My Journey

The A-Z of chronic illness not including J, Q, U, W, X, Y and Z (or Why I’m Sick Again And Sick Of It)

I don’t actually want to get Jaundice or VD or Yellow Fever. I’m sick again. It’s just that I can’t help noticing that I have a medical condition for all but seven letters of the alphabet. J, Q, U, W, X, Y and Z are the ones I have avoided so far. Right now it’s … Continue reading The A-Z of chronic illness not including J, Q, U, W, X, Y and Z (or Why I’m Sick Again And Sick Of It)

Honour Gay by keeping RTE alive and helping it back on its feet

Yes, my eyes filled with tears watching Gay Byrne’s funeral. I’d like to have been there, but a combination of illness and being so far down the list of his friends that I hadn’t a hope of getting a seat in the Pro Cathedral, prevented me from attending. It is only right that a man … Continue reading Honour Gay by keeping RTE alive and helping it back on its feet

Gaybo’s part in my Evening Herald Bondi Beach sea rescue scoop!

Back in the late 1980s, Gay Byrne announced that he would be broadcasting his radio show from Sydney, Australia in a few weeks time.  I was in Tralee covering the annual Rose Festival and having a few jars now and then (or was it having a few jars and covering the Rose Festival now and … Continue reading Gaybo’s part in my Evening Herald Bondi Beach sea rescue scoop!

So it WAS Mick Jagger throwing a cigarette butt out of the window of a Rolls Royce in Stillorgan 50+ years ago!

Luggala.One word and it brings to mind the beauty of Wicklow, the Guinness dynasty, the Beatles and A Day in the Life, their song about Tara Browne, the Rolling Stones and Mick Jagger, Garech Browne and parties, wild parties we never imagined took place on our saintly isle. But they did.Liam Collins paid a last … Continue reading So it WAS Mick Jagger throwing a cigarette butt out of the window of a Rolls Royce in Stillorgan 50+ years ago!

The legendary Laurence Harvey and a young barman called Paddy

I watched a programme about Laurence Harvey on Sky Arts the other day.A brilliant actor who died aged just 45. In his short life he managed to marry three times and have numerous affairs, annoy fellow actors and drink and smoke like they were going out of fashion which, in fairness, at least one of … Continue reading The legendary Laurence Harvey and a young barman called Paddy

How Garda cutbacks led to FIVE Gardai with THREE cars arresting ONE drunk

It’s hard to remember a time when there wasn’t a row over garda resources. There’s one right now in the context of the attacks and threats to the executives of the Quinn group on and near the border. But I remember one way back in the seventies. I don’t think this story was a set … Continue reading How Garda cutbacks led to FIVE Gardai with THREE cars arresting ONE drunk

Sick and old and probably stupid too. But Life hasn’t killed me yet!

“Don’t let us get sickDon’t let us get oldDon’t let us get stupid, all right?” That’s what the great Warren Zevon said in his song Don’t Let Us Get Sick from the extraordinary Life’ll Kill Ya album. Well, I did get sick. And I did get old. And there are lots of people out there … Continue reading Sick and old and probably stupid too. But Life hasn’t killed me yet!