April, 2019

How to stop the New IRA

This wasn’t the way it was supposed to have been. When Nancy Pelosi flew into London,  Belfast and Derry, the focus was to be on the border and the danger that the Brexiteers posed to a seamless border and the peace. Instead, the media spotlight swung away and focused on the death of a young […]

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Death of a journalist

We have few details of what happened during rioting in Derry last night, other than the shuddering sadness that a young journalist lost her life. But there are some things it’s reasonable to assume. The first is that Lyra’s death will give some people hope. Hope that this tragedy will drain support from the New […]

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UPLIFTING AND DOWNCASTING by Donal Kennedy

 Beautiful Cathedrals, Mosques, Synagogues, Temples and music uplift the human pirit, as their creators intended. Massive, unbeautiful edifices which inspire fear and despair often seem to have been built with those intentions. And three that I have visited I consider blasphemous. One in Paris, one in Lyons and one, a Basilica in the municipality of […]

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The man who made history happen

Didn’t Nancy Pelosi look small beside Simon Coveney yesterday? Small and waif-like, disguising the fact that if, by some tragedy,  Donald Trump and Michael Pence were to stop breathing and go to a better place, Nancy would automatically become President of the United States. It was also a bit of a nostalgia-fest to see her […]

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A boy dies

Sometimes you can feel feel faint with guilt.  Before this week, I don’t think I had ever heard of Daniel Hegarty. In 1972, he was shot twice in the head and killed by a member of the British army.  An inquest into the boy’s death in 2011 found that  he “posed no risk” at the […]

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CULTURE AND BARBARISM by Donal Kennedy

  The survival of the structure and most of the artistic and cultural treasures of Notre Dame is heartening. And listening to and watching the Parisian, other Frenchmen and women, and commentatorsfrom all over the world, was inspirational. Christians and other believers together with unbelievers and devout atheists lay claim to that Cathedral, proud to […]

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Notre Dame and other fires

It was interesting to see and hear the horror of the French people, and people throughout the world, at the news of the huge fire at Notre Dame cathedral in Paris yesterday.  Only a small number of these is likely to be Catholic, so the sense of sadness and loss clearly went beyond any religious […]

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Unrestrained joy on Palm Sunday?

It was appropriate that Tiger Woods should have won the US Masters golf tournament on Palm Sunday. Pretty well all of us know the Bible account  of how Jesus entered Jerusalem on a donkey, with the people strewing palms before it and singing the praise of the Messiah. Euphoric is as good a word as […]

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Back to the Future by Antaine De Brún

Nostalgia is certainly not what it used to be, given current controversies about the cause of the conflict in Ireland.  A disinterested observer exposed to evidence of chronic economic and social conditions in the north of Ireland prior to 1970, might wish to examine the role of the state in perpetuating the conflict, a state […]

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LAPDOG BITES BULLDOG (37) by Perkin Warbeck

SANYO DIGITAL CAMERA   A new Yawn, so,  in the life of a Yunefied Ireland, oopsy doopsy, Island. The Stretch of the Arms and the Trouser Cough will inevitably  follow the Yawn, as surely, Shirley, as  an Lá chuck-wagon follows Sioc na  hOíche. The Yunefication of Yunes North and Yunes South and the decision to […]

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