Wednesday 17 July 2019

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Minister Simon Coveney

Radio: Crushing defeats and comforting musical memories 

So Theresa May's Brexit deal was resoundingly defeated in the House of Commons, as predicted by, oh, just about everyone. The Late Debate (Radio 1, Tue-Thu 10pm) was quick off the mark in responding, a few hours after the vote, with Katie Hannon's pithy intro marking off the main points to this "crushing defeat": "'Hard border, what hard border?' - Arlene Foster's selective memory, and 'Worst-case scenario': Ireland prepares for a crash-out Brexit."

The newly introduced red deer at Bunratty Castle and Folk Park. Photograph by Eamon Ward

As a new herd finds its home in the grounds of Bunratty Castle, our reporter meets its deer keeper 

Bunratty is all about history. Strolling around the famous Castle & Folk Park, located just a few miles outside the Clare county town of Ennis, the visitor passes easily between eras: from a sleek post-millennial reception/entry area to the recreation of a 19th-century Irish village and farming life, and further back to the 15th-century castle itself, with its medieval banquets and lavish adornments.

Gargle: On the lash in The Snapper

The Divil's Dictionary: From 'Notions' to 'The Pain' - the words and phrases that capture the Irish way of life 

The ongoing Brexit snafu has introduced a bucket-load of buzzwords and neologisms to English (including, of course, 'Brexit' itself). Hard/soft Brexit, regrexit, Italexit, remoaners, strong and stable, Article 50, Brexit means Brexit, regulatory alignment, Brexiteer: just some of the many terms tossed about by politicians and commentators struggling to make sense of a chaotic situation.

Cork actor Chris Walley near the Noel Coward Theatre in London. Photo: Gerry McManus

The young contender... Cork actor Chris Walley 

In virtually every way, Jock Murphy, lead character in The Young Offenders, couldn't be more different from the actor, Chris Walley, who plays him. Jock swaggers through the northside of Cork in this rudely hilarious film (and now TV series) as bold as brass: thieving bikes, stealing roof-lead, snogging the headmaster's daughter in front of him, and generally getting up to all sorts of mischief. He's obnoxious, foul-mouthed, irredeemably stupid. Chris Walley, on the other hand, is softly spoken, perceptive, erudite and unusually thoughtful for a mere stripling of 22.