Western Stars by Bruce Springsteen - Rating 4.5 Stars “Thumb stuck out as I go I’m just travellin’ up the road Maps don’t do much for me, friend I follow the weather and the wind I’m hitch hikin’ all day...
Donal O’Keeffe travelled to Longford to meet Aaram and Meryam, a Muslim couple subjected recently to anti-immigrant abuse, who are delighted that so many people have visited their shop to tell them they are welcome in Ireland. I drove up...
Dear Dr Byrne, I write to congratulate Inland Fisheries Ireland on the cancellation of Fermoy Regatta, the first time in 80 years this annual sporting event has not gone ahead. Thanks to IFI, Fermoy’s Blackwater is now a river fit...
Private firms have profited in the hundreds of millions of Euro from keeping human beings in misery, and you and I are paying dearly for it, writes Donal O’Keeffe. Since Direct Provision was introduced in 2000, some €1.2 billion has...
It’s that time in the five-year cycle when local and European candidates suddenly remember the electorate. In Fermoy, voters should ask politicians how they intend to protect almost a millennium’s worth of history, and to safeguard the town’s future,...
The Oireachtas Public Petitions Committee can’t repair Fermoy Weir, but perhaps it can hold to account those who have endangered it, actively or by neglect, writes Donal O’Keeffe. There was a moment in the Grand Hotel, not long...
Fool that I am, I got into an argument with some Nazis recently. It was in the wake of a cancelled right-wing rally in Cork, and maybe 30 or 40 people were gathered outside the venue which had refused to...
All art is quite useless, according to Oscar Wilde. If your first instinct is to follow that line with “Turner 1775 to 1851”, then you are a person of exquisite taste and a friend of mine. But no, I’m not quoting...
The Sisters of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary stand to make untold millions from the sale of the former mother and baby home at Bessborough. Over 800 babies are missing and they may be buried...
No country is immune to the lure of the demagogue. Ireland needs to be very vigilant indeed, says Donal O’Keeffe. A friend of mine shocked me last week. She’s a woman past retirement age, deeply compassionate and hugely intelligent. She...

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