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“Do you get to go home a lot?” “Yeah, I get to go home a pretty fair amount. I’ve just been home for 3 weeks and it’s been brilliant. I worked for almost a year straight, which was too much, I think, and I’m loving home at the moment.” “Well, not too much, as far as I am concerned. You’ve given us some really good stuff.” “That’s really nice of you to say, thank you.” [x]

February 8th, 2016 - Continuity IRA claims responsibility for Dublin boxing weigh-in shooting at Regency Hotel

Gunmen disguised as Gardai walk calmly into a Dublin hotel, then kill a man at boxing event in a hail of bullets

The Continuity IRA has claimed responsibility for a gun attack at a Dublin hotel during a weigh-in for a boxing match which killed one and left others injured.

A gang of armed men wearing “police-style” uniforms and carrying AK47s stormed the Regency Hotel in Dublin and opened fire on Friday.

One of the attackers was dressed in drag while another dressed casually in a tracksuit and flat cap.

A total of six men carried out the attack.

David Byrne, 34, from Crumlin in Dublin was shot dead and several others injured.

Gardai said the shooting was part of a gangland feud.

However, on Monday the BBC said the Continuity IRA claimed responsibility.

The organisation said it had targeted David Byrne, who had criminal links, and was part of its crackdown on drugs in Dublin and was planning more attacks.

A spokesman for the organisation told the broadcaster Mr Byrne was targeted over the killing of Alan Ryan in the city four years ago.

The 32-year-old was a leading member of he Real IRA.
“Although not a member of our organisation, we are not going to stand back and allow drug dealers and criminals to target republicans,” the CIRA spokesman told the BBC.

“This will not be an isolated incident,” he said.

“Continuity IRA units have been authorised to carry out further operations. More drug dealers and criminals will be targeted.

“The Continuity IRA will carry out further military operations.”

There have been no arrests in relation to the gun attack but a number of properties in Dublin have been raided by gardai investigating the murder.

It is believed that some of the six-man gang responsible fled the country within hours of the shooting but most of the suspects are still in Ireland.

Gardai have set up armed checkpoints around the city in a bid to catch those responsible.

On Monday the Irish Independent reported that a “war summit” was held in Dublin by the criminal gang to which David Byrne was a member as to what their course of action should be in response.

It is understood that the cartel wants “rapid retaliation” against those responsible, however, the increased security around the city by gardai has thwarted their movements.

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every year during the run up to Easter the Jack and Jill Foundation does this neat treasure hunt in the city centre, and me and my mam get really into it. this year all the statues are hares. and i had some time to kill this afternoon so i ran around the Grafton Street area getting as many as i could. here are some of my favourites.

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Dragon Gate at Harlech House in Dublin

In Dublin, Ireland, stands an estate reminiscent of old folklore, complete with its own dragon! Of course, dragons are mythical creatures, so this home only has a dragon made of steel which acts as its gatekeeper. The property, known at Harlech House, was originally built in 1798 by a Welsh immigrant. (The estate is actually named after a town in Wales called Harlech and the national flag has a dragon on it.) Harlech House sits on less than an acre of land but is full of enchantment. It features religious iconography and fairy-tale motifs throughout the seven-bedroom home, but it’s the dragon gate that grabs the most attention.

A common technique employed throughout the construction of the estate, including the gate, is the use of curves. The silver dragon is composed of perfectly curved stainless steel and glass-blown eyes. The wings display a metallic mesh and the rings at the dragon’s sides are individually hand-forged to look like chain mail, adding a different texture to the piece. In addition , the dragon gate’s reflective nature causes it to highlight and mimic the colors of its surroundings, providing more variations in shade and tone. Despite using one element, the dragon is layered and has a complex surface and varied appearance.

The primary intention for this establishment is not only to offer a fantastical experience, but also to be pleasing to the eye. It’s also meant to entice large groups of people to enter. Harlech House’s dragon gate is the perfect piece to welcome any visitor into a charming house.