Obviously will Lars Walther, the coach of the Polish champion, Wisla Plock, have to cnange motivation song of his team. Wisla lost second match in the Polish Championship, but this time that wasn’t Vive Targi Kielce. Champions League team had a bad day in Olsztyn, where home team Warmia celebrated a big win and unexpected two points – 24:23..Warmia Anders Group Społem Olsztyn – Orlen Wisła Płock 24:23 (10:13) Warmia AGS Olsztyn: Kotliński, Sokołowski – Gujski 6, Malewski 5, Jankowski 4, Wuszter 3 (3k), Bartczak 2, Swat 2, Rumniak 2, Zyśk, Żółtak, Ćwikliński, Garbacewicz.Orlen Wisła Płock: Wichary – Kubisztal 5, Syprzak 4 (4k), Toromanović 4, Zołoteńko 3, Spanne 2, Kavaš 2, Bäckström 1, Kwiatkowski 1, Chrapkowski 1, Paczkowski, Rajković, Wiśniewski, Eklemović, Twardo.Standings: 6MMTS Kwidzyn11605287:28612 7Nielba Wągrowiec11506299:32710 2Orlen Wisła Płock12912364:30619 10NMC Powen Zabrze11308266:2846 3Tauron Stal Mielec12714344:33615 11Jurand Ciechanów11308275:3216 Polish handball leagueWisla Plock handball 8Miedź Legnica12408291:3498 5Chrobry Głogów11614294:30113 12Warmia Olsztyn122010276:3264 9Zagłębie Lubin11317297:3147 1Vive Targi Kielce121200453:29824 4Azoty Puławy12543301:30114 ← Previous Story Great Britain wins in the first match at the Olympic Handball Arena Next Story → Men’s EHF CL (Round 6): Easy job for THW Kiel in Belgrade
alushevskigeorgievskimitrevskimojsovskiojlevskiristovskisundovskitemelkov ← Previous Story Road to EHF EURO 2014 – Round 1 completed! Next Story → Pero Milosevic no longer RK Lovcen coach Macedonia’s coach Zvonko Sundovski has given the shortened list of players that are travelling to Portugal for the match on Sunday against the host for the European Championship 2014 in Denmark. Borko Ristovski is back in the team after the suspension, and after a brilliant game in Skopje against Switzerland, Nikola Mitrevski is going to Portugal, which means that Petar Angelov stays in Skopje, who already has small injury problems. Stevche Alushevski and Goce Georgievski are the other two that stay in Skopje, while Goce Ojlevski and Zlatko Mojsovski will be replacing them in the team. Macedonia beat Switzerland in the first round of the qualifications with 30:24, while Portugal lost away in Spain with 20:34, and a defeat in this game might mean end of chances for the Portuguese for eventual qualification, while for Macedonia it shall mean definite qualification.Fans wonder on leaving out Georgievski?!One of the most in-form players of HC Metalurg, and who has been brilliant so far in the SEHA league and especially in the Champions League, Goce Georgievski has been left out of the squad, while Zlatko Mojsovski has been taken in. Fans justly question the choice where Temelkov and Mojsovski with 31 and 32 years respectively are taken in the team, while a magnificent in-form promising winger like 25-year old Georgievski has been left out.
11Piotrkowianin Piotrków Trybunalski4013110:1341 9KPR Legionowo310280:902 Easy passage had Polish champions in the fourth round of PGNiG Superliga – Vive Targi Kielce demolished Zagłębie Lubin, winning in front of a home crowd 41:26 (21:13). The match wasn’t very spectacular, because for the most part the team from Lubin was unable to equal fight. Despite a pretty good start for guests, Vive had incrased advantage with every passing moment, taking away wish to continue a game from the opponents. Especially Mateusz Jachlewski, who hasn’t played in the last Kielce’s battle in Champions League, take its toll on Zagłębie’s players and scored eleven goals. Guests didn’t help even a good attitude of their goalkeeper, Marek Kubiszewski and they suffered a second defeat of this season. Kielce can now start thinking only about the impending duel in the Champions League against FC Porto and have hope that all the players will be ready for this match.Most goals: for Vive – Jachlewski 11, Chrapkowski 8; for Zagłębie – Szymyślik 6, Paluch 5Orlen Wisla Plock beat “black sheep” – Piotrkowianin 35:28. 2Orlen Wisła Płock4400132:1028 3Gaz-System Pogoń Szczecin3300112:806 Piotrkowianin – Orlen Wisła Płock 28:35 (16:20)Piotrkowianin: Ner, Wnuk, Procho – Głowacki, Mróz 1, Daćko 4, Tórz 4, Woynowski, Trojanowski 4, Różański 2, Swat 2, Iskra, Pilitowski 4, Pożarek 1, Pacześny 4/3, Wasilewski 2.Orlen Wisła: Sego, Wichary, Morawski – Kwiatkowski, Nenadić 6/2, Kavaś, Ghionea 5/3, Jurkiewicz 7, Toromanović 7, Lijewski 2, Paczkowski 2, Eklemović 2, Milas 4 ← Previous Story FROM LEON TO EISENACH: Faruk Vrazalic to DKB Bundesliga! Next Story → The Brazilian National League 2013 started 12Gwardia Opole300380:980 10SPR Chrobry Głogów310285:982 8MMTS Kwidzyn310287:972 4KS Azoty Puławy320181:884 6SPR Stal Mielec310288:872 7Górnik Zabrze310279:862 1Vive Targi Kielce4400142:948 TEXT: IDA BARAN, Z.B handballhandball matchKielcePlockPoland handballPolish Handball 5Zagłębie Lubin4112109:1313
← Previous Story Battle for Women’s EHF EURO 2014: Norway win in Romania – Germany beat Russia! Next Story → SNOW HANDBALL INVENTED IN ARGENTINA! DHB Cupdhb-pokalhandballhandball Cup Current EHF Champions League winner HSV Handball won’t be able to fight for the trophy at domestic DHB Cup after Martin Schwalb guys are defeated from FA Goppingen 31:33….HSV Handball: Bitter (19 saves, 1.-60.); Cleverly n.eLindberg 9/5, Duvnjak 7, Hens 5, Markovic 3, Schröder 2, Flohr 2, Jansen 1, Cañellas 1, Nilsson 1, Dominikovic, Pfahl, Toft Hansen n.e., Djordjic n.e., Mahé n.e.Frisch Auf Göppingen: Prost (15 saves., 1.-60.); Rutschmann, Rnic 6/1, Späth 6, Lobedank 5, Kneule 4, Kraus 3, Markez 3, Oprea 2, Beljanski 2, Pevnov 1, Schiller 1, Fontaine, Thiede n.e.COMPLETE RESULTS:ASV Hamm-Westfalen – HC Erlangen 29:33 (16:13)Eintracht Hildesheim – SC DHfK Leipzig 30:27 (15:14)Tusem Essen – HBW Balingen-Weilstetten 24:32 (14:11)HSG Nordhorn – Rhein-Neckar Löwen 22:31 (9:16)VfL Bad Schwartau – TSV Hannover Burgdorf 38:31 (17:12)TSG Friesenheim – Füchse Berlin 24:32 (14:17)SG Leutershausen – HG Saarlouis 33:26 (15:9)TuS Ferndorf – EHV Aue 29:37 (14:19)TV Bittenfeld – TV Emsdetten 26:22 (9:11)SG Wallau – THW Kiel 24:39 (8:18)SG BBM Bietigheim – TuS N-Lübbecke 24:31 (11:15)HSV Hamburg – Frisch Auf Göppingen 31:33 (17:17) n.V.TBV Lemgo – TSV GWD Minden 35:20 (17:11)MT Melsungen – VfL Gummersbach 32:27 (17:14)SG Flensburg-Handewitt – SC Magdeburg 26:16 (12:8)
There were not doubt about the names of the last two EHF Champions League F4 teams in COlogne this season! Hungarian MVM MKB Veszprem showed strength once again against PSG Kielce oveplaying them the second year in a row – 34:28 in Veszprem Arena after draw in Paris 24:24. The French team had only one player on the court, amazing Danish shooter Mikkel Hansen, who scored 15 goals, but that wasn’t enough for Ilic (7) and his team-mates…German THW Kiel ended the list of EHF CL F4 participants by victory over PICK Szeged 31:23 (18:10) after -3 from the first match in Hungary 31:29. Filip Jicha with 8 and Marko Vujin with seven goals overplayed Jonas Kallman (5) and his guys in the crucial match of the season…DRAW ON TUESDAYThe VELUX EHF FINAL4 draw will start at 12:00 hrs local time and will be preceded by the official press conference at 11:30, which will be attended also by Lord Mayor of City of Cologne Jürgen Roters.Open drawThe VELUX EHF FINAL4 draw will be completely open and all four teams will be drawn from the same pot. The draw will be conducted in four simple steps.1 – Team 1 will be drawn for the Semi-final 12 – Team 3 will be drawn for the Semi-final 23 – Team 2 will be drawn for the Semi-final 14 – Team 4 will be drawn for the Semi-final 2The playing times of the semi-final matches will be announced at Tuesday’s press conference and the playing order will be announced in due time following negotiations with TV partners.Live coverageThe whole event starting at 11:30 hrs will be streamed live and free on ehfTV.com. ← Previous Story VELUX EHF CL F4: Kielce did it again! Next Story → WHO IS THE HANDBALL PERSON 2014?
← Previous Story HC Alpla Hard celebrate fifth Austrian title! Next Story → “Chat with the EHF FINAL 4 stars” live on Handball-Planet.com Mate LekaiRoland Miklerveszprem From Szeged to Veszprem, that is the way of almost all the best Hungarian players in their proffesional career. The best Hungarian squad from Veszprem announced three days before the start of the VELUX EHF Champions League FINAL 4 in Cologne extension of the contracts for two domestic players – Mate Lekai and Roland Mikler until 2019.Both of them came to Veszprem in 2014 with three years contracts in their pocket. Only after 12 months satisfaction from both sides made new deals possible.Roland Mikler is voted as the “BEST BUY” in handball world this season after great performance during the year in the new T-shirt.
GARDAÍ ARE INVESTIGATING after human skeletal remains were found in Dublin.The find was made by a member of the public walking on Kilakee Mountain in Rathfarnham at around 7.30pm last night.The scene is preserved for a technical examination and the Deputy State Pathologist Dr Michael Curtis is expected to attend the scene later today.The services of a forensic anthropologist have also been requested, Gardaí said.No further information is available pending the completion of a post-mortem examination.Read: Bentleys, grenades and drugs in the post — details of Garda ‘Operation Majesty’ revealedRead: Wife and children of Dublin-based doctor killed in Leicester house fire
TENS OF THOUSANDS of AXA and SuperValu customers have been affected by a recent security breach which put their credit card accounts at “high risk”.Data Protection Commissioner Billy Hawkes confirmed today that the “criminals involved have all the information they need to use the credit cards”.Did the details of the cyber attack worry you? Today we ask: Do you have concerns about using your credit card online? Yes, it has always been a worryYes, but only because of this latest breachNoVote No (898) Poll Results: Yes, it has always been a worry (1149) Yes, but only because of this latest breach (1295)
Updated 21:50INSURANCE FIRM AXA has been hit by a security breach to their weekend break scheme.The Data Protection Commissioner’s office earlier today confirmed that inspectors will investigate the company at the centre of the breach, Loyaltybuild.Last night it emerged that the breach at Supervalu, first reported last week, was more serious than initially thought.Some 62,500 Supervalu Getaways customers were warned that there was a “high risk” that an unauthorised third-party had accessed their card details.Now, Axa has confirmed that 8,000 customers of their weekend break scheme have been affected.This morning the Data Protection Commissioner told RTÉ’s Morning Ireland that inspectors will visit Loyaltybuild’s Ennis offices.Billy Hawkes said that his office were told of the issue last week and were told it was more serious than first thought last night.“We discovered that the criminals involved have all the information they need to use the credit cards of affected people.“We’re sending inspectors to the offices of the company that ran these schemes.The key thing is for people to check their credit card bills from the last two years. Check if there are any unauthorised transactions.First published 08:57Read: Supervalu payment card breach ‘more extensive’ than expected
THE MINISTER FOR Communications, Energy and Natural Resources has said that Bord Gáis Energy will remain in State ownership after it failed to attract bids that met the government’s valuation.Pat Rabbitte and Brendan Howlin had expressed hopes to sell the gas provider, but with no suitable offers, it will stay in state control and be split up, says Rabbitte.“The Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform and I have been clear from the outset of the offer process that Bord Gáis Energy would only be sold if a sale price was achieved which fully recognises the inherent value of the business”, Minister Rabbitte said.Rabbitte said that the sale attracted “significant interest” from a broad range of potential international acquirers, reflecting what he dubbed “the positive international sentiment towards Ireland”, he added that current conditions in the power and commodity markets were “not favourable”.“The Department and NewERA will work with Bord Gáis to complete the separation of Bord Gáis Networks and Bord Gáis Energy in accordance with EU energy law, to continue investing in and developing the Bord Gáis Energy business and to review options for the future of Bord Gáis Energy,” The Minister said.Read: Gas and electricity prices increase from todayRead: ESB union will serve notice of industrial action on Friday
OVER A THIRD of all drownings recorded in Ireland between 1988 and 2012 were classified as suicides, according to a report from Irish Water Safety.36 per cent of fatalities in the period were classed as in ‘intentional’. Of that figure, the vast majority were by suicide, while a small number (less than 1 per cent) involved foul play.The actual figure for suicides may be far higher, as 19 per cent of drownings in the period remain ‘undetermined’.Accidental drownings made up by far the largest category, at 43 per cent of the total.An overwhelming majority of victims were men — accounting for almost four-fifths (79 per cent) of the total. Data compiled over the 25 year period gives a profile of a man aged 42 as the average drowning victim.The data shows that, on average, 140 people die from drowning every year in Ireland. In 79 per cent of cases, the victim died in a body of water near their home where there was “a potential familiarity between the victim and the drowning venue”.Irish people were the victim in 97 per cent of cases, followed by those from other European countries.Regarding the high proportion of suicide deaths, Irish Water Safety CEO Roger Sweeney said it was likely the case that the high level of ‘undetermined’ causes of drowning were masking the correct figures on suicides by drowning.He said he was concerned at the high level of ‘undetermined’ causes or ‘open verdicts’ made by Coroners.IWS, which is the country’s statutory body for promoting water safety, has developed a new Suicide and Self Harm Intervention Policy to outline how its members should respond to someone who is contemplating taking their own life.“Our primary school water safety programme will definitely help in the longer term too,” Sweeney told TheJournal.ie.“We often receive reports of people entering the water but reacting as if to change their mind about suicide, perhaps because of the cold shock of open water.“Our primary school pupil training programme will ensure that as these children get older, that they will have the skills necessary to survive in water and save themselves.Twelve people drowned in single two week period this year during the summer heatwave. IWS-trained lifeguards plucked people from 559 situations where they were in danger of drowning in July — a rise of more than 250 compared to the entire bathing season last year.Read: Warning over “life-endangering” homemade boatsRead: Above and Beyond: Meet the lifesaving Luas driver who went back on duty after a dramatic rescue
SAUDI ARABIA, QATAR and the United Arab Emirates are all on the agenda for the government’s first trade mission of 2014, designated ‘the year of jobs’.Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Minister for Jobs Richard Burton depart today for the Gulf region, aiming to strengthen “economic, political and cultural ties with these key priority markets for Ireland” on trip that lasts until January 9th.The Taoiseach described the trade mission as “highly focused and ambitious”. He also plans to meet with representatives from the Irish communities in each of the three countries.Joining them on the trip, which also aims to open up new commercial opportunities, will be over 100 senior executives hailing from 87 Enterprise Ireland client companies.Minister Burton said he will be aiming for “tangible results” during the trip, adding that the region “offers huge opportunities for Irish business”.Areas such as financial services and software, aviation, education, telecommunications, agrifood and construction have been highlighted as of particular interest to the visiting parties.Read: Call for lifting of public service hiring embargo to cut JobBridge use >More: Forfás dissolution will ‘strengthen capacity and drive job-creation policy’ >
We recognise the unique circumstances in UCD. It’s clear that the decision taken by its students is not reflected in referendum results elsewhere and while we are disappointed to lose their voice from the national union, we respect their decision.USI, which has had significant financial trouble throughout the last decade, will now be without a near six-figure sum in affiliation fees from the country’s largest university.UCD Students’ Union has also encountered financial difficulties in recent years, which stood as a major motivating factor in the referendum result.Students’ unions in member colleges pay affiliation fees to USI of €5 for each full-time student, and €2.50 for each part-time student.The vote in DCU – which was due to be completed today, but which has been put back until tomorrow due to internet outages on its campus – could also be affected by the result in Belfield.Another referendum on USI membership is being held in NUI Maynooth, which is a member union. Last autumn, the students’ union in Trinity College Dublin voted to remain affiliated to USI.In a separate referendum, UCD students voted to reintroduce the position of a full-time Entertainments Officer, which was abolished last year as a result of the union’s financial turmoil. The referendum was passed by a margin of three-to-two.However, the total poll in the Ents referendum fell just short of the 12.5 per cent turnout needed to reach a quorum, meaning the outcome is irrelevant. The USI referendum was subject to a lower 10 per cent quorum which was easily met.Read: Student body hit out over use of debt collectors in colleges STUDENTS IN UCD have voted to leave the national umbrella body of student unions, the Union of Students in Ireland.Students voted by 64.5 per cent to 35.5 per cent to end UCD Students’ Union’s membership of USI.The vote came despite the support of many of the union’s full-time officers for remaining affiliated to the body, and a deal struck last week between USI and UCD SU president Rachel Breslin to reform USI structures if UCD remained affiliated.The proposed reforms had included the introduction of direct elections for the USI presidency – replacing the system where presidents are currently elected by delegates to an annual congress – and a review of the affiliation fee structure.UCD Students’ Union will formally disaffiliate from USI a year from now.The vote comes one day before a referendum in DCU on whether to rejoin the national union, which it has been outside of for several years.UCD’s vote is a major blow to the national union, and particularly to its president John Logue, who himself is a former UCD student.In a statement this afternoon Logue said he felt students were not given the opportunity to hear the full case for remaining within USI, due to referendum rules which prevented USI officers – except those who were themselves former UCD students – from campaigning on campus.“Throughout the referendum campaign, students who favoured disaffiliation felt that UCDSU should adopt a more local focus for the foreseeable future, in light of its financial difficulties,” he said.
Updated, 16:16THE REVENUE COMMISSIONERS has published details of €27.7 million paid in taxes, interest and penalties by 135 tax defaulters.The details related to settlements made in the final quarter of 2012, where the settlement falls over a minimum threshold.The highest payment was made by Michael Healy, a plant hire contractor in Aughrim, Co Wicklow, whose settlement amounted to €2.026 million – based on an original tax bill of €694,317.Triona Harrington, a bookmaker and property owner from Castlecomer in Co Kilkenny, reached a settlement of €1.371 million based on an original tax bill of €801,602.A Waterford butcher, Thomas Kearney, paid €1.184 million entirely in penalties.Among those who feature on the list is Ballsbridge-based business consultant Des Richardson, a former Fianna Fáil fundraiser, who reached a settlement for €108,906 based on an original tax liability of €38,251.A total of 69 settlements worth over €100,000 were reached.A separate list outlining people who faced criminal conviction for tax offences include one person, Drimnagh company director James Thompson, who was jailed for 14 months after being convicted on seven counts for failure to remit VAT.
THE IRISH CATTLE and Sheep Farmers’ Association (ICSA) has urged farmers to be cautious as the recent spell of good weather as well as calving and lambing have combined to make farms more busy.Last year 21 people died of farm-related injuries. The most common fatalities related to vehicles or equipment falling on or crushing victims, though several people were also attacked by livestock.With 139,829 active farms in Ireland, the ICSA said it is estimated that around 500,000 people are exposed to health and safety risks while carrying out farm-related activities.ICSA Connaught/Ulster vice president and spokesman on farm safety, John Flynn, told TheJournal.ie that the association is urging farmers to “take stock and prioritise farm safety at this busy time of year”.“The main injuries would be with machinery, tractors, vehicles and quads and as the older farmers are aging, their mobility is affected, their eyesight and they balance,” he said.“The average age now for a farmer in Ireland is 57 plus, so as part of our action plan we’re encouraging farmers to take part on some of the training modules out there.”Flynn said that farming organisations have a number of training opportunities available but that older farmers tend to feel that they don’t need it.“You’ll find the younger farmers will go to them a lot and what we’re saying is that this would be a very progressive step and a major education.”As the workload in the spring increases, this can lead to fatigue and errors that would otherwise have been avoided.In addition, farmers need to be extra careful around cows after calving. Since Ireland joined the European Union, new breeds have been introduced that develop very quickly but they are also high strung and can be dangerous.“It is not always easy when there is a newborn calf that needs feeding and perhaps we should be looking at rural development funds to provide support for the installation of better calving and handling facilities on farm,” Flynn said.Flynn said the best way for farmers to protect themselves from injuries was to take part in training or to at least watch some health and safety DVDs.
IT’S BONO’S BIRTHDAY today.He’s 53, which he’s going to HATE because he loves being down with the kids what with his sunglasses and his lepping around the stage.He’s a “love him or hate him” kind of guy, so we’re taking a look at some of the things he’s done to annoy us over the years…1. He’s inspired some very poor graffitiLike this:Image: Informatique/Flickr/CreativeCommonsAnd this:via Technically Human/Tumblr Prompting this response from Dublin City Council:Image: rickophis via Reddit, who says “This appeared next to graffiti on my friend’s apartment block” The band maintain that all of their tax affairs are in order, by the way.2. Where’s the consistency?He had a go at Chris Martin from Coldplay, and then backtracked:I think he’s that good a melodist, but he’s a wanker… He’s obviously a completely dysfunctional character and a cretin.Then he changed his mind:I think they [Coldplay] are a great band and actually, it turns out he’s a great soul as well. Sorry about that. I was just joking entirely.Annoying. Pick a side and stick with it Bono.3. The ever-present peace signAung San Suu Kyi is *this* close to throwing her eyes up to heaven (Julien Behal/PA Wire)Right in our faces (Geert Vanden Wijngaert/AP/Press Association Images)“Why can’t you just wave like everyone else?” (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds, File)4. No Bono, if you invited us around for dinner, THEN we’d be close to each otherNonsense (U2Wallpapers.blogspot.com)5. So many feelsI can’t live, with or without you.Oh Bono, you annoy us with your perfect description of that relationship we’ve all had. And you make us cry after a few ales.via Imgur6. He can’t count in SpanishThis means:One, two, three, fourteen!7. Would he ever get a jacket that fits him?Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press/Press Association ImagesDarren Calabrese/The Canadian Press/Press Association ImagesYui Mok/PA Archive/Press Association ImagesHang on though, seeing as it is his birthday, lets have a look at some of the good stuff he’s done too. He goes busking on Grafton Street at ChristmasImage: @HarryHudTay/Harry Hudson TaylorYou can check out the videos here and here.He does a fair whack of charity workBono and The Edge performing on stage at the tiny Union Chapel in Islington, north London,as part of the Little Noise Sessions week of gigs in aid of the charity Mencap (Yui Mok/PA Wire)Alicia Keys, right, stands with Bono, Bono’s wife Ali Hewson, Padma Lakshmi, Leigh Blake unidentified children at the Fourth Annual Black Ball Concert for “Keep A Child Alive” (AP Photo/Stephen Chernin)He puts on a good showVideo: YouTube/CalculatoredHappy Birthday Bono, you’re not so bad.11 Nickelodeon theme songs you’ll immediately sing along to>Twitter campaign to get Vincent Browne Song to #1 for charity>
IT’S SATURDAY MORNING and if you’re lucky, you have the weekend off and time on your hands.Here’s some ideas for places you can visit around the country (for free!) if you’re interested in Ireland’s history.Rathmore Church, Co. MeathOur first site this week may be familiar to you as it was from here that a beautiful medieval font was stolen and then mysteriously returned. We thought we’d go for a look to see the condition of the site. The font itself is currently in safe storage in an OPW depot and will soon be back on display, but the site is certainly worth a visit.The church at Rathmore was founded in the 15th century by the Plunkett family and was dedicated to St. Lawrence. The Plunketts resided at Rathmore Castle which is in one of the adjacent fields to the church but now very little remains above ground of the castle. The castle and church were held by the Plunketts for generations until the seventeenth century when it passed to the Bligh family. There are records of Rectors present at the church until the later seventeenth century when the church became united with Athboy. The church probably began to fall into ruin after that time.The church has an L shape plan and there is a small room to the left of the chancel as you are looking east. This was the sacristy. Steps lead up to a room above the darkened sacristy and this was once the living room of the sacristan or resident priest. There is a fireplace in the wall and steps lead up to another floor, which is now gone. This would have been the bedroom. The sacristy on the ground floor contains a tomb and effigy of Thomas Plunkett and his wife Marion Cruise.The carving of Marion is in poor condition and it is difficult to make her out, but the carving of Sir Thomas is in a better state of preservation (see below) He has been carved in full armour and even has a sleeping dog depicted at his feet. Dogs sometimes appear on medieval tombs to symbolise the fidelity and loyalty of the deceased, or maybe Sir Thomas was just a dog lover! This tomb originally stood in the church but was moved to the sacristy to protect it from the elements. Another beautiful feature of this site is the east window. It is a wonderful example of the skill of the stone mason and probably dates to the fifteenth century. On the external wall of the church, there are three stone carved heads around this window. They are depicting quite jolly looking people: a king, queen and an ecclesiastic, possibly a bishop. A similar carving depicting another ecclesiastic is on the western external wall at the opposite end of the church.The altar, which stands at the top of the chancel has a range of figures carved onto its surface. This probably dates to the later fifteenth century and has many saints and church figures carved on its surface. At the end of the nave is another doorway which leads you into what would have been the belfry. There are now no floors within this part of the church, but the exterior of the belfry of bell tower is quite well preserved.Within the graveyard that surrounds the church you can find the remains of a decorated cross. This cross was probably erected for Sir Christopher Plunkett and his wife Catherine in the early sixteenth century. The figures on the shaft of the cross have been identified as St. Patrick grappling with a snake, St. Lawrence and an abbess or female saint, it is thought that this might be a representation of St. Brigid.The empty pedestal marks the spot from where the font was takenTo get to Rathmore, travel on the N51 towards Athboy. Take the first left hand turn after the village of Rathmore and park on the verge. The church and graveyard are located in fields on the right hand side of the road. The site is on private land so please make sure to close all the gates behind you. The site is free to enter.Conna Castle, CorkConna Castle stands on a height that looms over the valley of the River Bride, a tributary of the Blackwater in Co. Cork. The Castle is a classic Irish Towerhouse, built around 1500 AD. After the rise in hostility between the Gaelic Irish and Anglo–Norman settlers in the fourteenth century, tower-houses became a common sight across Ireland, particularly within The Pale, the Anglo-Norman controlled territory along the eastern coast. The English Crown had offered a subsidy of £10 to wealthy inhabitants of The Pale to build ‘small towers to fortify their lands’.The tower-house was usually surrounded by a bawn wall. This was often a large stone wall that served as the first line of defence. However there are very little remains of Conna’s bawn wall as with most tower-houses the bawn wall is often removed, with its stone being recycled into other buildings over the centuries after the site is abandoned.Tower-houses were not solely used by the Anglo-Norman settlers, the Gaelic Irish began to construct their own from the early fifteenth century, calling them caislén or caistél. Conna Castle was built by the Fitzgeralds, Earls of Desmond, an Anglo-Norman family who had become increasingly assimilated into the Gaelic Irish culture. They resisted the Reformation during the reign of Elizabeth Ist and open rebellion broke out in 1569. They failed, and the rebellion was ruthlessly crushed. Their lands (including Conna) were seized by the Crown, even though the owner of the castle at the time Thomas Ruadh Fitzgerald had no part in the rebellion.They were given to the famous English explorer, Walter Raleigh, who was granted 12,000 acres in Munster and made the nearby Lismore Castle into an elegant home. Thomas Ruadh went to London to try to press his rights as the legal heir to all of the Fitzgerald estates, but he was sent home empty handed, given only a nickname – Sugán Earl – The Straw Earl.When Hugh O’Neill launched his rebellion in Ulster in 1598, and achieved a great victory over the English at the Battle of the Yellow Ford, The Sugán Earl was emboldened, and launched his own rebellion. Supported by 4,000 troops sent by O’Neill, The Sugán Earl led a campaign to burn out the English settlers across Munster, however in 1601 he was betrayed by his kinsman, The White Knight. The Sugán Earl was taken to the Tower of London, where he became insane and died. Conna was then given to the Earl of Cork, Richard Boyle. In 1645 it was captured by Lord Castlehaven, and in 1650 Conna managed to hold off a ferocious attack by Oliver Cromwell, however it was burned in 1653 in a fire that killed three of the stewards daughters.Conna Castle passed from owner to owner until it came into the hands of the L’Estrange Family in the mid-nineteenth century, it was willed to the state in 1915. Conna Castle is easy to find as you can see it from miles away! It’s located in the village of Conna between Fermoy and Tallow in Co. Cork. Park on the street and then access the site through the gate following the well made paths up the hill. The site is free to enter.Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery, Co. SligoThe landscape of the Cúl Irra Peninsula west of Sligo Town is one of the best places in Ireland to encounter wonderful prehistoric megalithic tombs, and the Carrowmore Passage Tomb Cemetery is an integral part of this incredible series of monuments. Here at Carrowmore, clustering in the shadow of Knocknarea, you can find the densest concentration of Neolithic tombs in Ireland. Of the sixty or so monuments that were thought to have originally been on the site, only 31 are still visible today and of these the largest is Listoghil, the large cairn that possibly forms a focal point of the complex. Material carbon dated from Listoghil produced dates of 3640–3380 BC.A number of smaller passage tombs and boulder burials surround Listoghil, and when you are at the site it is hard not to appreciate the landscape that appears to loom around you. Most of the tombs at Carrowmore were investigated in the 19th Century, and produced artefacts like prehistoric pottery and bone or antler pins as well as the cremated remains of those interred within the tombs. These tombs are some of the earliest passage tombs in Ireland, predating the great tombs of the Boyne Valley like Newgrange, Knowth and Dowth. They were constructed during the Neolithic period, by Ireland’s first farmers, who supplemented their attempts at agriculture with hunting and foraging, indeed many of the tombs had seashells left as offerings, indicating the importance that the sea held as a resource for the community.The remains of the people who built these tombs were usually cremated, and often the remains of a number of individuals were collectively buried together, with evidence that some of the individuals remains were stored elsewhere before being brought to be interred together with others in one large ceremony. The building of these complex tombs that required considerable numbers of people working together, and the subsequent burial in groups seems to hint that maybe there was a real collective identity in Neolithic Ireland. This appears to change to a more individual focused culture in the later Neolithic and Early Bronze Age periods, when individuals were buried alone in stone lined pits known as ‘cist burials’, or in single cremations, occasionally inside a pottery urn.Carrowmore is very well signposted, head South West of Sligo Town. There is a small exhibition centre run by the Office of Public Works, and guided tours of the monuments are available. Entry costs €3 for an adult, €2 for anyone over 60, and students/children costs €1. See here for details.This is part of a regular series of articles on great sites to visit in Ireland. I’m hoping to visit as many sites across the country as possible, so if you have any suggestions for sites in your locality please let us know by leaving a comment below or send an email to email@example.com.You can discover more great sites off the beaten track on Neil’s blog, Time Travel Ireland. Neil has also produced an acclaimed series of audioguides to Ireland’s heritage sites, they are packed with original music and sound effects and a really fun and immersive way of exploring Ireland’s past. They cost just €1.99 each (or absolutely free to download in the case of the Rock of Dunamase) and are available from abartaheritage.ieAll photographs © Neil Jackman /abartaheritage.ieRead: Ever wondered where medieval Dubliners went for a pint? > Read: 4 more off-the-beaten-track places you really should visit >
NEW GUIDELINES FOR oil and gas exploration off Ireland are hoped to attract more industry to the sector.It will also see an increase in the State’s share of any profits from extraction, but falls short of what was recommended by an Oireachtas committee and has been described as “cosmetic”.New fiscal terms were drawn up following a report by Wood Mackenzie into Ireland’s current regulations for the sector.Minister for Natural Resources Pat Rabbitte said these will ”engender industry confidence in the stability and predictability of Ireland’s oil and gas fiscal terms”.The 25% corporation tax rate that currently applies to petroleum production will remain unchanged.A new set of revised Profit Resource Rent Tax (PRRT) rates will see the government take 15% more revenue, in the case of the most profitable fields.“Royalty payments”The maximum rate will be increased to 55% from 40%, with a system of “royalty” payments also introduced.The new terms are not retrospective, and existing oil and gas fields will continue paying the lower rates.The industry has so far reacted positively to the new measures, with the Irish Offshore Operators’ Association (IOOA) saying it will help Ireland develop a “competitive edge”.“The success of exploration in the Irish offshore – which is currently in an embryonic state – is dependent on a fair, attractive, transparent and robust fiscal regime to encourage drilling and hopefully field development,” Professor Pat Shannon, chairman of the IOOA, said.Attractive to industry?He added that although the terms are less favourable than what is currently in place, “it should still attract industry”.However, Sinn Féin’s Spokesperson on Natural Resources Michael Colreavy has highlighted that an Oireachtas committee recommended a top rate of PRRT of 80%, and that the terms “fall short of what is needed”.Shell to Sea spokesperson Terence Conway criticised that Wood Mackenzie was chosen to carry out the expert report.“As could be expected from a company so closely linked with the oil industry, the Wood Mackenzie report still recommends continuing to give the oil companies control over and the vast majority of the profits, from whatever oil and gas is found,” Conway said.“The State will still take no share in production, and will have no control over what happens to our oil and gas, e.g. whether it is landed in Ireland or supplied to the Irish market.”Read: Clare Daly says gardaí at Corrib gas site are the “hired hands” of Shell >More: European gas shortage looms after Russia cuts Ukraine’s gas >
EVERY WEEKDAY EVENING, TheJournal.ie brings you the five stories you need to know before you hit the road.1. #GUERIN REPORT Alan Shatter has blasted the Guerin report for ‘completely failing to follow fair procedure’. He said Guerin was wrong, and that he did listen to the whistleblower’s allegations. Here’s his speech in full.2. #LETTER Fianna Fáil justice spokesperson Niall Collins said he sent a letter to a judge about a convicted drug dealer to inform him that the mother of the accused’s four children had died by suicide. Collins has been heavily criticised for the decision.3. #CHARITY A report into the Central Remedial Clinic’s finances said that the CRC set up its charitable arm for the sole purpose of making sure it got as much money as possible from the HSE. It recommends that the Friends and Supporters of the CRC be wound up.4. #BUSINESS Dunnes Stores has suffered a legal blow: the European Court of Justice has sided with fashion designer Karen Millen in a dispute over a shirt and top. In essence, the court ruled that designs don’t need to be specifically registered to benefit from legal protection.5. #DATALINK A Canadian court has ordered Google to remove links relating to a company called Datalink. The case involves an industrial manufacturer, Equustek, which claimed Datalink ripped off its network device technology and sold it online through 300 websites – and wants Google to remove all searches that link to the sites.
GREECE WAS TODAY running tests on a man suspected of carrying the Ebola virus.The Greek man, an architect who had recently travelled to Nigeria, was undergoing tests at an Athens hospital, a health ministry spokesman said.“It is likely that the man checked himself in,” he said, declining to give further details on the patient or the case.The ministry had earlier identified the patient as Nigerian.Another feared Ebola case involving a different Greek who had travelled to Nigeria was investigated earlier this week and turned out to be malaria, he added.Ebola has claimed at least 932 lives and infected more than 1,700 people since breaking out in west Africa earlier this year, according to the World Health Organisation.Greece has warned airport and port staff to be vigilant, but the state health organisation Keelpno has insisted that chances of an outbreak in the country are low.Earlier today, Spanish doctors said that blood tests showed no sign of Ebola in a nun who was evacuated from Liberia along with an elderly missionary infected with the deadly virus.The Spanish nun, 65-year-old Juliana Bonoha Bohe, was flown to Madrid on Thursday along with 75-year-old Roman Catholic priest Miguel Pajares, who contracted Ebola while helping hospital patients in the Liberian capital Monrovia.The nun had been cleared of Ebola before leaving Liberia but doctors at Madrid’s La Paz-Carlos III hospital repeated the blood test Thursday and said they would do so again in four days.“The patient has no symptoms, no fever, is well hydrated and in good condition in general,” said a medical bulletin from the hospital, where doctors are taking care of the nun and the infected priest in specially equipped isolation rooms.The nun, whose blood test also came up negative for malaria, is to remain under supervision awaiting the results of further tests, the hospital said.Spanish health authorities said that the priest, the first Ebola victim in the fast-spreading outbreak to be evacuated to Europe, was stable with no sign of bleeding. The hospital is not providing medical updates for the missionary, at his request.© AFP, 2014Related: Ebola declared a ‘public health emergency of international concern’Also: Irish aid workers travel to Sierre Leone to help with Ebola outbreak