Ireland

The Horrors of St Patrick’s Day

17 March 2009 12:17

Eammon Forde doesn’t much care for St Patrick’s Day: It says everything about what it means to be Irish these…

The Decline of the Dublin Pub

11 March 2009 15:01

The Long Hall: photo by Flickr user inaki_naiz. Used under a Creative Commons License. An important article in the New…

Annals of Policing

20 February 2009 13:57

Not much gets past the Garda Siochana… HE WAS one of Ireland’s most reckless drivers, a serial offender who crossed…

Death of a Gadfly Playwright

12 February 2009 22:24

Hugh Leonard has died. His Telegraph obituary reeks of boozy afternoons in Dublin’s finest hostelries: Indeed, Leonard relished quarrels. “An…

The United States and the IRA

14 January 2009 15:36

Responding to Stephen Walt’s hypothetical (What if Gaza were full of jews?), Megan McArdle compares the Israel lobby to the…

Celtic Tiger De-clawed

8 January 2009 13:29

Tough times on the Emerald Isle: Dell is closing it’s largest non-US manufacturing plant. This is not good news. Established…

The Cruiser Goes Down

19 December 2008 17:21

Conor Cruise O’Brien’s death, at 91, comes as a jolt. By the end, the Cruiser was something of a reactionary…

Attention Dublin Readers

28 October 2008 17:21

Apart from a couple of pre-prepared items, there’s not likely to be too much blogging in these parts for the…

Ronnie Drew, RIP

17 August 2008 21:55

The Foggy Dew should be busy tonight. Mind you, so should all the other pubs in Dublin. There’ll be more…

Taxing Questions

7 May 2008 13:06

From the Adam Smith Institute: Once again, Ireland seems to be the destination of choice for companies driven out of…

Major Carroll Advances

30 April 2008 22:59

Heartening news from Ireland: when the government banned smoking in pubs in 2004, 27% of Irish folk smoked. Now 29%…

Paddy Hillery RIP

16 April 2008 1:26

Patrick Hillery, President of Ireland from 1976-1990, has died. From the Telegraph’s obituary: As president, Hillery’s main achievement was the…

Video of the Day

2 April 2008 23:03

“It would give me the greatest of pleasure watching non-compliant tax-payers going to jail. That’s the kind of person I…

Storm in a Taoiseach…

2 April 2008 19:20

We knew everything we needed to know about Bertie Ahern from the moment his mentor Charlie Haughey declared that of…

Wherever the Green is Worn

17 March 2008 5:35

The ten worst Irish accents in cinema history? Check ’em out here. Amazingly, Tom Cruise doesn’t take the top spot……

Too Late It Should Be, Too Late

12 March 2008 23:54

I’m indebted to an old college buddy for alerting me to this description of David Irving’s recent appearance on Irish…

Get a grip, Ron Burgundy

8 February 2008 18:05

Will Ferrell: clown. Top Hollywood star Will Ferrell last night appeared in University College Dublin to accept a prestigious award…

A Boy From the County Hell

25 December 2007 5:07

Shane McGowan celebrates his 50th birthday today. Who would have thought it? Comfort and joy all round. This must rank…

Clinton: My Wife’s Part in Ulster’s Downfall

16 December 2007 20:56

Daniel Larison points out an extraordinary passage from Bill Clinton’s appearance on The Charlie Rose Show on Friday. Bafflingly, Clinton…

Rudy Giuliani, the Terrorists’ Worst Enemy?

7 November 2007 5:20

Well, not always. From the New York Times, September 29th 1994, less than a month after the declaration of a…