Author Jude Collins

Class War 

This is the second review sent to me by a former classmate. Bain sult as –  Enjoy CLASS WAR A teacher’s diary 320pp. Biteback. £16.99. Anonymous Anonymous is at the end of his tether. After a quarter of a century teaching at a woefully underfunded secondary state school in Northern Ireland, he shares his jaded reflections, in diary-entry form, on the six months leading up to his drafting of a […]

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THE ARISTOCRACY OF TALENT

An interesting book review sent to me with a brief comment by a former classmate (NOT ‘old  classmate’) now living in Switzerland… Is he right? ‘ Some years ago a cousin in Derry told us a thug from up the street went into their corner shop, picked up a sandwich and walked out, eating it. When the lady owner protested she was told to “F- off”. They said most […]

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Jeffrey and Micheál: feeling each other’s pain?

Jeffrey Donaldson was born in 1962, Micheál Martin in 1960. Looking at them, Martin seems somehow older – another generation from Donaldson.  Maybe that’s because Micheál has considerably less hair on his head. But both are the same political age. Micheál became a full-time politician when he was elected to Cork Corporation in 1985; Jeffrey […]

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American Brexit Committee letter

AMERICAN BREXIT COMMITTEE 1919 CHESTNUT ST, SUITE 1724 PHILADELPHIA, PA 19103 John M. Corcoran Esq, Chairman Michael J. Cummings, Secretary September 9, 2021 Mr. Mike Donilon Sr. Advisor to the President Executive Office of the President The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington, D. C. 20500 Dear Mr. Donilon: The American Brexit Committee consists […]

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TV Review: When Tyrone met Kerry

This TV review first appeared in The Andersonstown News I’d have put money on Kerry winning last Saturday’s All-Ireland Football semi-final (RTÉ TWO), only for two restraining features: the bookies were giving odds of 1-7 on a Kerry triumph, and I’m a Tyrone man. So it was with some nervousness I settled in front of my TV at the weekend.  This is going […]

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THE QUIET MAN returns to CONG – by Perkin Warbeck

1 2 3 4 5 6 ‘The Quiet Man’ was shot  in Cong, County Mayo the same year that Mayo last shot the lights out by winning the Sam Maguire Cup: 1951. Uncle Sam, simultaneously,  was busily engaged in catigating  the locals  in Korea as a criminal shower of Calbans .. Is there a portent […]

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