Commemoration Sunday clap-trap

  I’ve just tried to tune into BBC TV. They normally have a politics programme at this time, but today it’s missing. It’s all First World War commemoration. As a Plan B, I checked RTÉ. What do you think? Same story – all about First World War commemoration. In any of the thousands of words […]

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How to feel about the Great War

  I was going to do a blog on a figure that (I sincerely hope) is fading fast back into the world of television financial game-show: Peter Casey. I may in fact do so later. But first I must rid myself of a comment or two on how we are being brain-washed. Because have no […]

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BLOODY BALFOUR’S WACKY FAN CLUB by Donal Kennedy

Readers of the current edition of History Ireland, and its previous three editions, may have read a long article by Dennis Kennedy and the dispute in its Letters Page between himself and myself about one of his contentions – that we Irish should be so grateful to the late Lord Fitzalan, the British Viceroy for […]

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Loughinisland and the law’s delay

In his famous ‘To be or not to be’ soliloquy, Hamlet concludes that the only thing which keeps many people from killing themselves is the uncertainty of the world that might follow death. If it were not for that fear , surely people would find it impossible to put up with the injustices of this world: “Th’ […]

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