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Hoffman loses his battle with drugs A career in film: Philip Seymour Hoffman, who was found dead yesterday, was best known to young audiences as Plutarch Heavensbee in The Hunger Games but also appeared in The Talented Mr Ripley, Moneyball and Mission: Impossible III. He won an Oscar for Capote and received three Oscar nominations as best supporting actor PICTURE: CAMERA PRESS

Oscar winner found dead in his bathroom ‘with a needle in his arm’ OSCAR-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead from a suspected heroin overdose yesterday. The 46-year-old Hunger Games star, who went into rehab in May, was discovered at his Manhattan home. Police found him with a syringe in his arm, reports suggest. Officers were called to his home by a friend. An NYPD statement said: ‘He was found dead in his bathroom of an apparent drug overdose.’ His death overshadowed last night’s London Critics’ Circle Film Awards, where screen stars paid tribute. John Hurt, who starred with Hoffman in 2003 film Owning Mahowny, said: ‘It’s a devastating loss. His contribution was massive.’ The New Yorker got his first acting role in a 1991 episode of long-running police show Law And Order. He went on to play memorable characters in films such as The Big Lebowski, Boogie Nights and Magnolia, receiving the best actor Oscar in

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by AidAn RAdnedge 2006 for Capote. His last major film was last year’s Hunger Games sequel, Catching Fire, and he was set to appear in the next instalment, Mockingjay. He developed drug and alcohol problems not long after graduating from acting school in New York in 1989, although he had remained clean until a relapse in May. The father-of-three talked about how an addiction to prescription pills led him to snorting heroin before checking himself into detox. His family said in a statement: ‘We are devastated by the loss of our beloved Phil and appreciate the outpouring of love and support we have received from everyone. This is a tragic and sudden loss.’ At last night’s critics’ awards, Philomena star Steve Coogan said: ‘He did some tremendous work. Everything he was in he raised the quality of his film just by his presence.’

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Today is... The Day the Music Died Day

That’ll Be The Day rock legends Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and the Big Bopper died in a plane crash on this day in 1959. Celebrate the memory the 1950s idols by downloading Peggy Sue on your iPod and get jiving.

From the archives (2012): Travellers involved in ‘slavery’

CRIMINAL gangs from the Irish and British Travelling communities are transporting vulnerable men abroad to work as ‘modern slaves’, an investigation by the BBC has found. There are at least 32 victims in six EU countries, including Sweden.

Today’s birthdays

Val Doonican, entertainer, 86; Blythe Danner, actress, 71; Dave Davies, musician (The Kinks), 67; Warwick Davis, actor, 44; Isla Fisher, actress, right, 38.


The solutions from 1 to 12 are all six-letter words ending with the letter M in the centre. Moving clockwise from 1, the letters in the outer circle will spell out the name of an adventure novelist. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

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White mineral Smeagol Calls to arms Radioactive material 12. Small crown

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James Ketchell completes hat-trick of adventures after cycling round the world

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FOR most adventurers, conquering Mount Everest and rowing the Atlantic would be enough – but not for James Ketchell. He celebrated an unprecedented super-triathlon hat-trick yesterday after completing his cycle around the world. The 31-year-old – nicknamed Captain Ketch – arrived in Greenwich in south-east London after pedalling 29,000km across the globe over the past eight months. ‘It’s an incredible feeling,’ said Mr Ketchell, from Hampshire in the UK. ‘I’m just so happy and relieved to have done it and hopefully I’ve inspired other people to achieve what they want to do in life in the process.’ His extreme bike ride caps a hat-trick for Mr Ketchell, who

High achiever: James Ketchell scales Mount Everest also rowed 4,800km from Spanish island La Gomera to Antigua in 110 days and spent six weeks reaching the summit of Everest. His achievements are even more remarkable given that he broke both legs, an arm and an ankle in a motorbike accident seven years ago. Doctors at the

time warned he might not be able to walk again. ‘I could sit and feel sorry for myself or I could do something about it,’ he said. He took part in the global triathlon on behalf of children’s charity the ELIFAR Foundation and as an ambassador for the Scouts organisation.

Recovery: James Ketchell, pictured here rowing the Atlantic and crossing the line at the end of his biking challenge, suffered serious injuries in a motorbike accident Pictures: innesco

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Rowling admits love spell was a mistake Pledge: Gilmore

Labour ‘will cut property tax by 15%’ THE Labour Party is dangling the prospect of a 15 per cent cut in property tax in front of urban voters in the run up to the local elections. Speaking on RTÉ yesterday, Tánaiste and party leader Eamon Gilmore said there was scope for a reduction in the rate in large urban areas where values, and therefore property tax, is high. Under legislation, from next year, local authorities will be able to vary the charge by 15 per cent. Speaking on the This Week programme yesterday, Mr Gilmore said: ‘I expect that where councils are led by the Labour Party after the local election, the Labour Party will pursue this policy in these local authorities.’ Meanwhile, Transport Minister Leo Varadkar also said he would support a reduction in property tax, however he said the funding would have to be found elsewhere. The local elections will be held on May 23.

2,000 at ‘Pantigate’ protest AROUND 2,000 people took to the streets of Dublin yesterday in a protest ‘expressing outrage at RTÉ censorship’. LGBT Noise staged the event after it emerged RTÉ had agreed to pay a reported €80,000 damages for defamation of the people Rory O’Neill, aka drag artist Panti, said he thought were ‘homophobic’ on The Saturday Night Show. LGBT Noise said it organsised the protest ‘to give space to LGBT people make their voices heard, in what has been seen as a silencing of a debate on homophobia’. Opinion: Page 6

IT WAS an unlikely romance to end such a magical children’s tale. For all his powers, Harry Potter was unable to conjure a romance with Hermione Granger – who went off with his flame-haired friend Ron Weasley. But the series author JK Rowling, has said the lack of spark between Potter and Granger may have been a mistake.

She admitted Ron may have been the wrong match in an interview with Wonderland magazine, guest edited by Emma Watson who played Hermione in the films. Rowling said: ‘I wrote the Hermione/Ron relationship as a form of wish fulfilment. That’s how it was conceived, really. For reasons that have very little to do with literature

and far more to do with me clinging to the plot as I first imagined it, Hermione ended up with Ron. The author said Ron, played by Rupert Grint on the big screen, and Hermione would have likely needed relationship counselling, while Watson has also doubted the couple’s potential longevity. Wonderland is out on Friday. Amortentia: Hermione and Ron

Capital on alert as 100kph gusts forecast this morning by jOAnnE AHERn GUSTS of 80 to 100kph are forecast for Dublin this morning, with Met Éireann issuing an Orange alert for the capital. The alert also covers counties Wicklow, Meath, Louth, Wexford, Cork, Kerry and Waterford and will remain in effect until 3pm today. Met Éireann is warning of south to southeast winds reaching speeds of 50 to 70kph, with the strongest winds along the coast. Heavy rain is also forecast, with a risk of coastal flooding. Meanwhile, the threat of further flooding in Limerick will remain until this afternoon, city authorities have warned. Many people had to be evacuated from their homes after the city’s worst flooding in living memory when the River Shannon burst its banks at several locations. Met Éireann has issued a yellow alert for the Treaty city, along with Tipperary, Clare, Connacht, Cavan, Monaghan, Donegal, Carlow, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois, Longford, Offaly and Westmeath. Winds of 45 to 65kph, along with gusts of 80-100kph are forecast for those areas, with the alert in place until midday today. Several parts of the country were seriously affected over the weekend, especially Salthill in Galway, Clare, Kerry and Cork city, but Limerick appeared to have been hit hardest with a number of roads closed for a time.

Wade to go: Residents use a boat to navigate flood waters on the Lee Estate in Limerick city Picture: Pa Limerick city and county manager Conn Murphy yesterday said up to 2,000 residents in 300 homes on the northside of the city were affected. Elderly residents were among those rescued from their homes by the emergency services which used inflatable and rowing boats in flooded

housing estates. Some were taken to St Munchin’s Community Centre. Mr Murphy said no one in the city could remember flooding on that scale before. Preparations had been made and defences shored up in areas most at risk but ‘the volume of water was such that our defences

were simply unable to cope,’ he said. Housing Minister Jan O’Sullivan, a TD for Limerick City, said ‘the unprecedented flooding’ in Limerick is ‘of such a magnitude that it requires a national response’. Some estimates put clean-up costs in the millions.

Near miss for Clare home as ship hatches wash up TWo massive eight-tonne cargo ship hatches narrowly missed a family home after being swept up by the sea and washed 500metres inland during Saturday’s storm. The two 11m x 4m steel cargo-hold covers were among four which were washed overboard from a ship sailing off the Co Clare coast on Tuesday morning. Early on Saturday morning, two of the covers were swept up by the raging Atlantic and

carried across fields before coming to rest close to Gearóid Greene’s home at Farrihy near Kilkee, where 300 acres of his land have been left flooded. The hatches became dislodged from the deck of the cargo ship Abis Belfast as it made its way in high seas from Galway to Limerick. The Dutch-registered ship’s captain reported that the hatches washed overboard from the 90m vessel somewhere south of the Aran Islands.

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A massive search was launched to locate the hatches and regular warnings were broadcast to vessels in the area by the Coast Guard. Local farmers managed to haul two of the hatches on to a beach, however the storm surges that hit the coast on Saturday then washed the covers across farmland. Mr Greene said: ‘We couldn’t believe it. They were right outside the house. If one of them had hit the house, it would have been destroyed.’


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Obesity link to fast food ‘free-for-all’

DInO DASH: Jake Unger, Orson O’Sullivan and Ciara Ní Mhaonaigh, from CBS Monkstown, and Coláiste Cois Life, Lucan, with T-Rexásaurus, get ready for Rith 2014, a 700km relay run from Cork to Belfast over nine days, March 7 to 15, to celebrate the Irish language. See for more details

Teen’s family plead for end to online drinking game

THE family of a teenager who died following a suspected ‘Neknominate’-linked incident have appealed to people to stop the drinking game. Patrick Byrne made the plea on Facebook as emergency services were searching the River Barrow in Carlow town for his brother. The body of Jonny Byrne, 19, was recovered yesterday morning. Patrick said: ‘He [Jonny] thought he had to try and beat the competition and after he necked his pint he jumped into the river.’ He added: ‘If people have any decency and respect they will refrain from any more of this stupid neck (sic) nomination s***.’

by jOAnnE AHERn Neknominate originated in Australia and sees participants filming themselves downing a pint of beer while doing a difficult task and posting the video online. It’s similar to chain mail in that in the video the participant nominates a friend to go one better. Speaking to RTÉ News yesterday, the teenager’s heartbroken father, Joe, said: ‘I plea to every youngster there to think of the things they are doing. It has cost my son his life. The whole family is devastated, our lives will never be the same again. ‘I hope this message is heeded because for us life is virtually over.’

Jonny was a talented GAA player and Carlow GAA paid tribute to him on its Facebook page yesterday describing him as ‘a warrior on the pitch’ and ‘a gentleman’ who was ‘well liked’. Meanwhile, it is understood that a Neknominate link is also being investigated in the death of Ross Cummins at the weekend. The 22-year-old DJ was found unconscious in a house on Macken Street in Dublin city centre in the early hours of Saturday morning. He died later in hospital. Writing on her Facebook page, his devastated girlfriend, Niamh Murphy, said: ‘I lost not only the love of my life today, but my best friend....

Ross was not only one in a million, he was my one in a million.’ Chief executive of drinks industry responsible drinking group Meas, Fionnuala Sheehan, also called on people taking part in Neknominate to ‘consider both the risk to their own health and also if they would really want to be the nominator of a friend who then takes up their challenge and, in doing so, harms themselves’. A Garda spokesman said last night that it is treating both as sudden death investigations and is looking at all aspects. Any information brought to investigating officers would be taken into account, he said.

OBESITY is a bigger problem in countries with a hands-off approach to regulating fast food, a UN report reveals. Spending on fast food over ten years increased most in nations with fewer rules, it claims. One extra fast-food meal a year was linked to a 0.0329 increase in body mass index (BMI). The study of 25 rich countries showed Ireland had the third sharpest increase, with only Canadians and Australians recording a bigger increase in the amount spent on fast food. Countries with stringent market regulations on fast food such as Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium and Greece, changed the least. In 1999, we averaged 54.3 fast food meals per year, which rose to 66.6 in 2008. This equates to a rise in BMI from 26.3 to 27.1. Dr Roberto De Vogli, leader of the US study, said ‘the invisible hand of the market will continue to promote obesity worldwide with disastrous consequences for future public health and economic productivity’.

Call for more caution with vitamin pills TWO of the most popular vitamin pills can blunt the metabolic response of muscles to fitness training. Tests on volunteers given the supplements during an 11-week exercise trial showed reduced mitochondrial activity in the muscles. Mitochondria generate energy by burning up calories in cells. During the trial, 54 young and healthy men and women were randomly given vitamin C and E supplements or a placebo pill and monitored as they undertook endurance sessions. Scientists found the production of muscle mitochondria only increased in the group not given the vitamins. ‘High dosages of vitamin C and E should be used with caution,’ said Dr Goran Paulsen from the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences. ‘Future studies are needed, but we assume the vitamins interfered with cellular signalling and blunted expression of certain genes.’

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Woody ‘abused daughter’ I’ve been haunted by 1992 attack, she says by NicOLE LE MARiE

Furry forecaster: Groundhog handler Ron Ploucha holds up Punxsutawney Phil, who disappointed crowds yesterday when he saw his shadow, said to be an omen of bad weather. Almost 25,000 people attended the 128th annual Groundhog Day festivities in Gobblers Knob, Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. Legend has it that spring will arrive early if the rodent does not see his shadow, while six more weeks of winter are forecast if he does picture: Ap

WOODY Allen’s daughter has repeated claims that he sexually assaulted her when she was seven. Dylan Farrow, who was adopted by Allen and actress Mia Farrow, said he led her to a ‘dim, closet-like attic’ and ‘then sexually assaulted me’ at the family’s Connecticut home in 1992. In a letter to the New York Times, which was posted online, the 28year-old said she was speaking out because of Hollywood’s continued embrace of Allen. The director’s film Blue Jasmine has been nominated for three Oscars at next month’s ceremony, including one for best screenwriter for Allen. The 78-year-old received the Cecil B DeMille lifetime achievement award at the Golden Globes last month. ‘That he got away with what he did to me haunted me as I grew up,’ wrote Farrow. ‘I was stricken with guilt I had allowed him to be near


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OpiNiON: DARAGH REDDiN assesses the fallout of the comments of rory O’Neill (aka drag artist panti) about homophobia for debate on gay rights


N recent years, the popularity of drag artist Panti (aka Rory O’Neill) has begun to extend beyond the gay community, and her autobiographical solo show played to a sell-out crowd at The National Theatre last summer. As such the appearance of the owner of Capel Street haunt Panti Bar on The Saturday Night Show had all the makings of a refreshing, if scarcely contentious, affair. When the interview turned to the Mayo man’s belief there was homophobia within Irish media, host Brendan O’Connor pressed his interviewee to name names – it’s important to remember O’Connor asked the unambiguous question ‘who are they?’ O’Neill (pictured) gave an unequivocal answer, namechecking Irish Times columnists John Waters and Breda O’Brien, as well as Catholic think-tank The Iona Institute, as those he believed worthy of that description. Many audience members may have been heard cheering and clapping their approval, but those men-

tioned were significantly less enthused and began legal action against RTÉ and O’Neill on the grounds of defamation as they weren’t homophobic. The offending segment was later removed from the RTE website. Two weeks later, Waters resigned from his post with the Broadcasting Authority Of Ireland. Why Waters was so incensed by O’Neill’s comments is not entirely clear. After all, Waters had the following to say of gay marriage in an interview with UCD’s College Tribune in August 2012: ‘This is really a kind of satire on marriage which is being conducted by the gay lobby. It’s not that they want to get married; they want to destroy the institution of marriage because they’re envious of it…’ Were a commentator to opine that women had sought suffrage merely to despoil the institution of democracy from within, wouldn’t it be fair to accuse them of being just the teeny-weeniest bit misogynistic? Of course, the question of exactly what constitutes homophobia is a

Media has been glacially slow to offer commentary on the affair

other little girls. For as long as I could remember, my father had been doing things to me that I didn’t like.’ In the letter, Farrow said AlClaims: Allen len would tell her to get in bed with him and ‘place his head in my naked lap and breathe in and breathe out’. Allen was investigated on child molestation claims, but prosecutors elected not to charge him. The film director has long maintained his innocence. The allegation came shortly after Allen became involved with Mia Farrow’s adopted daughter, SoonYi Previn, who was 19 at the time. Allen was in his mid-50s. The two married in 1997 and have two adopted daughters. Allen has declined to comment, the New York Times said.

complex one. It’s a point taken up by Noel Whelan in The Irish Times recently. Whelan, who admitted not having seen The Saturday Night show on the evening in question, bewailed those in the gay community for their casual deployment of the term ‘homophobic’. With recourse to a definition that deems the phenomenon ‘an extreme and irrational aversion to homosexuality and homosexual people’, Whelan reasoned that O’Neill had little reason to pin such a ‘horrible’ label on those named above and suggested liberal advocates adopt more moderate language. Taking the definition Whelan deploys above, journalist Breda O’Brien’s oft-quoted 2008 statement that ‘equality [for gay people] must take second place to the common good’ may or may not be deemed homophobic. However, those for whom the definition of homophobia extends to the treatment of gay people as – quite literally in this example – second class citizens would disagree. To confound the situation, O’Connor later offered a contradictory and dispiritingly obsequious apology on behalf of RTÉ on The Saturday Night Show, closing with the laughable statement that: ‘It is

an important part of democratic debate that people must be able to hold dissenting views on controversial issues.’ A debate on homophobia did take place on the show this weekend but it was deemed by many to be little more than a sop to appease those angered by its handling of the affair, over which to date RTÉ has received

more than 1,000 complaints. Waters, O’Brien and other members of Iona declined to take part. The fact that RTÉ had agreed to pay damages (€80,000 in total, according to reports yesterday) to the ‘injured parties’, only came to light in an email from the institute to its members last Tuesday. Given the ramifications of the decision to make any kind of payment – regardless of the amount – both for the TV licence payer and those who voice contrarian opinions, the lack of coverage in print media as soon as the Iona email came to light marked a low point for print journalism in Ireland. Aside from a lead story on the damages printed in this paper last Wednesday and ongoing debate online, the media has been glacially slow with commentary and even reportage of the affair. The debacle has untold ramifications for public life in this country. That many liberal commentators may now baulk at the opportunity to speak and write openly and honestly about homophobia is the most obvious issue here. Most worrying of all, however, is the question that with a referendum on the introduction of gay marriage on the horizon, how can we expect the national broadcaster to facilitate even-handed debate on the subject when they’ve already found themselves cowed before reaching the first hurdle?


Hollow vote leaves Thais in poll lot of new trouble THAILAND is facing months of paralysis, protests and legal challenges after yesterday’s election. Voting was disrupted in 69 out of 375 constituencies nationwide where demonstrators calling for a properly appointed government succeeded in sabotaging the vote. The night before the election armed clashes between supporters and opponents of prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra left seven people wounded and deterred others from voting. Polling ended at 3pm yesterday but with the main opposition Democrat Party boycotting the poll, Yingluck’s

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Blockaded: A voter holds up her ID card in one hand and the chains of the polling station gate in her other hand, as protesters demand the right to vote in Bangkok. Several stations in the Thai capital were blocked by opposition supporters during elections yesterday

by HAyDEN sMITH Puea Thai Party is expected to win comfortably. However, Yingluck faces more protests and a slew of legal challenges aimed at invalidating the poll. The usual campaign billboards, glossy posters and pre-election buzz were noticeably absent this time. Many accuse her of being controlled by her billionaire brother, Thaksin Shinawatra. Former premier Thaksin, 64, is loved and loathed, but his parties have won every poll since 2001. Further voting is already scheduled

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for February 23 after problems with advance balloting last Sunday, while polls in nine southern provinces where candidates were unable to register may not happen for weeks. Afterwards, Yingluck said the vote showed Thais want democracy. ‘This election is part of the democratic process,’ she said. ‘I hope all sides can help solve each of the country’s problems. Today was a positive signal.’

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Lunar New Year takes off with a gallop

Performers take part in a parade celebrating Chinese New Year in Hong Kong

CHinEsE communities around the world ushered in the Year of the Horse this weekend with equine-themed decorations and celebrations. The annual Lunar new Year holiday is marked with a particular verve in Hong Kong, the semi-autonomous Chinese financial centre that expects nearly eight million visitors from January 29 to February 6 – more than the local population of 7.1 million. Most of those travellers will be mainland Chinese, who have been flooding into Hong Kong in increasing numbers in recent years thanks to rising incomes and a strengthening yuan. Like all animals in the Chinese zodiac, the horse sign comes imbued with certain characteristics, such as vitality, loyalty, steadfastness and a sense of adventure. Businesses in Hong Kong are hoping for vigorous growth, with the year considered significant for the region’s horse-racing scene, which boasts two world-class tracks.

3.2million go hungry

Sick president to return

ABOUT 3.2million people are going short of food because of the civil war in South Sudan. They badly need aid because markets have been disrupted by the conflict, which has seen thousands killed and 860,000 forced to flee, the UN warned. Monitors from other east African nations arrived in the country yesterday to keep tabs on the shaky ceasefire agreed by the government and rebels. Peace talks are to resume this week.

THE president of Ukraine is expected back from sick leave today after protesters called for him to resign. Viktor Yanukovych announced his return yesterday as 30,000 people joined the largest show of dissent in weeks in Kiev. The 62-year-old prompted fears that a state of emergency would be declared – paving the way for heavy-handed dispersal of the protests – when he withdrew to recover from an ‘acute respiratory illness’.



Pee for two at privy 11 killed as volcano without any privacy erupts near villages

RussIA: The Sochi Winter Olympics side-by-side toilet fake storm has hit the fan again. There was outcry last month when ‘twin toilets’, with no privacy for either user, were found in the biathlon venue (they were actually part of a room under construction). Now, another ‘twin toilet’ has been found in a female loo at the main media centre. The organising committee refused to comment.

INDONEsIA: At least 11 people were killed when a volcano erupted on the western island of Sumatra, covering villages in lava and ash. Three children and a schoolteacher were among the dead following a series of eruptions. Emergency teams rescued tens of thousands of people from their homes. Mount Sinabung has become increasingly active but it is the first time it has claimed lives.

bANgLADEsH: Pilgrims pack on to a train in Dhaka following Biswa Ijtema, the second largest Muslim gathering after the Hajj Picture: reuters

Drug-taking mayor caught jaywalking

CANADA: Beleaguered Toronto mayor Rob Ford can’t cross the street without getting into trouble, it seems. The 44-year-old – clinging to power after admitting smoking crack cocaine – has been given a ticket for jaywalking in Vancouver. He was visiting the city for the funeral of a friend’s mother. Councillors dismissed suggestions that he had been unfairly singled out for punishment.

Passenger held after bomb scare on flight

swEDEN: A passenger was arrested after he tried to enter the cockpit on a flight from Dubai to Stockholm. He ran through the Emirates plane screaming that he had a bomb but was wrestled to the floor and restrained with cable ties, said witnesses. The Sri Lankan was held at Arlanda airport yesterday on suspicion of plotting to sabotage a flight. Police had no details of any explosives.

and finally... CHINA: A driver taking a relative to the station thought he saw a way to beat jams when he spotted a tube stop. But after unloading her bags, he found the ‘entrance’ was an ad showing a line not yet built in Guangzhou.

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Pop siren Miley in blue lights drama

Police raced to Miley Cyrus’s house with sirens wailing after an alert – but found her relaxed and smiling when she greeted them at the door. The officers were soon sent on their way by the Wrecking Ball singer, suggesting the drama may have been the result of a false alarm. Miley

was at home in Studio City, California, ahead of her Bangerz world tour, which begins on Valentine’s Day in Canada. She has said fans can expect good singing as well as raunchy shows. ‘People make it seem like all I do is come out and shock,’ the 21-year-old told US OK! magazine.

Once, twice, three times – then Biebs gets his lady y

ou’ve got to hand it to Justin Bieber – he doesn’t give up. The bad boy of pop finally pulled himself a girl at the weekend despite being turned away from three Super Bo Bowl parties. The 19-year-old hit the town ahead of ga in New Jersey still last night’s big game bristling over the rude welcome he was given on arrival in the city city. His private jet wa was raided by uS custom officials at Teterboro airport on Friday, sparking a fivehour interrogation. But it failed to deter the star in his hunt for some fun even though he was made to jump through hoops. Reports claimed Bieber and his entourage were refused entry to a succession of parties as the singer is under the legal drinking age. The Canadian finally infiltrated the Maxim party in New York City by sneaking in a back entrance with 13 hangers-on.

Fearless: Taylor Swift seems pleased to o meet a fan who invaded the stage at London’s 02 Arena. The 24-year4-yearold was handed a note by the man beforee he was bundled off by security on Saturday. Ever the professional, Swift then carried on performing Picture: FameFlynet

Cara gets a bout of Neon Jungle fever

Cara Delevingne’s dream of becoming a pop star could come true after she befriended girl group Neon Jungle. The 21-year-old model has been praised for her voice by the Braveheart singers and may head into the studio with them. Neon Jungle’s Jessica Plummer, 20, said: ‘Cara is the kind of person that you meet her and you feel like you’ve known her all your life. It doesn’t feel like it’s the first time you’ve met her. She is so down to earth and warm. ‘I’ve seen when she’s acted before and she looks the way she does

and then to hear her voice it is like, is there anything this girl cannot do? She’s got a sweet tone to her voice. ‘She is Cara. She’s doing her thing. She can be Neon Cara any time she wants! She can be the fifth Neon.’ The group – which also includes 16-year-olds Asami Zdrenka, Shereen Cutkelvin and 17-yearold Amira McCarthy – met Delevingne while performing at the Victoria’s Secret catwalk show in November.

Ariana makes Grande gesture to ex-love Sykes

Not Wanted: Grande and Sykes have called it a day

Ariana Grande has opened up about her split from The Wanted’s Nathan Sykes – and insisted they are still the best of friends. The 20-year-old, who jetted into a fan frenzy in Tokyo, told America’s DJ Showbiz Shell: ‘We broke up a little while ago but he’s a really good friend. He’s so talented. I am so glad to have met him and have a friend like him in my life. He’s an amazing person. It was very civil. It was mutual. He’s such a great person. I adore him and he’s so talented.’ Sykes, 20, is having a rough time of it lately after the band announced they were taking a break.

by ANDREI HARMSWORTH Inside, Biebs was pretty coy about being spotted and ensured his bruisers kept their eyes peeled for partygoers trying to take pictures. Any snap-happy fan his crew missed felt Justin’s own displeasure with one party pic showed him flicking his middle finger at the camera. Happily, his mood improved when he asked a pretty blonde into his booth. ‘She accepted his invite, stayed with him for the duration of the evening, then eventually left with him,’ a source told Access Hollywood. ‘Justin, his new lady friend and his entourage left through the back entrance, hopping into a Mercedes and a black Suv.’ The teen’s successful night on the pull came after his latest run in with the law saw police failing to unearth anything following claims of a strong smell of pot coming from his jet, and let him into the country for the big game. The star is currently facing an assault case in Canada and a DuI rap in Miami Beach.

Robin quivers as she peeps at Phillippe Pin-up Ryan Phillippe stripped off to give radio presenter Robin Quivers a lap dance. The Cruel Intentions actor tantalised the co-host of shock jock Howard Stern, as she perched on a golden throne at New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom. He performed the routine during a bash to celebrate Stern’s 60th birthday – but Quivers must have thought it was Christmas as the Hollywood heartthrob thrusted suggestively in her direction. She cackled with delight at the antics of the 39-year-old former soap star, who admitted afterwards he had enjoyed taking on his latest new role.


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DiCaprio: My childhood was like a scene from Taxi Driver Leonardo DiCaprio says his ‘very poor’ upbringing surrounded by drugs and prostitution helped spur him on to stardom. The Wolf Of Wall Street star – who lived in a run-down area of Los Angeles until he was nine years old – claimed there was a ‘major prostitution ring on my street corner’ and that his youth was ruled by ‘crime and violence everywhere’. ‘It really was like Taxi Driver in a lot of ways. I grew up very poor and I got to see the other side of the spectrum,’ he explained. And the 39-year-old told the Los Angeles Times he had ‘never’ done drugs, as his exposure to crack cocaine and heroin abuse as a

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child put him off experimenting. ‘That’s because I saw this stuff literally every day when I was three or four years old,’ he said. ‘So Hollywood was a walk in the park for me. I’d go to parties and it was there, and yeah, there’s that temptation.’ Meanwhile, the Oscar nominee managed to go unnoticed as he went for a slice of pizza with celebrity pals Bradley Cooper, 39, and Lenny Kravitz, 49. The trio stopped off at Joe’s Pizza in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village on Saturday – with Kravitz later sharing a selfie of the outing on Twitter. ‘At Joe’s Pizza NYC with Leo and Coop,’ the 49-year-old Fly Away singer tweeted to his 4.5million followers.

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To the guy who thinks a pregnant lady should not get seat


ric (Mailbox, Friday), are you misogynistic or just plain ignorant? You try standing after a day’s work with a stone-plus weight strapped to your lower abdomen that you can’t leave on the overhead rack. Of course people should give their seats up for pregnant women and the elderly, otherwise we’re just animals. Bet your mother/sisters are so proud of you. Fiona n Oh my, why print such obnoxious rubbish? This guy’s mum obviously failed to instil basic values of human decency in this idiot but why deem it worthy to print? He is just another prat who feels ‘entitled’ – i see these guys every day on my commute. But there is one hope: while he may never be pregnant, with any luck he will be old one day. And as you reap what you sow he will be standing (alone) for all eternity. could not happen to a nicer guy. Eve, Balbriggan n What a charmer you are, Eric. Your mother must be very proud of the shining example of humanity you turned out to be. Some good

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LEFT REELING: Reader Andy Philips sent us this picture of a wheel without a bike in response to fellow Mailbox reader Marcio, whose picture of a locked bike without a wheel we published on Friday. Says Andy in reply to Marcio’s disbelief that a bike could ‘lose’ its front wheel: ‘They just locked their wheel on the other side of town…’

news though – the jaded pregnant ladies of ireland will be mighty relieved they never hooked up with you. Andy H

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n Eric, try tying a 5-10kg weight around your tummy, stand in a crowded tram and let me know how you feel. Also, pregnancy by itself can cause hip problems, sciatica, etc. Standing can be more difficult than walking at a slow pace. So please think before making ignorant statements and don’t talk like you know it all… because you don’t. Rhythmic Jasmine

n Eric, pregnant women work so they don’t have to live off the government, and ‘walk around town’ to go for regular check-ups and get the baby necessities, amongst other things. Standing for long periods of time is bad for pregnant women, but you don’t care because i am sure your offspring will be hatched and not born, you dumbf***. Annoyed, used to be pregnant

n Eric, you sound like a charmer. i’m surprised you’re asking what the big deal is about getting a seat on the train when you’re obviously so attached to yours you’re not inclined to give it up over ‘ridiculous’ manners. What about kindness and consideration for others? is that ridiculous or a sign that someone is henpecked? You appear to be only interested in your own needs. Luckily, society has evolved beyond that or we’d all still be in the cave. Ann

n Eric, i actually can’t believe you have that mindset. You sound like such a good catch – not. it’s basic manners to give your seat up for a pregnant lady no matter how long the journey. God love your girlfriend or future wife if she ever gets pregnant, as you’d hope someone with good manners would give up their seat to her. Sure, what am i saying? Obvious-

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● To my unimpressed Valentine’s Day dinner date last year, we went to Cactus Jacks – was it the food or was it me? And afterwards the pints didn’t flow in the Dodgy Few... Could you give me another chance this year? Promise to stay away from the Mexicans! Jilted Joe

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● A big thank you to the kind lady who spotted that I left a shopping bag behind when I got off the train at Sallins on Thursday and went to great trouble to get it returned to me – I’m very grateful.


● Big thanks to the prison officer who handed my phone into the local pub after finding it on the ground. Thanks also to the barman who then charged it because otherwise I wouldn’t have found it as the battery was dead! You’ve restored my faith in humankind after having my wallet stolen the previous week. Clare

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ly someone with such a big ego and who only thinks of themselves couldn’t have either of the previously mentioned. God love them if you do. Get a grip and some manners. Caroline, Tallaght n i hope all of the women in Eric’s life take note of his views on the needs of pregnant women. Not the attitude of a caring son, partner or brother. Chris n Eric, you’re exactly the kind of person we all love seeing on our daily commute. You never give up your seat for a pregnant woman and only maybe for elderly people. charming. if only there were more like you. While you’re at it, you could also take up two seats with bags/feet, etc. Ms Sarcasm


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#homophobia ● Hundreds outside The Gaiety where equality groups are speaking about the #homophobia row. Newsreader


● To deny people the use of a word that usefully describes their experience of exclusion & shaming is simply censorship. #Homophobia


● ‘By taking away the word homophobia, you take away the power to

name the prejudice’ Spot on @lgbtNOISE Amnesty Intern’l’s @Colmogorman

Keep your ‘sorry’ Enda n It seems Enda Kenny only develops a conscience when forced to do so by EU courts. Why wasn’t he apologising to State abuse victims like Louise O’Keeffe when something was on the line? Obviously [he] didn’t want abused kids sharing in the pot reserved for unsecured anonymous bondholders and the pensions of politicians of the same state, ie FG, FF and Labour TDs, that fought against claims by abuse victims. Keep your fake apology. Marc, Wicklow n I floated around Dublin this morning in my Buddha Bubble, and I noticed all humans suffer from the same delusions: identification with the mind, and past and future. Please people, be like the magician’s box – emptiness that light flows through unhindered. Have the best day of your lives. The Dublin Buddha

● Great to hear David Norris speaking out against #homophobia at @lgbtNOISE rally #nocensorship #teampanti @rte

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● “there are families here today” - Senator David Norris #homophobia #nocensorship


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Time to get real Jonathan Lethem swapped comic book and sci-fi tropes for something deeper in his new novel, writes Anthony Cummins


ome writers would rather do anything but discuss their own work. Not Jonathan Lethem. A wiry bundle of passion and lucid self-analysis, the guy can talk. And talk. I’m waiting at his publisher’s office in London when he swoops in from the rain, ready to bat for the european release of his new novel Dissident Gardens. A postwar family saga about Rose Angrush, a Jewish Communist in Lethem’s native New York, it’s a funny, often filthy

book with a heavy subject – the slow death of political alternatives to capitalism after Stalin tainted marxism. For a writer who lifts tropes from science fiction and superhero comic strips, it feels like a gear change. His 2003 novel The Fortress of Solitude featured two boys who procure a magic ring that enables them to fly. one reviewer ordered Lethem to grow up. ‘It’s like I took his advice, right?’ he laughs. Not really, he says, preppy in neat specs and trim blazer. ‘I turn 50 in a couple of weeks. It’s kind of funny the idea that I might have suddenly matured, as if everything up to this point was a retarded adolescence and – like the Hulk – I shook it off and became this mature novelist. ‘If you were to put my work into a really super-deliberate two-word synopsis, you might call the whole project “against escapism”.

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Ideology in Dissident Gardens is like the flying ring in The Fortress Of Solitude,’ he says. ‘It’s the thing that doesn’t help you live in the world.’ Lefties may bristle but Lethem is on their side. He grew up among hippies with an activist mother who died in his teens. ‘There’s been some anxiety that I was writing this kind of condemnation of the communist legacy in the US. That I was basically picking their scabs. I get it. “Don’t speak of those things! It was hard enough! They lost that battle!” ‘I’m writing out of deep affection. I could never have written a similar book about right-wing characters. I’m grounded in this life.’

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Early readers are more united over Lethem’s ability to write a strong female lead in single mother Rose. ‘The great boyishness of the books for which I’ve gotten the most attention has created this very understandable impression that I’m a boysonly writer.’ ‘I grew up inside feminism,’ says Lethem, twice married. ‘It seems so natural and so selfevident. When I found out its acceptance was incomplete, I was as disenchanted and confused as I was when I learnt that everyone

hadn’t stopped fighting wars just because of the posters that were on the walls when I was growing up that said war is stupid and ugly.’


HIS anti-macho stance puts fresh air between Lethem and past generations of US literary titans such as Norman Mailer and Philip Roth. It shows in his sane yet sceptical response when – before he rushes to read at a bookshop – I ask him what he makes of Chinese writer Xiaolu Guo, who called US fiction

Man’s world?: Lethem and Xiaolu Guo, and far right: Norman Mailer and Philip Roth

‘massively overrated’ in a recent panel talk with its star name Jonathan Franzen. ‘She’s saying it feels like there’s no air in the room because of American culture. Which is not that different from people who feel like: “Oh, I can’t believe I’m reading about Jonathan Franzen again.” ‘It’s right to say it’s too easy to be a white male and have your books taken seriously. But it’s not literary criticism. It doesn’t actually represent an incisive reading of any individual book. It’s simply a broad truth worth saying again and again.’ Dissident Gardens by Jonathan Lethem (Jonathan Cape) is out now

But can you write about revolutionary ideals and not write about the working class? Lethem cites a review that said he wouldn’t know how. ‘And this is true,’ he says. ‘When I was in the thick of writing this book I thought: “I can do f***ing anything, I’m gonna blow their minds, I’m such a conscious artist.” But you’re always going to find out what you can’t do. ‘Rose works in a factory – but she’s the accountant. I can only go where I can go. Accepting these facts about yourself goes with doing this work.’

LETHEM HAvE iT Other jOnathan letheM bOOks tO try Chronic City (2010) lethem’s most recent novel is set on Manhattan’s Upper east side and proves the brooklyn-native is equally at home with the cartography of that affluent neighbourhood. Chase Insteadman is a former child star who forms an unlikely friendship with one Perkus tooth, a middle-aged intellectual and conspiracy theorist with whom he shares ideas and weed. lethem’s alternative new york has some curious quirks: in a thinly veiled allusion to 9/11, a permanent fog has engulfed downtown Manhattan, while an escaped tiger is purportedly destroying the city’s architecture. With shades of thomas Pynchon, lethem’s post-modern masterpiece is, at its core, a pleasingly offbeat bromance and a deeply involving paean to the big apple. Motherless Brooklyn (1999) lethem’s breakthrough novel is a stylish pulp fiction pastiche that draws on crime noir tropes to engaging, rib-tickling effect. lionel essrog – surely the world’s only literary detective to suffer from tourettes? – is the troubled young resident of an orphanage and takes no prisoners in his efforts to track down the killer of his loveably shifty mentor Minna. The Ecstasy Of Influence (2012) In this thoughtfully-curated – and surprisingly funny – collection of critical essays, lethem turns his attention to a wide-range of subjects, including authors who have influenced his writing (norman Mailer and Philip k Dick chief among them). elsewhere he takes in the representation of sex in movies, graffiti, bob Dylan, online culture, 9/11, Marlon brando and much more. somehow it makes a cohesive whole. Daragh Reddin

THEATRE REviEW THE DigHHHHI This short play from Dubliner Mark Wale begins and ends with the words ‘I know what a tragedy is… nobody has to die for it to be a tragedy.’ The Dig presents us with the story of one man’s downfall, played out against the backdrop of post-Celtic Tiger Ireland, that takes just an hour to tell. Arthur is a construction supervisor who loses his home and job in the space of a day when the economy sours. Suddenly the business of making a mint from the property boom is replaced with the more urgent matter of putting a roof over his and his wife’s heads. His somewhat impractical solution – living in a tent in a corner of a field on the outskirts of Dublin while he sets about building a new home is a farfetched premise, but this is a compelling piece of theatre. Declan Mills plays the stubborn (and occasionally violent) Arthur, as well as a cast of other characters: his artist wife Jenny, his obnoxious ex-boss and his shifty fixer, a crew of other construction workers and – why not? – a Latvian weightlifter with a heart of gold. The play is entirely narrated from Arthur’s point of view. Initially, it’s easy to feel for him as he’s cast adrift in a ruthless, individualistic economy. But he is, as it later transpires, also a deeply flawed protagonist. When he lashes out at his wife, all sympathy for him vanishes and his build-it-and-theywill-come housing enterprise begins to seem like little more than a vanity project. Wade offers an extremely thought-provoking account of someone at the coal face of the property collapse and Mills shines in a demanding, multifaceted performance. Sheena Davitt

Until Sat, Theatre Upstairs, Lanigan’s Bar, Eden Quay D1, 1pm & 7pm, from €8. Tel: 085 772 7375 or email


music There’s life in the old boys yet MaxiMo Park Too Much InforMaTIon Daylighting


This Geordie five-piece arrived at the fag end of the post-punk revival in the early noughties and have since delivered four occasionally inspired LPs. You don’t expect bands such as this to have much left in the tank by this stage but Maximo Park’s fifth album sounds like the work of a band who’ve been miraculously rejuvenated, unburdened of the pressure to conjure up banal indie anthems. There are still vestiges of spiky post-punk here – My Bloody Mind recalls Talking heads; Is It True? has a certain new orderish doom – but Too Much Information is even better when it pokes into new areas. There are the Depeche Mode gurgles of Leave This Island, the synth pop of Give, Get, Take, the Johnny Marr-ish distorted jangles of Lydia, the heavy metal crunch of her name Was audrey. It’s harmonically ambitious, too, but, like their Wearside pals field Music, Maximo Park wear their proggier instincts lightly, never letting them suffocate the hook lines. an unexpected triumph. John Lewis

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Red set to B a classic THE big RELEAsE

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hen Metro herald caught up with 24-year-old London singer-songwriter Katy Brien last year, she told us about her plans for this second album: ‘I’ve developed as a person but I wasn’t into reinventing myself.’ Little Red progresses from her exceptional 2011 debut, On A Mission, and, whereas that record celebrated being young and free (set to a melodic blast of house, funky and postdubstep beats), this is an impressive transition, without getting mired in the sluggish earnestness that often swamps a ‘mature’ new album.

Unlike many young hitmakers, Katy B isn’t given to belting histrionics. She’s a confidently versatile, sweet-toned vocalist (she sang with r‘n’b and jazz bands while studying at the Brit School) and her expressions are easy to relate to across generations. Little Red is another supremely danceable album. She still loves the nightlife, only this time she’s bringing deeper experience (and sometimes anxieties and regrets) to the floor. Take the single 5am, where the post-club buzz is spiked with a cold sweat of loneliness and responsibility. Another 2013 single, What Love Is Made Of, feels conspicuous by its absence but an older track proves a glorious highlight: Aaliyah (a duet with Jessie Ware) originally featured on a 2012 free download eP. It’s essentially Dolly Parton’s Jolene reworked for 21st-century ravers. Again, she’s worked most fruitfully with producer Geeneus, who helps her coolly negotiate that tricky territory between mainstream pop hooks and underground credibility. There’s an electronic frisson to heartfelt ballads such as Crying For no Reason, and an intimate gig at London’s XOYO last year demonstrated that this new material works brilliantly live too. Little Red sounds both excitingly in the moment and like a solid future classic. Arwa Haider

Young fathers bringing out the Dead

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Edinburgh alt-hip-hop trio Young Fathers have been hotly tipped rising stars for several years now, but while many acts might lose momentum in that time, they’ve matured into impressively keen big-

time contenders. They’ve long been great showmen (their gigs feel pitched weirdly between surreal rap and boyband moves), and last year saw the release of acclaimed EPs Tape One and Tape Two on LA label Anticon. Despite the morbid title, their debut album proper, Dead, feels like a kind of coming-of-age: different and insistent from the strange, snappy lines

of the first number No Way to the gritty Mmmh Mmmh. Their vocal interplay weaves together ominous rhymes, soulful vocals and juicy synth-pop, and various elements sound pointedly Scottish, including bagpipe-style squawls. They’re selfstyled live wires and their tour – starting tomorrow – deserves to be a hot ticket. AH

BoMBay Bicycle cluB So LonG, See You ToMorroW Island Records HHHII This four-piece from north London started out on the same folksy circuit as Mumford & Sons (who are now a US success) and Noah & The Whale (now drivetime-friendly yachtrockers). If anything, Bombay Bicycle Club’s evolution has been even more startling: where once they were sitting crosslegged in a field strumming nursery rhymes, they’re now plying a kind of baggy shanty-house. Much of their fourth album has apparently been shaped by lead singer Jack Steadman’s recent travels around India, Turkey and Japan, and the better tracks sound like garbled attempts to retrace his footsteps – witness the Bollywood strings on Overdone; the Braziliantinged bhangra of Feel; the oriental minimalism of Luna. Elsewhere it sounds like the band are trying out every drum loop, sample and wobbly studio effect they can find to cover up the faint whiff of ordinariness that surrounds many of these songs. It all adds up to an album that’s easier to admire than to love. JL


Urgently funky altrockers led by the brooding Yannis Philippakis perform tracks from fine third album Holy Fire on a tour that includes two Dublin dates this week. The Oxford outfit have an antsy attitude that has yielded records packed with angular riffs and restless introspection Tomorrow & Wed, Olympia Theatre, 72 Dame Street D2, 8pm, €25.90. Tel: 0818 719 300.

James Arthur

The X Factor 2012 winner had a scandal-filled end to 2013 after embarrassing himself on Twitter when homophobic lyrics failed to endear him to followers. He kicks off 2014 with gigs showcasing the soul pop of his self-titled debut album Tonight, Olympia Theatre, 72 Dame Street D2, 8pm, €28 to €30. Tel: 0818 719 300.


These groundbreaking Brazilian metallers – fronted by fiery US vocalist Derrick Green since the late 1990s – promise heavy rock riffs and Latin rhythms Tomorrow, The Academy, 57 Middle Abbey Street D1, 8pm, €25. Tel: 0818 719 300.

giggLE AT.... Joe Lycett

The rising star and bisexual comic (Never Mind The Buzzcocks) brings his very funny, cheeky and subversive Edinburgh Fringe debut about concepts of ‘manliness’ to Dublin Thu to Sun, The Laughter Lounge, Eden Quay D1, 7pm, €25. Tel: 1800 266 339.

CURiOUs AbOUT… Newton Faulkner

The rootsy singer/songwriter and acoustic guitarist heads out on suitably intimate dates with material from his fourth album, Studio Zoo Thu, The Olympia Theatre, 72 Dame Street D2, 8pm, €26. Tel: 0818 719 300.


Having been garlanded with a Fringe First award at last year’s Edinburgh Festival, celebrated theatre stalwart Donal O’Kelly brings his one-man show Fionnuala back home. The Corrib gas fiasco is the focus of this pertinent work that examines moral malaise in contemporary Ireland – and the true cost of putting one’s head over the parapet in the name of justice Until Feb 8, The New Theatre, 43 Essex Street East D2, 7.30pm, from €10. Tel: (01) 670 3361.

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Party People launch

Metro Herald’s commuter-focused website was launched in the very apt setting of Madigan’s in Connolly Station. will be rolled out (pardon the pun) in the coming weeks, so stay tuned

Yes, we can: Dervla McGivern and Orla FitzPatrick of Ican and Grace Lombard of Pierce Media

Le Learned friends: Sarah Ta Taylor and Rachel O’ O’Brien of PHD

Pals: Ciara Conway and Grainne Callaghan

Phone home: Nicola Ging and Leo Lennon of Carphone Warehouse

In the works: Conor Mangan of Starcom and Graham Curtis and Declan Dockery of Mediaworks Mouscapades: Mo Ryan of Disney and Michael Kileen of Dialogue

Meet and greet: Giselle Coliados and Murilo Ceolin

Suave: Jonothan Sultan and Maria Fusco

Pedal power: Metro Herald managing director Paul Crosbie and distribution manager Maria Towey arrive in style


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Life dear dolly

Got a problem? No one else can help? Our resident agony aunt tells it like it is


One of my friends can’t get over her ex. We’ve done girls’ nights in, girls’ nights out, but she’s still moping about, and bawling down the phone to me at all hours. I’ve been dumped loads of times but I don’t remember ever being this dramatic. Selfishly, I miss my bubbly old friend – but I’m also worried that she’ll never drag Tired herself out of this funk.


Copperfascinating: Alan McGrane and Jordan McFall at the Jameson Black Barrel Craft Series

Yee har! Helena Blackman and Alex Hammond at The Bord Gáis Energy Theatre for Seven Brides For Seven Brothers

The end of a relationship is a bereavement of sorts, and your friend is grieving. Everyone reacts differently – and we can all sympathise, if not empathise, with heartbreak. But to a point. There’s nothing more miserable to one’s social life than a dumped friend. But you’re right to be concerned. If she’s in an emotional rut, she may do herself harm. If she’s serious about wanting to get back to her ‘old self’ then she’ll be receptive to a suggestion of getting counselling. If not, you’ll just have to sit on the sidelines until she’s gone through the motions (and the sparkling wine).


I borrowed my husband’s laptop while mine was being repaired, and was shocked to find in his browser history not porn but Scientology websites. I also noticed at least six Tom Cruise films saved in his Netflix. Have I lost him to Ron L Hubbard Captain Sensible for good?


Undoubtedly. Surprisingly for persons who’ll believe a galactic deity called Xenu ruled the universe 75 million years ago, Dishy: John and Rebecca Quinn at Asador Restaurant’s first birthday and new menu unveiling

Wild ones: Chloe Maloney and Samantha Saman Johnston at the launch of makeup range Wet n Wild at House

Three amigos: Cale Perrin, Dan Raul Pintea and Rose O’Donnell at the opening of Richard Mosse’s The Enclave at the Royal Hibernian Academy PICTURES: jASON CLARKE PHOTOGRAPHY/CONOR HEALY/ MAXWELLS/ANTHONY WOODS/PHOTOCALL/BRIAN MCEVOY


Scientology converts can be hard to bring back to the real world. But then plenty of folk believe in turning water into wine, 72 virgins and elephant deities, so who are we to judge? More worrying is his penchant for Tom Cruise. Download some Channing Tatum films forthwith. LAST WEEK:


grand gesture. Is there anything in this for me if I insincerely toe the line, or should I stick to my anti-capitalist, unromantic guns?


What do you think? Lend Dolly your words of wisdom on our Facebook page or at deardolly@ Best replies published next week

I’m dying to go on a beach holiday but my girlfriend says we can’t afford it because we’re saving for a deposit on a house. I see her point but we’ve both been working so hard that we barely spend any quality time together. I see a week abroad as investing in our relationship. How do we solve this standoff, ie I get my own way?

Seasonal Affective Disorderly

YOU SAID: You don’t need to leave the country to spend quality time together. What about date nights, minibreaks, running her a bath, or even cooking her a big slap-up meal? Sounds like you need a jolt of imagination, not a Shabba holiday.


Save half the money – you go to Ibiza and she can stay at home. Frank Lynam



My new girlfriend is big into Valentine’s Day. I’ve explained to her it’s just a Hallmark holiday but she’s dropping huge hints for some

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Kylie’s bum

Dear Kylie, So it’s tush time again. Yawn. Honed just in time to help promote your 12th album, Into The Blue – your stint as a judge on The Voice no accident – your recurring backside has as much integrity, and is as stage managed, as Simon Cowell’s moobs. Your gold hot-pants were a novelty 14 years ago but in 2014 they’re just sad. It’s not about age. It’s the desperation – the admittance that you don’t have the vocal talents to match your perpetually peachy posterior. Anyone would be overshadowed by a Kardashian booty. But in an era where one can’t move for prime rump, your omnipresent derriere smacks of one-trick pony, the sheer glut of bum making yours more irrelevant now than ever. You’ve been Disco Kylie, Indie Kylie, Disco Kylie and… er... Disco Kylie. How about Putting My Arse Into Retirement Kylie?

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Life television Screen Talk

Medical drama right on the pulse

Filmed in real-time, with each episode taking place over one hour, new Sky1 drama Critical promises an ultra-realistic take on the medical drama genre. Writer Jed Mercurio is a former doctor and called on his experience in acclaimed series Cardiac Arrest and Bodies, so expect scalpel-twitching tension as Lennie James (above) who also starred in Mercurio’s Line Of Duty, leads a team that includes Claire Skinner, Kimberley Nixon and Catherine Walker.

Linehan sitcom comes to Dublin

DCI BaNks UTV, 9pm For a brief moment, DCI Alan Banks (Stephen Tompkinson) looks surprisingly chipper, hosting a barbecue in the summer sunshine to open a third series of crime investigations. Could his warm glow have anything to do with the fact that DS Annie Cabbot (Andrea Lowe, right with Tompkinson), now a mum, is set to return to work? The optimistic mood doesn’t last long, though, as investigations open in a two-part story about a suspected child abduction. It’s a highly emotive case, not helped by the contrasting parenting styles of Annie and her maternity cover, DI Helen Morton (Caroline Catz) – not to mention Banks’s attitude to the pair.

fILM of the Day a hoMe at the enD oF the worlD, TG4, 9.30pm

Michael Cunningham, Pulitzer-winning The Hours author, and Colin Farrell, bad boy Irish A-lister, wouldn’t seem to have much in common except clout. However their unlikely pairing on this sweet, but glum reflection on love, luck and loneliness, works a treat. After a childhood of trauma, Bobby (Farrell) grows into a charming innocent who can handle anything except solitude; with lifelong friend Jonathan (Dallas Roberts) and bohemian Clare (Robin Wright Penn, pictured with Farrell) he reforms the family he has lost. It’s a tender, thoughtful drama, skilfully realised, but so low-key it’s in danger of being invisible.

Next week’s News/trojaN DoNkey rTÉ2, 9.30pm The top stories, headline-makers and trends of the week are dissected by host Bernard O’Shea and panelists pJ Gallagher and neil Delamere (right) as the teams try to forecast next week’s news. In the second of a comedy double bill, pJ Gallagher stars in the hidden camera spoof. Tonight, Seanie goes to buy a wedding cake for his daughter big enough to fit two Jack russells, while celeb stalker Ursula spots The IT crowd’s richard ayoade, or so she thinks, in Belfast.

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There are mixed messages all over the shop in this dramedy charting the ups and downs of gay chums in San Francisco. The main action tonight centres on Patrick (Jonathan Groff) fretting about why he acts like a crazy racist person every time he hooks up with his hot new Mexican boyfriend. Could it just be that he really likes him?

ten-year-old ellie Sharp has seven mums, and her dad, Philip, is a Messianic Jew who says he had a visitation from God telling him he was a king and should take multiple wives. this insightful documentary follows ellie and her nine brothers and sisters, who live on a 30-acre farm in Britain, and previously homeschooled ellie’s first visit to the classroom.

Fans of Father Ted and The IT Crowd will be excited to hear that a new creation from comedy-writing genius Graham Linehan is in the works. The Walshes, a three-part series, co-written by Linehan (right) and Dublin five-piece comedy troupe Diet Of Worms, and co-produced by RTÉ and BBC, will centre on the extended family from the fictional west Dublin suburb of Strollinstown. Tony (Niall Gaffney) and Carmel (Philippa Dunne) are parents to grown-up Ciara (Amy Stephenson) and Rory (Rory Connolly), both living at home because of the state of the economy. Then Ciara’s new boyfriend moves in. Linehan’s first nonaudience sitcom, and his first set in Dublin, will be aired on RTÉ later this year.

Now it’s Nordic family drama

It’s not all eco-terrorism, murder and politics in Nordic TV. The Legacy, the latest drama to arrive from Scandinavia, is an intense family drama. From the Danish producers of The Killing and Borgen, it tells the story of a set of siblings struggling to come to terms with the death of their famous artist mother and how the division of her estate brings shattering secrets to the surface. It’s coming to Sky Arts this autumn and stars Trine Dyrholm (above).



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Or most applications, the first step is sending in your application form, usually with a supporting statement detailing why you want to study the particular course and why you think you are suitable. Many postgraduate courses require students to have minimum undergraduate degree qualifications, so you will also be expected to provide an official transcript from your undergraduate college. Some universities will also interview potential candidates as part of the selection process for postgraduate courses. While academic qualifications are often sought, courses are becoming more open to the background of postgraduate students and looking at a person’s job or life experience when they are accepting future applicants. An important factor to consider when thinking of studying at postgraduate level is the funding. Unlike undergraduate level, the fees can be a lot more substantial, but there are grants, scholarships, bursaries and loans available. The website, gives great advice on how to navigate postgraduate funding. Courses can range from €2,000 for a Graduate Skills Conversion Programme to €30,000 for an MBA. Most of the major universities such as Trinity College and University College Dublin have scholarships available. Other options include the Student Grant Scheme where postgraduate students may apply for a new flat rate fee contribution of €2,000, if they pass the fee contribution means test they may get all their tuition fees paid and essential field trips, up to €6,270. There is also a special rate of grant for disadvantaged students. For more information visit, or

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Supports are there to help mature students I F you are returning to college after years in the workforce hitting the books and studying can be daunting. While you may be used to presentations and board rooms you may not have sat down in an exam hall for some years. Many mature students that come back to college need guidance, says Thomond Coogan, Access Co-ordinator in UCD. ‘For many, it could be the first exam they have done in 20 years,’ she said. Access courses allow those that have returned to university to test the waters before committing to a full-time degree course and teaches students important skills like note-taking, library skills, study tips and time management. Mary White, who returned to college some years ago, said studying was difficult to grasp. ‘I was never very academic, even in school, so sitting at a desk and knowing where to begin was difficult, but the mature student supports in college were great and got me organised,’ she said. The difference between college and school is that students are asked for critical thinking on a subject and this should

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be central to your studying. You should be analysing and identifying assumption, while also comparing and contrasting different opinions and making an argument. Note-taking is an important part of studying, and something Coogan said people who have been out of college need to learn how to do effectively. Students can either write linear – or paragraphs – but

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A Career in Financial Services Compliance Compliance, regulation and business ethics have become increasingly central to the workings of the financial services sector today as Ireland moves towards an environment that fosters open, transparent and accountable institutions. Indeed, with recent economic data pointing to a brighter picture for Ireland’s economy and the country moving with cautious optimism towards recovery, compliance professionals working in financial services will be in even greater demand.. For those working in compliance, the Association of Compliance Officers of Ireland (ACOI) is the ideal education partner to help you advance on the career ladder and enhance your expertise in this area through accredited and practical educational programmes. We offer courses from basic entry level right up to Masters level, and we are available to members at every step of their career ladder to advise and help them advance. With this in mind, there are a

number of courses offered by the ACOI that equip successful participants with skills for a career as a compliance and regulatory professional. Of particular note at this time is the Professional Certificate and Diploma in Compliance (PDC), accredited at level 7 on the National Framework of Qualifications by UCD, which is currently accepting applicants for exams taking place in May. The PDC seeks to give students a core understanding of the compliance function, which will help to equip them with the competences for a career as a compliance and regulatory professional. This programme is designed to enhance skills, judgement and ability to deal with practical issues in the management and practice of compliance in the financial services industry. Of course, fostering a sustainable stream of effective compliance practitioners in our financial institutions necessitates that professionals are consistently and

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Aries Mar 21 – Apr 20

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Cancer Jun 22 – Jul 23

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Leo Jul 24 – Aug 23

You can start this week craving for a change away from work. Still, chances are, by the end of the day you will be finding it easier to grapple with such tasks. But when it comes to business, you must have an clear plan.


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Someone can continue to intrigue you, but they could be giving mixed messages. In an relationship, you may have a tiff. This could be because you want to spend more time with friends, or maybe your partner does. For your forecast, call 15609 114 75

Libra Sep 24 – Oct 23

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Yesterday’s Solutions Across: 3 Apprehend; 8 Name; 9 Dramatist; 10 Outset; 11 Steer; 14 Ratio; 15 Dawn; 16 Nexus; 18 Poor; 20 Heave; 21 Needy; 24 Remiss; 25 Desertion; 26 Turn; 27 Prostrate. Down: 1 Incorrupt; 2 Imitation; 4 Part; 5 Remit; 6 Hatred; 7 Nose; 9 Demon; 11 Sixty; 12 Rapacious; 13 Incessant; 17 Sheen; 19 Recess; 22 Deter; 23 Tear; 24 Rout.

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sagittarius Nov 23 – Dec 21

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Capricorn Dec 22 – Jan 20

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Aquarius Jan 21 – Feb 19

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Your ideas can be fluid and if you do need to deal with politics, you’ll be adept at doing so. And if your weekend was sociable, your mind may return to happy times. Yet, a sudden expense can crop up. For your forecast, call 15609 114 81

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ENIGMA Edward Bulwer-Lytton penned This novel of a city’s end. Vesuvius goes up in smoke And buries all its godless folk. WHO AM I? A golfer, I was born in Glasgow in 1963. I topped the European Order of Merit for seven successive years and I have won 31 Europoean Tour events.

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Daly eyes League prize over Cup after loss to Cats Anthony Daly says he’ll have no problem handing back the Walsh Cup title if it means they start the Allianz League with a bang. the Dubs boss was frustrated with his side’s four-point defeat to an experimental Kilkenny side on Saturday evening at Croke Park. holders Dublin started eight of the side that lined out in last June’s Championship win over the Cats. But while Daly admitted his team were lethargic, he said the bigger picture is that

DUBLIN....1-17 KILKENNY....0-24 Dubs boss Daly: No let up on heavy training for league they’re currently involved in heavy training. they open their Allianz league account on Sunday week with a

tricky away trip to Galway’s Pearse Stadium. ‘We’re in the middle of desperate heavy stuff at the moment,’ said Daly. ‘We did an hour and 15 minutes of hard work on thursday night. you can’t let up on that because you’re trying to get right for the start of the league. ‘We would have liked to have won the Walsh Cup but winning in two weeks’ time is more important. Winning the Walsh Cup and losing down in Galway? I’d take winning down in Galway.’

Mark Schutte was Dublin’s best player with six points from the left side of attack. But Kilkenny were livelier throughout and built on a 0-12 to 0-8 half-time lead with 11 points overall from Eoin Larkin. Cats boss Brian Cody played down fears of an injury to henry Shefflin after he missed their 19th title win despite starring in the semi-final. ‘he played the last day and went well the last day so we were looking at a few different lads,’ said Cody. ‘he’s grand, he’s absolutely flying.’

Déjà vu for Dublin as kerry put to the sword nATiOnAL LEAguE Capital gains: Eoghan O’Gara of Dublin and Kerry’s Shane Enright in action as Dublin won again PiCture: inPho

KERRY ...............................................1-10 DUBLIN ...........................................2-08 by pAuL kEAnE iT’S all BeGiNNiNG to a feel a little repetitive and, from dublin’s perspective, that’s about the best news possible. a one-point victory over old enemy kerry once again came courtesy of a kevin McManamon goal and a game-defining impact from a substitute. Unlike the 2011 all-ireland final and last September’s semi-final, McManamon’s goal arrived in the first-half this time. and the sub who decided the game was Young Footballer of the Year Jack McCaffrey, who fisted the winner in injury-time. But it all amounted to the same thing, as league and Championship holders kept the foot down on kerry. The result leaves dublin joint top of the table, though there was another disciplinary headache as Sean George received a straight red card. ‘if it is a strike, i have absolutely no qualms with that (the red card),’ said dublin manager Jim Gavin. ‘He gets his suspension if that’s the case.’ More pleasing from Gavin’s perspective was how his patched-up team came good when the chips were down. They fought back from five down early on and, reduced in numbers after George’s 45th minute dismissal for an off the ball incident, found themselves two behind. But a brilliant defensive display that held kerry

scoreless for the last 20minutes gave dublin the platform to reel in the kingdom with points from Shane Carthy, Paul Mannion and McCaffrey. ‘To be down a man with 25minutes to go and to limit a side like kerry to three points in the entire half was very pleasing,’ said Gavin. ‘The mental resolve that was there from last year, you just don’t know if it’s there again. ‘For them to express that willingness and mental strength again was very pleasing.’

alan Brogan played his first full game since 2012 after returning from groin trouble. ‘To get through 70minutes of that intensity was a great testament to the work he’s done,’ said Gavin. Bryan Cullen (ankle) should be fit if needed against westmeath next weekend but Bernard Brogan, James McCarthy, Paddy andrews, dean rock and david Byrne (St olaf’s) are still out. emmet Ó Conghaile could make it, however.

kildare build on success with late win over Mayo New look kildare confirmed their status as the form team of 2014 so far with a late winner to deny Mayo in the allianz league. Jason ryan’s side built on their o’Byrne Cup success by overcoming the all-ireland finalists 219 to 2-18 in Newbridge. Paddy Brophy top-scored with six points from play, including the winning score in an absorbing tie. The lilies had wing-back Paul Cribbin black-carded, while

Mayo’s all-Star midfielder aidan o’Shea suffered the same fate. Towering full-forward Tomas o’Connor netted early on to put kildare 1-11 to 0-10 clear at halftime. They moved six ahead before Mayo responded with goals from Jason Gibbons and darren Coen to level it. kildare led by two again late on and felt they’d thrown it away when Mayo restored parity again – but Brophy then shot the winning point.

Cork were more convincing 018 to 0-10 winners over westmeath in the other division 1 game, daniel Goulding booting seven points at Páirc Uí rinn. The sides were locked on 0-5 a-piece at half-time, but nine points without reply secured a maiden league win for new boss Brian Cuthbert. in division 2, Meath kicked 114 in the second-half to secure a high scoring 3-18 to 4-11 win over Galway in Navan.

Mickey Newman and Stephen Bray netted early on, but Galway fought back to move five clear after a Tom Flynn goal early in the second-half. it prompted Meath’s best form in the closing 30minutes or so and 14 different players got on the score sheet. down drew 1-11 to 0-14 with Monaghan while neighbours armagh and louth also tied 0-16 to 1-13. donegal were the big winners with a 2-19 to 1-9 thumping of laois.

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spORT DigEsT Strain: McIlroy didn’t get away with his ‘loose drives’

Rory regrets his ifs and putts in Dubai gOLf Rory McIlroy was left to rue

some unreadable greens as his losing streak on the European Tour extended to 15 following a two-over-par 74 in the final round of the Dubai Desert Classic. McIlroy was the early pacesetter, a firstround 63 putting him two strokes clear of the field. But he never recaptured Thursday’s form and entered the final round two shots adrift of eventual winner, world No.6 Stephen Gallacher. ‘Anything that could go wrong did – OK, I hit a couple of loose drives, but I didn’t [get] away with them,’ McIlroy said. ‘I didn’t get a couple of putts to go. I was struggling to read them. Everything I read was straight even though it wasn’t. I couldn’t see any movement at all.’

Tour de France to debut female race cycLing The debut of a women’s race on the final day of this summer’s Tour de France has been welcomed as ‘groundbreaking’ by the riders who campaigned for it. Some 95,000 signatures were generated by an online petition by Le Tour Entier, which said said the event would become ‘an iconic race in the women’s calendar’ and ‘change the face of women’s cycling.’

Rugby Emirates has been announced as the sponsor for Rugby World Cup 2015 and 2019, to be held in England and Japan respectively.

English sets new Irish 800m record ATHLETics Mark

English (UCD AC) put in a quality performance yesterday, setting a new Irish Men’s Senior 800m Indoor Record of 1:46.82 at the Woodie’s DIY AAI Open Games in Athlone. The previous record of 1:47.21, held by Daniel Caulfield, has stood for 13 years. This means English qualifies for the World Indoor Track and Field Championships in Poland in March. ‘I wanted to run the World Indoor standard, I obviously got an Irish Record along with that, so that was a huge bonus,’ he said. ‘I’m very happy with that performance.’

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rugby union six nations

‘Huge improvements’ needed for Wales match by DAnny HOgAn

Ireland must make ‘huge improvements’ to have any chance of beating Wales on Saturday, according to stand-in skipper Jamie Heaslip. leinster loose-forward Heaslip, andrew Trimble and rob Kearney claimed the tries as Ireland saw off Scotland 28-6 in the rBS Six nations opener in dublin yesterday. Heaslip admitted it was a ‘big shock’ to discover captain Paul O’Connell had contracted a chest infection on Saturday night. Ireland boss Joe Schmidt found out about O’Connell’s illness seven hours before kick-off against Scotland. The Munster lock called Ireland’s team doctor at 4.30am. dan Tuohy stepped into the starting line-up,

Different challenge: north

Ireland will be a much tighter affair, says North

GeorGe North believes Wales must put an emphasis on tightening up their game this week when the quest for a historic Championship hat-trick moves up a gear. the holders blew hot and cold in accounting for Italy 23-15 – thanks to first-half touchdowns from Alex Cuthbert and Scott Williams – a performance wing North admitted ‘wasn’t Plan A’. Ireland now await North and company in Dublin, a game that could easily match an epic Aviva

‘Joe had choice words in the changing room’

21 ball carries and 86 metres made by Italy captain Sergio Parisse Stadium tussle two years ago when North’s late try and a lastgasp Leigh halfpenny penalty edged Wales home by two points. ‘Ireland bring a different sort of challenge,’ North said. ‘there have been some great games in the past between us. ‘Structurally, I think we were okay [against Italy]. We just weren’t as clinical as we were hoping to be. We have just got to tighten up, and for us it is about trying to put a whole performance together. ‘We showed it in stages [against Italy] but for us it is about tightening up our game and making sure we are the best we can be next Saturday.’

Three-try win: Ireland’s Heaslip consoles Sean Lamont of Scotland after the game at the aviva Stadium PIcture: INPho

Danny: We must take Care of Scots Danny Care insists england go to Scotland with their confidence intact, despite slumping to an agonising Paris defeat. The Murrayfield showdown has become a must-win if they are to remain in the title hunt following a 26-24 loss at the Stade de France. england were undone by a superb 77th-minute try from Gael Fickou and Care, his team’s most dangerous

player, believes they can turn their fortunes around. ‘If we hadn’t played well and we had lost, we’d be really annoyed. But our performance at times was outstanding,’ Care (pictured) said. ‘If we play like that next week hopefully we’ll get the right result. We know we’ve got to win every game now to win the title. That’s what we’re going to try to do.’

while Ireland had to call rhys ruddock to jet back into dublin to act as 24th man. despite Ireland’s three-try win, Heaslip said Schmidt had ripped into his men after the final whistle. ‘Huge improvements will be needed for next week,’ said 61-cap Heaslip. ‘Joe had a couple of choice words for us in the changing rooms afterwards, and I’m sure there will be more on Monday night.’ Scotland dominated possession and territory in the first half until a Johnny Sexton break swung the momentum. Captain Heaslip had a try ruled out for a foot in touch from that break, before Trimble nipped in. The hosts took total control after the break. Hailing the performances of brothers rob and dave Kearney, Schmidt said it was a ‘relief’ to ride out the loss of O’Connell, who boss Schmidt expects to recover in time to face Wales next weekend. ‘rob Kearney’s try capped off a really good game for him, and his brother impressed there too.’ naivety cost Scotland any chance of victory, according to head coach Scott Johnson. ‘They were up against some wily customers who have been around the block a bit,’ he added.

Scots frustrated by youth and inexperience

Johnson: ‘False assumptions of inexperienced operators’

exPerIenCe will drag Scotland out of the vortex of greeting a new day with the same old mistakes, according to head coach Scott Johnson. Scotland bossed possession in the first half but while gritty in their approach, their finish was so blunt as to be almost void. australian coach Johnson said: ‘There was a fair amount of naivety; we got punished for turning the ball over. ‘We showed good intent, and that’s the irony of it and the disappointment, because a lot of our work was quality.’

Centre pairing alex dunbar and duncan Taylor boasted less than 10 caps between them before facing Ireland, who had former captain Brian O’driscoll reaching 129 international appearances. The former Ospreys boss admitted the false assumptions of inexperienced operators tend to cost dearly in the Six nations, but vowed to keep faith with his young squad. ‘You get frustrated when you’re teaching younger players,’ said Johnson. ‘Of course you get frustrated, but they will get better,

and we will persevere with it.’ Scotland move on to entertain england at Murrayfield on Saturday, with replacement wing Max evans admitting there will be scant opportunity to lick wounds. ‘It left a bitter taste in the mouth, because it wasn’t the performance we were looking for. We weren’t as good as we could have been at the set-piece and that cost us.’ ‘If you’ve pushed the opposition to the wire then losing is easier to take, but we didn’t do that and that’s the frustrating thing,’ said evans.



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Arsene: Let’s see how rivals cope pREMiER LEAguE ArSENAL............................2 CrySTAL PALACE ............. 0 by gAvin bROwn

To the Victor goes the spoils: West Brom’s Anichebe celebrates scoring as Toure (inset), reacts to his mistake which led to the goal PICTUrES: PA/ACTION

arsene wenger is looking forward to watching title rivals Manchester City and Chelsea try to take points off each other tonight after arsenal took care of business against Palace yesterday. The gunners had to be patient against Palace at the emirates stadium but a second-half brace from alex Oxlade-Chamberlain put them two points clear of City ahead of Chelsea’s trip to Manchester this evening. wenger accepts why many see freescoring City as title favourites but believes another home win shows why his team cannot be written off.

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pREMiER LEAguE WEST BrOM ........................1 LIVErPOOL ...........................1 LIverPOOL boss Brendan rodgers refused to blame Kolo Toure after his horrendous error cost Liverpool two points at The Hawthorns. Daniel sturridge put the reds ahead in the 24th minute but striker victor anichebe capitalised on Toure’s mistake midway through the second half. ‘Kolo is devastated. I said to him sometimes it is the price you pay when you try to play football,’ said rodgers, whose fourth-placed side failed to re-establish their four-point lead over nearest rivals everton ‘I’ve said to the team we are in the position we are because over the last 18 months we have shown the courage and bravery to play football and part of that is to build the game from

behind. For the first time this season we got punished for that. ‘He is an experienced guy and he knows it was a mistake and he is devastated. There is no blame.’ west Brom boss Pepe Mel was pleased how his side responded after a disjointed opening 45 minutes. ‘In the second half we had a high press with [Youssouf] Mulumbu and [Claudio] Yacob doing good work,’ he said. ‘The goal came from a high press and a bad pass. This is the way, a high press together, but it is not possible when only one player does it.’

u BrenDan rODgers defended Liverpool’s transfer negotiators after Dnipro claimed an anfield move for winger Yehven Konoplyanka collapsed because of deadline-day failings on the Merseysiders’ part. ‘The club did everything possible to get the player in,’ the Liverpool boss said. ‘It just wasn’t to be.’

‘It is two competitors against us and it is always interesting to see how they behave,’ he said. ‘we gained some points through other opponents, like Liverpool and Man United, over this weekend, and I think we know our results at the emirates will be massively important.’ On City’s favourites’ tag, he added: ‘I can understand that completely because we haven’t done it for a while. ‘we don’t play average teams and City have scored over 100 goals, so everybody thinks “can you beat these teams?” I say yes and that is what we have to show. It’s all to do.’ wenger also defended the signing of Kim Kallstrom, despite admitting he knew about a back injury which could keep the swede out until mid-March. ‘To find a player on a free loan, of that quality, on wednesday morning until Friday night, is not easy,’ he said.

Happy clapper: Oxlade-Chamberlain applauds the fans at full-time


Carroll red a blow for Nolan WEST Ham captain Kevin Nolan hopes Andy Carroll’s red card will be rescinded so the pair can swiftly resume the partnership which earned a 2-0 victory over Swansea on Saturday. Carroll twice provided the assists for Nolan to score in the Hammers’ first home win in the Premier League since November. The striker was later dismissed for an altercation with Swansea’s Chico Flores. Nolan said: ‘Andy was gutted and he’s honest enough to

say it’s definitely not a red. you sort of know when someone’s done something wrong and I sort of knew he hadn’t.’

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goals in a Southampton shirt for Rickie Lambert after he netted in the 3-0 win at Fulham. ‘I’m very proud – it means a hell of a lot,’ said the England man (pictured)


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Ole to some history

CArDIFF boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants to follow the win over Norwich by making history in the derby with Swansea by claiming a league double. ‘Let’s go out and make history. Why not? This may be the time,’ he said.

mirallas rewarded PrACTICE made perfect for Kevin Mirallas after his free-kick helped Everton to a 2-1 win over Aston Villa. ‘I practise free-kicks every day to try to get them right,’ he said.


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Ox brace fires Gunners back to top of the league

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groundhog Day for Scots but we face tough week by DAnny HOgAn

Ireland full-back rob Kearney was delighted to make a winning start to this season’s Six nations but warned sterner challenges lie ahead. His side were comfortable 28-6 victors over Scotland in dublin, with Kearney among the tryscorers as the hosts overpowered their lacklustre visitors. Stand-in skipper Jamie Heaslip and andrew Trimble also crossed the try-line as coach Joe Schmidt enjoyed a win in his first Six nations outing, but with two-time defending champions Wales to come in less than a week, no one in the Ireland camp will be getting carried away. ‘To get off to a winning start is something every team wants, so we’re happy,’ Kearney said. The hosts’ lead stood at 11-3 at half-time but it was a much-improved Ireland that came out in the second period and that fact was soon reflected on the scoreboard. ‘We said we needed to go after them. We just felt that if we kept keeping phases and attacking them, we could keep building on it.’ looking ahead to next Saturday’s clash with Wales, who opened their defence with a unconvincing 23-15 win over Italy, Kearney said: ‘It’s a massive challenge. We are under no illusions. ‘We have to recover really well now. There’s only six days, so we certainly know it’s a massive, massive challenge coming.’ as for Scotland, coach Scott Johnson reflected on the irony of his side’s promising start yet again ending in defeat coinciding with the Pennsylvania celebration of Groundhog day. ‘I can see the comparison,’ said the former Opsreys boss.

Andrew Trimble holds off Richie Gray in Ireland’s victorious opening Six Nations match aganst Scotland at the Aviva Stadium yesterday picture: inpho

«heaslip warning – page 22 Jubilation: Rob Kearney scores the third try

Brogan’s return to the fray a big boost for Gavin Boss Jim Gavin reckons alan Brogan’s return to full duty after a year out is ‘great for Dublin football’ writes Paul Keane. Former Footballer of the Year Brogan played the entire 70minutes on saturday as Dublin got their allianz League title defence off to a flier. They came from behind and braved sean George’s dismissal to overcome old rivals Kerry 2-8 to 1-10 at Croke Park. Cormac Costello’s form was impressive but the sight of Brogan playing his first game since 2012 because of groin trouble was most pleasing.

‘it was great to see him back, i’m just delighted for him,’ said boss Gavin. ‘it was really just a matter of him being confident with his own health and that was the most important thing from my perspective, that he is healthy and comfortable with it. it is great for Dublin football to have him back.’ Full-back and former U-21 star George will miss next weekend’s trip to face Westmeath, a tie Gavin reckons could be tricky. ‘We had a cracking game in the o’Byrne Cup which could have gone either way,’ he added.

‘Westmeath have the makings of a very, very good team and i think it’s going to be a good game for both sides.’ Gavin admitted he was surprised to learn of Paul Galvin’s retirement from Kerry which was confirmed on saturday evening. ‘i am surprised, i thought he had a good season last year and he certainly gave us a lot of trouble in the all-ireland semi-final,’ said Gavin.


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Good to be back: Alan Brogan played well on his return to action against Kerry picture: inpho

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