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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,...
Perhaps, in the final analysis, Stan Lee was neither hero nor villain. Perhaps he was that most Marvel of characters, an anti-hero, writes Donal O’Keeffe. I was saddened last week to hear of Stan Lee’s passing, at the age of...
I vaguely remember from my childhood something about Ireland being the land of a hundred thousand welcomes, and something too about a crock of gold of some description, writes Donal O’Keeffe. You might have heard recently of Eric Zhi Ying...
By Donal O’Keeffe Last Sunday night saw the launch of RTÉ’s new fictional crime series, Taken Down. Set largely in a Direct Provision centre, it came in a week when a mother in Direct Provision was denied food for her...

“Words matter. Words can hurt. Words can heal. Words can empower. Words can divide.” – Michael D Higgins, in his acceptance speech on Saturday, having been re-elected president, with the greatest personal mandate in the history of the State. On...
Whether he meant to or not, presidential candidate Peter Casey should not be forgiven for the racial hate he stirred up in the bloodpot of human hearts, writes Donal O’Keeffe. A retired public servant said to me: “D’you know something, I’d...

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