Hells Bells!

This column was written for March 2002 and did not appear in The Dubliner … ever! I had initially planned to write this column about that ambitious Cappuchin monk Father Theobald Matthew who turned Judas on his bartender and founded the Pioneers in 1838. I thought the...

Love & Marriage [The Dubliner, 02/02]

This column appeared in The Dubliner in February 2002. It’s probably a grave insult to the world of commerce for a columnist to address the joys of celibacy in the month of Saint Valentine. But the world of commerce has insulted me often enough so why shouldn’t I? I...

The ‘Emancipator of Jamaica’ [Dubliner, 12/01]

This column appeared in The Dubliner in December 2001. Jesse James was a Kerryman. (*) So was Lord Kitchener. The first guy to work out why the sky is blue grew up in Leighlinbridge, County Carlow. And I am destined to be a horrendous historical bore, I know. My...

An Ode to Pagan Days [Dubliner, 10/01]

This Halloween-flavoured column featured in The Dubliner in October 2001. Perhaps it’s the time of year that is upon us – the ghouls and the pussycats, I mean – but I can’t help thinking what mighty good craic it’d be if this world of ours returned to its pagan roots....

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...