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It struck me very strongly when I was beginning this column that many of the events of these few days are of a national and international variety.
I suppose the hurling final was the event of the weekend. But the result was disappointing, in that the gap between Kilkenny and Tipperary was 14 points, which did not indicate a very close game. Nonetheless, it is always exciting to see hurling played at a very high level, which this was, and the prowess and skill of the combatants on each team was not in doubt.
Marion McKeone is Ireland’s foremost reporter on the United States and she is taking part in GIAF’s First Thought Talks series with a lecture entitled ‘Trump’s Wall: A Symptom of a Greater US Sickness?’ at NUIG’s Aula Maxima on Saturday July 20 at 12 noon.
Marion McKeone is Ireland’s foremost reporter on the United States and she is taking part in GIAF’s First Thought Talks series with a lecture entitled 'Trump's Wall: A Symptom of a Greater US Sickness?' at NUIG’s Aula Maxima on Saturday July 20 at 12 noon.
THE STORY is well known - but only to an extent. Before she became Joan As Policewoman, she was a member of The Dambuilders, Black Beetle, and then Antony and The Johnsons. What is less remarked on, yet perhaps more crucial to her development as an artist and musician, was her time as a classical violinist.
I’m going to begin this column with the great news about Katie Taylor. As we all know by now, on Saturday night she defeated Belgian woman, Delfine Persoon, in Madison Square Garden in New York. I didn’t see the fight because it was at 1.30 in the morning, but I saw bits of it on the news, and it appears that she won it fair and square. But already the grumblings are beginning and Delfine Persoon has challenged her to a re-match as soon as possible. If I was Katie Taylor, I would not agree to a re-match. Katie won it, and she is now the undisputed lightweight champion of the world. Why should she casually decide on a re-match, just because the loser wants to engage with her immediately? So leave her alone; you are now, Katie, the world champion, so rest on your laurels. Despite that fact, she is always regarded, both when written about and in interviews, as a modest, unassuming young woman, and she appears to be that in every sense of the word. Well done Katie, and I hope you enjoy the sense of accomplishment.
Hopefully it will not happen, but Insider thinks that, given the current state of play – and the direction of the political wind – some variant of fascism is likely to emerge triumphant, not today or tomorrow, but medium term, from the political turmoil consuming Europe and the USA since at least 2014.
It has been a week of mixed emotions for Insider. On Monday April 8 we saw a vibrant coalition of union, civil society, and cross-party groups come together for a 'Raise the Roof' rally on housing in Eyre Square.
DONALD TRUMP, Roy Keane, Jose Mourinho, Eamon Dunphy, Conor McGregor. Imagine being in the same room as those five. Would you survive it? If you are in the company of Al Foran that will be no problem.
“LIFE IS difficult, but it’s incredible to be awake for it, to be present for it, both the good and the bad stuff.” So declares John Grant, who has known plenty of life’s slings and arrows. Yet he has come through them all to arrive at a place of self-acceptance, and to see his words and music resonate deeply with audiences across the world.