TONGUE TWISTERS – AND OTHER TWISTERS by Donal Kennedy

Fourteen months ago I suffered a minor stroke which knocked the stuffing out of me and dispelled my belief that I was still a teenager. I’d had intimations of this, needing hearing aids, and sometimes forgetting where I’d put them, when they were still in my ears and the batteries had gone flat. And I […]

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Looking over my shoulder at 2018

Looking back on a year, there’s a tendency to think of events that happened. But most of the time events are created by people. So with that in mind, here is my 2018 list of event-steering people I could happily have done without. 1.Nigel Farage.  Mr Farage projects himself as a cheerful chappie. And is […]

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Did Jesus Laugh? by Joe McVeigh

Sometimes Jesus is portrayed in books and films and in most drawings and paintings as a very serious and gloomy person -not really much fun to be around. I think that is a pity. True, there are not many references to his sense of humour in the gospels but from what we can gather from […]

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WHATEVER HAPPENED TO JAMES CASEMENT and MICHAEL SMITH – TWO LIKELY LADS WITH UNLIKELY STORIES? by Donal Kennedy

You may recall my Blog “Fairy Tales more Funny than Grimm” which arose from a report in London’sIRISH POST about Frank Foley of MI6 being commemorated by the unveiling of his statue by Prince William. The justification for this honour was Foley’s alleged risking of his own life to snatch Jews from the clutches of the Nazis […]

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Free speech: we live in enlightened times, right?

We like to  think we live in enlightened times. Things which were acceptable in previous ages – slavery, racism, sending children up chimneys to clean them, treating women as possessions – have all happily been, for the most part, overturned. We also have freedom of speech today: you can voice your views on anything you […]

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SOLOHEAD by Donal Mahon Kennedy

In 968 AD a kinsman of mine, King Mahon of Thomond defeated at Solohead the forces of the Danish King Ivar of Limerick. Mahon was son of Cinneide, or in Sacs-Beurla “Kennedy.”  They were rough times and armed men faced other armed men and killed one another. Historians and moralists may tut-tut about our rude ancestors while noting 165  General Practitioners […]

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Ruth Dudley Edwards: a brain to be reckoned with

Now that Stephen Hawking has left us, the hunt is on for an intellect of comparable size to shine its light and lead the rest of us dullards through the minefield of Life. You may say “There’s only one Stephen Hawking” and you’d be right. But be of good cheer. His successor in the brain […]

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LACUNAE – IMMEDIATE AND HISTORICAL by Donal Kennedy

The Pocket Oxford Dictionary defines a Lacuna as “a gap in a manuscript where some part has been lost or obliterated ,(or a) missing link in a chain of argument or any series. “ Lacunae is its plural. God Forgive me, but I bought a copy of today’s Irish Independent, which I didn’t much like […]

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