‘The best –selling Sunday paper’? by Joe McVeigh

    When I read this headline last week I almost got sick: ‘Sunday Independent – Still Irelands best-selling paper!’   What does this say about Ireland and the Irish people who buy this rubbish week after week? There is one columnist that I sometimes read when I get a chance without having to buy this heap […]

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Recently released papers and learning from the past

They say that we here in the north of Ireland dwell too much on the past. There may be some truth in the charge. The Orange Order marches to the rhythm of  a distant past (“The sash my father wore”); and while republicans could be accused of many things, they don’t forget their dead. On […]

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The gates stay in the picture

So. The GAA club Oisin Glenariffe are to get their £180,000 of council funding after all. It was a tight vote – 19 to 18 – but like Glasgow Celtic stumbling into the European Champions’ League, the most important thing was that the council voted as it did and the matter was concluded in a […]

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JUSTICE DONE – OR JUSTICE DONE IN? by Donal Kennedy

THE TIMES, on August 4 1916, carried an Editorial which, as part of its continuing commemoration of the First World War, it reprinted on August 4 this year. I reproduce its heading and opening paragraph below.   “THE EXECUTION OF CASEMENT Casement paid the last penalty for the greatest crime that it is possible for […]

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‘One of my great heroes’ by Joe McVeigh

Martin Luther King preaching at the Ebenezer Church in Atlanta in 4 February 1968 shortly before he was shot dead in Memphis, Tennessee, referred to what he would like said at his funeral. He said :“If any of you are around when I have to meet my day, I don’t want a long funeral. And if you get somebody to deliver the […]

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“THE WRITING ON THE WALL” – a review by Harry McAvinchey

“THE WRITING ON THE WALL” BY STUART BORTHWICK Large Paperback: 240 pages square format Publisher: The Bluecoat Press (20 Oct. 2015) ISBN-10: 1908457279 ISBN-13: 978-1908457271 R.S.Price : £18.00 or thereabouts… In the cities and towns of Northern Ireland, perhaps uniquely in all of the world, the citizens have found the need over several generations to […]

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