Author Jude Collins

Shadowy figures built on built on er, um, eh…

When television was first made available, they said it would kill radio. Who’d want to just listen to people when they could listen and look at them? After all, that’s how real life works: we look at people when we’re speaking to them and we look at them when they’re replying. Except that TV didn’t […]

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You must remember this

Hands up if you remember the bad old days?  Back in the mists of time, when the only light to be seen was that of an open farm-shed with six burners going like, well, like blazes. When each Nolan show dripped out another few incriminating details that’d keep people listening to him, and the DUP […]

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CRASS MEDIA, SMEARS, POLITICAL BEGRUDGERS AND THE DUSTBIN OF HISTORY by Donal Kennedy

With few exceptions the British media have smeared the Labour Party generally  and Jeremy Corbyn particularly with anti-Semitism, a term which, if taken literally woul apply to those who hate people who speak, or whose forebears have spoken a Semitic Language. Many more people speak Arabic, a Semitic language, than Hebrew or Aramaic, ancient languages […]

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Last night ANOTHER intimidating, bullying rally…

Nothing succeeds like success,  but it has to be carefully managed. The days and weeks after a huge victory can go from euphoria to a sense of anti-climax, disappointment even. The victory flame has to be fed. Which is precisely what Sinn Féin are now doing.  They’ve had three big rallies – in Cork, Dublin […]

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AMRITSAR, SOLOHEAD AND IRELAND’S OWN by Donal Kennedy

THE TIMES of London on 24 February 1920 carried a letter penned a Mr E. Beechey at the Wellington Club, Amritsar,in the Punjab, which was reprinted in THE TIMES on Monday 24th February 2020. Mr Beechey, writing “as one who was present at the scene of the disturbances, and take some interest in the honour […]

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That SF meeting last night

The Irish Times says there were 700 people at it. RTÉ says there was 1000.  Whichever is the case, there were a lot of people at the Sinn Féin meeting in the Rochestown Park Hotel, Cork, last night. From the brief clip I saw on TV, the crowd appeared, as the commentators sometimes say, “good-humoured”. […]

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REMEMBERING THE SKIBBEREEN EAGLE?

With all the self-importance of the writers of  “THE IRISH TIMES VIEW”,  that paper once declared that it had is eye on Russia. It was long, long before my time, and I never once cast my eye on that paper, its successor, THE SOUTHERN STAR, and perhaps only half a dozen times upon the CORK […]

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Consistency can become a vice

Consistency is viewed by most people as an admirable trait. You know where you stand with people who are consistent. If someone tells you one day that they’re admirers of Tyson Fury and the next that they can’t stand the big lump, you tend to dismiss that person as a flipperdygibbet. But there’s a case […]

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