Thursday 17 October 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.