Author Jude Collins

Thank God we’re surrounded by water

I don’t want to tear you away from your TV screen which at this moment is giving generous coverage to the Armagh service ‘marking’ 100 years of partition. But there are other things happening in the world as well. In Wales, for example. Like every other half-rational country, Wales is worried about the climate crisis […]

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TV review: Cheap Irish Houses

This blog first appeared as a TV review in the Andersonstown News The South’s housing situation is a very touchy subject these days, with well over 8,000 people homeless. But never say RTÉ flinched away from a challenge. In the series CHEAP IRISH HOUSES (RTÉ ONE) Maggie Molloy travels throughout the South to locate houses that are cheap (and therefore in bad need of repair) for […]

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Trying out unionist shoes

OK – putting yourself in someone else’s shoes, especially if that someone else is not quite your best mate, can be hard. Different folks, different feet. But sometimes the hard thing can be the good thing. So let’s put ourselves in a unionist politician’s shoes and look at the dreaded Protocol. Tying up the laces […]

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CARDINAL LOGUE, A CATHOLIC HANGMAN AND THE VICAR OF BRAY – by Donal Kennedy

When the appointment of a Catholic Viceroy of Ireland was first mooted during the Anglo/Irish War of 1919/1921  Cardinal Logue’s response was reported around the world – “I WOULD AS SOON HAVE A CATHOLIC HANGMAN” Within about a year the Irish hierarchy accepted as legitimate the Provisional Government appointed by the British-appointed Catholic Viceroy. The […]

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