Eilish explains all

This piece by my dear friend Eilish O’Hanlon appeared in today’s Belfast Telegraph. I can only marvel at her grasp of the situation – and how well she knows me!


39 Responses to Eilish explains all

  1. Pointis June 2, 2016 at 11:20 am #

    I can’t read that because it is too small, maybe that is not a bad thing!

    • Sherdy June 2, 2016 at 3:55 pm #

      It may be something to do with the size of the brain behind the ‘article’!

      • Jude Collins June 2, 2016 at 3:56 pm #

        Sherdy – no unadorned abuse, please.

  2. Patrick Mcdermott June 2, 2016 at 12:03 pm #

    Nach i An Bhitseach I ?…………. and she always was… as a sunday indo columnist, and one of the main reasons I stopped buying the sunday indo around the early 90s.

    • giordanobruno June 2, 2016 at 4:54 pm #

      Abuse in any language is still abuse.

    • Nuacht June 2, 2016 at 7:25 pm #

      I saw the heading in the BT and decided to check it out. I thought that it might be a serious article until I realised who was the author.

      I stopped buying the Indo long time ago because of people like her, Eoghan Harris, RDE, Brendan O’Connor etc. In my own small way I am also managing to enlighten friends to their agenda and to become ex-Indo readers.

      I really don’t understand how people with such anti-nationalist views can bear to live in the Republic. They must be tearing their hair out watching the rise of SF.

  3. Pàdraig O'Choirbinn June 2, 2016 at 1:07 pm #

    Is this the same E.O’Halton who fights the corner for. .what’s her name em am Joe C,s grandaughter….miss O or is it Mrs me think you protest to much…I’m sure you will balance it out by doing a number on Sammy Peter Nigel or the 1st minister…might not get many Brownie points there (woops nearly said boys scouts or something similar ) but one wouldn’t know would one?

  4. Iolar June 2, 2016 at 1:25 pm #

    New levels of absurdity is it? The theory of the absurd suggests that the efforts of individuals to find inherent meaning in life will ultimately fail because the sheer amount of information as well as the vast realm of the unknown make total certainty impossible. The question is how individuals, once becoming conscious of the absurd, should respond to it. Advocates of the absurd suggest that individuals should embrace the absurd condition of human existence while also defiantly continuing to explore and search for meaning.

    There is ample evidence to suggest that some journalists do not wish to bite the hand that feeds and do not do , ‘defiance’, ‘exploration’ or ‘search for meaning.’

  5. Wolfe tone June 2, 2016 at 2:03 pm #

    Pathetic journalism by o’hanlon(who is she btw?). She gave a few nasty tackles and never touched the ball once. Me thinks she probably lives in an ivory tower somewhere around the Pale.

  6. ANOTHER JUDE June 2, 2016 at 2:15 pm #

    Squawk squawk, another member of the self hating Irish family, the eilish regards her western neighbours as her superior and looks down on the other inhabitants of the island.

  7. Mick Early June 2, 2016 at 3:12 pm #

    I have always almost felt sorry for this poor wee girl! She seems to
    Live in denial and self-loathing like a lot of her revisionist fellow travelers of the Indo type. It actually a good place for her because you really would
    Not want her about the place at all!

    • Sherdy June 2, 2016 at 4:01 pm #

      Maybe your pity is well founded.
      Because her niece Mairia Cahill told her 15 years ago about her sex abuse allegations, but good aunt that she was, and good journalist that she claims to be, what did she do until a year ago or so?
      Absolutely nothing!
      She left the ‘victim’ to suffer alone for all those years, and she sat on the direct information of a serious allegation, but published nothing until the story came out from another source.
      Wonder why!

      • Joe Bloggs June 3, 2016 at 2:16 pm #

        maybe in case the provos killed her / disappeared her / kneecapped her? That is their style after all….

  8. KoppabergCentral June 2, 2016 at 4:50 pm #

    Has nobody stopped to think of the poor INLA in this hullabaloo? There they are getting dressed up for the day, complete with combat gear, black berets and avatar shades, trying to look as hard and sinister as possible and what do they get for their efforts?? Being dragged into comparisons with the Boys Brigade! Doesn’t give their terror credentials much kudos if they’re just considered to be a glorified scout movement with some militaristic drill thrown in for good measure. They should be firing out angry letters of complaint in all directions to whom it may concern henceforth, forthwith and pronto before any more damage is done to their reputation.

    • BYC June 2, 2016 at 6:34 pm #

      Maybe the Scouts could spare them some woggles for those face-scarves.

    • Ryan June 3, 2016 at 8:01 pm #

      “Doesn’t give their terror credentials”

      What terror credentials?

  9. Perkin Warbeck June 2, 2016 at 5:43 pm #

    Elizabethan Docket

    To be manhandled by a bird of prey called Eilish
    Whose talons are often spoken as ‘coffin nailish’
    It takes a dude
    As cool as Jude
    To dismiss this – Molotov? ‘More fruit cocktailish’.

  10. Dr. Michael Hfuhruhurr June 2, 2016 at 7:17 pm #

    Does it really matter what Dame Eilish O’Hanlon or Lady O’Hanlon of Sindoville writes?

    Her articles are for a particular aged blinkered audience i.e. extreme DUPers (oxymoron I know!) and I have no interest in their views. None absolutely whatsoever, I only know of her as the woman who protected abusers for years only to serve her political masters. So I have no respect or the slightest interest in her.

    Irish people don’t take any heed from her or Ruthy Dumdum, hence the massive declining sales of sindomedia. Maybe Lady O’Hanlon of Sindoville should court ISIS as they are probably looking some publicists.

    Shame on anyone who buys Sindo papers…… your effectively supporting abusers!

  11. Scott June 2, 2016 at 9:05 pm #

    Reading Nelsons column Jude and he said you made this kind of remark before about the BB. Any truth in that?

    • Jude Collins June 2, 2016 at 10:38 pm #

      Not that I remember – but Nelson may well know my column better than me…

      • Pointis June 3, 2016 at 3:41 pm #

        I think he suffers a little from “column envy” Jude! I wouldn’t be too worried though I can’t imagine too many taking an interest in “Nelson’s Column” nowadays!

      • Scott June 4, 2016 at 10:27 am #

        “The notion of commemorating IRA dead with commemorating British army dead was outrageous. So too was the comparison of dressing up of children in IRA uniform/regalia with the Boys’ Brigade (I did actually).”

        24th August 2013

        Though I’d investigate for myself folks (I also take Nelson with a pinch of salt). It’s on this blog if anyone doesn’t believe me, in the archives.

        Looks like Mr McCauseland was right.

    • Ryan June 3, 2016 at 7:55 pm #

      Nelson is one of Jude’s biggest fans Scot……when he’s not, allegedly, attending mysterious meetings in Orange Halls to do with homes being built for Catholics, Nelson always finds the time to have a peep at Judes articles…..

  12. E.Dolan June 2, 2016 at 10:34 pm #

    There was always one in every class. ! “Please teacher Jude Collins was saying bad words in the playground at lunchtime “

  13. Damian June 3, 2016 at 6:57 am #

    Her nom de plume is Ingrid Black……need I say more.

  14. giordanobruno June 3, 2016 at 7:45 am #

    There is an awful lot of abuse,much of it misogynistic, here towards Eilish O’Hanlon.
    Bitch, small brains, poor wee girl, bird of prey with talons…classy.
    Not to mention a wee touch for RDE too as ‘Ruthy Dumdum’
    And some accusations of covering up child abuse too.
    What century are you guys living in?
    How is that commenting policy coming on Jude?

    • Scott June 3, 2016 at 9:03 am #

      Quite right Gio some disgusting stuff being posted here with no explanation given, though in fairness even a explanation wouldn’t make it right.

      The lady is only expressing her opinion, which we are all entitled to do and doesn’t deserve this level of abuse.

      Says more about them in fairness though.

      • Ryan June 3, 2016 at 7:58 pm #

        “The lady is only expressing her opinion”

        And people commenting on this article are only expressing their opinions too Scot.

        “Says more about them in fairness though”

        Don’t forget, your comments say things about you too.

        • Scott June 4, 2016 at 9:26 am #

          Absolutely people can express there opinions Ryan, but the language used to describe this lady is pure abuse and vile. Criticism is possible without abuse.

    • Pointis June 3, 2016 at 4:05 pm #

      Hi Gio,

      She is hardly what you would call a “defenceless maiden” requiring a knight in shining armour to come to her aid. She has the inertia of an entire media group to drive her opinions into people’s homes! If she is going to call Jude deluded and imply that he is a lunatic then as they say “if you are going to give it, you have to be able to take it aswell”!

      She is not very popular among any northern nationalists I know so maybe the contributors are just reflecting the opinion generally. In any case people get defensive when they see their friend abused in the media.

      • giordanobruno June 4, 2016 at 9:31 am #

        Pointis (and Ryan)
        To be fair I agree she did have a go at Jude and there is clearly no love lost.
        However the comments about her reflect on the commenters and on Jude for letting them stand.
        Why not criticise her article rather than throwing personal insults?
        I am not defending her I am attacking lazy commenters who can think of nothing to say but insult.
        So tell me what does the phrase ‘Ruthy Dumdum’ add to debate?

        • Pointis June 5, 2016 at 10:31 am #


          Jude has taken a fair bit of abuse over the last couple of days and some of that abuse was neither fair nor reasonable. When the full force of the media hits you from every side you are bound to have a twinge of self doubt and in those circumstances it is good to be able to turn to persons you can trust who don’t necessarily roll with the flow and who can remind him that some of the criticism he faces such as that from Eilis has a historical and very personal dimension. Ok I mightn’t agree with some of the more personal critics of Mrs O’Hanlon but I think the general tenets of the comments reflect a fairly common view held my many North and South and if Mrs O’Hanlon reads this it may give her a fairly reasonable flavour of how her views are received here. A good journalist should be unbiased!

          • giordanobruno June 5, 2016 at 11:01 am #

            Yes Jude has had plenty of stick this last week. Some fair criticism,I think,some just abuse. That does not make it ok to throw personal abuse at anyone else.
            A journalist may be required to be unbiased, but a columnist is surely not?

    • Ryan June 3, 2016 at 7:56 pm #

      Gio your breaking my heart here, does anyone have a hanky?….

  15. Joe Bloggs June 3, 2016 at 2:26 pm #

    The terrible sadness is that it detracted attention from the main story in the press – the re-opening of inquests into Kingmills and the Birmingham bombings. Instead of reminding everyone that the IRA were a sectarian death squad that killed indiscriminately, people were up in arms about the BB / dissident republican comparison.

    I wouldn’t credit Jude with being that Machiavellian, (rather just a bit of lazy “my side never done nuffin it was all them uns” whataboutery), but the twitter tattle timing did help the Shinners when you think about it…

    • Jude Collins June 4, 2016 at 9:13 am #

      I always admire people like yourself, Joe, who appear to understand my thinking and motivation better than I do…

  16. Kevin June 3, 2016 at 2:48 pm #

    The level of sexist abuse on this blog is alarming and it is surprising that it is simply left in place after being highlighted by a number of contributors. What is equally striking is that Jude could read the article in question, as well as reproducing it at the start of the thread, and still think that the author is called Eilish. Whether you agree or disagree with her, it is not difficult to establish that her name is Eilis O’Hanlon. This has been a shabby episode all round.

    • Jude Collins June 4, 2016 at 9:11 am #

      I stand corrected, Kevin. Grma. Don’t know where that extra ‘h’ sprang from…

      • Perkin Warbeck June 4, 2016 at 9:57 am #

        Esteemed Blogmeister, you must be truly in a quandary
        Re who to include / exclude from your l. for the laundry
        Would Misogyny from that list
        Aka Ole Oyster Eyes,be missed ?
        Please include in the tumbledrier, the towncrier Misandry !