Last Thursday was my youngest son’s 19th birthday and as he was painting Cork red, I thought I would celebrate it by going to Dublin, to a book launch in Hodges and Figgis’s commendable book store on Dawson Street. The book Dark Times, Decent Men by Neil Richardson is the […]
Savile Is Dead. Who Takes The Reins?
These last few weeks I have been wondering about Savile and his works and pomps and trying to make sense of how an uneducated lad from Leeds can get into the minds of powerful folk. It is a massive criminal gift but I think it can easily be done if […]
What Is Not In The News.
If there are any more things to say about the Hillsborough disaster in April 1989 that have not been said, it is the remarkable fact how on the day that 96 people lost their lives in the worst sporting catastrophe of Great Britain’s history, there was no crime committed. You […]
Cover Ups Of The Truth.
I suppose David Cameron felt himself to be a great shining white knight yesterday as he stood up in the Commons and gave his apology after the findings of the Independent Panel into the Hillsborough disaster of 1989 when 96 Liverpool supporters lost their lives in circumstances that should never […]
Martin Tom “Watt” Henry.
This summer our weather has been terrible with lots and lots of rain and cool, cloudy days giving no heat to make the grass grow and crops to flourish. It has been a farmer’s nightmare wondering where the hay and silage for next winter’s feeding is going to come from. […]
Marciel Maciel and Thomas Duggan.
I have just been watching the film by Jason Berry of Marciel Maciel, a Mexican Catholic priest, who formed the religious orders of Legion Of Christ for men and Regnum Christie for women. Both orders have massive support in the Americas and since the 1940s Maciel had been fund raising […]
El Benito Philosophy Understood.
For the last few months Liverpool Football Club have been playing under a cloud but their results during the past week gave their fans something to shout about. Their new German centre forward, Shitz, signed by El Benito in the January transfer window to give Torres a run for his […]
The Cricketing Life.
One of the conditions attached to my first proper job was that I attend Salford Technical College for one day and three nights a week in order to gain professional qualifications. This was one long hard grind, travelling from Sale to Salford by bus, to work through three hours of […]
My First Proper Job
In the summer of 1963 after my short interview with Monsignor Duggan, Rector of St. Bede’s College and supreme factotum of life as we knew it, when he consigned me to the scrapheap of infidels, I was working for Jim Connor converting two large Victorian houses on Laindon Road in […]
Paedophilia: The Hollie Greig Scandal, The Dunblane Massacre & and the Scottish Cabal
For months we in Ireland have been scratching our heads, worrying and shouting out about the cover-up that has been going on within the Catholic Church regarding the abuse of children by ordained priests for the last 40 years or so. Well there is a bigger cover-up one that goes […]