Monthly Archives: June 2012

Loughinisland

Much to the annoyance of LetsGetAlongerists and supporters of IFA-Land, the Irish team at the European Championships wore black armbands as a mark of respect to the six Irish supporters murdered by the UVF terrorists in 1994. Of course the … Continue reading

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International Eucharistic Congress

 My views on the International Eucharistic Congress are somewhat mixed and although I was in Dublin three times last week…I feel my original opinions somewhat refined (distorted?) by last nights excellent RTE “Would You Believe” Special presented by the peerless … Continue reading

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Married Priests? Women Priests?

The darkest day in the History of the English Catholic Church was in 1993 when Ann Widdecombe and John Selwyn Gummer left the Anglican Church and became Catholics…..mostly over the ordination of women. Neither …..as Ministers in Thatchers Government struck … Continue reading

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Stormont…”This Place…It Sucks You In”

A summer day last year and I walked into the Stormont Assembly Building. Kinda puffed up and proud with my invitation to a Reception in the Long Gallery in my hand. There for the first time in my own right, rather … Continue reading

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Bloomsday

I went to Dublin yesterday. It was a choice between Friday and Saturday……and I chose Friday because I wanted to avoid “Bloomsday”…….June 16th when Dublin City is taken over by Joyce scholars, some in Edwardian costume who re-create the walk … Continue reading

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Am I Brian Feeney?….Is Brian Feeney Me?

It has always amused me that several members of the Alliance Party and a former prominent journalist thougt that I was Brian Feeney……..a notion that I did little to discourage for several months. I briefly met Brian a few times … Continue reading

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Irwin Armstrong

Irwin Armstrong, Leader of the Norn Iron Conservatives is my new favourite politician. Judging from his performance on “Hearts and Minds”, he will provide endless hours of Ian Parsley-like entertainment. Having described the Tories as “centre right”, he then claimed … Continue reading

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Those Norn Iron Tories in Full…….

So who are the Norn Iron Conservative Party. A roundup of the usual suspects. Bill, The Boy Alex of course will be there. Maybe Felicity. Maybe Pauline (but if not there will be another token Catholic). A former Bank Chairman … Continue reading

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Conservatives Launch…Again

The Conservative Party has been launched in Norn Iron more often than the Bangor lifeboat. And there is no reason to think that tomorrow’s launch will be any more successful than any other launch. The Ulster Tatler crowd will love … Continue reading

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SDLP And The “Lost Sheep” Vote

As I have stated here on several occasions, I voted SDLP from 1970 (Gerry Fitt was of course actually Republican Labour at the time) until 1993. From the period 1993 until 2009, I voted Sinn Féin. At first as anti-SDLP … Continue reading

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