Ha-hah! Alan Partridge’s strained relations with Ireland

If you watched This Time with Alan Partridge on BBC1 last week, there’s a good chance you’re still humming “Come Out Ye Black and...

Demolition at Bessborough just one further insult to families and survivors

Looking at the ploughed-up earth where some believe the Bessborough babies are buried, it's hard to see this as anything but a further insult...

Brexit: A Tory breakdown that has poisoned far more than just...

These days, only a fool would write about Brexit or British politics even a day in advance, let alone almost a week out. So...

Fermoy Weir: a handy cut-out-and-keep guide

(A conversation I have several times a week, by Donal O’Keeffe) So what’s happening with the weir in Fermoy? Did ye make any progress? Are...

After a millennium of paedophile priests, a friend of the Devil...

Pope Francis says those who constantly criticise the Catholic Church are “friends of the Devil”. Seeing what some of the lads working for Jesus...

Fermoy Weir: questions to be answered, answers to be questioned

Could flood relief works on O’Neill Crowley Quay have caused the recent collapse of the southern mill-race wall of Fermoy Weir? Surely the weir’s...

“The atrocities helped clear the air” – Brexit thoughts on Ireland

It’s a cold, damp morning in London, and the Palace of Westminster is festooned in scaffolding. At the gates stand seven hardy Brexit supporters,...

One Horse Pony at the Franciscan Well

If you venture through the archway to Cork’s Franciscan Well of a Monday evening, you’ll likely hear One Horse Pony as you enter the...

Every opportunity to save Fermoy weir squandered

Every chance local officials and representatives had to repair Fermoy Weir, the buck was passed and the can was kicked. Spare us the hand-wringing...

Tuam Babies: Stay With Me

A new Dublin exhibition honours the 796 Tuam Babies, and their families and survivors. Donal O’Keeffe attended last week’s launch. Mary’s Child And they brought Jesus...

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