‘Rock and Roll I Gave You the Best Years of My Life’

‘Rock and Roll I Gave You the Best Years of My Life’

John McMillan, an Irish writer (who lives in England), is a fairly self-effacing man who just gets on with the job in hand without fanfare. He has produced an impressive number of semi-autobiographical novels which are endearing and present little snapshots of the way...

“Water is too good for them” – Update

“Water is too good for them” – Update

RTE’s Sean O’Rourke, the subject of my post on Saturday (see below), interviewed Richard O’Rawe this morning about his new book on the late Gerry Conlon, In The Name of the Son. At the end of the interview O’Rourke then referred to the content of his Friday programme...

Buried Secrets and Brutal Truths

Buried Secrets and Brutal Truths

I watched the first two parts of Ken Burns' documentary on BBC last night,The Vietnam War, and was angry from beginning to end. Reminded me of a an article I read about twenty years ago regarding how the establishment tried to hide the truth about its dirty war but...

The Southern Partition of Ireland

The Southern Partition of Ireland

WHILE the discourse regarding a possible reunification of Ireland (hastened because of the implications arising from Brexit) has increased in tenor, so too it appears has been a re-doubling of attempts by the establishment and media in the Twenty Six Counties to...

The Beliefs of Mahatma Taylor

The Beliefs of Mahatma Taylor

Today’s Irish News carries a story, headlined "Lord Kilclooney says nationalists ‘are not equal’ to unionists". Taylor told the newspaper, that a unionist majority meant nationalists could not claim equality – though they were entitled to equality of opportunity....

Staying On by Paul Scott

Staying On by Paul Scott

Finished reading again, for the third time, one of my favourite novels, Staying On by Paul Scott. It was published in 1977 (when it won the Booker Prize), a year before Scott’s death at the age of fifty seven from colon cancer. Set in 1972 it tells the story of...

Married Quarters by Shane Connaughton

Married Quarters by Shane Connaughton

Every now and then you come across an Irish novel where the language and the storytelling are in such harmony as to reach the pitch of perfection. The writing is fluent and confident and you bond immediately with the story from the first page, entering into the...

One Is The Loneliest Number

One Is The Loneliest Number

Writing in today’s Irish Times Fintan O’Toole attacks Gerry Adams for accurately quoting the Belfast Agreement. Fintan is concerned to emphasise that even if a majority in favour of unity emerges in the North it will still have to get past a referendum in the...

Morning Cloud, Internment Morning

Morning Cloud, Internment Morning

On this day in 1971 the British army and the RUC were preparing for tomorrow’s dawn raids into nationalist areas across the North, to make arrests, interrogate and intern hundreds of people even though all of the first fatalities and bombings of the Troubles/Conflict...

SDLP Writes Fitt Out Of Its History

SDLP Writes Fitt Out Of Its History

Last month, a new documentary film, In the Name of Peace: John Hume in America, was shown at the 29th Galway Film Fleadh. Subsequent discussions resulted in some SDLP members and supporters resorting to an old refrain that Sinn Féin had written John Hume out of recent...