Author Jude Collins

TV Review: Sean Ó Riada

                           Sean Ó Riada was a great man for reading, his son tells us on NATIONWIDE (RTÉ ONE). He would go “to the jacks” and sit there for an hour, just him and a book. He did his composing at night when the children were in bed.  He never used the piano or a musical […]

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Shhh! Don’t tell Jeffrey…

This blog originally appeared as a column in the Andersonstown News Sensible politicians and pundits regularly scold us for being fixated on flags and emblems, even (God bless the mark!) on a border poll.  It would be better, they tell us, if were to focus on  ‘bread-and-butter’ issues (cue John Hume’s father telling his wide-eyed son that he couldn’t eat a flag). So what is […]

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Does it pay to tell the truth?

Are you familiar with Professor Kathleen Stock? She teaches at the University of Sussex and has recently published a book in which she questions the notion that gender identity is more “socially significant” than biological sex. That’s when the roof fell in on her. An anonymous campaign was mounted at the university, accusing her of […]

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