Posts by Maurice

A peculiarly British institution

THE Royal Christmas Message is a peculiarly British institution. It was first proposed by Scotsman John Reith, the father of...

A time to respect the fallen

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years...

How I married an alien

IDENTITY is a touchy issue on this island where nationalities overlap and sometimes clash. Thanks to the Good Friday Agreement...

Smith forges ahead at the Castle

JULIAN Smith had hardly got his feet under the table as Northern Ireland’s new Secretary of State before he put...

The Wicked Month

AUGUST is a wicked month, according to Edna O’Brien. The Irish summer comes to a sultry climax with a host...

No petty people

THE Irish Republic is cautiously commemorating the revolutionary period of 1916-1922. It is a painful subject which has the potential...

Going to the dogs for generations

THE sports pages tell me greyhound racing will now start at 8.15am in Ireland to facilitate online gamblers in Britain....

Facing the root of all evil

Facing the root of all evil THE Bank of England may put the face of Mrs Thatcher on its new...

Lloyd-George and my bus pass

I’LL be 60 years this month. Age wearies me and the years condemn but there is always the bus pass...

A Profession, a Trade and a Disease.

THERE has long been debate in academic circles about whether journalism is a trade or a profession. My heroes Hugh...

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