Monthly Archives: June 2011

Sectarian Legacy of Belfast Riots

From the Irish Examiner, June 24. Sectarian Legacy of Belfast Riots On Tuesday evening, the newly crowned US Champion Rory McIlroy touched down at George Best airport in East Belfast. It should have been a homecoming to unite Northern Ireland, … Continue reading

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Getting with the programme

Review of Alms on the Highway, New Creative Writing from the Oscar Wilde Centre Trinity College Dublin. Appeared in the Sunday Business Post, 12 June 2011. Can creative writing be taught? Wilbur Schramm certainly believed it could. In 1936, the … Continue reading

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Head for Heights

Determined to conquer his fear of heights, Peter Geoghegan signed up for a rooftop tour of Stockholm. But could sweeping views of the beautiful Swedish capital cure him? (From Ryan Air magazine, May 2011). A couple of days before I … Continue reading

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Turning point in history

On the 30th anniversary of the death of Bobby Sands, the hunger striker is still regarded as a hero of republicanism, says Peter Geoghegan. (From the Irish Examiner, May 5, 2011). THIS tendentious analysis of the death, and life, of … Continue reading

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Growing the seeds of greatness

Interview with Barack Obama’s sister Maya Soetoro-Ng, from the Irish Examiner back in April. LIKE many American presidents before him, Barack Obama never knowingly plays down his Irish roots. On his whistle-stop Irish tour next month, Obama will pay a … Continue reading

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Rebuilding Iceland

Iceland after the kreppa. My long-form piece from Sunday Business Post, May 22, 2011. ‘Sometimes it doesn’t feel like there’s been a crash here at all.” Heather Millard, an English documentary filmmaker living in Reykjavik, is chatting tome over coffee … Continue reading

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