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, most of them of retirement age, all holding aloft what appear to be homemade placards. CLEAN...
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 glass-panelled door, writes Donal O’Keeffe. There’s a real feeling of history here, as you step off...
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 now, writes Donal O’Keeffe. I was front page news once, and I didn’t like it one...
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 to Calvary Mary to the laundry Both were crucified One with whips, thorns and nails the other with indifference humiliated,...
As Doctor Who actor Tom Baker turns 85, Donal O’Keeffe salutes the man who was probably – with apologies to all the others - the definitive Doctor. On June 8, 1974, viewers of Doctor Who saw the mysterious alien adventurer...
The project 'Fermoy Becoming A Cleaner Town' has transformed the town into a tidier, cleaner, and friendlier place, writes Donal O’Keeffe. I had a cup of coffee with Paul Kavanagh in Fermoy’s Heron Café two Sundays before Christmas. The café...
“I have found that it is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folks that keep the darkness at bay. Small acts of kindness and love.” – Sometimes attributed to JRR Tolkien, but written by Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens and...
It’s a funny thing for a man of my age to admit to having a favourite comic-book, but at this stage there’s little point pretending I don’t, writes Donal O’Keeffe. “If you could just lie on the floor, covered in...
Still he sings an empire song Still he keeps his navy strong And he sticks his flag where it ill belongs Old England is dying Hothouse Flowers played the Ray D’Arcy Show the other day, and they performed a characteristically heartfelt and freewheeling...
By Donal O’Keeffe Imagine the scene. A rape trial. A young woman says she met a man at a nightclub and they kissed. She says she was drunk and he offered to walk her home. When they got to her place,...

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