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…

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…

Haul in the Bloody Bankers

Haul in the Bloody Bankers!   Bring the bloody bankers before the Public Accounts Committee! There should be three important steps taken as a result of what can only be described as the spectacularly successful hearings of the Public Accounts Committee.                            One, the lawyers cant about Dáil Committees being an intrusion upon the work…

Eat, Drink and be Merry, For Tomorrow…..

Eat Drink and be Merry For Tomorrow…. In the past week I was reminded of how friendship and tragedy, distance and proximity can echo across the world to resound unexpectedly in one’s daily life. In the same forty eight hours I was most generously entertained by  Nisheeth Ta with members of my family in the…

Water could start the Fire.

There is an uncanny resemblance between the present Irish Government and the first Cumann na nGael administration of the 1920s. Both took draconian decisions and had the fortitude to see them through even in the case of Cumann na nGael, to the extent of taking the horrific step of executing former comrades. The present Fine…