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AL PACINO, THE JUDGE & I -my life on stage

I WAS FRAMED had been running for almost a year and making eye contact, the soon-to-be Chief Justice of Ireland peered over his glasses at me and said I was an accomplished actor. I smiled back gratefully until he went on to sentence me to 12 years penal servitude.
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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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MICK HANLY BATTLES RAGWORT

I see singer songwriter Mick Hanley is responding positively to an Irish Arts Center invitation to perform in Manhattan New York in November while battling with Rogwort in his back garden. Is he past the point of rescue?
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THE STORY OF MOUSE LAND

You can never have enough democracy. I am a democrat with a small ‘D’. By that I mean not a US Democrat or even a Canadian Democrat as in the amusing YouTube video attached. But it is still well worth viewing.

In every other sense, like republicans of the socialist tradition, I am a democrat and believe you can never have enough democracy. This leads to the inevitable question of whether we have real democracy now. Watch The Story of Mouseland and decide.
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