CRUEL DEEDS

CRUEL DEEDS

My review of Catherine Kirwan’s new novel, set in Cork, was published earlier by the Irish Examiner. Here it is. What I loved about this fast-paced crime novel was the intimacy of the narration: our access to the rationale, doubts, and suspicions of Cork...
The Daily Operation of Revolution

The Daily Operation of Revolution

Joe Dwyer, Sinn Féin’s representative in Britain, based in the party’s London Office, reviews veteran republican Maire comerford’s memoir, edited by Hilary Dully.* I first discovered Máire Comerford when I was probably fifteen or sixteen and first watched Kenneth...
Remembering A Past

Remembering A Past

In this personal piece Ciarán Quinn, Sinn Féin Representative for North America, responding to reports of British Government plans to produce an ‘official’ history of the conflict, explains the importance of remembering all that happened in the past and...
‘Best Catholics in the World…’

‘Best Catholics in the World…’

My review of Derek Scally’s book, The Best Catholics in the World was published in last Saturday’s Irish Examiner, 9 October. Here it is: That old Latin phrase, Corruptio optimi pessima (the corruption of the best is the worst of all) explains the...
Old Friends

Old Friends

Behind West Belfast sits Black Mountain. Hardly a towering elevation it is round with no discernible peak. Yet to locals it is an intimate friend, embracing and mystically comforting, from one’s childhood through to old age. It is loved. It is beautiful and charming...
THE ART OF LISTENING

THE ART OF LISTENING

Ciaran Quinn is the Sinn Féin Representative to North America. Here he reviews Northern Protestants on Shifting Ground by Susan McKay. -oo0oo- Susan McKay’s book is a master class in the art of listening and a damning indictment of the failure of dialogue.* The book...