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In a multiple-choice reality, Trump and Johnson are the new normal. Don’t think it can’t happen here, writes Donal O’Keeffe. There’s an ancient...

Don’t believe the hype: not a penny has been secured to...

€350,000 will be spent on yet another report on the badly damaged Fermoy Weir, and not a penny has been found to repair it....

James Deeny: The doctor who saved hundreds of Bessborough babies’ lives

Dr James Deeny defied Church and State in 1940s Ireland to temporarily close Cork’s Bessborough mother and baby home. The subsequent drop in the...

Attacking asylum-seekers won’t do forgotten-but-not-gone Noel Grealish any harm

Appealing to Irish voters’ basest, racist instincts usually pays electoral dividends, says Donal O’Keeffe.  Like most of the country, I had quite forgotten...

Doctor Who author Terrance Dicks, favourite writer to (re)generations of children

By Donal O’Keeffe Terrance Dicks passed away last week, and for a while when I was small, he was...

Is Pope Francis doddery, or is he just a complete spoofer?

Exactly what, and exactly when, did the Pope know about institutional abuse in Ireland? By Donal O’Keeffe. I wouldn’t usually spend lunchtime waiting on a call...

Picture perfect: along the Blackwater with Pat Quinlan

(All photographs courtesy of Pat Quinlan)  Fermoy-based photographer Pat Quinlan has become a big hit on Facebook. Donal O’Keeffe caught up with him for a...

The very least we owe the Bessborough Babies is their names

by Donal O'Keeffe “We need to name these babies,” Catherine Corless told me, “so people can know who they were, and how they...

Catherine Corless: “I hope Cork people will show solidarity by visiting...

With over 800 babies missing from Bessborough, the timing of a UCC art exhibition honouring all who suffered in Ireland’s Magdalene Laundries, mother and...

What’s in a place name? Drawing circles on John Creedon’s atlas

John Creedon is back on the road, and his latest TV show is uniquely suited to his interests. He chats with Donal O’Keeffe about...

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