THUNDERING IN THE TIMES Part 1. – by Donal Kennedy

“It’s never too early to start lessons on spotting fake news” says Libby Purves in a Comment headed ‘THUNDERER’ in THE TIMES (Friday 14th January 2022). I’ve been spotting fake news and doing my best to combat it for nearly fifty years, inspired by Frank Gallagher, whose memoir “The Four Glorious Years” written under the […]

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I KNOW IT’S PAST THE LAST DAY OF CHRISTMAS

The 6th of January, the Feast of the Epiphany, or as my late Mother used to call it, “Little Christmas.” I believe the Orthodox Churches, still using the Julian Calendar celebrate Christmas when we celebrate the Epiphany, though the secularists Lenin and  Kemal Attaturk imposed the Gregorian Calendar, decreed by a pope on the advice […]

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HOTHEADED PADDIES STAGED THE 1916 RISING? – by Donal Kennedy

In the 1960s Garret Fitzgerald, who regularly wrote on economics in THE IRISH TIMES, became a BBC correspondent on Ireland and shortly after for THE ECONOMIST. He continued in those roles when he sat in Seanad Eireann in 1965. And he contributed a piece to THE ECONOMIST, at that journal’s request, on the Silver Jubilee on […]

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What Kathy said

 Every so often, I come on a newspaper article that cuts to the heart of a major matter. One such appears in The Irish Times this morning, and if you have the opportunity to read it, I’d urge you to do so. It’s by Kathy Sheridan and it’s entitled ‘Will the real Sinn Féin please […]

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TV REVIEW: Michael Palin and Richard E Grant

This TV Review first appeared in the Andersonstown News TV travel documentaries fronted by a celebrity are becoming as common as Covid. There were two on telly last week, one after the other. The first featured Michael Palin and was called Michael Palin’s Himalaya: The Journey of a Lifetime (BBC2) . In it, Palin reflects on the time he journeyed from the Khyber […]

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