May 20, 2017

On Thursday evening, after a day finalising a new documentary on Brexit and Ireland, which airs on RTÉ One on Monday night, I slumped down, like so many hundreds of thousands of Irish workers, knackered in front of the TV. It was well gone “wine o’clock”, so with a deserved glass in hand, I flicked through the options. More





May 15, 2017

We’ve always been told that Cork is a bit special. As the only Dublin cousin of a Cork family, I know how serious the crime of being born in Dublin is viewed by the southern tribe. Forgiveness is rarely mentioned or even entertained; tolerance and pity is the best that such a deracinated creature can expect. More

May 8, 2017

What would happen if Jihadists took control of Europe? More

April 30, 2017

Are you a real Trekkie? If so, you’ll know the answer to the following question: which was the only episode of ‘Star Trek’ ever banned in Ireland and Britain — and why? More

April 24, 2017

There’s nothing better than a glass of sugary coca cola the chilly morning after too many Côte du Rhônes to clear the head. I’m in Paris about to head south to Marseilles trying to make sense of this fascinating French election and, more to the point, trying to understand why financial markets are — up to now — so sanguine, given the enormity of what is at stake. More

April 17, 2017

So the first one hundred days of Donald Trump have nearly passed and there seems to be a sense that, despite all his initial maverick positions, the country feels like it’s under a typical Republican President. More

April 10, 2017

The 2pm train from Heuston to Cork is hurtling through Tipperary on a glorious Friday afternoon in April, and I am struck by just how empty the country is. With a better transport system, such as French-style fast commuter trains, most of the main conurbations of Ireland could be accessed east to west and north to south in less than an hour. French TGVs travel at an average speed of 200 miles per hour meaning that Dublin to Cork, a distance of 157 miles, could be done in about 45 minutes. Belfast to Cork could be done in under an hour and half, while Dublin to Galway would be just over 30 minutes. More