Plastic Paddies are authentic Irishman – and they have a cert to prove it

So Tom Cruise is officially an Oirishman – begorrah and bejaysus but don’t that just bate Banagher; we can finally lay claim to a real Irish Hollywood leprechaun in our midst. ...

Time for Galway footballers to circle the wagons

THE National Football League has thrown up more than its fair share of surprise results over the past couple of months with some teams badly beaten one week coming out seven days later and...

Will exiting the bail-out really only amount to another trick of the light?

Will Ireland exit the bailout at the end of next year? In a way it's an academic question because even if the country exits the bailout….it won't exit the bailout.  ...

Political gatherings in the west prove stark reminder of contrasting fortunes

World of Politics with Harry McGee - Two parties held their party conferences last weekend – and both present pictures of deeply contrasting fortunes. One is on the rise. Another...

No better man than Joyce to coin a phrase

A Different View with Dave O'Connell You’d have to feel sorry for the bloke in the Central Bank who made a pig’s ear of the new commemorative €10 coin that misquoted James Joyce....

Kilkenny will still be up for it despite absent Cody

 THEY will be a strange sight in Thurles on Sunday – a Kilkenny hurling team without their long serving manager Brian Cody patrolling the sideline. But don’t assume for one minute that it will...


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