Posted in January 2018

When ‘Fenian’ meant ‘Terrorist’

When ‘Fenian’ meant ‘Terrorist’

A Book Review by Frank O’Shea Steve Harris. THE PRINCE AND THE ASSASSIN. Australia’s First Royal Tour and Portent of World Terror. Melbourne Books, 2017. 326 pp. ISBN: 9781925556131 RRP: $32.95 If someone from a Muslim country were to shoot an Australian politician today, that person would almost certainly be called a terrorist. And just as … Continue reading

Keep me singing, Keep me real. 

Book Review by Hugh Vaughan Gerald Dawe. In Another World: Van Morrison and Belfast. Merrion Press, Dublin Nov 2017. h/b 134 pp ISBN: 9781785371462 RRP: €11.99   And then from outside the frosty window raps She jumps up and says, Lord, have mercy I think it’s the cops And immediately drops everything she gots Down into the … Continue reading

The Life We Missed

  A Book review by Frank O’Shea Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen. Oh My God, What a Complete Aisling Gill Books, Dublin. 293 pp. ISBN: 9780717175536 RRP: €14.99 Here is a book to make any reader over 50 realise how out-of-touch with modern life (s)he is. And we are not talking about an inability to understand the … Continue reading

Catching The Moment

A story by Michael Boyle ‘There’s a cow in a hole. Come quick!’ ‘Where? Where is it?’ I asked. ‘Between the middle lane and Mayogall’, said my sister Marie. ’Get there before her head goes under the water!’ In the late 1980s my wife Annette and our young son Patrick were back visiting my parents’ … Continue reading