Au contraire, Mary

I was listening to Mary Kenny the other day and found myself thinking of my father. He used to tell us about the wakes they had in West Tyrone and East Donegal when he was a young man. They were social occasions, full of story-telling and laughter, and even games. One of these games involved […]

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Au contraire, Mary

I was listening to Mary Kenny the other day and found myself thinking of my father. He used to tell us about the wakes they had in West Tyrone and East Donegal when he was a young man. They were social occasions, full of story-telling and laughter, and even games. One of these games involved […]

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Peter and Cecil and Heath

You have to laugh, otherwise something inside you could snap and make a peeeeooiiiing-ing sound like a ruptured cuckoo clock in a Bugs Bunny cartoon. Peter Robinson has decided that the present system at Stormont just isn’t democratic enough and it’ll have to be improved. Why so? Because it requires Assembly members to say whether […]

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Peter and Cecil and Heath

You have to laugh, otherwise something inside you could snap and make a peeeeooiiiing-ing sound like a ruptured cuckoo clock in a Bugs Bunny cartoon. Peter Robinson has decided that the present system at Stormont just isn’t democratic enough and it’ll have to be improved. Why so? Because it requires Assembly members to say whether […]

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Speechless?

So – the British Labour Party is about to wrestle with its conscience and find that, would you believe it, it’s stronger than its conscience. Up to now Labour has refused to appear on television with the BNP, on the grounds that they’re a bunch of racists and to appear with them would be to […]

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Speechless?

So – the British Labour Party is about to wrestle with its conscience and find that, would you believe it, it’s stronger than its conscience. Up to now Labour has refused to appear on television with the BNP, on the grounds that they’re a bunch of racists and to appear with them would be to […]

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Louis and Julie

There’s a major spread in today’s ‘Sunday Tribune’ – and in quite a few other newspapers – recalling the death of Lord Mountbatten at the hands of the IRA on 27 August, 1979. Mountbatten was holidaying in Mullaghmore, Co Donegal, when the IRA blew up the boat containing him and a number of other people. […]

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Louis and Julie

There’s a major spread in today’s ‘Sunday Tribune’ – and in quite a few other newspapers – recalling the death of Lord Mountbatten at the hands of the IRA on 27 August, 1979. Mountbatten was holidaying in Mullaghmore, Co Donegal, when the IRA blew up the boat containing him and a number of other people. […]

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Say The Word

When I’m feeling in need of a laugh (and some people who’ve read my blog recently tell me I’m in serious need) I turn my thoughts to the response of some unionists when you murmur the word ‘Irish-America’. Whoooooo. They don’t like that compound word one lil bit. Or the reality behind it. The most […]

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Say The Word

When I’m feeling in need of a laugh (and some people who’ve read my blog recently tell me I’m in serious need) I turn my thoughts to the response of some unionists when you murmur the word ‘Irish-America’. Whoooooo. They don’t like that compound word one lil bit. Or the reality behind it. The most […]

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