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The truly GREAT Paddy Moloney, The Chieftains founder, dies aged 83

The death has been announced of the founder and leader of The Chieftains, Paddy Moloney.

President Michael D Higgins has led the tributes, saying he was at the forefront of the renaissance of interest in Irish music. From Donnycarney in north Dublin, he grew up in a musical family and began playing the tin whistle and then the uileann pipes, learning from the pipe master Leo Rowsome. He formed several groups with musicians in duets and trios, and in 1962 formed the band that would become The Chieftains Sean Potts and Michael Tubridy.

The Chieftains went on to become one of the best-known Irish traditional groups in the world, winning six Grammys as well as many other awards.

Mr Moloney and The Chieftains worked with a vast range of artists over their long career, making guest appearances with and contributing to albums by Ry Cooder, Marianne Faithful, Mick Jagger, Elvis Costello, and Sinead O'Connor. In 1987 they recorded the acclaimed 1987 album Irish Heartbeat album with Van Morrison.

Mr Moloney, who also played button accordion and bodhrán, was the main composer and arranger of The Chieftains' music and composed for films, including Treasure Island, The Grey Fox, Braveheart, Gangs of New York, and Stanley Kubrick's Barry Lyndon.

He was married to artist Rita O'Reilly and had three children, Aonghus Moloney, Padraig Moloney, and the actress and producer Aedin Moloney.

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So the current negotiating number is between 1.9 and 2.3tn dollars.

It might be a complete coincidence but the cost for the 3.5tn is spread out over 10 years so to fully fund the programs for 6 years would be 60% of 3.5 = 2.1 trillion, slap bang in the middle of the suggested negotiating numbers. I think most people would take that and hope that the Democrats can get 2 more Senators, to make this more of a permanent fixture.

CNN's Donie O'Sullivan on Ireland's Late Late Show

Hopefully this is not Geo-blocked, but it's a nice interview

Ryan catches up with CNN journalist and Cahirciveen man Donie O'Sullivan to chat about his adventures in America's hinterland.


Here's a quick clip

Brexit :Turkey Farmers Declare 'Christmas Is Ruined' Due to Brexit

Paul Kelley is one of the biggest turkey suppliers in Britain. He says that we are about to face a major shortage of turkeys this Christmas, and places the blame squarely on Brexit.

He's furious because he says that whenever he has given one of countless interviews about the problems in the supply chain, problems with labour or with the CO2 he needs to safely package his product, the media have cut out all the references he's made to Brexit.

Hungary's Trauma : ARTE Documentary tv viktor orban

While not a powderkeg, there are embers of something. Orban is being aided and abetted by Putin and since the EU don't have the balls to take him on, Biden's support is timely.

Moonshine, Irish style (Poitin)

The Irish in Newfoundland, 1981

First Semi final of Eurovision 2021 on NOW....live stream

HR1/VRA does NOTHING to help AOC in NY, Padella in CA, Booker in NJ or Durbin in Illinois.

They're in solid blue districts/states, where they have little to fear either way.

So who will HR1/VRA help and potentially keep their seats ?

Kirsten Sinema in AZ, Conor Lamb in PA and JOE MANCHIN in WV, amongst others in Red and Purple States where Republicans are still in control. If the new Republican voter suppression laws succeed, their seats are in imminent danger.

This media narrative that the Democratic Party is hanging on Joe and Kirsten, when they are the very people who will benefit from HR1/VRA !!! It would be professional suicide for either of them not to agree with getting this through the Senate.

With one Reconciliation Bill left to be used in 2021, it must be changed to HR1/VRA/S1 from the

Infrastructure Bill.

I say this for a number of reasons :

1 Red States are trying to pass widespread voter suppression laws.

2 If HR1/VRA/S1 is left to next January, I fear (with potential court challenges), there may not be time to properly protect the Nov 2022 Elections, and there is NOTHING more important than that, now that the Rescue Bill is going through.

3 With a 1.9TN Covid package, there is every likelihood that the US Economy will be roaring back by the end of the year, to be the bolstered by an Infrastructure Package in Jan 2022.

4 Once the Voting Rights Bill is passed, I would still introduce the Infrastructure Bill, and now with earmarks back, make it excruciating for any Republican to vote it down. If they don't support it, they will be ads made in heaven.

5 by passing HR1/VRA/S1, and the elections are protected with voter suppression tricks outlawed, Republicans will need a distraction of something like Infrastructure money. To me, this is the proper sequence.

6. I believe Joe Biden when he said he wanted to bring bipartisanship back to Washington, and I believe that's why he decided on Covid Rescue followed by Infrastructure, but it surely must be clear to him now that McConnell has no intention of cooperating on anything.

So which do you want to see next ?
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