Irish History

26 May 19
The McBiddles Around the World

Today felt like a dream. Seriously. I remember watching The Amazing Race on TV and seeing this magnificently beautiful castle in the middle of Germany, built on the top of a mountain surrounded by steep cliffs. It was easily the prettiest castle I had ever seen on television, that was an actual, real-life castle. Enter […]

26 May 19
The Irish Sun
RETURNING to his old stomping ground after 32 years away, actor Lee MacDonald thought it was a wind-up when a guard directed him to the Grange Hill car park. The 50-year-old certainly did not expect to be recognised for playing troubled teenager Zammo in the BBC kids’ soap back in the 1980s. Lee MacDonald will play bus driver Terry, who clashes with Queen Vic landlord Mick Carter So he was delighted to get such a warm welcome when he arrived at the BBC’s studios in Elstree, Herts, ahead of his upcoming appearance in EastEnders. In an exclusive interview, Lee reveals his hope that this could be the start of a big comeback, and how although playing heroin addict Zammo made him famous, it also killed off his career. Lee says: “It was mad. When I drove the car in to Elstree one guy was going, ‘I remember you from years and years ago, your pictures are in the hallway. “I said, ‘Where am I parking the car?’ He said, ‘Just over there, in the Grange Hill car park.’ Lee MacDonald played Zammo McGuire in Grange Hill — a schoolboy who descended into heroin addiction “I thought he was having a joke with me, but it’s what they call it. “It was just surreal going back and walking down the corridor and there’s pictures of me. It was like going back home to go in and do the reading. I just felt at home when I walked in, it was unreal. “The casting rooms, where I read for the script, that’s where our Green Room used to be when I was a child, 30-odd years ago. It was manic being back.” Grange Hill made Lee one of the best-known child stars of his generation. Lee MacDonald says he was starstruck when he met Danny Dyer on EastEnders From 1982 to 1987 he was Sammy “Zammo” McGuire, a chirpy schoolboy who descended into heroin addiction. But afterwards Lee struggled to find work — potential employers feared being associated with drugs because of the soap plot. Despite several cameos on TV, he largely disappeared off the radar. Then last month The Sun revealed that, after a break from primetime television of more than three decades, Lee was off to Walford. Grange Hill’s cast had a Top Five UK hit with a cover of the LaToya Jackson song Just Say No as part of their anti-drugs campaign He will play bus driver Terry, who clashes with Queen Vic landlord Mick Carter, played by Danny Dyer, over a radio competition to win gig tickets. The chance to work with Danny, is a dream come true for Lee. He says: “I love all the EastEnders cast — I watch the show. But if I was going to be in a scene one-to-one, Danny Dyer would have been the one I’d want to be doing the scene with. “I don’t get starstruck because I meet famous people all the time, but he’s one person I really wanted to meet and, golly, he is such a lovely guy. The Grange Hill cast met with anti-drugs campaigner and First Lady of the United States Nancy Reagan “He was so helpful with everything he just put me really at ease. I was so impressed with him, I thought he was brilliant.” His character is down to appear in two upcoming episodes. But Lee, who runs a locksmith business in Wallington, South London, hopes his short-term Enders contract will lead to a full comeback. He says: “This goes to prove that I’ve got to 50 and it’s a new lease of life, and I’m absolutely loving it, I’m so excited. “I bought the locksmiths shop in 2000. Initially I was aiming to get back into doing TV work but then it got quite busy and then I had my son, Harry, in 2008.” [quote credit=”Lee MacDonald”]The chance to work with Danny is a dream come true.[/quote] Lee, who also has a step-daughter, Katie, adds: “When Harry was a baby I was taking him to school and bringing him home. So I’ve got a bit more time now he’s older. “It’s only in the last year really that I thought, ‘Wow I’ve got a bit of free time on my hands.’ “The kids are pretty sorted. They’re in the schools they wanted to get into and they’ve just finished their mocks, so now daddy has the chance to go off and enjoy what he likes doing best.” And that means acting. In 1986, when he was still on Grange Hill, Lee was involved in one of the most hard-hitting and memorable scenes in children’s TV history. Lee MacDonald (right) starred as Samuel ‘Zammo’ Maguire alongside Tim Polley as Steven Banks and Melissa Wilks as Jackie Wright Zammo, who had previously overdosed on heroin in the back room of the amusement arcade where his friend Roland worked, came back to school apparently clean. Then friends caught him trying to hide drugs in a toilet cistern. The gritty storyline was intended to warn children off substance abuse. As part of the show’s anti-drugs campaign the cast had a Top Five UK hit with a cover of the LaToya Jackson song Just Say No. They were invited to America to perform the single at New York’s Yankee Stadium, and were praised by then US First Lady Nancy Reagan — an anti-drugs campaigner who had coined the term “just say no” — on a trip to the White House. The ensuing publicity made Lee a household name and he could not walk down the street without being mobbed. Lee played Sammy ‘Zammo” McGuire’ from 1982 to 1987 He recalls: “It was massive at the time. They had a chat with my parents and said, ‘Look, we’d like Lee to take on this role as a drug addict, a heroin addict’. “I think my parents were unaware of heroin at that time — I certainly was — so they agreed. “We had to go to rehabilitation centres and meet ex-drug addicts and that was quite daunting. That was like, wow, this has really wrecked people’s lives. “I had loads of letters at the time saying, ‘I’m never going to touch drugs again’ and, ‘Zammo’s put me off drugs’ so if for just one of those people it was a deterrent, then job done, really.” Lee MacDonald’s acting career dried up as potential employers didn’t want to be associated with his drugs storyline from Grange Hill After Grange Hill, Lee had minor roles in Birds Of A Feather, The Bill and a version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. But his lucrative work on the side all but dried up. He says: “I was leaving Grange Hill but earning reasonable money doing personal appearances in clubs and places like that. “But then I got a call and they said, ‘We’re not going to use you any more.’ “I was like, ‘What?’ And they said they didn’t want their nightclubs to be associated with a drug addict.” Lee was only 12 when he shot to fame and, while he has only positive things to say about his experience as a child star, he says if he was given the chance again today he would NOT do it. [article-rail-section title=”MOST READ IN BIZARRE” posts_category=”12″ posts_number=”6″ query_type=”popular” /] He says: “Now being famous is all about being famous — a lot of youngsters do the fame for the fame. I was doing it because I was enjoying it and I loved it. “When I finished Grange Hill and it sort of died down a bit there wasn’t an addiction that I needed to get more and more fame, whereas now it tends to be different. Now it’s more of a fame thing and how many followers you’ve got. “I just enjoyed doing it then, going to work, whereas now it’s a 24-hour job. Not only are they acting, but when they come home they’re on the keyboard posting pictures and trying to get more followers, so you’re doing it 24/7. “When I finish and go home I just want to go home and forget about what I’ve done.” [boxout headline=”A HUGE GRANGE OF SKILL” intro=”LEE MacDonald is just one of many Grange Hill alumni to end up working on some of Britain’s biggest TV shows.”]Amanda Mealing, 52, who played Tracy Edwards, went on to be cardiothoracic consultant Connie Beauchamp on BBC1 medical drama Holby City, before reprising the role in sister show Casualty. The telly career of Todd Carty, 55, took off following his four-year stint as Tucker Jenkins in Grange Hill and the spin-off Tucker’s Luck. He became EastEnders stalwart Mark Fowler and then psychopathic copper Gabriel Kent in The Bill. Mark Burdis was Christopher “Stupot” Stewart in Grange Hill. Now 51, he played Gary Rawlings in EastEnders, and had other TV roles in The Bill, A Touch Of Frost and the first feature-length episode of Only Fools And Horses. Sean Maguire was 11 when cast as “Tegs” Ratcliffe in Grange Hill – the part turned out to be his springboard to major roles in EastEnders, Holby City, The Bill, Scott & Bailey and even CSI: NY. Sean, 43, also pursued a career in pop, releasing three albums in the Nineties. Susan Tully spent three years in Grange Hill as stroppy schoolgirl Suzanne Ross. She went on to play Michelle Fowler in EastEnders for a decade, then in the mid-Nineties began to work on the other side of the cameras. Sue, 51, began directing episodes of Enders and other telly series including The Bill and Silent Witness. Her most recent directing credit was for the recent series of hit crime drama Line Of Duty.[/boxout] [bc_video video_id=”5570293023001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”Grange Hill – Zammo McGuire played by Lee MacDonald caught with heroin by police”] GOT a story? Ring The Sun on 0207 782 4104 or WHATSAPP on 07423720250 or email exclusive@the-sun.co.uk.  
26 May 19
The Irish Sun
ROLLING Stone Ronnie Wood has been left out of Who Do You Think You Are? because his family history is too complex. The rocker, 71, was to be one of the BBC1 ancestry show’s biggest stars, with a huge family tree made up of gypsies on canal barges. Ronnie Wood will not feature on this year’s series of Who Do You Think You Are? as his family history has proven too complex But a TV insider said: “With Ronnie’s colourful relatives – who can be traced back over 300 years – there was too much to be able to work through in time for this year’s series. “They’re still determined to see if they can bring together what they need to make a show all about the Wood clan. But if it happens it will have to be next year now.” Hellraiser Ronnie is fascinated with his ancestors because he believes they gave him his trademark shock of black hair and his love of partying [article-rail-section title=”MOST READ IN TV & SHOWBIZ” posts_category=”169″ posts_number=”6″ query_type=”recent” /] Father-of-six Ronnie has previously said his raven hair was “one of the blessings” of his gypsy blood. He also believes it gave him a love of partying. Titanic actress Kate Winslet and ex-Towie star Mark Wright are confirmed for the new series this summer. An insider says producers are still determined to see if they can bring together a show on the Wood clan for next year Ronnie has four older children now aged between 35 and 43 He also has two-year-old twin daughters with wife Sally [bc_video video_id=”5570779735001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”Katie Price would rather die than bed Ronnie Wood”] GOT a story? RING The Sun on 0207 782 4104 or WHATSAPP on 07423720250 or EMAIL exclusive@the-sun.co.uk
26 May 19
Roaringwater Journal

Kilree is possibly the most perfectly contained and atmospheric site you will visit in Ireland. I defy you not to be enchanted with its leafy depths, its air of antiquity, and evidence of continued use. (I would also vote for Monaincha in Tipperary, a site that deserves its own post one of these days). When […]

26 May 19
Roaringwater Journal

It’s a bit off the beaten track, but we had to make the journey to visit the oldest working lighthouse in the world! It’s right at the southern tip of the Hook Peninsula, in County Wexford. Maybe it’s an extravagant claim that it is the ‘oldest in the world’: there is another ‘oldest’ lighthouse – […]

26 May 19
News mania

European election results: Populist, green, liberal, Brexit parties set for success Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party is expecting a huge result on Sunday night as the votes are counted in the EU elections 2019. They will elect six MEPs on a proportional representation system, which saw voters choose one party each at the polls on Thursday […]

26 May 19
IrishBeerSnob

Dundalk, County Louth, in the North East of Ireland, is a town with a proud brewing heritage. The historic home of the Harp Brewery, and MacArdle Moore, two famous Irish Brands. Sadly, those breweries are now no longer operational, both acquired by Guinness, and closed by Diageo a number of years ago. However, in the […]

26 May 19
Right there with us

… but maybe we will take up the Irish pronunciation we have most heard: puh–DAY–doe or sometimes –toe. Not only is it more fun to say, but it feels more filling in the mouth. I was awakened at 4:30 this morning by the crepuscular light creeping in at our window edges and, my brain being […]

26 May 19
Circle Productions

(Image Credit: Twinings) Unlike the works of Burnett, Colquhoun, and Dickson Wright, Lizzie Collingham’s The Hungry Empire: How Britain’s Quest for Food Shaped the Modern World uses food not simply as a lens to view the English nation, but to study the British Empire, specifically to analyze the empire as an interactive system.  Collingham, a […]

26 May 19
Learning Lessons

A few weeks ago, when I first moved to Vancouver, I remember walking into downtown listening to the score from the movie Love, Simon, a coming age movie that deals with sexuality, and feeling like I was in my own coming-of-age movie. Music has this power, it can evoke emotion, change moods, convey messages, and […]

26 May 19
Nika

Evidence 1: As Paul Rand once said, “Good design adds value of some kind, gives meaning, and, not incidentally, can be sheer pleasure to behold; it respects the viewer’s sensibilities and rewards the entrepreneur”, and I believe in that wholeheartedly. After his impact on the world, he, essentially, created a new age of Graphic Design. […]

26 May 19
The Irish Sun
FLOYD MAYWEATHER would be happy to fight Conor McGregor again, one of his closest team members has claimed. Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe has responded to McGregor’s rematch demand, saying if the Irishman wants another “ass whooping” he can have it. McGregor is hoping to bounce back from defeat to Khabib ‘Money’ earned his 50th career win with the August 2017 bout McGregor fought Mayweather back in 2017 in what was the highest earning cross-sports fight in history. Mayweather won, stopping the Irishman in the 10th round but both fighters won in financial terms – taking home a split of the $375 MILLION that the mega fight made. “I have the upmost respect for Conor, Dana [White] and all them guys,” Ellerbe told TMZ Sports. “If Conor wants some of that smoke again, he knows what he’s got to do.” The former MMA champion has been typically boisterous and confident in discussing the potential match-up, which his rival’s counsel dismissed. Ellerbe continued: “He needs to call Dana, [McGregor’s] been in there with Floyd, so if he feels that way, all he has to do is make a phone call. It’s as simple as that. “If you’re asking me, I think Floyd would oblige to that ass whooping. “Conor McGregor knows he’s always welcome to that ass whooping.” ‘I KNOW I WOULD WIN!’ A victory for the Dublin-born fighter would reinvigorate a career lately dogged by run-ins with the law, injuries, questions over his retirement, and defeats. “I would like to rematch him under boxing rules, again,” McGregor said to Tony Robbins. “And I believe I would win. “Actually, there I go again with that fake humbleness: I know I would win! “When I went into the fight in the early rounds I was whooping him in the early rounds. “I went back to my corner after the first round and I said, ‘This is easy!'” But following the first round of the 2017 bout, Mayweather took on an unpredictable style that McGregor said he didn’t expect. Mayweather, who was well known for his defensive boxing style, made the decision to walk McGregor down, forcing the Irishman to throw more punches with the aim of tiring him out. [article-rail-section title=”Latest Boxing News” posts_category=”16″ posts_number=”8″ query_type=”recent” /] “He’d never fought like that in his entire career, but he was forced to fight that way because he was getting beaten,” the 30-year-old said. “The approach caught me off guard. “I was not prepared for it, I was not used to it and he walked me down and ended up getting the stoppage.” [bc_video video_id=”6038792155001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”Conor McGregor drops an opponent in MMA sparring session”]
26 May 19
News Directory

“There is nothing unusual about fires in Los Angeles,” wrote West Coast author Joan Didion in the 1989 launch who worked in an essay entitled “Fire Season,” “who has left all the deserted city with only two There is a separate season, starting January and lasting three months leading to storms from the northern Pacific […]

26 May 19
rebelbreeze

  (Reading time: 3 minutes approximately) Diarmuid Breatnach I am rubbish at predicting broad election results.  But the mass media is predicting, on early returns, a huge electoral swing in Ireland towards the Green Party — at least in the municipal elections.     As I type these words the other candidates who failed to […]

26 May 19
agoyvaerts

Historically speaking, this beautifully ornamented building was one of the main financial centres of Cork City. It is found on the South Mall and has been recently restored to it’s former glory. It is a branch of the Allied Irish Bank, the building was constructed between 1863 and 1865. To say a few words about […]

26 May 19
Skyscanner Canada
Do you have a milestone birthday coming up and want to celebrate it in style? Travelling to a favourite or bucket list destination for your birthday makes the day even more special. Read on for the best birthday trip ideas that will take your birthday to the next level. It’s your birthday! Make it extra special this year | Skyscanner Canada Best Birthday Trip Ideas for 2019 Going away for your birthday may sound like the best thing ever, and no doubt it will be, but like everything, there are pros and cons. Before we get into the best places to go for a birthday, let’s highlight the pros and cons of a birthday trip. Birthday Vacation Pros: Experience gifts almost always trump materials giftsYou’ll get to tick off a destination on your travel wish listYou won’t get a whole bunch of gifts you don’t wantNo indecision about who to invite, or not invite, to a birthday partyYou won’t have to go to workYou’ll meet new people and have new experiences Birthday Vacation Cons: You may not get to share the birthday with your friends and familyDepending on where you travel, you may not get a birthday cakeIf you invite friends or family along, the ones who don’t get an invite may be hurtExtravagant trips may require years of planning and saving Celebrate your birthday in Las Vegas | Skyscanner Canada Birthday Ideas for 20-somethings Entering your twenties is a big deal. Whether you’re looking for 20th birthday ideas, 25th, or 28th birthday ideas, we know your 20s is often spent living large and learning lots. Many twenty-somethings look for fun birthday ideas involving sunshine, parties, and a bit of risk. In addition to far-out fun, we’ve listed a few bucket list birthday places to go for people in their 20s. Las Vegas Las Vegas is a party town and on any given night, it can be filled with 21-year-olds celebrating one of the biggest milestone birthdays of them all. There’s so much do to, you probably won’t spend much time hanging by your Las Vegas pool. Instead, think Black Jack, cocktails, and dancing the night away. Caribbean For fun in the sun on your 20-something birthday look no further than the glorious islands dotted in the Caribbean Sea. Feel irie (good) in Jamaica or swim with Manta Rays in the Caymans. For the most part, your birthday is guaranteed to be blessed with sunshine and good vibes. Tandem skydive in Queenstown, New Zealand | Skyscanner Canada New Zealand For an adventure down under, travel to New Zealand and meet scores of other young people touring the small South Pacific country. Top things to do on your birthday will include tandem skydiving, bungee jumping, and jet boating down narrow rivers. Could Paris be your birthday trip? | Skyscanner Canada Birthday Trip Ideas for Your 30s Whether it’s the big 3-0 or the frightful 3-9, it’s time to celebrate big time! Here are a few 30th birthday trip ideas that will make it memorable. Paris Paris is on many travel wish lists so it makes perfect sense to visit for a big birthday. Imagine your day filled with delicious French cuisine, bubbly champagne, and all the pastries you can eat. Bangkok The thing about travelling to Thailand in your 30s is that you’re still young enough to party with the best of them. Spend a few days shopping, sightseeing, and exploring Bangkok before heading to Ko Samui or Ko Phi Phi for some late-night beach parties. Vancouver If you’ve never been to Vancouver, or even if you have, it’s a surefire winner for any 30-something birthday. Vancouver is all about shopping, wining, dining, and clubbing, all while keeping healthy. Splurge on a new outfit on Robson Street before dinner, drinks, and dancing at chic nightclubs in Gastown or Yaletown. In Vancouver, you can have your cake and eat it too. And don’t worry, you can walk it off in Stanley Park the next day. Take in a concert at the famous Sydney Opera House | Skyscanner Canada 40th Birthday Trip Ideas Make this milestone fabulous with these 40th birthday trip ideas. Okay, 40 is the time for an all-out super-duper dream vacay. These overseas birthday ideas guarantee birthday memories for the rest of your days. Australia Another top destination for a birthday trip is Australia. Air Canada flies direct to Sydney from Vancouver, which makes for an enjoyable long-haul flight. Travel a few days before your birthday to be sure you’re in tip-top shape to explore the city. Take in a show at the Sydney Opera House before heading off to the beaches of the Gold Coast or snorkelling the Great Barrier Reef in Far North Queensland. Ireland The Emerald Isle is a charming wee island in which to celebrate your 40th with the friendly Irish. Visit Dublin for a pint, or 3, of Guinness draught at the many traditional pubs and small bars. While you’re there, discover the city’s rich history and heritage with a DIY bike tour. Ireland is also fantastic for a road trip to see the lush countryside and picturesque Cliffs of Moher. Japan If you love castles, samurai, and sushi then Japan is the perfect go-to place when looking for what to do on your birthday. A trip to Japan will have you exploring ancient history, devouring delicious food, and being wowed by technology. Generally, travellers choose Tokyo, Osaka or Kyoto as a base, however, look for opportunities to experience something truly unique, such as dressing up in traditional Japanese clothing. Treat yourself to a birthday in Banff | Skyscanner Canada Celebrate With These 50th Birthday Trip Ideas You’re older, wiser, and have a bit more savings for birthday vacations (hopefully). Here’s a chance to make 50 fabulous. New York Take a bite out of the Big Apple with birthday activities that would make Carrie Bradshaw jealous! Spend the day in Manhattan shopping for designer handbags and shoes or relaxing at a luxury day spa priming yourself for birthday drinks. Then, take in a Broadway show and a late dinner and cocktails in the city that never sleeps. Banff One of the most beautiful places in Canada is Banff National Park, a mere 2-hour drive west of Calgary Airport. Whether or not you’re a skier or hiker makes no difference – this place is teeming with stunning scenery that you don’t have to be amongst to enjoy. Birthday trip ideas include a stay at the castle-like Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, a pampering day at their onsite Willow Stream Spa, and an elegant dinner at Eden, one of the town’s best fine dining restaurants. Hawaii If laid-back beach life is more your style, Hawaii will always be a top spot for any birthday celebration. Relax on the beach or by the pool with a good book and a colourful cocktail (or two). If you’re up for more, there’s always snorkelling, surfing, hiking, and a Hawaiian luau. Do you have what it takes to trek the Himalayas? | Skyscanner Canada Start Planning These 60th Birthday Trip Ideas Many people wait until retirement, or close to retirement, to take the biggest and best trips of their lives. Alaska One of the most popular ways to see Alaska is by cruise ship. May through October is cruise season up north with many different cruise companies offering Alaskan cruises from Vancouver. It’s one helluva way to travel: lux cabins, all-you-can-eat buffets, non-stop entertainment, and crew members waiting on you like you’re royalty. Seeing the beauty of Alaska is sure to be a highlight of turning 60. Nepal If you want to do something epic for your 60th birthday trip, a visit to Nepal and a trek in the Himalayas will definitely do the trick. Your friends and family may think you’ve lost it, but with the right training, gear, and guides, you can go home with a mighty feather in your cap. Bordeaux, France is for wine lovers | Skyscanner Canada Bordeaux, France If scaling mountains is too much for your 60-year-old body, ease into your 6th decade on earth with a gentler trek around the vineyards of Bordeaux. If the timing is right, head over for the annual Bordeaux Wine Festival for the ultimate celebration of your birthday and grapes alike. Enjoy a weekend in Toronto | Skyscanner Canada Birthday Weekend Getaways We appreciate that not everyone can take off overseas for their birthday trip. If sticking closer to home suits your budget and schedule better, try these weekend getaways for your birthday celebrations. Toronto Toronto birthday ideas are aplenty for all age groups. If you live in Ontario, a weekend getaway to T.O provides an opportunity to get arty, toast yourself at hip boutique bars, and dine at the plethora of multi-cultural restaurants dotted around the province’s capital city. There are also several birthday party venues in Toronto if you so wish to throw down on a party or spectacular day out. In particular, check out iFly Toronto for a little indoor skydiving suitable for ages 3 and over. For Toronto birthday ideas for adults only, Bar + Karaoke Lounge offer a stylish space to embrace your inner superstar. This birthday trip idea is perfect for outgoing groups who just want to have fun. Whistler For many Vancouverites, a day trip to Whistler is a monthly event. But for some, a weekend stay is reserved for special occasions and what better time than a milestone birthday? Tucked away in the Coast Mountains of BC, this elite mountain town serves up premium skiing in the winter, and epic hiking adventures in the autumn and summer. No matter which season your birthday falls in, a weekend in Whistler will take the (birthday) cake. The most photographed hotel in the world, Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac | Skyscanner Quebec City A weekend in historical Quebec City will make a birthday weekend something to remember. Take a short ferry to Lévis, a charming town across the Saint Lawrence River. Explore the town library, which is homed in a former chapel. Back in Old Quebec, be sure to post a shot of Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac on your Instagram feed, and if your budget doesn’t allow a sleep-over there, at least wander the lobby and grab a coffee. 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