Thursday, 25 December 2014

Drunken journalists ?

The first journalist provides great amusement or even irritation with their ignorance in the geography of Ireland.

From RTÉ NEWS Wednesday 24 December 2014 21.33

“An investigation by the Air Accident Investigation Unit is underway after a small plane crash landed in a field east of Portumna, County Galway.
The four-seat plane was en route to Galway from the UK when the pilot was forced to make an emergency landing in a field outside BorrisoKane, County Tipperary.

Portumna is small town on the banks of the River Shannon providing a watery division between the west and  the midlands of Ireland so any field to the east of  Portumna has to be in a neighbouring county and it is not clear as to why Portumna needed to be mentioned in the article.


And from The Irish Times Wed, Dec 24, 2014
Journalist Genevieve Carbery who has masters degrees in both equality studies and journalism writes :-

“In what has almost become a Christmas Eve tradition, singer Glen Hansard led **a rabble** of musicians in song to a crowd of hundreds on Dublin’s Grafton Street” busking for The Simon Community among who were Damien Rice, Mundy, Paddy Casey, Liam O’Maonlai, Declan O’Rourke, Danny O’Reilly from the Coronas and Danny O’Donoghue from the Script

RABBLE: meaning people, who are regarded as socially inferior or uncouth, the use of this word is completely out of place and untrue.


  1. I am often surprised as to what passes as journalism this day. Would love to see Glenn Hansard even if I had to be part of a rabble.
    The blessings of the season to you and yours.

    1. I am sure that you would like him for he is very affable Janet.

  2. Well observed, Mel! Geography is so easy to check, and as for using the word 'rabble', that's a bit insulting really, isn't it? There were some big names and respected musicians in that list. And a wonderful festive season to you and Jane!

    1. Thank you Val, I loathe sloppy journalism and it does seem that Ms Carberry did not quite understand or take to heart what equality actually means.

  3. Exactly wuat I was searching for, thaznk you for posting.


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