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...

Roaring Backslappers & Raging Bull Talkers

Roaring Backslappers & Raging Bull Talkers                                              Chicago’s ‘Irish American News’, February 2018   “I’m not on speaking terms with half of the people here because I tell them what they don’t want to hear while they stand...

Christmas Greetings from Bono, Bob & the Banks

Christmas Greetings from Bono, Bob & the Banks     Although written in mid-November, this is from the December 2017 issue of Chicago’s ‘Irish American News.’     They’re worse than ever they were, the bankers; worse than ever.  More arrogant; more...
The Anti-Irish Sentiments of H. P. Lovecraft

The Anti-Irish Sentiments of H. P. Lovecraft

‘Criminals and Mongrel Wretches’: The Anti-Irish Sentiments of H. P. Lovecraft   From the Chicago ‘Irish American News’, November 2017     Well now, I’m not the better for that!  In fact, I’m almost sorry that I came across this correspondence from 1918/20. You...