Paddy on-stage

I remember about eight years ago seeing a Martin McDonagh play – ‘The Beauty Queen of Lenane’ – in London and thinking at the time how energetic and amusing his use of language was but how old-fashioned and caricature-ish his presentation of life in the west of Ireland was. A good laugh if you secretly […]

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Paddy on-stage

I remember about eight years ago seeing a Martin McDonagh play – ‘The Beauty Queen of Lenane’ – in London and thinking at the time how energetic and amusing his use of language was but how old-fashioned and caricature-ish his presentation of life in the west of Ireland was. A good laugh if you secretly […]

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Big Boys Remember

Last night’s ‘The Boys of St Columb’s’ on RTE television: let’s get the vested interest out of the way first. I’ve completed twenty-four interviews with former classmates and staff from St Columb’s during the 1950s and am hoping to publish them in book form sometime this year, to mark the fiftieth anniversary of our escape […]

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Big Boys Remember

Last night’s ‘The Boys of St Columb’s’ on RTE television: let’s get the vested interest out of the way first. I’ve completed twenty-four interviews with former classmates and staff from St Columb’s during the 1950s and am hoping to publish them in book form sometime this year, to mark the fiftieth anniversary of our escape […]

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Et tu, George?

Is it catching? I’m beginning to think it might be. First there was the DUP practically self-combusting in the heat of Iris’s passion and the payment of £25,000 cheques to teenage boys, then Sinn Fein and the Liam Adams affair and strenuous efforts to make it seem as if Gerry Adams was going soft on […]

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Et tu, George?

Is it catching? I’m beginning to think it might be. First there was the DUP practically self-combusting in the heat of Iris’s passion and the payment of £25,000 cheques to teenage boys, then Sinn Fein and the Liam Adams affair and strenuous efforts to make it seem as if Gerry Adams was going soft on […]

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Sieving out the scruff

The airwaves are full of much information and comment on the Transfer Test (don’t mention the 11+), with suggestions as to how it could be improved NEXT year. As someone who’s had four children pass through (and pass) the 11+, I have strong views on the subject. 1. The 11+ and related transfer tests such […]

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Sieving out the scruff

The airwaves are full of much information and comment on the Transfer Test (don’t mention the 11+), with suggestions as to how it could be improved NEXT year. As someone who’s had four children pass through (and pass) the 11+, I have strong views on the subject. 1. The 11+ and related transfer tests such […]

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Lady in Red, Doctor Blue

And the winner is…Margaret Ritchie! Step forward, little lady – you done good. Well, you stopped Alastair McDonnell becoming leader and for that a lot of hearts are grateful (mainly in the SDLP). But will Ms Ritchie be any good as leader of the SDLP? All these things are relative. Standing beside John Hume, Mark […]

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Lady in Red, Doctor Blue

And the winner is…Margaret Ritchie! Step forward, little lady – you done good. Well, you stopped Alastair McDonnell becoming leader and for that a lot of hearts are grateful (mainly in the SDLP). But will Ms Ritchie be any good as leader of the SDLP? All these things are relative. Standing beside John Hume, Mark […]

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