SMELLING OF ROSES? by Donal Kennedy

    The first time I visited Rome it was a very hot day and I bought myself a cheap t-shirt depicting the Sistine Chapel. Five minutes later as I was walking through a piazza a stranger called to me, pointing and holding his nose. I didn’t know his language and could not recall witnessing […]

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How normal is Donald Trump?

Donald Trump brings a warehouseful of faults with him, and one that many people find particularly distasteful is his habit of lying. When accused of sexual misconduct by a range of women, he says they’re making it up. He tells the British media that Theresa May didn’t take his advice about how to do a […]

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Robinson, Paisley and McElduff: the same and different

     What do Peter Robinson,Ian Paisley Jr, and Barry McElduff have in common? Well, not much, actually. Ian Paisley is a devoted unionist, despite his  brief flirtation with being the de Klerk figure of his community, Barry McElduff is a devoted republican from West Tyrone who had a holy water font inside the door […]

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NOBODY EXPECTS by Donal Kennedy

    “NOBODY EXPECTS THE SPANISH INQUISITION”  was a favourite line in Monty Python’s Flying Circus and I do hope nobody expects me to know much about said Inquisition. I do believe that Spaniards of Moorish and Jewish origin, many of whom had converted to Christianity under the influence of conscience or the threat of burning at […]

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Brexit and facing the facts

It’s getting near, isn’t it? October, that is – we’re heading towards the latter part of July, which leaves August, September, October. That’s it. Three months to solve the Brexit brain-teaser. In matters of this kind, there’s a great temptation to deceive ourselves, because to face up to the reality is too scary. That’s what […]

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LAPDOG   BITES   BULLDOG (1) by Perkin Warbeck

        Anam an Diabhail ! Arch-Anglophile Fintan O Toole has become quite the model of a modern Anglophobe of late. Deora Íosa ! Tree-hugger O Toole morphs into Slugger O Toole. His latest lash at ‘D’Auld Enemy’ took the form of nutting both BoJo and Dav under the head-banging heading: Britain has gone to huge […]

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