Author Jude Collins

Ending Up in Irish

We had our final Irish class of the year last Tuesday. Since last September I’ve been travelling over to Ionad Uibh Eachach, off the Falls Road, with my friends Hugh and Dessie. They’re in their seventies, I’m in my sixties, and I’d like to think that our presence in the Beginners’ Class for Irish is […]

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Ending Up in Irish

We had our final Irish class of the year last Tuesday. Since last September I’ve been travelling over to Ionad Uibh Eachach, off the Falls Road, with my friends Hugh and Dessie. They’re in their seventies, I’m in my sixties, and I’d like to think that our presence in the Beginners’ Class for Irish is […]

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Hold out your hand, you naughty Minister

I note that fair-minded organ The Irish News is gunning for Caitriona Ruane, the Education Minister. The timing of the attack is of course totally coincidental and nothing to do with the fact that there’s a European election coming up in a couple of weeks’ time. Caitriona has made the mistake of taking her daughter […]

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Hold out your hand, you naughty Minister

I note that fair-minded organ The Irish News is gunning for Caitriona Ruane, the Education Minister. The timing of the attack is of course totally coincidental and nothing to do with the fact that there’s a European election coming up in a couple of weeks’ time. Caitriona has made the mistake of taking her daughter […]

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They get simply the best

It’s odd the people who sometimes point the way to an obvious but ignored truth. If you haven’t been deafened by the yelps of indignation from the newspapers (take a particularly deep bow, Daily Telegraph) and other media sources about MPs and their expenses, then you must be doing something very, very absorbing (and probably […]

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They get simply the best

It’s odd the people who sometimes point the way to an obvious but ignored truth. If you haven’t been deafened by the yelps of indignation from the newspapers (take a particularly deep bow, Daily Telegraph) and other media sources about MPs and their expenses, then you must be doing something very, very absorbing (and probably […]

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New Guy on the God Spot

The Church of England has got the wind up, or at least the Archbishop of Canterbury has. He’s got nervy, as have lots of Anglicans and other Christian faiths, because Aaqil Ahmed has been appointed head of religious broadcasting by the BBC. And of course now you know why – that name is a bit […]

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New Guy on the God Spot

The Church of England has got the wind up, or at least the Archbishop of Canterbury has. He’s got nervy, as have lots of Anglicans and other Christian faiths, because Aaqil Ahmed has been appointed head of religious broadcasting by the BBC. And of course now you know why – that name is a bit […]

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