You’re late? Piss off.

That story of the flight attendant who grabbed a couple of beer,  shouted he’d had enough of flight attending and being insulted by the public, then activated the emergency chute and slid down it to disappear over the horizon…What a guy, eh? A free spirit,  fed up with the ugly, complaining, never-satisfied public. No wonder […]

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Call me Paddy…

I spent yesterday evening switching between the Ireland vs Argentina game  on Sky and the England vs Hungary one on ITV. Neither game seized me by the throat  (I missed both Gerard goals) but the Sky Sports commentator managed to nudge me away from the Ireland game he was covering and towards the England game. […]

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Call me Paddy…

I spent yesterday evening switching between the Ireland vs Argentina game  on Sky and the England vs Hungary one on ITV. Neither game seized me by the throat  (I missed both Gerard goals) but the Sky Sports commentator managed to nudge me away from the Ireland game he was covering and towards the England game. […]

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There was this Kerryman…

So there was this Kerryman whose daughter was visiting from England…You’ve probably heard about it. The daughter, a British soap opera actor, had modeled in an England football team shirt. Her father’s reaction was to tell her she was a Protestant bastard.  The daughter told this anecdote on an RTE talk show, prompting the host  to […]

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There was this Kerryman…

So there was this Kerryman whose daughter was visiting from England…You’ve probably heard about it. The daughter, a British soap opera actor, had modeled in an England football team shirt. Her father’s reaction was to tell her she was a Protestant bastard.  The daughter told this anecdote on an RTE talk show, prompting the host  to […]

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Do you now or have you ever condemned…

I’m not sure you’ll want to read this blog today. You see, the truth is, I haven’t condemned what happened at Auschwitz during the Second World War. And I haven’t condemned the annihilation of hundreds of thousands at Hiroshima and Nagasaki either.  You probably didn’t know that but now that you’ve heard, I expect you’re […]

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Do you now or have you ever condemned…

I’m not sure you’ll want to read this blog today. You see, the truth is, I haven’t condemned what happened at Auschwitz during the Second World War. And I haven’t condemned the annihilation of hundreds of thousands at Hiroshima and Nagasaki either.  You probably didn’t know that but now that you’ve heard, I expect you’re […]

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Only a game?

When I attended University College Dublin in the 1960s, the  boys from St Columb’s College, Derry used to hang around together.  They were a bright bunch but they felt a little intimidated by the free-talking southern students, especially the ones from Dublin. So they (and include me, alas) used to gather at the radiator inside […]

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Only a game?

When I attended University College Dublin in the 1960s, the  boys from St Columb’s College, Derry used to hang around together.  They were a bright bunch but they felt a little intimidated by the free-talking southern students, especially the ones from Dublin. So they (and include me, alas) used to gather at the radiator inside […]

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Good fences make good neighbours…

As a youngster I was fascinated by the philosophical notion of what is necessary before you can have an event. For example, if a tree falls in the forest and there’s no one there to hear it, is there any noise? I thought of this yesterday as I was attacking the hedge between me and […]

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