The man who made history happen

Didn’t Nancy Pelosi look small beside Simon Coveney yesterday? Small and waif-like, disguising the fact that if, by some tragedy,  Donald Trump and Michael Pence were to stop breathing and go to a better place, Nancy would automatically become President of the United States. It was also a bit of a nostalgia-fest to see her […]

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A boy dies

Sometimes you can feel feel faint with guilt.  Before this week, I don’t think I had ever heard of Daniel Hegarty. In 1972, he was shot twice in the head and killed by a member of the British army.  An inquest into the boy’s death in 2011 found that  he “posed no risk” at the […]

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CULTURE AND BARBARISM by Donal Kennedy

  The survival of the structure and most of the artistic and cultural treasures of Notre Dame is heartening. And listening to and watching the Parisian, other Frenchmen and women, and commentatorsfrom all over the world, was inspirational. Christians and other believers together with unbelievers and devout atheists lay claim to that Cathedral, proud to […]

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Notre Dame and other fires

It was interesting to see and hear the horror of the French people, and people throughout the world, at the news of the huge fire at Notre Dame cathedral in Paris yesterday.  Only a small number of these is likely to be Catholic, so the sense of sadness and loss clearly went beyond any religious […]

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Unrestrained joy on Palm Sunday?

It was appropriate that Tiger Woods should have won the US Masters golf tournament on Palm Sunday. Pretty well all of us know the Bible account  of how Jesus entered Jerusalem on a donkey, with the people strewing palms before it and singing the praise of the Messiah. Euphoric is as good a word as […]

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Back to the Future by Antaine De Brún

Nostalgia is certainly not what it used to be, given current controversies about the cause of the conflict in Ireland.  A disinterested observer exposed to evidence of chronic economic and social conditions in the north of Ireland prior to 1970, might wish to examine the role of the state in perpetuating the conflict, a state […]

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LAPDOG BITES BULLDOG (37) by Perkin Warbeck

SANYO DIGITAL CAMERA   A new Yawn, so,  in the life of a Yunefied Ireland, oopsy doopsy, Island. The Stretch of the Arms and the Trouser Cough will inevitably  follow the Yawn, as surely, Shirley, as  an Lá chuck-wagon follows Sioc na  hOíche. The Yunefication of Yunes North and Yunes South and the decision to […]

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Crucify him!

On BBC ONE  this morning, Andrew Marr had three women reviewing the papers. The bit that I caught was when they were considering Jeremy Corbyn’s relationship with anti-Semitism in the Labour Party. None of the four people, including Marr, suggested that Corbyn and/or the Labour Party might not be ant-Semitic. That was taken as a […]

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