Has Jacob got it right?

So is the EU bluffing? When Jacob Rees-Moggs stood up in the House of Commons and urged Britain to call the EU’s bluff and simply tell them that if they didn’t want a border in Ireland, then not to build one – was he making a valid point? Not according to the Sinn Féin Brexit […]

Continue Reading

Arlene, reconciliatory gestures and coat-trailing

I turned on the TV yesterday and there was Arlene Foster, applying make-up to her face. The commentary told me she was intent on presenting the human face of the DUP, with the various initiatives she was undertaking: showing her friendliness towards the Irish language, visiting LGBT groups, going to the GAA Ulster Football Final. […]

Continue Reading

Stephen Collins and the Great Liberator

There are times when the absurdity of statements coming from well-paid commentators make you wonder why they’re not punished rather than paid. In this morning’s Irish Times, Stephen Collins (no relation, buiochas le Dia), in a column titled ‘Royals have important role to play in political relations’, speaks of Daniel O’Connell “who has every right […]

Continue Reading

BLASTS FROM ANTIQUITY by Donal Kennedy

“Nescire autem quid ante quam natus sis acciderit, id est semper esse puerum. Quid enim est aetas hominis, nisi (ea) memoria rerum veterum cum superiore aetate contexitur?”  Thus the late Marcus Tullius Cicero, a gentleman with whom I was slightly acquainted  in my youth. He was a man of many letters, one of which – “De Senectute” may well […]

Continue Reading

The Aidan McAnespie killing: another witch-hunt?

So – after waiting thirty years, the family of Aidan McAnespie are to have their day in court. In 1998, Aidan McAnespie was crossing a border-point at Aughnacloy, when he was shot dead by a British soldier. The soldier claimed that he had been moving the machine gun, it was wet and his finger slipped. […]

Continue Reading

Two voices on Brexit and demographics

Well. You wait and wait for some commentator to decorate the idea of a united Ireland with question marks, and then two come along at once….Nah, only kidding. If trains and buses ran with the frequency and dependability of attacks on the idea that a united Ireland is on its way, nobody would need to drive […]

Continue Reading

This Thursday…

  1792 Belfast Harp Festival Recalled: Thursday, 21 June at 7pm on Rosemary St Church A unique event in Belfast this Thursday features the re-enactment of the 1792 Belfast Harp Festival on next Thursday, 21 June at 7 pm. The event is sponsored by the charity, Brain Injury Matters. The venue is historic First Rosemary […]

Continue Reading

THE PERFUMES OF ARABIA REVISITED by Donal Kennedy

Watching the opening match of the World Cup, I was impressed by the cordiality  between  the elected President Putin of Russia and the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia as together they watched Russia defeat Saudi Arabia by five goals to nil. I was rather taken aback by the main cartoon in THE TIMES the next morning which depicted President […]

Continue Reading

A NEW ANTHEM FOR A NEW PEOPLE? OR AN OLD ONE? by Donal Kennedy

Following Dr Varadkar’s Prescription of A New Constitution For A New People, Fintan O’Toole, the  Paid Piper of The Irish Times, followed by some of his younger admirers, if not a plague of rats, has called for the scrapping of Amhran  na bFhiann/  A Soldier’s Song , the anthem of those who have given allegiance to the […]

Continue Reading