Tricky Mickey Lowry & Other White Collar Crooks

Tricky Mickey Lowry & Other White Collar Crooks   Chicago’s ‘Irish American News’, August 2018   “What business had they, bringing me here to the special criminal court in Dublin?” wailed dodgy TD Michael Lowry after being slapped very mildly on the wrist with a...
How to Make Further Misery for Children with Cancer

How to Make Further Misery for Children with Cancer

How to Make Further Misery for Children with Cancer Chicago’s ‘Irish American News’, July 2018.   I have a story to tell.  And because it is about a children’s cancer charity that is very dear to my heart, it’s not a good story.  Nor do I think that my tale will have...

Pain, Confusion, Betrayal…and the HSE

Pain, Confusion, Betrayal… and the HSE   Chicago’s Irish American News, June, 2018.         “Hi Leo.  Today is the eighth of May.  It’s my sons’ confirmation, Seamus and Mario.  “I’m just back getting changed, ready for the party.  But, while I’m...

Blowing Earth’s Dust Away…

Blowing Earth’s Dust Away…   Chicago’s Irish American News, May 2018.   I never wanted to have children.  I came to that decision back in my twenties;  and it was about the most sensible one I ever made, in a lifetime of doing things that weren’t all that sane at all....

Dream Cathedrals & Memories of the Past

Dream Cathedrals & Memories of the Past   Irish American News, April, 2018     It’s all good, this time around. I was at the cinema this evening, at a film by the name of Game Night.   It was an upbeat, very funny antidote to that over-hyped, over-rated and...

Gerry Adams and A View from Ballymurphy

Gerry Adams and A View from Ballymurphy   Appears in Chicago’s Irish American News, March, 2018     Heaven knows that I’m not exactly the greatest Sinn Fein supporter in the world.  Or supporter of any of the other power-based political systems, dress them...