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Vacant homes to be hit with new tax VACANT homes in Wexford are to be hit with a new tax after Finance Minister Paschal said he is to bring it forward as part of the upcoming Budget, despite what he called the “low” rates of vacancy across the country. Mr Donohoe was commenting in response to Revenue’s findings that there are more than 57,000 vacant properties across the country, representing 3.2% of all properties. The minister said the aim of the tax was to maximise the

use of existing homes and not to raise revenue, adding that there would be exemptions for properties that are vacant for legitimate reasons. These could include a home that was in probate or one that was “in between” lettings, he said. Green Party TD and Chairperson of the Oireachtas Housing Committee Stephen Matthews said this tax can create the impetus required for property owners to refurbish,

rent or sell hoses they may be otherwise sitting on. He said that this would lead to more vibrant towns and villages. Mr Donohoe said despite the “low” rates of vacancy, it is appropriate that the Government take “all actions necessary to address the gap between demand and supply”. “While overall vacancy levels may be low, we also know that there are clusters of vacancy and in cities and in towns across

all areas of the country, and addressing this is a priority for the Government,” the minister said. The tax will aim not to “excessively penalise” homeowners whose properties may be vacant for understandable or temporary reasons, while also “maximising” the use of the existing housing stock, he added. Continued on next page


New Chairman of Wexford County Council George Lawlor with wife Yvonne following his election in county buildings


04| news in brief Anne Doyle to launch a classic FORMER RTE newsreader and Wexford ambassador Anne Doyle will launch a new book called Classical Women, by Dr Noel Culleton, in Wexford town library on Thursday, July 14 at 7 pm. The book, which took more than three years to research and write, incorporates the amazing stories of 26 women composers from a 1,000-year span of history, who, despite huge obstacles broke down barriers in the male-dominated world of music. It is Noel’s third book in a series on classical composers, the last one being Classical Connections which Anne Doyle launched three years ago.

The Red Books tale RED Books, in St Peter’s Square, Wexford, has now doubled in size after taking over the premises next door. The independent bookstore, owned by Wally O’Neill, started life in a converted bulls’ shed in Bridgetown five-and-ahalf years ago, before moving to Wexford town in 2019. Red Books is also a publisher of local books, recently launching the third issue of The Wexford Bohemian and Wexford Women Writing Undercover.

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Brush with greatness for St Mary’s, Ballygarrett

Sixth class students from St Mary’s National School in Ballygarrett, Wexford put their skills to work on the Green Energy mural. Photo: Garrett Byrne Photography IT’S a colourful time for the students from 6th Class at St Mary’s National School in Ballygarrett, Wexford, as they pooled their talents to create a Green Energy mural for their playground with the help of artists from the Walls Project. The mural is the prize for the winning class of the Green Energy Art Competition, organised by STEAM Education and supported by renewable

energy companies DP Energy and Iberdrola as part of their community engagement for the Shelmalere Offshore Wind Farm project. Participating pupils were asked to create their vision of a “seascape of the future” with a focus on renewable energy. Walls Project artists Aisling Corcoran and Fiona Brady began the day with a Street Art Skills Workshop, teaching the 6th

class students how to use spray paints, practicing with stencils and paper before taking their talents outside to their playground wall. The Green Energy & Climate Action Education Programmes has engaged 4th to 6th class students in approximately 20 local schools along the South Coast and East Coast with some of the most pressing environmental issues facing the world today.

Vacant homes face tax

Continued from previous page However, the Revenue estimates of vacant homes are lower than estimates provided previously by the Central Statistics Office (CSO), casting doubts on the efficacy of such a tax. Government sources insisted that these figures include derelict homes, which are not subject to the Local Property Tax (LPT). Local Property Tax Returns show that 57,206, or 3.2pc of properties, were indicated by their owners as being vacant on November 1, 2021. Preliminary figures from Census 2022 released by the CSO last month showed that there were 166,752 vacant dwellings, which is down 9% compared with 2016. The vacancy rate in Wexford, according to CSO figures from the latest Census, is 7.5%, which is 166,752 properties. Of these, over 66,000 are holiday homes. A Department of Finance statement said that the figures will be used “to assess the merits and impact of introducing a Vacant Property Tax”.

County Secretary retires after 38 years of service

TRIBUTES have been coming in for County Secretary David Minogue, who has announced his retirement with effect from July 1st after 38 years of service in local government. Cllr Kathleen Codd-Nolan described Mr Minogue as “very approachable” and she wished “yourself and Anne the best of luck”. Cllr John Fleming echoed the sentiments, saying: “Thanks for your years of service. You were always fair. Enjoy your retirement.” Meanwhile, Cllr Cathal Byrne wished him well “in the next phase of your life. 38 years is a long time. Very best of luck.” Cllr Michael Sheehan also joined in the good wishes and recalled Mr Minogue’s time at New Ross Urban Council. “You knew from day one how the system worked. Congratulations and farewell. You can be proud of your legacy at Wexford County Council.” “It was a wonderful experience,” Mr Minogue said of his career, “I enjoyed my press friendship and hold huge respect for the elected members — they were always very fair — but each has a job to do. I also want to thank my colleagues at the top table,

and I am content in my decision,” he added. Cllr Michael Whelan thanked Mr Minogue for his service and courtesy. “You were always at the end of the phone, and I wish you a long and exciting retirement.” Cllr Fionntán Ó Súilleabháin recalled that Mr Minogue “did a lot of good work in the Gorey area”. Cllr Pat Barden sent his best wishes. “You were always at the other end of the phone,” he added. Cllr Garry Laffan said; “you were always helpful and welcoming”. Cllr Andrew Bolger said: “Good luck in the next phase of life” and Cllr Donal Kenny said; “you were always helpful” and wished him the best of luck. Meanwhile, Chief Executive Officer, Tom Enright, thanked Mr Minogue for his “dedication, devotion to duty and he understood the role of councillors,” and said; “you will leave a huge loss for your knowledge, dedication and expertise.” Mr Enright said Mr Minogue joined the local authority in Kildare in 1983, came to Wexford in 1990 and served in New Ross, Enniscorthy and Gorey before settling in County Hall where he took up the role of County Secretary and Communications Officer.

Council loses out on 50 social units

WEXFORD County Council has confirmed that its largest purchase of turn-key housing units in the county has fallen through as a result of Irish Water’s inability to provide the required water capacity for the development. A deal had been reached with Wexford County Council and developer Martin Sinnott for the local authority to purchase 50 units from the development of 153 homes for its social housing stock at

Clonhaston in Enniscorthy. However, the news was confirmed in the housing section of the Chief Executive’s Report for June. “The developer of the Clonhaston site has been in contact with the Housing Department advising that due to capacity issues with Irish Water, the number of units to be constructed will be significantly reduced. As a result, this turn-key proposal has been withdrawn,” it said.

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Solar panels could power 25% of homes

ONE-QUARTER of all the electricity needed by Irish households could be produced by putting solar panels on rooftops, a new study shows. Climate scientists at University College Cork examined every rooftop in Ireland using satellite imagery and the findings found one million homes in Ireland have the roof space and orientation suitable for 10 solar panels. Overall, that is enough to power one in four of all Irish homes, achieve 8% of Ireland’s renewable energy target, save 135,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions, and save each household at least €450 in electricity costs per year. The study’s co-author, Paul Deane there are strong economic and environmental arguments to generate electricity from sunlight here. Mr Deane told RTÉ’s Morning Ireland that about 24,000 homes are already generating electricity from solar PV panels. After the system has paid for itself, between seven and 10 years, Mr Deane said

Donal Skehan with Lucy (8) and Kate (7) Carroll at the launch of Fyffes’ search for Ireland’s most imaginative meal-makers in which a banana is the key ingredient. Details on facebook.com/ FyffesIreland and instagram.com/ fyffesireland

Leah Quish (9) at the launch of Round Up for Ronald McDonald House in Crumlin Hospital. Pic: Andres Poveda

that “you’re then producing relatively free and low-cost electricity for the next the next 20 years or so”. From this month, electricity suppliers have access to the key data from ESB networks showing the amount of surplus

electricity generated by rooftop solar panels is fed back into the electricity grid. This now enables the electricity companies to calculate how much of a payment or credit is due. So far, two electricity companies,

Pinergy and SSE Airtricity, have announced they will pay homeowners 13.5 and 14 cents respectively, per kilowatt hour of surplus electricity. It is estimated that upwards of 20,000 private houses currently have solar panels installed.

Prior infection will not protect against Covid PEOPLE who were infected with Covid-19 in December and January do not have protection against the current wave of the disease, it has emerged. Director of the National Virus Reference Laboratory, Dr Cillian de Gascun said that the BA.4 and BA.5 variants in circulation in Ireland now are “sufficiently different” from the B.A1 variant that caused a very large spike in December and January. “The problem is that people who were infected with B.A1 don’t have protection against B.A4 and B.A5,” he said. Asked if those people were at risk of getting the disease again, he said: “Yes, unfortunately.” However, he said people who got the virus in March or April, when the B.A2 variant was dominant, will have “some protection” during the current wave. Dr de Gascun’s comments come amid a further rise in the number of people with the virus in hospital. The figure has risen by 30%

Switch to coach travel and save

Commuters could see huge savings in fuel costs by switching their car for a coaches, according to a new Cost of Commuting survey from Expressway. The Cost of Commuting Survey is an in-depth analysis of bus routes and car travel across all 26 counties, which was carried out by Bus Éireann. As petrol and diesel prices pass €2 a litre, people who regularly travel to work or leisure by car are adding hundreds or thousands of euro to their annual fuel bills alone. Customers who switch to

coach travel can also make significant savings on the other costs of running a car such as parking, tolls, servicing, oil and tyres. Commuters who make a weekly return trip from Dublin to Sligo will spend an estimated €3,750 on petrol a year. In comparison, the same journey on Expressway (Route 23) would cost just €1,534 a year – a saving of over €2,200, or more than 60%. Someone travelling between Letterkenny and Dublin can save €54 (63%) on every return journey by switching to Expressway (Route 32).

Dog-attack claims soar

MORE than 160 personal injury claims were brought as a result of dog attacks in the last two years, data provided by the Personal Injuries Assessment Board (PIAB) shows. Dozens of public liability claims were taken, while a small number of employers were also sued after employees were injured by a dog in the workplace or during the course of their

work. With dog ownership increasing during the pandemic, owners are being warned they may have to pay compensation out of their own pocket if their pet attacks a person and they do not have insurance cover. Under the Control of Dogs Act 1986, the owner of a dog is liable to pay compensation for any damage caused by the dog attacking and injuring a person.

in just two weeks and it has more than doubled from the end of June. The variants currently circulating appear to cause less severe disease in vaccinated people because they infect the upper airways rather than the lungs. Dr de Gascun there are hopes that people will be offered a vaccine in the autumn as cases are likely to increase. “Based on what we’ve seen to date, it’s not unreasonable to expect there will be an increase in cases, because human behaviour will change and more people will be indoors again,” he said. He said an Omicron-specific vaccine was being developed, but it was not clear whether it would pass the required regulatory tests to be offered to people in Ireland before the winter. He advised people to continue to take precautions if they want to avoid the disease “including mask wearing on public transport, in crowded areas or in health settings”.

Early Budget to offset cost of living

THE Government has agreed to bring Budget Day forward to September 27th — two weeks earlier than expected — with an increased package of €6.7bn to help offset the cost-of-living crisis. The Government has been under pressure to introduce more measures to help households with soaring inflation but has so far resisted bringing in any new supports before the Budget, originally planned for October 11th. Higher than expected tax receipts generated an exchequer surplus of €4.2bn in June, giving the Government greater room for spending on cost-ofliving measures. This compares with a deficit of €5.3bn this time last year, an improvement of almost €9.5bn year-on-year. However, senior department officials warned inflation and higher living costs were likely to negatively impact tax receipts later in the year. Inflation hit a new 40-year high of 9.6% in June.

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Walking the walk for RNLI

PUPILS from Star of the Sea National School, in Riverchapel, went the extra mile recently in aid of Courtown RNLI, bringing in a total of €2,000 from their sponsored walk. As part of their May Day fundraiser, children from third to sixth class made their way from the school to the boathouse, where they were given an extensive tour and talk about the work of Courtown RNLI. PRO of Courtown RNLI, Tanya Tighe was on hand to meet the group and show them the ropes. “We talked to them about water safety and the importance of it. Most of them already knew all about water safety and were able to answer any questions we had.” The pupils also had an opportunity to see the D Class lifeboat, Frank — launched recently in honour of the late Frank Watkin — and learn about the navigation system and safety equipment on board. “They were a very enthusiastic group who raised valuable funds for Courtown RNLI,” said Tanya. “We want to say a huge thank you to them from all the RNLI volunteers at Courtown RNLI.”

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Model County to host Tralee Roses in August COuNTY Wexford has been schosen to host the Roses from the 2022 Rose of Tralee International Festival on the Wexford Rose Tour in August for the first time. The Wexford Rose Tour will showcase all that our county has to offer for the benefit of 33 new Roses who will visit the county. The Wexford Rose Tour will take place across three days in August where Roses from Ireland, the USA, Canada, Britain, Germany, Australia, New Zealand and the Middle East will be treated to a hectic but fun-filled itinerary. The tour includes stops at some of Wexford’s most recognisable landmarks as well as some of our best-kept secrets and is hosted by Wexford Rose Joy Quigley, who hails from the medieval village of Ferns. The tour begins on Thursday, August 11, with the Roses checking in at the 4-star Ashdown Park Hotel in Gorey, the official accommodation partner for the tour. They will then be welcomed

Damien Lynch (Visit Wexford), Cllr Barbara-Anne Murphy Cathaoirleach, Wexford County Council, Shane Cronly (Rose Of Tralee Operations Director), Joy Quigley (Wexford Rose), Liz Hore (Wexford County Council) and Paul Finnegan (Ashtown Park Hotel Gorey)

at a Wexford County Council reception with Johnstown Castle providing the beautiful backdrop for the occasion. During their time in the sunny southeast, the Roses will be taken to a wide variety of

locations including Seal Rescue Ireland in Courtown, Curracloe beach, and the breath-taking views of the Hook Peninsula. They will be treated to plenty of delicious meals including locally produced food and drink

along the way and, of course, sampling Wexford’s famous fresh strawberries. The Rose of Tralee International Festival will run from Friday August, 19 to Tuesday August 23.

Talent blooms at Phoenix Park

wEXfORd entrants to this year’s Bord Bia Bloom in the Park certainly flourished in several categories at the prestigious Phonenix Park event. Wexford sculptor and garden designer Niall Deacon received a gold medal and the Best in Category award for his small garden Eureka. Hazel Woods, of Kilmurry Nursery in Gorey, also received a gold medal for her display at the show. Meanwhile, Irish Fuchsia Nursery, also from Gorey, received a silver medal at the Nursery Village.

In the Association of Irish Floral Artists (AOIFA) Floral Art Competition, four medals were awarded to Wexford floral artists. Karen Robinson from Gorey received a gold medal in the ‘Another World’ category. Elizabeth Kenny from Enniscorthy received a Silver Gilt medal in the ‘Phenomenal Forms’ category. Caroline Stewart was another Gorey winner, taking home a silver medal in the ‘This Radiant Season’ category, while Paula Hore also received a silver medal in the ‘Another World’ category.

From Gorey to Van Gogh

GOREY native and founder of Yoga with Maura, Maura Rath, has been chosen to lead a series of yoga classes at the Van Gogh Dublin Experience in the RDS. Not long after the launch of the experience, the creators approached Maura with the idea of bringing to life a 360 degree, completely immersive digital wellness studio, never before experienced in Ireland. The opening session was

launched on Tuesday, June 21 to mark International Yoga Day and the Summer Solstice. According to Maura, each session aims to ‘awaken and nurture the senses’ and combines visuals, music and her yoga instruction. Maura’s classes in Van Gogh Dublin will run until the end of July. Tickets are available at vangoghdublin. ie/immersiveyoga. See also: www.yogawithmaura.ie

Local records in ‘Beyond 2022’

THREE archives from County Wexford have been included in the ‘Beyond 2022 Project’ which produced the Virtual Record Treasury of Ireland launched recently by Taoiseach Micheal Martin, at Dublin Castle. Speaking at the event, Mr Martin said the project “is a landmark initiative not just because of what it will achieve through ground-breaking technology but because of its collaborative approach”. The destruction of the Public Record Office of Ireland in the opening engagement of the Civil War was the most devastating loss of our cultural heritage. Seven centuries of invaluable records were lost in the Four Courts blaze that occurred on June 30, 1922. The online Virtual Record Treasury will now make the examination of Ireland’s history accessible for people of all ages. world. The three archives from County Wexford are: the Wexford County Archive; Ferns Diocesan Archives and Monksgrange Archives.

Veteran George is new First Citizen

VETERAN Wexford town and Labour Party member Cllr George Lawlor was elected as the 125th Cathaoirleach of Wexford County Council at the annual general meeting recently, where he defeated Fine Gael’s Cllr Frank Staples by 21 votes to 8. Cllr Lawlor said his election was “a singular honour for his family and the Labour Party” and he thanked the members for their support. Cllr Lawlor outlined his aims for the coming year and stated his wish to be “a Cathaoirleach across the county” and promised to support projects in Enniscorthy, New Ross, GoreyKilmuckridge and Rosslare with the same vigour as his native Wexford. Meanwhile, Labour Party’s Cllr Maura Bell has been elected Mayor of Wexford. Thus becoming only the fourth female councillor to occupy this historic and prestigious office. Cllr Bell said; “Delighted to be elected as Mayor of Wexford today — it’s an honour and a privilege.”

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The difference between depression and just feeling sorry for yourself


wake full of the joys. Met Eireann has promised a glorious day and I have plans for walking and gardening and meeting friends for an outdoor lunch. When I pull the blinds my hopes are dashed. It’s grey and misty and I can see there has been rain. I am depressed. But Irish weather is always an adventure and within the hour Met Eireann is proved right. The sun is up, the sky is blue, and I am happy. So, my emotions went from high to low and back to high again. But at no time was I suffering from depression or experiencing exhilaration. I was just reflecting the normal ups and downs of everyday life. Clinical depression is a different matter altogether. It is a serious illness that tends to come in periodic bursts which render sufferers helpless.

Michael Wolsey

Sometimes these bursts are followed by spells of manic hyper-activity. Samuel Johnson called it his ‘black dog’ and Winston Churchill, who was diagnosed with manic-depression, gave it the same label. When the illness struck, the great wartime leader would be paralysed by despair. He would stay in bed and he barely functioned when he did get up; unable to concentrate, unwilling to eat, with little intellectual or physical energy. Clinical depression is not remotely similar to feeling a bit down because the sun hasn’t come up. But we seem to be blurring the lines between the medical problem and a simple mood swing. I often hear people described as ‘depressed’ when a better word would be ‘sad’. Research, produced by the ESRI for the Department of Children, has classified 40% of 22-year-old men and 55%

of 22-year-old women as depressed. The report appears to be referring to clinical depression, although few, if any, of those surveyed could have been diagnosed with the illness. That would mean more than half the young women in Ireland are suffering from depression and we don’t need a survey to tell us that is nonsense. This survey was conducted two years ago, when Covid was doing its worst. The things that depressed these young adults included remote learning, not having good broadband, having less face-toface contact with their friends and missing out on “the normal rites of passages, social interactions and transitions “ – not being able to go clubbing, in other words. Insofar as these things applied to me, I found them depressing too. I was also depressed by not being able to go to the pub, the theatre, or the gym.

I was saddened, annoyed, pissed off. But I don’t think I am in any danger of suffering “a longer-term scarring effect” which the report fears for “some groups of young adults”. And I don’t think this blurring of the lines between clinical depression and feeling a bit under the weather is doing the real sufferers any favours. We are too quick to talk about “mental health issues” when we just mean that people are reacting in a normal way to normal developments - worrying when there is something to worry about, feeling under stress when a situation is stressful. These aren’t mental health issues, they’re life. The actress Joanna Lumley has seen a bit of life. She is 76, although she appears to have some sort of Peter Pan gene that keeps her looking half that age. In her twenties she was diagnosed with a serious psychotic breakdown. She recovered and “now I just experience normal

emotions such as grief”. “I think the mental health thing is being overplayed at the moment,” she told a podcast interviewer. “Anybody who is even remotely sad says they have got mental health problems ... (but) it is what is called being human.” Ms Lumley thinks this tendency to make a health crisis out of every worry “is awful for people who really are mentally ill or are properly clinically depressed.” I agree. You can’t tackle a problem if you don’t recognise it and promoting ordinary sorrow to serious depression makes recognition more difficult. I’ll leave the last word to the peerless Ms Lumley. “Of course some of you are going to feel bloody awful and some of you may well be suicidal or mentally depressed, that’s a different thing. But anybody who just goes ‘Oh burr’ ... I think, ‘Get over it’.

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ninenottomiss book review book of the week tv show of the week with Audrey Bracken @fable_books

Fierce Appetites by Elizabeth Boyle Every day a beloved father dies. Every day a lover departs. Every day a woman turns forty. All three happening together brings a moment of reckoning. Medieval historian Elizabeth Boyle makes sense of these events the best way she knows how – by immersing herself in the literature that has been her first love and her life’s work for over two decades. Startlingly original, compelling and honest, Fierce Appetites opens with the loss of Boyle’s father. It quickly becomes apparent that this book will not shy away from uncomfortable truths or sugar coat content to make it more palatable. It takes place over the course of a year, each month given its own chapter. The simple narrative structure works well, particularly when framed against the volatile backdrop of a global pandemic, a polarising US election, the Black Lives Matter movement, and various lockdowns. The reader embarks on a journey that at times feels voyeuristic and uncomfortable, with Boyle serving as a fearless and uncompromising guide. Journeys are a recurrent theme throughout; Boyle’s own journeys, shuttling between her dream job in Ireland and her daughter’s home in England, interspersed with journeys undertaken in the Middle Ages. Boyle’s passion for medieval history and her devotion to her students is abundantly clear. She writes eloquently about the importance of education and the opportunities it brings, particularly to those from disadvantaged backgrounds. She analyses woman’s role in society from the Middle Ages to present day, peeling back layers to expose biases in still present in today’s societal structures. The writing particularly shines when Boyle lays herself bare, talking candidly about her own addiction, her complex feelings around motherhood, and how guilt and shame are hardwired into the female experience. Her fierce intelligence, unflinching honesty and dark humour make for an extraordinary read.


film of the week

None of This Is Serious by Catherine Prasifka

the main stage RTE1, 9.35pm, Fridays

elvis Cinemas nationwide

STUDENT life is ending for Sophie and her friends. They’ve got everything figured out, and Sophie feels left behind as they all start to go their separate ways. She’s overshadowed by her best friend Grace. She’s been in love with Finn for as long as she’s known him. And she’s about to meet Rory, who’s suddenly available to her online. At a party, what was already unstable completely falls apart and Sophie finds herself obsessively scrolling social media, waiting for something (anything) to happen. If you want to get an insight into the tumultuous lives of youth today, this is for you.

R’n’B singer-songwriter and singer Erica-Cody (above) joins forces with Danny O’Reilly, lead singer of the Coronas, to host this new music show for Friday nights. The new Friday night music show will feature live studio performances, interviews and general craic, celebrating a feast of Irish artists and unique collaborations from the worlds of rock, folk, trad and R&B. The Main Stage will be a musical mash up with a modern twist featuring a mix of legendary acts as well as some of the hottest new talent from around the country in recent years.

IN a deranged state from his many medical issues, Colonel Tom Parker (Tom Hanks) recalls his relationship with Elvis Presley (Austin Butler), from humble beginnings on the carnival circuit, to super-stardom, his ‘68 Comeback Special, and on to his final days in Las Vegas. This has divided critics everywhere and everything you either love or loathe about director Baz Luhrmann is on display in ‘Elvis’. But for Elvis fans this is a must-see, dazzling affair that will leave them wondering all sorts of what-ifs, focusing as it does on the stars slow but inevitable decline.

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RECIPE of the week

album of the week

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ozzy osbourne Patient Number 9

only murders in the building (season 2) Disney+

tuscan beans on sourdough www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/tuscan_beans_ on_99053

Following the shocking death of Arconia Board President Bunny Folger, Charles, Oliver and Mabel race to unmask her killer. However, three (unfortunate) complications ensue: the trio is publicly implicated in Bunny’s homicide, they are now the subjects of a competing podcast, and they have to deal with a bunch of New York neighbours who all think they committed murder. Steve Martin, Martin Short and Selena Gomez just solved Tim Kono’s murder, an investigation which they recounted in their successful podcast — Now, they’re the prime suspects in the latest killing.

THIS snazzy brunch is perfect for a Sunday morning coming down sort of vibe. It’s meat free and will suit just about anyone that walks in the door in one of those Sunday humours. The key is to use all the ingredients and don’t skimp on the sourdough. It just won’t work with a few slices of slightly stale batch. Toast the sourdough on both sides. Drizzle a teaspoon of oil over each piece and rub the toast with the garlic. Serve the beans on the sourdough and enjoy.

OZZY Osbourne announced his new album Patient Number 9 last week alongside a stream of the title track. Patient Number 9 features a lineup of guitarist and producer Andrew Watt, Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith and bassists Robert Trujillo of Metallica, Duff McKagan of Guns N’ Roses, and Chris Chaney of Jane’s Addiction. The album also features guest appearances from guitarists Jeff Beck, Mike McCready of Pearl Jam, Zakk Wylde of Black Label Society, Tony Iommi of Black Sabbath, and Eric Clapton. Avaialble for pre-order now.

shop of the week

gig of the week

wine of the week

back to school at aldi www.aldi.ie

luka bloom Whale Theatre, Greystones, Saturday July 16

ARE you serious? They haven’t even finished school yet and already the back to school lists are coming in! And from the 7th of July, parents can get their hands on school essentials for less, including everyday school wear, premium stationery and other back to school must-haves at ALDI stores. It’s really never too early to get a head start on the new school year. And this year, ALDI’s unbeatable uniform offer is back for knock-down prices, as well as stationary, bags, lunhcboxes . . . the whole shebang!

WITH a new instrumental album bringing some well-needed brightness into people’s homes, Luka Bloom takes to the stage at the wonderful Whale Theatre in Greystones, the perfect venue to enjoy an artist in this intimate location. Out of the Blue is Bloom’s third album release in a year, after his Live at De Roma (in Antwerp) and Bittersweet Crimson, a delicate collection that effortlessly straddles intimacy and universality. A night to really savour if you are lucky enough to grab a ticket . . . .

Pinot Gris 2021, Gisborne, New Zealand (7.99); Pinot Noir 2020, Marlborough, New Zealand (8.99) www.lidl.ie TWO Pinot wines from New Zealand, are now available from Lidl in the Winemaker’s Selection range and represent very good value for money. Gisborne, on the east coast of the New Zealand’s North Island, is one of the country’s historic wine regions. Made from Pinot Gris (otherwise known as Pinot Grigio), the first is a rich, textured wine; Marlborough is best known for Sauvignon Blanc, but the second is great Pinot Noir.

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Slow down and sidestep a controversy. Hide out in your private cocoon. Enjoy time in nature. Peace feeds your spirit. CapricornConfer with friends and allies. Conversation provides insight. Teamwork makes a complex job easy. Monitor a situation in real time to navigate changes. AquariusConsider a professional opportunity. Keep practical objectives. Begin a testing period. Figure out what you need. PiscesAn adventure takes shape. Imagine your route and destination. Explore off the beaten path to discover hidden treasure. Study maps and charts. Investigate.

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President Michael D Higgins with Imelda Hurley, CEO of Coillte, and the President’s wife Sabina Higgins at the opening of ‘Beyond the Trees Avondale’, a new visitor destination in Avondale Forest Park, Co Wicklow. Pix: Naoise Culhane

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We take a look back at extracts from old newspapers to see what was in the news this month in years gone by

Freemans Jrn 22/06/1855

Evening Her 30/06/1938

Irish Press 20/06/1969

Irish Press 12/06/1937

Irish Press 06/06/1969

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