In May, Brother Skeehan has a May Altar to Our Lady. There’s a small table with a white cloth at the front of the classroom and on it sits the statue of Our Lady. Brother Skeehan stands beside it and says “Boys, who can tell me what’s missing from this altar?” “Sir, candles” says Midge Mulholland. […]
InboxWere I as learned and wise as I have been idle I could quote The Good Book in my defence – “The wisdom of a learned man comes by opportunity of leisure and he that hath little business shall become wise. How can he get wisdom that holdeth the plough, that driveth oxen,and whose talk is […]
T One hundred and twenty three years after King Richard III of England was killed at the Battle of Bosworth Field (1475) his name was comprehensively blackened in a play staged by the Lord Chamberlain’s Company in order to extol the bloody Tudor Dynasty and its the reigning Monarch, Queen Elizabeth. With the accession of […]
I have a solution for the controversy around the suggestion that the EU must have an office in Belfast. But first, Covid-19. Last week, Donald Trump told the American public he hopes, through the government’s “aggressive action”, to keep the number of Covid19 deaths in the US under 100,000 deaths. Around the 19 March, the UUP’s […]
(This blog originally appeared in the Andersonstown News) With signs that Covid-19 may have peaked, there is agitation in many quarters about opening up society and the economy again. When they do, will we be able to cope with what will confront us? There are a number of things we’ll have to get used to. One is being poorer. Some people, of […]
While on about Internationalists I should include an Irishman, goalkeeper for Belfast Celtic, who played as an Irish International in Central Europe beforeother Irishmen were suckered into playing Britain’s dirty game there in 1914. Four Decades later, as President of the FAI he welcomed the YugoslavNational Team to Dalymount Park, to the chagrin of Archbishop […]
I interviewed Damian along with Declan Fearon for my bookLaying It on the Line: the Border and Brexit some eighteen months ago. He is a leading spokesperson for Border Communities Against Brexit and as someone living close to the border, has major concerns about the different approaches to Covid-19 in the north and the south.