modern history


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...

Everything is Connected: Rhiannon Giddens


          From The Uncle Travelling Paul Collection: For winter in Berlin, a Spring Manor House party in England, a Summer wedding in Italy, Cherry Blossom season in Hiroshima   My husband, known in the family as “Uncle Travelling Paul” has a large...

CASUS BELLI


“Casus Belli”an act or situation that provokes or justifies a war. 2003. In a London cafe, Keith Nearing the anti-hero of Martin Amis’ novel “The Pregnant Widow” is reading The Times; reading about the ‘axis of evil’ war, the war purportedly provoked –  but more...

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...

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...

Gloves and OJ Simpson


On the night of June 12/13th 1994, we were staying with friends in the hills above Santa Monica.  After supper I sat on the low stone wall behind the swimming pool and looked down over the twinkling dark bowl of West L.A. communities. Suddenly, and...