stadium in São Paulo. The accident comes as several of the other 12 World Cup venues look unlikely to be ready for the end-ofDecember deadline laid down by football’s governing body Fifa. Bosses have warned they would not tolerate delays, even though the open-
Mangled metal: The stadium due to hold the World Cup opener lies in tatters after a 500-tonne segment crashed into the outer wall, causing major damage and killing two people yesterday Picture: AP
er will not be played until June 12. But they did not renew their threats yesterday as they expressed their sadness at the loss of the two workers. ‘Our heartfelt condolences are with
the families,’ president Sepp Blatter said. A Fifa statement added: ‘The local authorities will fully investigate the reasons behind such a tragic accident.’ One of the dead workers, 42-
year-old Fabio Luis Pereira, was inside a truck that was hit by the toppled section of the stadium, owned by Brazilian club Corinthians. The other, Ronaldo Oliveira dos
Santos, 44, is said to have been in an off-limits area. ‘He was napping and, unfortunately, there wasn’t time for him to get out,’ said former Corinthians president Andres Sanchez.
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Death in the Family Guy... to what end? I
T seems today, that all you see, is vileness on Twitter and dead dogs on TV. Family Guy fans are in mourning this week over the demise of their beloved Brian, the Griffin family dog, who was killed in a car accident during Sunday night’s episode. Social media went into meltdown, as the show’s regular viewers tweeted things like, ‘Why wasn’t it Meg?’ In the episode, Life Of Brian, the martini-quaffing pooch met his end in, admirably, quite a realistic way – he was run over while playing on the road outside the Griffin family home.
Family Guy fans have been shedding tears this week after one of their favourite characters was killed off. But is a TV show death a sign of desperation or is it about serving the best interests of the audience? ROSS McGUINNESS reports He was about to play a game of road hockey with a talking baby and was wearing a helmet but, still, it was realistic. It is baby Stewie Griffin who will miss Brian most, even more than the thousands of fans who reacted angrily to his death. An online petition from FamGuy fans to bring him back has reached more than 80,000 supporters. Television has a long tradition of
bumping off characters to increase ratings, from EastEnders’ Dirty Den Watts – who was killed off not once, but twice – to Bobby Ewing from Dallas. Far from attempting to boost viewer figures, Family Guy’s decision to bury Brian appears to be born out of boredom. The show’s creator, Seth MacFarlane, who also voiced Brian, has hinted in recent interviews the show
firstname.lastname@example.org has had its day. Could he be deliberately annoying his audience in order to hasten that end? Or have the writers of the Fox show simply run out of ideas? Family Guy has replaced Brian with Vinnie, an animated mutt who is voiced by The Sopranos actor Tony Sirico. So what does it all mean for fans of Family Guy? Will anyone keep watching now that it has killed off 50 per cent of its interesting characters (in case you were wondering, the other 50 per cent is a time-travelling baby)? Will it set a trend in doggie deaths on TV shows? Anyone still getting over the loss of Bouncer from Neighbours – the greatest ever TV canine, so great he even had his own dream sequence – might fear for the safety of the likes of Santa’s Little Helper (The Simpsons writers have promised a major character death soon). The reaction to Brian’s death shows fans take the fate of their favourite TV characters very seriously indeed – even if they are animated. ‘Family Guy, like nearly all animated shows, lives in the eternal now,’ said Michael Moran, TV writer at The People. ‘There’s a notional continuity, and call-backs to events in the past, but nothing really changes. The characters don’t age and no one dies. Except this week. Brian’s dead. He was, along with Stewie, one of my favourite characters in the show.’ Mr Moran said Brian’s death fits in with Family Guy’s divisive history – the show is cartoon Marmite. ‘I’m not sure how I’m going to
The cartoon deaths that hurt the most: Character:
Kenny McCormick From: South Park Cause of death: Muscular dystrophy. But also lava, laughter and even boredom Tear factor: Three ee tears out of five. One each ach from Stan, Kyle yle and little Eric
Character: Hazel From: Watership Down Cause of death: Old age. Not all rabbits die of myxomatosis Tear factor: Five. Bright Eyes? Wet eyes, more like
From: The Lion King Cause of death: Jeremy flipping Irons’ (Scar) claws. Oh, and some stampeding wildebeest Tear factor: Four The circle of life is sad
Optimus Prime From: The Transformers: The Movie Cause of death: Megatron Tear factor: Three ‘Prime, you can’t die!’ Sorry kid, he can
take to Vinnie,’ he said. ‘I must say I’m sceptical. Will it freshen up the scripts? Honestly, I don’t think it matters. You either like Family Guy, with its in-jokes and its running gags and its self-congratulatory attitude, or you don’t.’
HrISTOPHEr Hooton, TV writer at Metro.co.uk, thinks Brian was a ‘strange choice to axe’. He said: ‘Brian was the counterweight to the show’s dimwitted protagonist Peter Griffin and served as the voice of reason who would call the rest of the family out on their neuroses. ‘I think a lot of fans identified with him most. ‘In dramas, major character deaths can be thrilling and add a whole new dimension to a show, but with a cartoon with no over-arching narrative, their death doesn’t really serve a purpose, other than to provide one less mouthpiece through which to come up with gags.’ The outpouring of love for Brian, however, shows viewers thought more of him than a mere purveyor of jokes. Cartoons have become more adult in recent years but it’s unclear yet if audiences go to them for the same dramatic arcs as in live-action shows. ‘Viewers come to rely on longrunning cartoons as a dependable and steadfast source of comedy and through its endless repeats Family Guy has become like televisual wallpaper for many,’ said Hooton. ‘As such, fans are looking for a sense of familiarity, not dramatic plot twists.’ He thinks the writers are simply out of ideas and Brian was an easy target – but said he might be back. Mr Moran agrees. ‘Deaths in cartoons, like deaths in comic books, seem more about getting the title in the papers than they are about creative decisions,’ he said. ‘Batman came back, Captain America came back, Superman came back.’ Character: But how can a Brian Griffin dead dog be resurFrom: Family Guy rected? ‘I’ve got Cause of death: Run one or two ideover by a car before as,’ said Mr playing street hockey Moran. ‘Let’s Tear factor: Just two put it this way. Mainly because he Once you have will be back a time machine, “now” is whenever you want it to be...’
Bambi’s mother From: Bambi Cause of death: The hunter’s shot – heard around the world Tear factor: Four Imagine if the death had been on screen
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Church’s yellowing 17th century book of psalms sets a new auction record
€10m answer to their prayers A YELLOWING book of psalms dating back to 1640 has sold for a record €10.5million. The Bay Psalm Book – believed to be one of the first titles printed in the US – was one of two owned by Boston’s Old South Church,
by JOEL TAyLOR which voted to sell it to raise funds. ‘This is enormous for us,’ said the Rev Nancy Taylor, senior minister of the church. ‘It is life-chang-
ing for the ministries we can do.’ The book was bought over the phone by US businessman and philanthropist David Rubenstein, who plans to lend it to libraries around the country. There are only 11 surviving copies of
the book that was published 20 years after the pilgrims landed at Plymouth. John Hames Audubon’s Birds Of America held the previous record for a printed book when it sold for about €8.5million in 2010.
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Verdict is music to the ears of pianist
Shameless Silvio to fight on despite his senate expulsion
A CONCERT pianist has been cleared of causing noise pollution by practising five days a week, eight hours a day. Laia Martin initially faced seven years in jail if she had been found guilty of making her neighbour Sonia Bonsom’s life hell in Puigcerdà, Catalonia. Ms Bonsom claimed she now hated pianos so much she could not stand to even see them in films. But Ms Martin’s playing did not surpass the 30-decibel limit allowed.
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Heart-felt: Silvio Berlusconi listens to his party’s Forza Italia hymn at the rally yesterday Picture: AP
Blair ‘plotted attack to topple Mugabe’
TONY BLAIR was yesterday accused of trying to recruit allies to help Britain invade Zimbabwe during his time as prime minister. The former leader was accused by ex-South African president Thabo Mbeki of secretly seeking support to topple ruler Robert Mugabe. Mr Mbeki said in a TV interview: ‘We had come under pressure that we needed to cooperate in some scheme. It was a regime change scheme, even to the point of using military force, and we were saying no.’
by DANIEL BINNS Mr Blair’s spokesman insisted he had ‘never asked anyone’ to join military action. Mr Mbeki, president from 1999 to 2008, claimed he rejected the invasion plan because he believed Zimbabwes should solve its own problems. Mugabe – blamed for human rights abuses and fixing elections – accused Britain of wanting to seize power from him in 2007. He hit out after former head of the armed forces Lord Guthrie revealed
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DISGRACED former premier Silvio Berlusconi was expelled from the Italian Senate over his tax fraud conviction yesterday. The vote bars him from office for at least six years, but his political career will go on. Brazen Berlusconi, 77, maintained his defiance ahead of the vote, declaring a ‘day of mourning for democracy’ before thousands of cheering, flag-waving supporters outside his residence in Rome. Even though he will not hold a seat in parliament, he is expected to remain influential in Italian politics. He has relaunched his Forza Italia party and analysts say he still commands millions of supporters and can finance his own campaigns. ‘No political leader has suffered a persecution such as I have lived through,’ he claimed. ‘It is a bitter day, a day of mourning. ‘We must stay on the field, we must not despair if the leader of the centre-right is not a senator any more,’ he said. ‘There are leaders of other parties who are not parliamentarians.’ He was joined by his 28-year-old fiancée Francesca Pascale at the event. In August, Italy’s high court upheld Berlusconi’s tax fraud conviction and four-year prison term. The term was reduced automatically to one year under a general amnesty. He will serve his time either under house arrest or through public service.
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Guilty of fiancée murder AN ‘ABUSIVE’ businessman who threw his fiancée off their apartment’s balcony in a fit of jealous rage was found guilty of her murder yesterday. Simon Gittany had claimed his partner, Lisa Harnum, 30, (left) was driven to suicide by an eating disorder. However, the 40-yearold’s testimony was rejected, especially as no fingerprints were
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cROATiA: Voters say a governor ‘acted like Marie Antoinette’ by leasing a €60,000 Audi A6 with taxpayers’ cash. Protesters stormed Sisak city hall where Marina Lovric Merzel works, forcing her to return the car. She has paid the lease from her own purse and will use her own car instead. One protester said: ‘She reminds us of Marie Antoinette – telling the commoners they could eat cake while they were starving.’
The Syrian government says it will participate in UN-led peace talks aimed at ending the country’s civil war, but insisted it is not going to the January 22 conference to hand over power. The
Green police seize smoky barbecues cHiNA: More than 500 barbecues that people relied on to cook have been destroyed in an effort to cut air pollution in Beijing. The open-air grills were seized after complaints in an effort to reduce emissions of pollutant PM2.5 – which can enter deep into the lungs – authorities said. Critics ridiculed the move, saying car fumes were a bigger problem.
OJ re-trial bid is kicked out
VATicAN ciTY: Pope Francis uses his sleeves to keep his hands warm as he braves a cold snap to give his weekly general audience Picture: AP
and finally... AMERicA: Long-suffering residents in the Massachusetts community of Devon Wood are using a profiling lab to stop dog fouling. They have DNA tested all the local dogs so unwanted poo can be matched to offenders.
AMERicA: Disgraced former football star OJ Simpson faces at least four more years in prison after a judge rejected his latest bid for a re-trial. Simpson, 66, claims he was not tried fairly in 2008 on kidnapping and armed robbery. charges But Las Vegas judge Linda Bell ruled that ‘all grounds in the petition lack merit.’ His lawyer said he will appeal to the Nevada supreme court.
Regime to send delegation to UN talks regime’s foreign ministry stressed its representatives ‘will be going to Geneva not to hand over power to anyone’ but to meet with those ‘who support a political solution for Syria’s future.’
PM quits after fatal Governor finds car store roof collapse leasing too taxing
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hile i am sure your (wonderful) paper will not be the only one, i don’t understand why your front page article yesterday on a man twice threatening to kill people referred to the fact that he had depression twice in as little as 300 words. There is no correlative link between depression and aggression. it upsets me that we as a society seem to want to get rid of the depression stigma, yet references like this are still constantly made. if that man was disabled physically, would it be implied that perhaps it had lead to the anger that resulted in him producing a gun on two occasions? As someone who has struggled with depression and constantly debates whether or not i should be more open about it, it’s things like this that make me think i can’t because people will assume i’m (for want of a better word) crazy. Depressed About Depression
■ Can i ask why some goods in chain stores are available for collection, yet the same, significantly cheaper items are only available for home delivery in Ni and the UK? i looked at an item for Christmas only to find it cost €40 more in the Republic of ireland than in Belfast and the UK. Why are the irish being ripped off by these giant stores? hang on. Because we have so much money haven’t we? Wake up consumers. LK ■ enda wants to achieve an unemployment rate of ten per cent in the next two years? if he keeps up his pro-emigration policies, he just might make it. Milo ■ Mike, i’m glad you’re leaving. has noone ever told you, you must give before you can get something? i’m eight years in this friendliest of countries now, and proud to call it home. Green ‘N’ Proud ■ Any chance single guys in their thirties could tell us single girls where they go out? No offence to the 26/28 year olds, but you just make us feel old! Cougars No More
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Massive ice comet to pass into Sun’s corona
Steaming in: The comet hurtles towards the Sun where it could be vaporised by the intense heat Picture: Nasa/ePa
IT could be one of the most spectacular events in years – or it might fizzle out into nothing. At about 6.30pm today, astronomers will see if comet Ison passes safely through the corona of the Sun or explodes in a giant cloud of superheated steam. The 2km-wide ice ball is speeding towards the sun at 1.4million kph, and will pass 1.15million km above the solar surface. ‘It is going to be encountering temperatures of nearly 2,800c at the hottest point, and we are talking about what is essentially an ancient snowball, so it’s going to
by NicOLE LE MARiE be a bit of a shock for it,’ said Prof Andrew coates, of the Mullard Space Science laboratory. ‘It could mean we will be able to see a long straight line, or trails in the sky, but we just don’t know yet. It could show in the first few mornings in december [to the southeast], or if people look west in the evenings it may also be visible then. But avoid looking directly into the Sun when trying to spot it. Prof coates said the best website on which to view the comet is www.spaceweather.com
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television film of the dAy 8 MILE, iTV4, 10.30pm Aka ‘the Eminem movie’. This loosely autobiographical drama stars Mr Marshall Mathers as Jimmy ‘Rabbit’ Smith, a wannabe rapper in mid-1990s Detroit who lives in trailer park hell with his alcoholic white trash momma (Kim Basinger, pictured right). His only way out is though his music but he’s having trouble getting his career started or gaining any cred in the ganglinked rap ‘battles’ dominated by African Americans. Mekhi Phifer plays his best bud, the late Brittany Murphy plays his girl. Directed by Curtis Hanson (LA Confidential), this is a cool cut above your average ‘music megastar tries their hand at acting’ vanity vehicle. Eminem acquits himself very well, displaying vulnerability as well as mouth, and it’s all in all one of the better hip hop movies ever made.
legAcy BBC2, 9pm Whispered conversations in dark bars, Russian agents with a penchant for Mayfair call girls, posh chaps with haunted eyes and family secrets… all report for duty in this delve into the murky world of espionage in early 1970s London. Stardust’s Charlie Cox (right) is Charles Thoroughgood, a young spy whose debut in the big league is to persuade Viktor, a Russian friend from his Oxford days, to switch sides and pass secrets from the Soviet Embassy. Andrew Scott and Romola Garai co-star.
AnimAl odd coUples BBC1, 8pm Tripping off around the world to hear more touching tales of fiercely loyal bonds between animals and unlikely companions, former RTÉ presenter Liz Bonnin finds her heart melting as she feeds green beans to Jessica the hippo, who comes to tea in Tony and Shirley’s kitchen in South Africa. Then it’s off to meet Kevin, a human, whose cheerful way of asserting his authority over a male hyena looks as if we’re heading for a whole other kind of coupling show.
Kitchen hero: homecooKed RTÉ1, 7pm m It’s feeding time as Donal Skehan sets up his stall at Dublin Zoo. Visitors ors – not the monkeys – will be indulging in the yummy creations he has rustled up, including caramelised banana pancakes and Mexican fish tacos.
There is something so aesthetically beautiful white about black-and-white films. I tend to be drawn to them for the lighting and the mood that is created by that period of filmmaking. And this is ith just a great story, with ve) in Gregory Peck (above) the lead role. I have always loved the book.
A streetcAr nAmed desire
Another example of the stark beauty of blackand-white but I also love the performances. Marlon Brando’s raw animalistic power is sort of masculine and feminine at the same time with unbelievable depth of character. Then there’s Karl Malden’s playfulness and Vivien Leigh’s frailty.
the good, the bAd And the Ugly
A testosterone-fuelled uelled film that I’d choose just for pure enjoyment, starring Clint Eastwood (right). I have always enjoyed Eli Wallach’s performance as the ‘ugly’: that was as something that inspired me as a character actor.
the treAsUre of the sierrA mAdre Another great narrative and another inspirational character actor: Walter Huston. It’s his performance that makes the film so compelling: he was so fabulous – and his son directed him.
Tonight’s season finale is full of bizarre twists and some strange scenarios – just what we’ve come to expect from this supernatural head-scratcher. It opens with Julia trying to seize the egg as police property just as the butterfly emerges. While it flies ar around inside the mini dome, knocking against the edges, the mini dome and the residents of Chester’s Mill are plunged into total darkness.
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A more obscure choice but I really love it, again because of the lead character that director Akira Kurosawa has in the film. Maxim Munzuk is just captivating. I could watch this again and again. Anthony Gibson Barry Pepper stars in Snitch, out now on DVD and Blu-ray.
Tom Selleck (below) is back in grandstanding form as NYPD Commissioner Frank Reagan, the patriarch of an IrishAmerican clan with crime-fighting blood coursing through their veins. As the Reagans return for a fourth season, Frank is determined the family should unite to nail whoever’s responsible for the death of an NYPD officer, killed during an armed robbery. But what will he make of daughter Erin (Bridget Moynahan) daring to question whether they’re looking in the right place?
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High heels are out, sensible shoes are in. Naomi Mdudu hails the good news
very so often, the fashion pendulum swings in favour of comfort – you know, styles we can actually wear without being subjected to pain. Thankfully, the swing is currently in our favour. As designers continue to embrace ‘real’ clothes with the lifestyles of women in mind, flat shoes are officially back in the fold. ‘Designers are recognising that women lead busy lives and need to be able to run around, so they are creating striking flats that can be worn all day
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with fashion-forward details,’ says Natalie Kingham, head of fashion at Matchesfashion.com. ‘Customers are willing to invest in flat shoes that can make many outfits look chic, comfortable and effortless.’ High heels just don’t feel right in this new mood – so dangerously precipitous shoes that have plagued shop floors for the past few years have given way to styles that are unapologetically practical. If your relationship with your favourite pair of heels is anything like mine, it’s a tumultuous one. you
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love them for helping to change your posture and give you a confident swagger, but they’re also the reason you won’t be walking many steps at all. And it’s one thing to admire the construction and design of a beautifully-made pair from afar, but a completely different matter to schlep around in them all day. And that’s why the return of flats is so good. With winter upon us, there couldn’t be a better time for fashion to be about comfort. They’re not your usual, run-of-the-mill flats, mind you. These aren’t the styles you pull out of your handbag at the end of a night out. The flat’s latest incarnations come in many different guises – and they’re special. Monk straps, tassel loafers and brogues abound – tapping into the masculine trend perfectly. They work well with cropped, tailored trousers, button-down shirts and this season’s favourite, the oversized coat.
n the other end of the spectrum, we have jazzy flats, perfect for evening dos, along with a range of pretty, feminine styles – which often come with ladylike bows in leather or velvet and work well styled with the new fullskirted midi. For those willing to go bold, take style cues from Stella McCartney and embrace what everyone’s dubbing the ‘ugly shoe’. With soles so big they look medical, they’re not for the fainthearted. But while you may mock now, give it a few months and I
promise you’ll change your mind. The current obsession with flats started, as so many trends have, with Alexa Chung. The 30-year-old fashion favourite has been championing them for years. From Charlotte Olympia’s kitty flats to chic Oxfords, she’s worn them all – on many occasions, on the red carpet among a sea of women in towering heels. But she’s not alone. At the shows in September, front-rowers were championing them too; it’s as if, almost overnight, OTT styles have become outdated and now look,
“It’s as if OTT styles have become outdated”
dare I say it, a bit try-hard. It’s a trend that’s been brewing for some time but really came to the fore for autumn/ winter 2013, with the emphasis on masculine tailoring and quality investment pieces. In this new mood, practicality rules and there’ss a new feeling of power in going understated. They work with everything new this season – the kilt, the oversized coat and the punk and leather trend – and there’s a wide variriety to choose from.
Luxury on a budget
Just as a new season brings new trends and products for us to covet, it also marks the launch of a whole host of new affordable designer partnerships. From Eudon Choi’s autumn/ iver winter collaboration with River tnership with Island, to H&M’s partnership Isabel Marant, this winter is bursting with opportunities to bag a great Canadian designer Todd Lynn has headed to designer piece for a fraction of the price. the high street to launch an affordable line Canadian designer Todd Lynn has for women, writes Naomi Mdudu worked for the likes of Beyoncé and Mick Jagger and is now offering an affordable range for Debenhams. Lynn worked with Roland €1 Mouret for off Royal Marine Hotel - Dun Laoghaire admission seven years this before Sunday 1st December 11am-6pm pm with coupon launching his own unique gifts, fine furnishings & vintage crystal and china for the festive table label in Ethical and sustainable options for the style and fashion conscious at 2006 and prices you can afford. Timeless gifts that will be cherished. Quality has gone on antique & vintage furniture & homewares, precious jewelry, to become a paintings, vintage fashion, rare books, collectibles & curios highlight of T: 0872670607 www.VintageIreland.Eu Adm €3.50 London
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W Fashion Week. Aside fr from the financial rewa rewards, partnerships off young designers offer oppor the opportunity to t an reach out to audienc they audience wouldn be exposed to wouldn’t on their own, sa says Lynn. ‘My main collection caters to a specific woman but at Debenhams the net is so much wider,’ he says. ‘I never want to exclude customers. People spend different amounts on the clothes they buy so this range was about letting those who spend less buy into the brand.’ The collection is part of the store’s Edition platform, an initiative offering customers the chance to snap up pieces from the best young design talent for at least four seasons, at prices that won’t break the bank. Lynn’s 12-piece capsule collection has elements from iconic pieces in his main line, with über-cool tailoring mixed with great prints and the ultimate biker jacket. He joins a string of designers involved in the platform such as Marios Schwab, Henry Holland and Jonathan Saunders. Todd Lynn for Debenhams at www.debenhams.ie, from €70 Luxury line: Todd Lynn’s collection for Debenhams
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METROSCOPE by Patrick Arundell
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Music to our years Harry White, editor of The Encyclopaedia of irish Music, reminisces on the experience of compiling the handsome two-volume tome that provides a comprehensive guide to the country’s rich musical heritage Hazel Lavery’s cool,, ns appraising stare adorns the slipcase of The Ency-clopaedia of Music in Ireland (EMIR), and I am staring back at her now as I write this. She was an
American heiress transformed into an elegant (and very beautiful) personification of Ireland by her husband, the great portraitist Sir John Lavery, who was commissioned by the Irish Free State to create this image for the new bank notes in 1928. Thirty years later, when I was born, she was still going strong. Then she disappeared, sometime in the 1980s,
and now she is back again, this time representing music (and not money), in Ireland. ‘It’s a whole new life for her’, I said to myself, when I first beheld the magnificent appearance of EMIR in its red, clothbound volumes which slot neatly into that handsome slipcase.
When the President of Ireland, Michael D Higgins, launched EMIR on October 4 last, he
shrewdly remarked that music in Ireland can be ‘a rather contentious subject’, an observation that dre an affectionate laugh of drew recognition from the 350 or so people gathered in the Freemasons’ Hall in Dublin for the occasion. And he was right: there is such a strong sense of ownership and pride which attaches to different constituencies and practices of Irish music that it is practically impossible to avoid some degree of controversy in any scholarly engagement with the subject as a whole. That is one reason why EMIR, from the outset, was conceived not as a formal history of music in Ireland, but as a map of Irish musical
experience designed to take account of so many different avenues and agencies of music as a manifestation of Irish history itself. EMIR countenances traditional music, popular music, church music, theatre music, art music, domestic music, public music and so on, across some 2,000 individual entries.
As Barra Boydell and I edited EMIR, our work patterns were
determined by the order in which the material reached us: each article went from the contributor to his, or her, subject editor (a process which often involved substantial interventions), and thence to the executive editors of the project (more of the same), and finally to Barra and me. Barra would bring these materials to my room in UCD (where we met three times a week for two years), and I would read each article aloud, sentence by sentence, so that even then, hardly a single entry went by unchanged, as Barra introduced our joint amendments into his computer and I marked up the same alterations onto the hard copy. iandodds.co.uk
sHELf spAcE A Story LAteLy toLd by Anjelica Huston simon & schuster HHHHI That this is a classier take on the celebrity autobiography is signalled by the heavyweight endorsements on the dustjacket. You won’t find thrice Booker-nominated colm Tóibín enthusing on the back of katie Price’s latest batch of revelations. coming of age in ireland, London and new York foregrounds an often isolated young woman’s struggle to be recognised ognised by a distant, occasionally cruel, yet charismatic father. Huston was two when her father moved her, her elder brother Tony and their mother Ricki to a decaying ancestral Galway pile. When the director was at the The Big House, they entertained stars like Peter o’Toole, and some of the first toddler snaps of anjelica were taken by Magnum legend Robert capa. When she is ten, her mother moves her children to London but tragedy strikes when her mother dies in a car crash. Huston’s writing has the kind of laconicism you associate with her acting: often what is not plumbed is just as revelatory. i look forward to the second volume, out next year, that will begin in 1970s Hollywood. siobhan Murphy
the thing About december by donal ryan doubleday ireland HHHHH donal Ryan’s debut novel The spinning Heart was rejected no less than 47 times before it was picked up by dublin’s Lilliput Press, and later longlisted for the Man Booker Prize. His follow-up novel indubitably places the Tipperary native in the pantheon of great contemporary irish writers. although it was written before The spinning Heart, The Thing about december is fractionally more accomplished and pulses with scintillating prose that belies its sorrowful subject
matter. our narrator is young ‘gom’ Johnsey cunliffe who takes the reader through one eventful year of his life. a period marked by profound loss that sees him both orphaned and vilified by land-hungry locals, it’s not entirely devoid of hope – Johnsey builds a tentative relationship with a nurse who cares for him after he takes a hiding and forges a tender and comic friendship with Mumbly dave, the garrulous patient he shares a ward with. Ryan’s shrewd account of life in contemporary rural ireland, with all its attendant kindnesses and cruelties, feels both raw and astonishingly authentic. Daragh Reddin
duration, from the tens of thou-
One day in the summer of 2010 we had just finished editing the entry on The Boomtown Rats and Barra reminisced about his own memories of Bob Geldof and the song I Don’t Like Mondays in particular. ‘Okay’, I said, ‘What’s next?’ Barra handed me a fresh entry. I looked at it for a moment and said, ‘From The Boomtown Rats to The Chapel Royal: that’s the essence of this whole project’.
It’s been a long journey, almost ten years in
sands of emails, print-outs, drafts and proofs to the appearance of EMIR at last, and throughout this entire process there was hardly a day when it failed to occur to me how this simply would never have happened at all without the freely-given expertise, research, advice and countless hours of work by so many people, all of them dedicated to bringing this essence to life. I like to think that Hazel Lavery, that courageous and beautiful woman, would have been happy with our efforts to trace the experience of music in Ireland. I also think that she would have endorsed the publication’s representation of Ireland’s musical relations to the world at large. It has truly been a labour of love. That, too, is something Hazel would have understood.
Harry White is general editor (with Barra Boydell) of The Encyclopaedia Of Music In Ireland, published by UCD Press (www.ucdpress.ie) in two volumes. EMIR is available from bookshops and online for €100.
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spoRt Digest Sick as a parrot: Pilks is ruled out with injury until next year
city clinch it after some Hart-stopping moments gRoup D
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Canaries hit by Pilks setback
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FootbALL Norwich expect
Anthony Pilkington’s hamstring injury to sideline the midfielder for up to six weeks. The Republic of Ireland international will not be back in contention until the new year after sustaining a gradetwo tear. Under-pressure Canaries boss Chris Hughton reportedly told the club’s AGM that Pilkington’s injury ‘usually means five or six weeks out’.
Cheapest RWC final seat £150 Rugby union The 2015 World Cup final will kick off at 8pm, with ticket prices ranging from £150 to £715. For the Ireland fixtures, tickets range from £15 up to £175 (€209) for the Canada, ‘Europe 2’ and Italy matches while a chance to catch the final Pool D game against France will cost from £15 to £250 (€299). England 2015 has announced more than one million of the total 2.3m available tickets will go on sale at £100 or less, with 500,000 selling at under £50. Adult ticket prices start at £15 for pool matches, while children’s tickets will be available from £7 at 41 of the 48 matches. Tickets will first be distributed to clubs in May, with the general sales launch taking place next September.
competition The annual
GAA book, A Season of Sundays 2013, sponsored by Carroll’s Meats, and produced by the award-wining photographers in Sportsfile, has once again captured the highlights, lowlights and off-beat moments of the remarkable 2013 GAA AllIreland season. To celebrate the book’s 17th year, we have three books to give away. To enter simply follow us on @metrohsport and retweet.
Diving reign: Hart is hoping to be City’s top dog again
MANCHESTER City saw off the resistance of Czech minnows Viktoria Plzen at the Etihad Stadium but did not have it all their own way. Plzen twice equalised but strikes from Alvaro Negredo and Edin Dzeko saw the hosts, who have already secured a spot in the last 16, record the victory. Although returning goalkeeper Joe Hart conceded two goals on the night, he had no chance with either strike and made a number of fine saves during the match. Sergio Aguero, who would go off at the break with an injury, opened the scoring for City from the spot in the 33rd minute. However, Tomas Horava stunned the home crowd with a 25-yard rocket which flew into the top corner ten minutes later. Samir Nasri put City ahead again in the 65th minute, yet Plzen hit back four minutes later through Stanislav Tecl. City sealed the win through substitute Negredo’s 78th-minute goal and a header from Dzeko late on.
Simon’s silent treatment is just fine by Mignolet SIMON MIGNOLET insists he is happy to be the quiet man of Anfield as long as his Liverpool side remain in the title race. The Belgium goalkeeper has made an immediate impact on Merseyside after signing in the summer. Mignolet has kept four clean sheets as the Reds stayed in touch with leaders Arsenal, who are four points clear in the Premier League. The impact of the £9million (€10.7m) signing from Sunderland has been felt but, while performances have been impressive, it is more a goalkeeper’s mistakes, highlighted by the woes of Joe Hart, which make headlines. But that is just fine by Mignolet, who is happy just to blend into the background at Anfield. ‘As a goalkeeper most of the time you are in the limelight for mistakes and for bad reasons.’ ‘If you go unnoticed you have not made any mistakes. I don’t read the reports – sometimes they are good, sometimes they are bad. Mignolet admitted he thought Liverpool’s hopes of a point at Everton in Saturday’s 3-3 draw had gone when Romelu Lukaku restored the Toffees’ lead with eight minutes left at Goodison Park.
AVb puzzled by his lack of firepower ANDRE Villas-Boas admits he is not sure why his strikers are struggling to find the net at the moment. Tottenham have a chance to put their poor form behind them when they take on Tromso in the Europa League this evening. But they head into the game with a real shortage of goals and Spurs boss Villas-Boas said: ‘[Roberto] Soldado, Jermain Defoe and [Emmanuel] Adebayor are all proven scorers, so we can’t get much better than these three. ‘The only thing that we have to do is make sure that we double the amount of opportunities we create to make sure a couple finish in the back of the net.’ Villas-Boas has left ten players at home for the trip to Norway where a win would guarantee Spurs top spot in Group K with one match to go.
Latics dream of plum draw
Sim’ of the times: Mignolet’s form has been vital for Liverpool pic: action iMageS ‘Thankfully, Daniel came up Substitute Daniel Sturridge with the goal. We know how delivered an 89th-minute important it is to pick up that equaliser, though, leaving point. If you go 3-2 down at that Mignolet relieved. stage, your heads could go down ‘I wasn’t thinking we would get but we kept battling. We have to a point at 3-2, I thought that was do our best now. There are a lot it,’ added Mignolet, who was of games to be played and we speaking ahead of Sunday’s trip don’t look too far in front.’ to Hull.
WIGAN boss Owen Coyle fancies a shot at a continental giant in the Europa League’s knock-out stages. The Latics will advance if they beat Zulte Waregem tonight and Maribor do not beat Rubin Kazan. Coyle said: ‘It could be a Milan, an Ajax, a Napoli – there’ll be some fantastic teams coming out of the Champions League, never mind the quality that’s already there.’
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Joe irons out Upton Park exit rumours Joe Cole has denied reports a rift with West Ham boss Sam Allardyce will see him seek a January transfer. Irons midfielder Cole was unhappy at being hauled off before half-time in Saturday’s 3-0 london derby defeat at home to his former club Chelsea. ‘The manager has been great to me since I came back,’ Cole said. ‘The only way I’ll be leaving is if they tell me they don’t want me any more.’
easy: evans got in on the act from close range
Goals this season for Torino’s Alessio Cerci, who Manchester United and Arsenal are interested in
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High fives all round as united progress in style MANCHESTER UNITED produced easily their most impressive performance of the season in Germany last night as the Reds stunned Bayer Leverkusen and swept into the knockout stages of the Champions League. Last night’s game had potential danger written all over it but with Wayne Rooney in inspirational form again, David Moyes’ men made sure of their place in the last 16, playing some
ODDbALLs It’s an orange alert for Mexes at the Tan siro BIZARRE football injuries, No.263: AC Milan’s Philippe Mexes has joined a snigger-inducing list of players that includes Ronaldo (black eye from microphone whack), David James (pulled muscle stretching for TV remote) and Kevin Kyle (scalded testicles – don’t ask). Mexes (pictured) missed the 1-1 draw with Genoa on Saturday with a pain in his left eye, diagnosed as central serous retinopathy, which can be caused by too much sun. But Italian paper Tuttosport suggested Mexes was hitting the sunbeds too often. Whether or not this is true, we’re guessing he’s glad he missed Milan’s trip to brass-monkeys Glasgow to play Celtic this week.
gROup A BAyER LEVERKUSEN .......0 MAN UNITED ................... 5 by NIcK METcALfE delightful football in the process. Moyes selected an attacking team, and United were positive throughout,
the first goal coming after 22 minutes when Shinji Kagawa fed Ryan Giggs – the Welsh great a starter two days before his 40th birthday – who in turn supplied Rooney on the left. His pinpoint cross found Antonio Valencia, who shot in off a post. The lead was doubled eight minutes later when a terrific free-kick from Rooney was headed into his own net by Emir Spahic. United remained in
cruise control after the break, and Jonny Evans scored their third after 65 minutes, the defender finishing from close range after Patrice Evra flicked on a corner and Rooney’s shot was saved by Bernd Leno. Rooney set up Chris Smalling to tap in for a fourth, and Nani applied the gloss late on when he was supplied by Giggs and rounded the keeper to score a fifth for the rampant Reds.
First foremost for Cech after Blues’ Basle day at the office
Goalkeeper Petr Cech admits Chelsea have made their lives more difficult by losing to Basle for a second time in Champions League Group E. Blues boss Jose Mourinho (pictured) had targeted a win to render the result in next month’s final group match with Steaua Bucharest meaningless but now his side must win to be certain of top spot. Cech’s performance in goal was the one bright aspect for Chelsea, who failed to muster a meaningful effort on goal but still stumbled to last-16 qualification as a result of Schalke’s draw with Steaua. ‘We could’ve made it clear,’ Cech said. ‘[But] we’ve made it a bit more complicated for ourselves. We qualified, that’s the main thing. We
9 Matches for Chelsea in December, starting with Sunday’s visit of Southampton didn’t play the way we wanted, we didn’t get the result we wanted, but at the same time we got the result we wanted. ‘We wanted to come home from Basle with the qualification in our
pocket. We are going home with the qualification but we want to finish first.’ Cech pulled off a string of fine saves before he was beaten by Mohamed Salah’s 87th-minute goal in a lacklustre performance which Mourinho attributed to tiredness. ‘We didn’t start particularly well and their confidence grew,’ the 31year-old Czech Republic international added. ‘In the Champions League when you give your opponent hope they can cause you problems. In the first minute we gave them hope. It became difficult. ‘In the second half we improved, there were situations when we could have scored but it was the last touch that was missing. The only positive thing is we qualified.’
u PoRTo striker Jackson Martinez is reportedly close to agreeing a £33million move to Chelsea. u SToKe chairman Peter Coates has dismissed speculation goalkeeper Asmir Begovic will sign for Manchester City during the January window. u WEST Brom striker Shane Long is confident his contract situation will get sorted. His deal runs out at the end of the season.
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The silent treatment suits Reds shot-stopper Mignolet just fine
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Rooney rampant on big night for Moyes spurs right behind me, insists AVB
My oh Moyes: David smiles as Utd qualify by jAMEs bOyLAn DAVID MOYES savoured his first significant feat as Manchester United manager after his side powered into the last 16 of the Champions League. After an indifferent start to his tenure, the feeling Moyes is finally getting to grips with his new job continues to grow as United walloped Bayer Leverkusen 5-0 in imperious fashion last night. Wayne Rooney starred for the visitors as he pulled the strings along with Ryan Giggs, who turns 40 tomorrow. Strikes by Antonio Valencia, Jonny Evans, Chris Smalling, Nani and an Emir Spahic own goal sent United three points clear in Group A. Moyes’ men are unlikely to be knocked off their perch by second-placed Shakhtar Donetsk because of their superior goal difference. Back in Manchester, United’s already-qualified rivals City beat Viktoria Plzen 4-2. Elsewhere, a stunning freekick opener from Gareth Bale helped Real Madrid to a 4-1 victory over Galatasaray.
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tOttenHAM boss Andre VillasBoas has dismissed speculation he is fighting for his future. Villas-Boas (pictured) was reported to be battling to save his job after the club’s difficult start to the season continued with a 6-0 hammering at Manchester city on sunday. But the Portuguese coach says he has the backing of the board and the full support of his players. ‘that can only come from creative minds,’ he said about the rumours. ‘i’m immune to the criticism. i used to read into situations like this. i’m very indifferent now. ‘i’m only under pressure from the press. the board and players are fully behind me. ‘the board is of the same opinion that everything went wrong [on sunday] and we hope to get some response in the future.’
Sweet 16: Rooney, right, and Smalling lead the celebrations after United’s second
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‘Club bigger than any player’ says Jennings of departure rumours As uncertAinty over the futures of Leinster back row tandem Jamie Heaslip and sean O’Brien rumbles on, team-mate shane Jennings insists the club can thrive in their absence. the ireland pair are out of contract at the end of this season and are reportedly high on the shopping lists of several wealthy French clubs. Jennings hopes both men decide to stay at home, but believes the province would survive if the pair decide to leave.
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Tough decisions: Shane Jennings
‘Of course it would. they know as well as everybody else that no single player is bigger than the club,’ Jennings said. ‘thankfully, we don’t have lads who think they are and they [Heaslip and O’Brien] don’t think they are. We will wait and see if any of those rumours you hear come to fruition or if there is any truth behind them, but they are very proud to be Leinster lads. ‘they have done an awful lot for the club over the years and i think they want to be more
successful as well, so i know the players, coaches and supporters want them to stay. things happen. if they move on, you move on and try to replace them and try to get better. But hopefully it won’t happen.’ Looking back on his own midcareer move to Leicester in 2005, Jennings knows how difficult a decision it is for irish players to go abroad. ‘yeah, it’s emotional. i didn’t want to go. i was still crying in the car with my Mum and she’s
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saying “you’ll never be the same again”.’ ‘you can’t take away the fact that it’s going to be emotional, leaving the club you wanted to play with for the rest of your life. the place where you’ve grown up, your city, your family, your friends. ‘so it’s very tough. it’s a professional decision and you’ve got to be man enough to make it. ‘And whether it’s to develop as a player or for financial reasons, whatever, they’re tough decisions.’
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