Chicken or Egg? The Glevum Superior

Chicken or Egg? The Glevum Superior

THE CHICKEN – and presumably its egg – was invented at least 8,000 years ago in the tropical forests of south-east Asia, where it went by the name of Red Junglefowl. As of 2023, there are a staggering 33 billion chickens  clucking, making them far and away...
Reflections on Irish Identity, 2024

Reflections on Irish Identity, 2024

See also The Irish & the White House   *****   Only one world leader is guaranteed an annual audience with the US president at the White House – An Taoiseach (prime minister) of the Republic of Ireland. Every March 17th since 1952, he (and it has only...

Being Anglo-Irish – A Hyphenated Existence? [Dubliner, 06/01]

The best thing about being Anglo-Irish is that you can get away with just about anything. The Irish think you’re English; the English think you’re Irish. Deep down, you know you’re not technically either. But if you play it well, you can be better...

The Importance of Being Bunbury [Dubliner, 08/01]

This column appeared in The Dubliner in August 2001. Everybody wants to be a Bunbury. That, in case you didn’t know, was the title of a short-lived 1988 UK chart entrant sung by a band called The Bunburys who were actually The Beegees in disguise. It was a...

My Father & Other Animals [Dubliner, 09/01]

This article was written as a tribute to the Veterinary Paddock in the Dublin Horse Show. It featured in The Dubliner in September 2001. I have of late developed a fascination for speed. And I don’t mean the fine white powder British squaddies whipped up their...