The unabridged vitality of youth

A review of Cúirt’s All-Ireland Schools Poetry Slam I was at the all-Ireland schools poetry slam in the Town Hall Theatre in Galwaywhich took place as part of the Cúirt Literary Festival. It was a free event, where transition-year students from different parts of the island came together to perform their poems in front of a rapturous audience of friends, […]

  Like so many Derry City fans last night, I was delighted that Decky Devine’s men had secured their place in the Setanta Cup final at the expense of Shamrock Rovers. They now face an interesting tie at Windsor Park with Irish Premiership outfit Crusaders, who disposed of Sligo Rovers in a thrilling encounter, on Saturday May 12th. However, despite […]

 Rooney and Giggs argue with official Soon after Sylvain Distin’s terrible back-pass error which gifted Luis Suárez a goal in the 2012 FA Cup Semi Final, Séamus Coleman entered the fray, having been intensely briefed by David Moyes as to his role on the right wing. Presumably, Moyes must have felt that an injection of the Irishman’s boundless energy would […]

I came away from Derry’s game away to Sligo feeling like the Candystripes could have nicked a victory, but a draw at the Showgrounds is nothing to be sniffed at. As it stands, with seven games played, Derry sit in sixth position, six points behind Sligo and five behind Shamrock Rovers and with a series of difficult games to come […]

On Wednesday the 11th of April, UTV reported that a proposal to fly the Irish tricolour alongside the British flag at Stormont would be discussed as part of a debate on “good relations”. 14 years after the signing of the Good Friday Agreement – a document that is driven by the desire for “good relations” – and we’re still not […]

Rebuilding "the nation"

Just under a century on from the Easter Rising in Ireland, revisionism rears its head much more profoundly than ever as we saw politicians from all parties latch on to the momentous event, commemorating the men who fought and died so that Ireland might be freed from British rule, or in other words, vaunting dissident physical-force republicans. As Jude Collins […]