Author Harry McAvinchey

THE ART OF TERRORISM : PART 2

“With God on our side” The first real glimmer of the terror about to be unleashed across the land was when some school-friends arrived back to classes traumatised by scenes they’d experienced during the student Peoples Democracy march at Burntollet Bridge in the winter of 1969 . It had seemed barbaric to them. I was […]

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BIRDS OF A FEATHER

An oddly mild day in the first week of December. Inside the good wife has arrived home with a “real” ,netted Christmas tree which must mean that Christmas is on the way and preparations are afoot for the arrival of Mr Claus.The Golden Grand Daughter and her entourage are expected to arrive for the festivities, […]

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THE ART OF TERRORISM : PART 1

Some would say that the following passage of overblown , yet conceptually concise chest-beating ,is the very foundation -stone of “terrorism” in Ireland. From the early years of the 20th century ,It invokes God,subjection and blind obedience to an ethos which licenced those who believe it to solemnly pursue violence.. “BEING CONVINCED in our consciences […]

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SOME CURRENT THOUGHTS

I just switched on the radio in time to hear a woman speaking about the “law is the law” and if the evidence is there it applies across the board. Has Steven Nolan got the first Minister Arlene Foster into the studio?, I wondered .On tuning in further, I realised it was actually Jamie Bryson […]

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IN THE BLEAK MIDWINTER

Me..? Sport..? Not much interested , I’m afraid. That is probably a minority opinion, but then most of my opinions are minority opinions anyway, so I’m hardly going to worry about that , am I? I’m the kind of guy who enjoys Tom Waits’ harder- edged later” hit -that engine -block-hard -with -a-big -stick and-see […]

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PSYCHO KILLERS

Death has been on my mind these past few weeks. Sometimes ,in life , we are assaulted by death and ask ourselves will there be no let -up .There have been many deaths of iconic, cultural, populist figures in this past year ,but closer to home I have also been touched by too many departures […]

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THE CROWN

“These are people who are not used to being taken seriously,”Peter Morgan , the writer said, while referring to the Royal family. Irish Republicans , Irish nationalists, British loyalists and British Unionists could do worse than catching the new Netflix drama series “The Crown”. Don’t hang about and wonder what all the fuss is about […]

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THE BARBARIANS HAVE CRASHED THE GATES

One really great thing about the upcoming Brexit …and possibly the only great thing about it that I can actually see….is that it will provide brand new jobs for between 10,000 and 30,000 people.Where the money to pay their wages for all of this , is coming from, is something of a mystery at the […]

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THERE’S NO DUCKING THIS ONE

Let’s see now . America has just elected another President .We’re going to have a brand new leader of the free world with the unlikely name of Donald Trump. “Donald” and “Trump”. Sometimes people who worry about such things, will use the word “trump” instead of the more percussive ,and possibly more noxious, “fart” ,to […]

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SO WHAT’S NEW ?

So what’s new ? I’m in recovery mode after a literary festival in whose creation I had some initial input, which had me carousing until late in the evening for several days on the trot; rubbing shoulders with many old friends and tripping over herds of poets, writers and musicians at every turn. Old friend […]

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