June, 2016

IS GUINNESS REALLY GOOD FOR YOU? by Liam Ó Murchadha

Those who attended the April 2015 lectures by Professor Ruán O’Donnell of Limerick University (including lectures given at O’Lunney’s in New York City, and in the Hibernian Hall in Verplanck) should remember that Professor O’Donnell (author of Patrick Pearse in the 16 Lives series of biographies of those executed in the aftermath of the 1916 Easter Rising) mentioned Guinness […]

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‘ Parental Misguidance’ by Jessica McGrann

  During the conflict, I saw plenty of kids dressed in military fatigues often parading with republican bands.  Their parents were republicans often in the IRA and they too would follow suit and go through the Fianna or the youth wing of the republican movement and into the IRA. Today, the conflict has been over […]

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Michelle and Martin: a move each, while unionism watches

Two Sinn Féin members of the Executive made the news yesterday. The new Health minister, Michelle O’Neill, announced the end of the ban on blood donation by gay men. The Deputy First Minister, Martin McGuinness, visited the site of the Battle of the Somme and laid a wreath there. Were both moves welcomed? Certainly not […]

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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!

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Five things I wish I’d said on Nolan last night

    The Boys’ Brigade was just one of a number of organisations that developed in Victorian and Edwardian Britain. Their avowed aim was to produce “manly Christians”, but the line between being a Christian and being a soldier tended to get blurred. Hence the emphasis on drills, inspections, obedience, rank, uniforms, etc. The leaders […]

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IS ROSITA BOLAND REALLY NECESSARY? by Donal Kennedy

    Well may you ask “Who is Rosita Boland?” and “What is she good for?” She’s awfully pleased with herself for asking the question in THE IRISH TIMES  – “IS IRISH REALLY NECESSARY?” . She’s a bit of a fixture at the paper I think of as “THE STRUMPET CITY CARRIER”, many of whose staff I […]

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