Author Jude Collins

Crowning Joe: don’t undersell yourselves, lads

Time, I found, got jumbled. Was it yesterday or two days ago that I saw Joe, with tears literally running down his cheeks, speaking of a military base or something being named after his dead son Beau? And it was almost definitely the same occasion where Joe told how people were saying he always quotes […]

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BICENTENARY NOT TO BE NEGLECTED by Donal Kennedy

On 12 August this year it will be exactly 200 years since King George IV set his two feet in Ireland. It was his 59th birthday. No great feat you may think. But he was the first claimant to the thrones of England, Scotland and Ireland, or the throne of the United Kingdom to visit […]

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TV review: Martin McGuinness

This review first appeared in The Andersonstown News Ian Paisley Jr got one of the opening remarks in MARTIN McGUINNESS (TG4) “When people say to me ‘Why did you make those arrangements with the former terrorist Martin McGuinness?’  I say ‘The word ‘former’”. This was a detailed 90-minute look at the former Deputy First Minister, from a personal and a political perspective. […]

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Jab and Go? by Fra Hughes

As the Covid 19 pandemic literally works its way through our society we have many people, governments and institutions, pressing for full vaccination. From the podium, in London, Dublin and Belfast, we hear the mantra, stay at home, follow the guidelines, socially distance and wait for the vaccine. I agree with this. While I have […]

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Fr . Sean McManus’s Statement on Death of Norman Houston

The Irish National Caucus is deeply sorry about the death of Norman Houston, former Director of the NI Bureau  in Washington, DC.  Norman was a good and dedicated diplomat and public servant. I guess the most important thing we say about others is not what we say on their death, but what we say to them while they are living. […]

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What did Martin Luther King stand for?

Today is Martin Luther King day.  It was established in 1986 and was seen as a breakthrough of sorts: that US citizens of all colours, especially white, would publicly acknowledge the importance of this man who, let’s not forget, was killed for being what he was. The online newspaper The Canary  has a piece on […]

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COLM TOIBIN WRITES SOME FINE FICTION by Donal Kennedy

His “BROOKLYN” is a good example. And he impressed me when he was interviewed on the BBC’s “Desert  Island Discs.” But fiction dressed as journalism does not become him. The SUNDAY TIMES (January 17) gives him almost a full broadsheet page, and, I imagine, a decent sum of money, to vent his spleen on the Catholic Church […]

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THE MURDER OF PATRICE LUMUMBA by Donal Kennedy

As I write this (on Saturday January 16) BBC 2 is screening THE NUN’S STORY, starring Audrey Hepburn, made in 1959. I remember seeing queues of women in O’Connell Street waiting to watch it in the Metropole. It was set in the Belgian Congo, where over 50 years earlier Roger Casement had travelled and reported […]

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