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WITCHES

Philip Casey, writer, poet and playwright, has passed. Philip knew a lot about pain, but he never raised it with me. I knew him only as friendly, witty, compassionate and diffusing a stillness that belied his gregariousness.
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COSGRAVE’S HEAVY GANG

Congratulations to Professor Diarmaid Ferriter for his article ‘Cosgrave’s support of the Garda Cast a long shadow.’ (Irish Times Sat, Oct 14, 2017) emphasising the role of the impartial historian to rise above historical revisionism/denialism.

No garda, to my knowledge,  has ever been jailed for corruption or perjury in Ireland, to my knowledge. Then again, no garda has ever been tried for either. That’s because no garda has ever been charged- the result of no garda ever being investigated for corruption or perjury. Catch 22.

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MY BUCKET LIST

The fortitude of Nelson Mandela

The single-mindedness of Che Guevara

The wit of Oscar Wilde

The voice of Richard Burton

A few true sentences
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VERONICA GUERIN’S SECRETS

Not long before journalist Veronica Guerin was shot dead in Dublin in 1996 we met …and she confided she was working on a particular investigation of police corruption … she and I discussed sleaze and bribery in the Garda Síochána, Ireland’s police force.
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SEASHORE VOICES

The voice from nowhere stipulates how I should take care of dog poo. I am early-walking the path behind the sea-breaker wall, close to Dublin’s Salthill train station, accompanied only by my intimate shadow and the sound of the voice of my mother.
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