“Bless me, Father,” says John Creedon, leaning in as though in prayer, “It’s been one year since my last interview.” I met Creedon for a coffee in Cork’s Imperial the other day. Since I started pretending to be a...
If you’re hoping that Donald Trump will be impeached anytime soon, you’re likely to be disappointed, writes Donal O’Keeffe. “Donald Trump is not well” was the pitch-perfect response last week of journalists Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski to the US...
“They took my hair, they took my human rights, they took my clothes, they took my name, but they never took my spirit” - Mary Merritt Mary Merritt was born in 1931 to a single mother in a Dublin workhouse....
New Politics is a disaster and is damaging not just Irish politics, but almost certainly Irish democracy too, writes Donal O’Keeffe. “No matter who you vote for,” sang the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band, “the Government always gets in.” There is an...
It was still warm up on the viaduct last Saturday at dusk, and darkness was gathering behind the ruined tower of Carrickabrick Castle. Across the river, over the grassy path where trains once roared on their daily journey, away...
“Hello, hi there, and thank you for taking our call this afternoon. This is Dave from the bank.” It was Monday lunchtime and my friend – a youthful widow of seventy or so summers - hadn’t been expecting a call,...
by Donal O’Keeffe “You stitch-up scumbag!” roared the acquitted man at the prosecuting Garda. “You stitch-up bastard! I’ll get you again, you stitch-up c***”!” At the back of the courtroom in the Central Criminal Court, a 31 year old woman broke...
If so-called “pro-life” campaigners were sincere about abortion, then thousands of them would every day picket Irish ports and airports, writes Donal O’Keeffe. Imagine living in a world where “pro-life” campaigners were actually sincere in their beliefs. It’s far-fetched, I...
I was thinking of Ollie Ryan recently. This week will no doubt see a plethora of newspaper headlines saying “It was fifty years ago today”, as Friday is the fiftieth anniversary of The Beatles’ “Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”. I...
It’s three years now since I first took a drive with John Mulvihill along the boreens and byroads up towards Mountain Barracks. John works as a private contractor for Coillte, the semi-state company which manages Irish woods and forestry, patrolling...

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