The Celtic Tiger changes its stripes

The biggest debunker of conspiracy theories has to be what the British call 'the thirty year rule'  for the declassification of secret documents. It is not that the released documents reveal the truth (the really juicy ones are locked up for far longer); it is, rather, the realization that the behind-the-scenes machinations of government way…

Letter to America

Minister For (sic) Finance, Republic of Ireland June 1, 2013 Mr Seamus Noonan, Boston MA, USA Dear Seamus, Mother Ireland is being crucified once again and she is hurting, to be sure. I was walking past the General Post Office on O'Connell Street yesterday when old Stephen Megan accosted me: " What's all this about Apples, young Michael?" he growled,…

Irish blarney

I have always been skeptical about the rave reviews on the covers of books. "I just couldn't put this book down", may  have been the first part of a sentence that concluded, "the kitchen sink disposal unit"; "His best novel yet" , could have ended, "which, given his other semi-literate offerings is no great achievement". So,…