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

Journalism and the Orange Broederbond

Picture this

We are still in South Africa. The World Cup is still on and a right wing, fundamentalist Protestant militia called the Broederbond (a white supremacist organisation which has fraternal links with Ireland’s Orange Order and related masonic lodges) has decided to exploit the media vuvuzela around this international soccer tournament to profess its right to hold a “Trek” through a black township. Why? Well because when the whites first planted the country this was one of their traditional routes and their rights as white settlers have to be upheld at all costs.

The worldwide liberal media is up in arms with correspondents waxing indignantly about racism, the history of white colonialism and the curse of social systems based on Apartheid. The heroic struggle of the indigenous blacks, whose dress, languages and customs were banned, gets special features in all media outlets.

Meanwhile in the North of Ireland, the British settler militia... Léigh an t-alt uilig - Read Full Article....

Embracing life whilst claiming to prepare for death

Book review - "A Preparation for Death" by Greg Baxter, Penguin, Ireland 2010.

Greg Baxter is a complete liar.

Perhaps I should explain this bald comment, as I consider the author of "A Preparation for Death" to be a friend and a comrade in writing (he will hate that statement). Greg Baxter is  also a damn good writer, and the students who attend his very popular “Someblindalleys” writing courses in Dublin are fortunate indeed to be tutored by such a passionate champion of the written word as an art form.

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