Another chat with Pat McArt

This is the second conversation I’ve had with Pat McArt, former editor   of the Derry Journal.  It differs, I think, from most interviews in that  we’re covering ground on a range of topics in a fairly free-wheeling way. I am, of course, deeply biased, but playing these back I      find them much more accessible than a hard-nosed, topic-focused interview.  I asked last time for feedback and how people are      reacting when they view the discussion, and I got some very practical    suggestions that have helped. Could I ask you to do the same with this – and maybe make suggestions for topics in future discussions, as we’re   hoping to make this a weekly affair and it would help if we were  guided by what people viewing think.  So I welcome all responses – on     Facebook or by emailing me at judejcollins@gmail.com, noting that  there is an extra ‘j’ in the middle of that email address. Meanwhile, bainigi sult as –  Enjoy.

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How did it all start?

Given that the coronavirus has been pretty much the sole topic of every TV news programme for weeks now, it’s strange that one element has been missing. Even stranger is the fact that the person who came closest to referring to that missing element was the last person you’d expect. The question is this:  what […]

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Fr Sean McManus’s petition

AUTHENTIC  IRISH DON’T HAVE TO BE ASKED TWICE… THEY SIGN AND SHARE THIS PETITION IMMEDIATELY … AND THEY RECRUIT OTHERS TO SIGN AND SHARE … BECAUSE THEY SEE IT AS A GREAT HONOR AND SACRED TRUST.              IRISH PETITION — IRELAND ONE NATION “Ireland, too, has the right to be One Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice […]

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Boris Johnson and the crazies

The Prime Minister Boris Johnson Portrait It shook me, I don’t mind admitting. Somewhere in my mind there was a compartment that told me ordinary people, nameless people get the virus, even local heroes like Niall Murphy might get it, but Boris Johnson? He seemed so full of life and big-bellied vigour, it just didn’t […]

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INDIFFERENCE TO THE HOMELESS by Joe McVeigh

Peter McVerry is a Jesuit priest well known for his work for the homeless in Dublin. His new book A Dose of Reality contains a number of articles he has written over the years for the Redemptorist magazine Reality. Peter is a native of Newry. His father was a GP there and Peter grew up in […]

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A royal person and a noble gesture

Two notable announcements from two notable people over the weekend. Queen Elizabeth (II) did a five-minute broadcast to ‘the nation’, and Leo Varadkar (acting Taoiseach) announced a return to medical practice. The royal statement was greeted on BBC and RTÉ with gasps of  admiration and talk of inspiration. I watched it myself and I gasped […]

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Coronavirus and lessons not too late for the learning

 [This blog first appeared as a column in the Andersonstown News]T The horrors of coronavirus stare us in the face, but it has its potentially positive features too.  Some  of these positive elements we are experiencing even as the virus rages round the world;  some we can expect (or should  that be hope?) to see when this pestilence has grown weary and collapses. The first […]

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A letter to the Irish Times by Donal Kennedy

[See also Donal’s blog at http://www.judecollins.com/2016/06/is-emer-okelly-a-fool-or-a-liar-by-donal-kennedy/   ] Sent: Fri, Apr 3, 2020 4:26 pm Subject: “FILTH IN THE ABBEY” Reading Emer O’Kelly’s “An Irishwoman’s Diary” (March 30) piece deploring a complaint about Brian Friel’s “Loves of Cass Maguire” staged in Dublin 1967 I thought how liberal Dublin was at the time compared with London. I’m surprised […]

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