A QUESTION OF FAITH & A MATTER OF FACT by Donal Kennedy

When I was in school an ultra-devout teacher explained the difference between Faith and Fact. I inferred that neither the Pope nor the most dogmatic atheist could know for certain whether there was one God, many Gods or no gods at all. I read in a booklet accompanying a DVD called IRELAND- ,from Famine to […]

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Beto O’Rourke and mind your mouth

I expect you know about Beto O’Rourke and the bother he’s got himself into.  Beto is one of the many candidates running for presidential nomination by the US Democrats.  He had hardly started campaigning when he had to back off, retract and repent. For why? For because he had said in a speech that his […]

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Saturday pics of the week

Pics 1-3 are by Perkin Warbeck Pic 1 Pic 2 Pic 3  (look sideways) The  Scottish play on words       Last Friday, the Ides of March, was the opening night of a Shakespearean play in the Teatru Manoel. This Maltese venue is the third oldest theatre in continuous use in Europe, having been contructed in 1732. It is to Valletta what the Abbey is to Dublin, […]

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I have a dream

 So. That went well, didn’t it? Theresa May back yet again to Brussels, where every word she uttered drained away another pint of faith in her. Could she get her deal through Westminster? Yes of course. What would be different this time from the last two times when it was voted down by an Everest […]

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NOTES AND ORDERS by Donal Kennedy

You’ll remember Eric Morecambe’s defence of his rendition of Grieg’s Piano Concerto to Andre Previn’s criticism – “I am playing all the right notes, but not NECESSARILY in the right order.” I don’t know whether the sketch was first shown by the BBC, which, in 1940 when Germany was overrunning its western neighbours, signed off […]

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The late Theresa May

As I watched and waited for Theresa May to come on and deliver her Big Speech last night, and as 8.00  pm  became 8.15pm, and then 8.25 pm, and even the TV presenters began to talk about the mystery of the Prime Minister’s non-appearance, I found the old Beatles’  song “She came in through the […]

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GRISLY ELIZABETHANS by Donal Kennedy

“As a military governor in Ireland, Sir Humphrey Gilbert gave no quarter, and accounts of the war there talk of supplicants being made to approach him through an avenue of severed heads” writes Jeremy Paxman in “Empire”. Gilbert was a half brother of Sir Walter Raleigh, himself no slouch when it came to cruelty. I’m […]

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Want a reunited Ireland? Be prepared

I recently wrote about the consequences of stating uncomfortable truths, and how you could have the flesh lashed from your metaphorical bones for daring to speak one. And I instanced Mary Lou McDonald and the outrage that followed her following a banner with the slogan ‘England Get Out of Ireland’.  For my money, the banner […]

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The price of pointing out a truth

Back in the 1970s,  the English TV playwright Dennis Potter wrote a column in The Guardian. In it he said that the one thing the general public cannot bear is to hear the truth, and those who try telling it will, metaphorically if not literally, have the flesh torn from their bones. The latest example […]

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