Pól Ó Lorcáin
Paul Larkin

Chroniclers are privileged to enter where they list, to come and go through keyholes, to ride upon the wind, to overcome in their soarings up and down, all obstacles of distance, time and place.
Charles Dickens - Barnaby Rudge, Chapter The Ninth

The North – How Ireland’s ‘left wing’ literati ended up supporting the far right.


The thought will perhaps sour their enjoyment of that little after dinner glass of Muscat de Beaumes-de-Venise dessert wine they always enjoy when dining out with embassy staff and military attachés, but an unpleasant scenario is looming on the horizon for some of Ireland’s ‘literati’. For it is not just the IRA who is now being asked to give an account of actions taken during the ‘Troubles’. As the bedrock of the peace process slowly settles into place, journalists and the major media outlets are also being called upon to explain how they got reporting the war in our country so horribly wrong.

The Miami Showband - massacred in 1975

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I ndíl chuimhne ar - in fond memory - The Busby Babes

An tubaiste München - The Munich air disaster

The Munich air disaster took place on this day the 6th of February 1958, when British European Airways Flight 609 crashed on its third attempt to take off from a slush-covered runway at the Munich-Riem airport in Munich, West Germany. On board the plane was the Manchester United football team, nicknamed the Busby Babes, along with a number of supporters and journalists. Twenty-three of the 44 passengers on board the aircraft died in the disaster. see

They were the flowers of Manchester.

United's flag is deepest red,
It shrouded all our Munich dead,
Before their limbs grew stiff and cold,
Their heart's blood dyed it's ev'ryfold.

Then raise United's banner high,
Beneath it's shade we'll live and die,
So keep the faith and never fear,
We'll keep the Red Flag flying here.

We'll never die, we'll never die,
We'll never die, we'll never die,
We'll keep the Red flag flying high,
'Cos Man United will never die!

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I am working on a large number of aphorisms, which in the dictionary are defined as -

1. A tersely phrased statement of a truth or opinion; an adage.
2. A brief statement of a principle.

Here are just two that came to me recently - bainigi sult - enjoy

On Love

Love is the constant attempt to know the unknowable
The perfect riposte to the scientist - the know all


Beware the police!

The most dangerous place to cross the road, in any country, will always be the police station


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