WHAT THE DEVIL IS FIANNA FÁIL FOR? by Donal Kennedy

 According to THE TIMES OF LONDON the General Election of 1918, in so far as it affected Irish Constituencies, was regarded on all sides as a plebiscite. The paper grudgingly conceded that Sinn Fein, which contested the election,won by a landslide. There are still today newspaper pundits and professors of history who would deny, but […]

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‘Ireland 2037’ by Joe McVeigh

  Recently, a Sunday paper, the Sunday Business Post, carried a feature in their magazine, ‘Envisaging Ireland 20 Years from Today’. They invited eleven people from the world of business, disability, media, politics, and education to respond. The replies were interesting and some were imaginative. For some Automation was going to bring great changes. Work will […]

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THE LIBERAL EDUCATION OF PAUL GALLAGHER by Donal Kennedy

Impressed with Paul Gallagher’s CV, I decided to google Castleknock College, his alma mater, where he made his disparaging remarks on the 1916 leaders. As he is a Kerryman, I thought he might be a spiritual love child of Bishop Moriarty or a descendant of an  actual love child of the anti-Fenian prelate. Castleknock’s website […]

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Donald Trump and transAtlantic violence

Let’s start a damp Wednesday with a few dry-as-gunpowder questions.   Do Irish nationalists and republicans admire the various rebellions over the centuries against British rule in Ireland?  Such occasions as the 1798 United Irishmen’s rebellion, the Young Irelanders’ rebellion of 1848, the Easter Rising of 1916? The reasonably safe answer to all of that […]

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PAUL GALLAGHER AND THE EASTER RISING by Donal Kennedy

I’ve just discovered comments by Paul Gallagher reported in the Irish Times of the 17th May and I decided to check his CV before commenting. He’s a relatively young man, born in 1955, and the CV is impressive. He is a former Fianna Fáil Attorney General, a Senior Counsel, a Bencher of the Kings’s Inns, […]

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THE WAGES OF SIN CAN BE TAX FREE! by Donal Kennedy

   I have scores of books by or about journalists, acquired secondhand and cheaply. I won’t say I got them for a song, though I imagine I might have had some heavy tomes thrown at me for my musical efforts. As it happens the book “Shooting History -a personal journey” is by a former Chorister, […]

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BEGIN   the   BEGUINE by Perkin Warbeck

  The Great American Songbook, as most cultural commentators will assert, was largely the product of the Jewish woof in the American warp. One of the notable note-perfect exceptions to this rule of strum and who brought his own, erm, Waspish buzz to the songbook was, of course: -Cole Porter. He was the Wasp who […]

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Jonathan Steele at the Féile

I’ve written before about the Féile an Phobail’s ability to produce speakers and catch public interest, not just through focusing on Irish matters, but on matters well beyond our shores.  I was at one of them last week. A wet coming we had of it. I had a passenger who was in a wheel-chair, and […]

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