Knowing about Pearse: does it matter?

Knowing your country’s history, past or contemporary: I sometimes wonder if it matters. There’s a famous case of a youngster at comprehensive school in the 1960s, who at fifteen years of age couldn’t tell an inspector the name of the prime minister of the day (Harold Wilson). This was held up as a damning example […]

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The UTV debate: a sheep in sheep’s clothing

Love hurts, and so did the leaders’ debate on UTV last night. Afterwards, Ken Reid strove mightily to talk it up as a flame to the blue touch-paper of the election but nah – nowhere near. It ranged from painful to impressive but never fiery…Oh, OK. The bit where Robinson told Elliott ‘That is a […]

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The UTV debate: a sheep in sheep’s clothing

Love hurts, and so did the leaders’ debate on UTV last night. Afterwards, Ken Reid strove mightily to talk it up as a flame to the blue touch-paper of the election but nah – nowhere near. It ranged from painful to impressive but never fiery…Oh, OK. The bit where Robinson told Elliott ‘That is a […]

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Don’t say that, Maggie Ritchie

I’m disappointed in the SDLP. Well no, not the SDLP – more Maggie Ritchie. She’s on record in the Irish Times this morning as being cheesed off with the ‘sham focus’ on whether Martin McGuinness could become First Minister after the May Assembly elections. I always thought Maggie wanted to form closer links with her […]

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Don’t say that, Maggie Ritchie

I’m disappointed in the SDLP. Well no, not the SDLP – more Maggie Ritchie. She’s on record in the Irish Times this morning as being cheesed off with the ‘sham focus’ on whether Martin McGuinness could become First Minister after the May Assembly elections. I always thought Maggie wanted to form closer links with her […]

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Cardinal Sean Brady, null points

I’ve never met Cardinal Sean Brady but he seems a nice man. They say he was a handy Gaelic footballer in his day, which also suggests a core of quality. But his declared intention to attend the wedding of Wills and Katie make me want to weep for the future of the Catholic Church in […]

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Cardinal Sean Brady, null points

I’ve never met Cardinal Sean Brady but he seems a nice man. They say he was a handy Gaelic footballer in his day, which also suggests a core of quality. But his declared intention to attend the wedding of Wills and Katie make me want to weep for the future of the Catholic Church in […]

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John O’Dowd, Stephen Nolan and some VERY funny people

It’s terrible when you have to eat your words. There was me yesterday saying Ruth Dudley Edwards was my favourite comedian and now today I have to take that back. My favourite comedians are in fact all those unionist-inclined people who piled onto Facebook and other sites in reaction Stephen Nolan’s interview this morning with […]

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John O’Dowd, Stephen Nolan and some VERY funny people

It’s terrible when you have to eat your words. There was me yesterday saying Ruth Dudley Edwards was my favourite comedian and now today I have to take that back. My favourite comedians are in fact all those unionist-inclined people who piled onto Facebook and other sites in reaction Stephen Nolan’s interview this morning with […]

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Ruth Dudley Edwards, I think I love you…

I’ve felt even lazier than usual today because yesterday I drove to the K-Club in Kildare and ran in the BHAA 10K race. Yes, we running scruff were kept well away from the glitterati. They probably didn’t want us to suffer from seeing them suffer in their £350-a-night accommodation. What’s that? Well yes, I did […]

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