Tagged: RTÉ

The Week in Social: Equal Marriage, African-Irish teens and amazing bridal footwear.

I’ve been on hiatus for two weeks to attempt to escape my 40th by flying to Chicago and then celebrating my little brother’s wedding. More on that later.

Image of  Colalife, Equal Marriage logos and African-Irish teens

Equal Marriage. You’ll have noticed that many profiles on Facebook and elsewhere have turned red in support of equal marriage which is currently being discussed by the US Supreme Court. As with any viral activity, plenty of variations on the original image from the Human Rights Campaign have also appeared: http://www.flickr.com/photos/humanrightscampaign/sets/72157633101425657/

ColaLife. How do you get life-saving medical supplies to the most remote places on Earth? Piggyback on the existing distribution that Coca Cola has created, that’s how.

Athy Is The ‘Hood, Man. “During the St.Patrick’s Day Parade in Dublin 2012, radio producer Derek O’Halloran, noticed a group of African-Irish teenagers in the crowd…Tough enough being a teenager but what if you have to negotiate two different cultures too?” Athy is a fairly small town in Ireland; it’s quite fascinating to hear it described as “the ‘hood”.

And finally, I have to welcome the latest Mrs Guinan, who owned her bridal footwear

Amazing Wedding Footwear

See you in seven.


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“We’re not politicians; we don’t think about legacies” Neil Tennant Interview (RTÉ Radio 1) [audio]

Image of Neil TennantHere’s a 23 minute interview with Neil Tennant on Ireland’s John Murray Show on RTÉ Radio 1.

A few snippets:

On the Olympics Closing Ceremony experience. “I’m an Olympic performer now”

On Elysium: “Age is a taboo subject. Pop music is meant to be young… It’s a a beautiful album… quite optimistic..” “The name suggests that it’s a different, more dreamy sound…”

On motivation? Have you contemplated retirement? “No. We have a creative urge. … The songs keep coming…”

On that Xmas battle between PSB vs Pogues: “The battle was actually between Pet Shop Boys and Rick Astley”.

On X Factor: “It promotes professionalism over ideas… people will get bored of it soon.” “It’s like the weather; it happens”

On what’s he listening to: “‘Bon Iver’ and “96.3, a Spanglish radio station in LA playing very up remixes of Adele…”

On the Dusty collaboration: She did the last bit “We don’t have to fall apart..” in two takes.

On their legacy: “We’re not politicians; we don’t think about legacies…”


The John Murray Show (Podcasts)

Powerful: Irish Child Abuse Victim vs Minister for Justice

They’re beginning to call this child abuse saga the Irish Holocaust. After watching this man, you’ll begin to see why. 

—Start of transcript

Mr. Chairman, I’m surprised at the minister there now.

First of all Mr Minister (directed at Minister Noel Dempsey) you made a bags of it in the beginning by changing the judges. You made a complete bags of it at that time, because I went to the La Foy commission and ye had seven barristers there, questioning me and telling that I was telling lies, when I told them that I got raped of a Saturday, got a merciful beating after it, and then stuffed…

… he came along the following morning and put holy communion in my mouth.

You don’t know what happened there. You haven’t the foggiest, you’re talking through your hat there. And you’re talking to a Fianna Fáil man, a former councilor and former mayor you’re talking to, that worked tooth and nail or you, for the party that you’re talking about now. Ye didn’t do it right, ye got it wrong.

Admit it.

And apologize for doing that. Because you don’t know what I feel inside me. You don’t know the hurt I am.

You said it was non-adversarial.

My God.

Seven barristers.

Throwing questions at us.


I tri.. attempted to commit suicide, there’s the woman who saved me from committing suicide, on me way down from Dublin, after spending five days at the commission. Five days I spent at the commission. They brought a man over from Rome, ninety odd years of age, to tell me I was telling lies.

That I wasn’t beaten for an hour, non-stop by two of them.

By two of them.

Non-stop from head to toe without a shred of cloth on my body.

My God minister.

And could I speak to you (comment directed to Leo Varadkar, Fianna Gael), and ask your leader, would you stop making a political football of this.

You hurt this when you do that.

You tear the shreds from inside our body.

For God’s sake, try and give us some peace.

Try to give us some peace and not to continue hurting us.

That woman will tell you how many times I jump out of the bed at night with the sweat pumping out of me. Because I see these fellas at the end of the bed with their fingers doing that (gestures) to me. And pulling me in to the room, to rape me, to bugger me and bate the shite out of me. That’s the way it is.

And you know what?

You know what, sometimes I listen to the leader of Fianna Fáil. I even listened to the apology. T’was mealy mouthed, but at least t’was an apology.

At least t’was an apology.

The Rosminians said in the report, they said they were easy on us. The first day I went to them. The first day to Rosminians in my home which is Ferryhouse in Clonmel, ’cause its the only home I know. He said “you’re in it for the money”.

We didn’t want money.

We didn’t want money. We wanted the pr… someone to stand up and say “yes, these fellas were buggered, these people were ra…”

Little girls. My daughter, oh sorry, my sister. A month old when she was put in to an institution. Eight of us from the one family, dragged by the ISPCC cruelty man. Put in to two cars, brought to the court in Clonmel. Left standing there without food or anything, and the fella in the long black frock and the white collar came along and he put us in to a van.

Not a van, a scut truck, I don’t know what you call it now. And landed us below with two hundred other boys. Two night later I was raped.

How can anyone…

You’re talking about constitution. These people would gladly say “yes” to a constitution to freeze the funds of the religous orders.

This state, this country of ours, would say “yes” to that constitition if you have to change it.

Don’t say you can’t change it.

You’re the governement of this state. You run this state. So for God’s sake stop mealy mouthing. ‘Cause I’m sick of it.

I’m sick of it.

You’re turning me away from voting Fianna Fáil which I have done from the first day that I could vote. Because. And you know me. You know me Mister Minister. You’ve met me on a number of ocassions. So you know what I’m like.

— End of transcript

Transcript via Will Knott

Paddy McAloon & Jimmy Webb: The Highwayman

This makes me happy to be alive.

Jimmy Webb (awfully important songwriter chap who makes a certain demographic of older male music lover go a bit funny; he wrote Witchita Lineman, you know, and got Richard Harris and Donna Summer to lament the cake being left in the rain) and Paddy McAloon (Prefab Sproutsperson, godlike genius etc etc) recorded this version of Webb’s track for some TV special on Irish broadcaster RTÉ. Bill Whelan (pre-Riverdance) is steering the orchestra, and the whole thing strikes me as one of those totally random happenings that can only come about as a result of some music lover/civil servant getting access to state-funding and presenting the public with something they never knew they needed.

An excellent argument for the TV licence and YouTube, no?


Tin Cat Pot has an mp3 rip of this and plenty of other hard-to-find Sprout goodness.