1916: The Mornings After

As anybody interested in books in Ireland will know by now, an academic historian, Diarmaid Ferriter took advantage of being given my recent book, ‘1916: The Mornings After’, to review in The Irish Times to blast what he clearly viewed as the work of a non-academic writer in what was called on Politics.ie a contender…

One Book Two Blogs!

After a period of silence I am not merely producing one blog but in effect two! One has to do with my own work the other as we will see later is the creation of the distinguished artist Robert “Bobby” Ballagh. Following on from my last blog the launch of my current book which I…

Do Cry for Us Argentina

I solicit tears, not because of rugby but because of the conclusions I have been driven to by the research for my next book. The reason for my long absence from bloggerdom will become apparent from Wednesday of this week onwards. My new book, 1916: The Mornings After, is being launched in Easons of O’Connell…

Hit me now!

Hit me now with my eightieth birthday and the writing of a book in my hands! Probably if truth were known the 80 had a bearing on my output, so that blogs, letter writing and emails necessarily suffered on the altar of the book’s requirements. Let us hope that in October this year when it…

Could Israel use the Bomb?

“We do but teach bloody instruction which having being taught, returns to plague the inventor” As is so often the case Shakespeare said it first. Antisemitism, the selfishness of great powers, a tradition of standing back and allowing massively unjust regimes to have their way so long as countries which should intervene can continue to…

Cruel Inhumane Behaviour.

Man’s inhumanity to man (and to women and children), was never better exemplified than in the last few bloody days, which saw the shooting down of the Malaysian Airliner and Israel’s unpardonable butcheries in Gaza.  The primitive attitudes displayed by allowing drunken “separatists” to prevent crash scene experts retrieve evidence, which includes human bodies, from…

Let’s sue the Bastards!

Sun and summer have a fear engendered blog writing inertia in me recently but the codology about the setting up of a banking inquiry has re- energised me to angrily re-enter the blogosphere.        It is now several years after the infamous banking guarantee, and improbably enough in the mouth of an election which means…

Disgustingly Obvious

There is no doubt about it Irish controversies have a distinctly Irish flavour to them.  Where else would you find it necessary for a slew of cabinet ministers to suggest to the officer in charge of the countries organisation charged with preserving the civil peace An Garda Síochána to act with civility. Of course Commissioner…