I can just hear Noel Purcell singing it: “DeValera Street’s a wonderland…”

There used to be a joke about why no street in Dublin is named after Eamon deValera. “It’s because there isn’t one long enough, narrow enough or crooked enough,” came the reply. I never laughed Dev being, like me, a ‘Rock boy. Ok. I tittered once. It seems now that every city and town in … Continue reading I can just hear Noel Purcell singing it: “DeValera Street’s a wonderland…”

Looking back a few weeks, it all looks absolutely perfect…

I am beginning to really hate this “new normal.” And one of the reasons I’m beginning to hate it is precisely because it is becoming the “new normal.” I’m getting used to it. I just drove to Dundrum Town Centre. Connie was doing a bit of shopping and I drive just to get out of … Continue reading Looking back a few weeks, it all looks absolutely perfect…

Our problem with addiction- and how Michael taught me a lesson I’ve never forgotten

Ryan Tubridy was talking about addicts this week. I have, like many, people, known addicts. Some eventually and with help managed to beat the addiction. Others died. I worked on Baggot Street in the late 90s.  The Sunday Tribune offices were over what is now a Tesco supermarket, in what was once Zhivago nightclub!Every morning, … Continue reading Our problem with addiction- and how Michael taught me a lesson I’ve never forgotten

The George Bernard Shaw wasn’t another Wood Quay. But the Manhattan was close…

There’s been something of an outcry over the news that the George Bernard Shaw, that distinctive pub on South Richmond Street in Dublin, is to close. Sadly, I’ve never been in it – I don’t have any tattoos and I can’t grow a beard. But it’s a place that certainly seemed to be lively any … Continue reading The George Bernard Shaw wasn’t another Wood Quay. But the Manhattan was close…

THE GATES OF HELL

There is a large, black, solid metal gate sliding back and forth between the two centuries old pillars at the entrance to Kevin Street Garda Station. Well, it’s not a Garda station as such any more. The Gardai moved out when their brand spanking new five storey building next door was completed last year. Right … Continue reading THE GATES OF HELL