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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 Guardian's Ireland Correspondent - Henry McDonald and censorship

Paul Larkin is a former BBC and RTÉ journalist and film maker. Larkin won the Liam Hourican European Journalist of the Year award in 1997. Larkin’s book on collusion between elements of the British security services and loyalist death squads (A Very British Jihad - Beyond The Pale, Belfast 2004) is widely acknowledged to be a ground breaking work with regards to the anti Irish and anti Catholic prejudice that lies at the heart of the state collusion story. In 2008, Larkin won the Best Director International Documentary award at the New York Independent Film Festival for his film Imeacht na nIarlaí - The Flight of the Earls, which was in Irish (Gaeilge), English and Spanish and starred Stephen Rea as Aodh Mór Ó Neill - Hugh O'Neill.

References to Henry McDonald’s book Colours, refer to the 2005 paperback version and references to his follow up book Gunsmoke and Mirrors to the 2008 hardback version. The word Sticky is a reference to Workers Party members in Ireland.

Henry McDonald’s House of Glass

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Living in a rough area - a pub conversation

Not so long ago, I was involved in the following conversation in a pub in the centre of Dublin. I may have forgotten the exact wording but the memory of it fits me like a glove.


How ya! It’s Paul isn’t it?

It is. How you doin? Er…Justin?

It is indeed. Jeez, you have a good memory

Well you remembered my name so even Stevens

Yes but it’s not everyone who translates Ibsen. That’s how come I remembered your name..Paul Larkin.

Paul Larkin it is. Do you want to join me Justin?

Well I’m meeting people later on but if you’re sure Im not disturbing?

Not at all – there’s loads of room. I'm heading off later myself

(Justin puts down his pint and draws the seat closer to the table. He then lifts the pint and takes a long draught.)

Ah! Now that’s better. What a week! I’ll get a bit of weed later on and chill with the lads.

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Paisley - The Kettle Calls The Pot Black

Im delighted that the allegedly "former" arch Protestant bigot the Reverend Ian Paisley has announced that one of his main concerns in protesting the Pope's upcoming visit to Scotland and England is the activities of paedophile priests.

This must now mean that he will now tell us all of what he knows about the Kincora boys home in east Belfast, which was run by an “officer" of his Free Presbyterian church - one William McGrath.

With the full knowledge of elements within British Intelligence, and over a period of many years, vulnerable boys who had been placed at the boys home by the authorities were subjected to unspeakable acts of abuse. These acts were carried out by McGrath himself and other staff and also by others who were invited into the home.

William McGrath was encouraged by British Intelligence to set up a bogus Ulster Loyalist group called TARA. ... Léigh an t-alt uilig - Read Full Article....


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