Author Jude Collins

Big Boys Remember

Last night’s ‘The Boys of St Columb’s’ on RTE television: let’s get the vested interest out of the way first. I’ve completed twenty-four interviews with former classmates and staff from St Columb’s during the 1950s and am hoping to publish them in book form sometime this year, to mark the fiftieth anniversary of our escape […]

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Et tu, George?

Is it catching? I’m beginning to think it might be. First there was the DUP practically self-combusting in the heat of Iris’s passion and the payment of £25,000 cheques to teenage boys, then Sinn Fein and the Liam Adams affair and strenuous efforts to make it seem as if Gerry Adams was going soft on […]

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Et tu, George?

Is it catching? I’m beginning to think it might be. First there was the DUP practically self-combusting in the heat of Iris’s passion and the payment of £25,000 cheques to teenage boys, then Sinn Fein and the Liam Adams affair and strenuous efforts to make it seem as if Gerry Adams was going soft on […]

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Sieving out the scruff

The airwaves are full of much information and comment on the Transfer Test (don’t mention the 11+), with suggestions as to how it could be improved NEXT year. As someone who’s had four children pass through (and pass) the 11+, I have strong views on the subject. 1. The 11+ and related transfer tests such […]

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Sieving out the scruff

The airwaves are full of much information and comment on the Transfer Test (don’t mention the 11+), with suggestions as to how it could be improved NEXT year. As someone who’s had four children pass through (and pass) the 11+, I have strong views on the subject. 1. The 11+ and related transfer tests such […]

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Lady in Red, Doctor Blue

And the winner is…Margaret Ritchie! Step forward, little lady – you done good. Well, you stopped Alastair McDonnell becoming leader and for that a lot of hearts are grateful (mainly in the SDLP). But will Ms Ritchie be any good as leader of the SDLP? All these things are relative. Standing beside John Hume, Mark […]

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Lady in Red, Doctor Blue

And the winner is…Margaret Ritchie! Step forward, little lady – you done good. Well, you stopped Alastair McDonnell becoming leader and for that a lot of hearts are grateful (mainly in the SDLP). But will Ms Ritchie be any good as leader of the SDLP? All these things are relative. Standing beside John Hume, Mark […]

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Abroad thoughts from home

Back in the 1970s in Canada, I remember talking to a Winnipeg broadcaster called Bill. He was known to everyone in Winnipeg and like all celebs, would be greeted in public places by people who didn’t know him. Now it happened on one occasion that a total eclipse of the sun was best seen from […]

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Abroad thoughts from home

Back in the 1970s in Canada, I remember talking to a Winnipeg broadcaster called Bill. He was known to everyone in Winnipeg and like all celebs, would be greeted in public places by people who didn’t know him. Now it happened on one occasion that a total eclipse of the sun was best seen from […]

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Prescient or what?

And so the DUP have finally persuaded all their members to climb into the big four-poster bed called ‘Deal’. Or so we’re told. The clincher, informed sources tell me, was the saving of the Presbyterian Mutual Society savers. As it happens, I know a few Presbyterians with funds tied up in that society and more […]

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