Death of Otelo de Carvalho

Death of Otelo de Carvalho

Otelo Saraiva de Carvalho, who led Portugal’s ‘Carnation’ Revolution in 1974 died this week at the age of 84, at the Military Hospital in Lisbon. On 25 April 1974 Carvalho who’d been an army officer serving in Portugal’s colonies, fighting the MPLA in Angola and...

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The Refugees

The Refugees

My friend and German translator, Jörg Rademacher, sent me two (bilingual) books on refugees and displacement. The Austrian composer Ernst Krenek’s novella, The Three Overcoats of Anton K., influenced by The Trial, is a Kafkaesque nightmare about a trapped man living...

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The Hard Crowd

The Hard Crowd

My review of Rachel Kusner's book of essays, The Hard Crowd, was published in last Saturday's Arts Section of the Irish Examiner. Here it is: THE title derives from lyrics of a Cream song, White Room: ‘At the party she was kindness in the hard crowd.’ It was released...

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Republican Days

Republican Days

An Phoblacht has begun a series of podcasts and I was honoured to be the first person interviewed. It was about my experiences in publicity during the struggle, first as editor of Republican News, then as editor after the merger of An Phoblacht/Republican News, and...

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People Massacred While Heath Sailed The Sea

People Massacred While Heath Sailed The Sea

I stood in front of the gates to his long driveway. The £5m house, inside a two-acre walled garden, was huge for a one-parent family (with no family), but I smirked with satisfaction at the fact that the council had forgotten to take down the sign.* When I was growing...

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‘Honest and Painful’

‘Honest and Painful’

Andrée Murphy reviews the recently published memoir, Where Grieving Begins, by former IRA Volunteer Pat Magee, with a foreword by Jo Berry whose father was killed in the Brighton Bombing. It is published by Pluto Press. Pat was sentenced to multiple terms of life...

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REVIEW – Partition by Ivan Gibbons

REVIEW – Partition by Ivan Gibbons

This is my long review of Partition - How and Why Ireland was Divided by Ivan Gibbons which appeared in the Irish Examiner, May 1, 2021. ITS one hundredth birthday falls on May 3, yet no unionist or revisionist historian has ever written a book titled, The Success of...

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A Story of Revenge

A Story of Revenge

24 April is Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day. Some years ago I wrote about one consequence of those mass killings for some of its perpetrators in my book, Rebel Columns. Here it is republished for the anniversary. A STORY OF REVENGE ‘They took everyone away… They...

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Say, Selective Vindictiveness

Say, Selective Vindictiveness

There have been several lucrative spin-offs for some of those behind the debacle that is Boston College’s Belfast Project, which included former IRA Volunteers being encouraged to incriminate themselves and old comrades on the understanding that their statements...

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Why The Moon Travels

My review of Why The Moon Travels by Oein DeBhairduin* and illustrated by Leanne McDonagh has just been published in the Irish Examiner, 30 January, 2021. Here it is; This is a lovely book: lyrical, rich, full of wit, innocence and charm. They are the retelling of...

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