The urge for change

A lot of things happen in this world because people feel that it’s time for a change. The fashion industry is the supreme example of this. If skirts are short this season, they’ll be long next season. If trousers are flared today, they’ll be skinny tomorrow. Fashion editors are practiced at catching this zeitgeist: ‘out…

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There hasn’t been mass migration to Ireland

I am not registered to vote in the current election, so my perspective is, perhaps, somewhat detached. But I certainly admired John Waters for deciding to run as an independent candidate for the constituency of Dun Laoghaire. John is from Roscommon but has lived for most of his adult life in the former port town.…

It’s all about the family

The Harry-and-Meghan saga rumbles on, and one reason for the attention it is given is that people see it as a focus for dissecting family relationships. Let’s face it: we all have complications within our family constellation. There may be a problematic uncle who seems to have let the side down. There is possibly a…

A poignant picture of past troubles

We face a difficult series of commemorations, for sure, with the centenary of those troubled times between 1920 and 1923 – the War of Independence, the Black-and-Tan war, the disputed Anglo-Irish Treaty, the Civil War. Small wonder that our elders, our grandparents and parents, said so little about those times. There were aspirations of which…

A lovely Christmas gift!

One of the most uplifting Christmas presents I received was an old cassette tape – remember those listening tapes once played on a cassette machine? Well, I still have, and use, a cassette machine. Back in the 1990s, my late nephew gave me a tape of some Dublin schoolchildren re-telling their versions of Bible stories…

Reflections on the SDLP revival

As a new party, Aontú did well in the Derry constituency of Foyle for the UK General Election: Anne McCloskey got over 2,000 votes and saw an increase in support for her party. Yet, in terms of the overall political picture, it’s surely also a welcome development that the SDLP, which had been wiped off…