Category Archives: everyday

NEW SITE COMING SOON

Thanks for the visit. There’s a new site coming soon, so for now this site is in limboland. In the meantime, you can buy ‘Medium-Sized Town, Fairly Big Story’ direct from Gill & Macmillan and from Amazon  Unfortunately my Joe Dolan book is harder to get, but there’s a digital versions on Kindle and iTunes and the odd […]

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Bill O’Herlihy – Not necessarily wanting to leave it there…

For a recent edition of Ireland’s Eye I had the great pleasure of spending a morning with Bill O’Herlihy. He talked liberally about his life and career, how he thinks Fine Gael made a mess of Irish Water and how they “need to get their act together” if they want to get re-elected, and more […]

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The late Ronnie Plant

Your health is your wealth is a mantra one hears practically every day of the week. For naturopath Ronnie Plant it became a mantra to which he devoted his life. Whilst in his eighties, Ronnie published a pair of books on natural health which are absolutely essential reading. The genial, friendly Naturopath travelled the country advising […]

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Garth Brooks: He never went away you know…

Blame it all on my roots So Garth Brooks has just sold out a fifth Croke Park show in Dublin… If there’s a sixth, it too will sell out quicker than a jiver on the turn, adding another 80,000 to the 400,000 Irish people (that’s one tenth of the population) already making the pilgrimage to […]

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Cadbury lose the foil – hopefully not their Irishness?

Cadbury Ireland has just revealed details that it is to scrap the foil surrounding its half-pound bars, an integral part of the Cadbury bar of chocolate experience since the dawn of time (well, possibly since the 1930’s). The eight squares are to remain, unlike the dreadful, elongated relaunch in the UK some years back, and I’m […]

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The fabulous Baker Boy – The late Vinny Baker

I was knocked for six on July 20th to learn that the incredible Irish guitarist, songwriter, producer, family man and friend Vinny Baker died suddenly. Aged just 62, Vinny had years left in him and I was always sure that one day he would gain worldwide attention for his art. A master guitarist in many […]

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Off to the Marquee in Drumlish…

If you ever want to experience Old Ireland in all its glory, then the evergreen Marquee in Drumlish festival in the heart of rural Longford is the music festival for you. It’s a festival that entered Irish folklore long before local boy made good, country star Declan Nerney, wrote a song about it in the […]

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Bon Jovi, RDS, June 30 – If there was a doctor in the house he was probably at the bar

If there was a modern day award for ‘Mr Showbiz’ it would have to be handed to Jon Bon Jovi, who last week returned to Ireland for two nights at the RDS and a spot of knee surgery. Even though Bruce Springsteen would probably be the rightful holder of the award – there’s no show […]

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Flatlake Festival, June 3-5, 2011 – Review

Having spent four years reading about it from the pens of assorted culture junkies and hearing whispers on the wind from trusted heads and head-the-balls that it was the best festival in the country, my beloved and I finally got to dive into the Flatlake Literary and Arts Festival at the Hilton Park Estate in […]

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When giants walked the earth

A meeting of the two most important men in the entire history of country music.

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