Waiting for Grace's day to dawn - on the writing of my novel Grace's Day

Friday 17 August 2018

Waiting for Grace’s Day to Dawn

First published in the Irish Times, 11th August 2018

Grace’s Day began for me (appropriately...

American Values

Tuesday 17 July 2018

American Values

I heard on the news today that Paul Ryan of the USA’s House of Representatives is critical of Donald Trump’s relationship...

Water And Its (Dis)Contents

Thursday 5 July 2018

Water and its (Dis)Contents

First published in Studi Irlandesi (Forence, Issue no. 5)

The watery hazes

It’s a foggy...

Repeal the 8th Amendment

Wednesday 9 May 2018

On the 8th Amendment

‘Whatever happens while you’re taking this medication,’ the doctor told me, ‘Liz must not become pregnant.’ The medication...

Italy 2018 Elections

Monday 5 March 2018

The British and Irish newspapers are full of the danger to the EU posed by the recent Italian elections. Some of that (on the part of British papers...

School Shootings

Friday 16 February 2018

I've been thinking about school shootings. I was a teacher once, and I remember one particular young man of 17 years who had really serious anger management...

Why I oppose paying for water

Wednesday 12 April 2017

Why do I oppose paying for drinking water?

1. Firstly I oppose the idea that if we use something we should pay for it. This is fine in a transactional...

Prison walls for a river: walling Cork City

Thursday 30 March 2017

Walling Cork: The OPW flood plan for Cork City

Cork is a beautiful and strange city. The historic centre lies between two walls of water -...

Me and pot: medical cannabis and me

Monday 16 January 2017

A hard winter of the bones

For almost 50 years now I’ve suffered from a debilitating, often crippling and painful condition called Still’s...

On Hearing Voices

Saturday 24 December 2016

I hear voices a lot – chance remarks, odd ways of saying things. Sometimes it’s a casual phrase that I hear in a different way; I hear the oddity of...