Ireland


Celebrate the Silence of the Snowflakes


      Dreams. The re-telling of which is, I am aware, of zilch interest to anyone apart from the dreamer. However, this might elicit amusement from Corkonians of the Art+Love circle; that wide but narrow clique  from the Palace and The Group via the...

“To Sarah 1999”


    To Sara, 1999 by Bill Jones Nearly sixteen years ago, you made your way into this world, calm and quiet, with none of the fuss or emergency of Sean and Nate. Mom didn’t break a sweat. When you started crawling, you strutted, hands...

Irish Dancing


    One of the most enjoyable gigs I ever covered as a journalist was the World Irish Dancing Championships when it was held in Cork. I wish I one of the 7,000 spectators along with the 1,600 competitors at Oireachtas Rince na h-Éireann 2016...

Stories From Ireland


There is an Irish writer called Kevin Barry and there is an Irish writer called Sebastian Barry and there is an Irish patriot-martyr who is also called Kevin Barry and between the lot of them, I was addled. But not any more.   In Cork...

Why I Can Say What I Darned Well Please


                                I have earned my feminist stripes. In jest,with irony, I used to facetiously remark  “How would I know/I couldn’t do that…I’m just a woman” and drew upon me the...

The Divine Comedy of Thomas Merton


  With age comes (some degree of) wisdom. I have done so many stupid things over the decades, I do not really deserve still to be alive. F’rinstance: Aged about 9, I used to get up at 5 o’clock in the morning to walk beside...

Berlinale 65, 2015. 2


    Oh the frustration! I can’t do it. I just can’t do it. The on-line booking system for tickets for the Berlin Film Festival is a mine field, a backwards and forwards relay race which ALWAYS results, when pressing the last button for payment…..in...

JESUS CHARLIE


Regarded as the dominant Irish politician of his generation, as well as the most controversial, Charles J. Haughey (1925 –2006) was first elected to Dáil Eirean (the Irish Parliament) in 1957 and was re-elected representing Dublin constituencies in every subsequent election until 1992.  His career...

Jimmy MacCarthy (et al)


    Yesterday we left Cork to return to France after ten days in Ireland over Easter. I’m always sad to leave, but yesterday I was desolé because Jimmy (“Ride On”) MacCarthy was playing a concert last night in the Cork Opera House. I’ve been...

Lá Fhéile Bríde, the Feast Day of St Brigid


This morning’s Facebook post: “Lá Fhéile Bríde.  Traditionally in Ireland, the day to cut the first furrow.  Brigid was some Biddy….patron of women, farm animals, children and artists, artisans and poetry.  Along with Queen Maeve, she is one of our first feted feminists, famous most...