My Journey

The Six Nations: My Twickenham shame in 1988

I’d love to be in Twickenham this weekend. Sadly two things prevent me from being there. My health. And my lack of a ticket. It’s a great occasion and I’ve been lucky enough to be there a few times for the clash between those two great rugby friends and rivals, Ireland and England, I’ve loved … Continue reading The Six Nations: My Twickenham shame in 1988

The Six Nations: My Twickenham shame in 1988.

I’d love to be in Twickenham this weekend. Sadly two things prevent me from being there. My health. And my lack of a ticket. It’s a great occasion and I’ve been lucky enough to be there a few times for the clash between those two great rugby friends and rivals, Ireland and England, I’ve loved … Continue reading The Six Nations: My Twickenham shame in 1988.

Miserable EastEnders. Is it all to do with the name “Walford?”

Are you keeping up with EastEnders? A couple of weeks ago I told you about how miserable the whole of Walford – that’s the fictional London suburb in which the soap opera is based – was. Compared to right now, it was a happy place. So what’s going on? Well, many of the residents are … Continue reading Miserable EastEnders. Is it all to do with the name “Walford?”

I don’t understand how people can hate sex abusers and then support apologists for terrorism

Sometimes, I just don’t understand us. I mean, us – the people who live on this island. Yes, though I am (a poor) Catholic, I get why so many turned against the Church when the clerical sex abuse scandals were uncovered. I get why numbers attending Mass have declined sharply. I get why vocations have … Continue reading I don’t understand how people can hate sex abusers and then support apologists for terrorism

How come so many of the songs we love have really, really weird (and sometimes dodgy) lyrics?

I was listening to RTE Gold the other day when one of my favourite songs ever came on. It was John Lennon’s #9 Dream. Great piece of music. Only… Well, it’s the chorus. These are the words: Ah! Bowakawa, pousse pousse Ah! Bowakawa, pousse pousse Ah! Bowakawa, pousse pousse Of course, John never intended for … Continue reading How come so many of the songs we love have really, really weird (and sometimes dodgy) lyrics?

From saints and scholars to moaners and whingers. But Ireland is still a great place

I like Ireland. I like living here. I like being Irish. It’s a great country. But there are many, many people living here who seem to despise the place. Some are politicians doing so in the hope of getting elected to a very well paid job. Others are commentators who peddle the populist line and … Continue reading From saints and scholars to moaners and whingers. But Ireland is still a great place

Economics for people who don’t understand economics but DO understand the round system!

(I am grateful to a friend, who wishes to remain anonymous, for putting this my way. It’s genius and comes from the pen of a brilliant economist.)   Suppose that every day, ten men go out for beer and the bill for all ten comes to £100… If they paid their bill the way we … Continue reading Economics for people who don’t understand economics but DO understand the round system!