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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...
“Okay, Martin, ready to play ‘Isn’t Leo Brilliant For Going After Social Welfare Recipient Scum’?” “Ready Bob!” “If someone is claiming social welfare, are they thieving layabouts robbing us all of potential tax cuts for people who vote Fine Gael?” “That’d...
“Grace cut a sad figure in a wretched state who was voiceless, dirty and whose only possession was a child’s toy which she held on to for dear life. “Her treatment was not just shocking, but a scandal” The president of...

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