Monthly Archives: April 2017


THE FAILED GENERATION

PHOTO: Franklin / AP “I was a child in the sixties Dreams could be held through TV With Disney, and Cronkite, and Martin Luther Oh, I believed, I believed, I believed Nanci Griffith – It’s A Hard Life I’m in my mid-fifties and I was a child of the sixties. I […]


BOOK REVIEW: DARK HOLLOW

  TITLE:  Dark Hollow AUTHOR: John Connolly BLURB: A young woman, Rita Ferris, and her little son die at the hands of an unknown killer, and the past and present collide violently for Charlie Parker. Still raw from the brutal slayings of his wife and daughter, and the events surrounding the hunt for […]


REVIEW: ONE MILLION DUBLINERS

                I had the occasion to visit Glasnevin Cemetery in Dublin the other day and took my camera along with me. Strolling around I watched people visit the museum, take part in a tour, take their daily constitutional and one lady was walking her […]


BOOK REVIEW: HEART SHAPED BOX

TITLE:  HEART SHAPED BOX AUTHOR: JOE HILL BLURB: Aging, self-absorbed rock star Judas Coyne has a thing for the macabre — his collection includes sketches from infamous serial killer John Wayne Gacy, a trepanned skull from the 16th century, a used hangman’s noose, Aleister Crowley’s childhood chessboard, etc. — so when his […]


MY GRANDFATHER’S UNIFORM JACKET

The legend of my maternal grandfather has survived almost 90 years of retelling down to his great grandchildren and yet we actually know very little of the man himself. Pretty much everybody in Ireland, especially last year which was the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising, lays claim to having […]


BOOK REVIEW: CITY OF THE LOST

TITLE:  CITY OF THE LOST AUTHOR: KELLEY ARMSTRONG BLURB: Casey Duncan once killed a man and got away with it. But that’s not why she’s on the run. Her best friend Diana’s ex has found her again, despite all Casey has done to protect her. And Diana has decided the only way she’ll […]


MEANWHILE…#3

This is what I’m getting up to lately… Reading: I’m reading two books at the moment. The first is the latest from John Connolly Game of Ghosts and the other is for work Professional Development As Transformative Learning (!) by Patricia Cranton. Watching: Coming down from a staple diet of DC and Marvel […]


IRELAND: THE STAR WARS CONNECTION

The Ban Cheile* and I were fully charged and ready for our three-day adventure to South West Kerry to see if the Star Wars™ influence had changed the area in any way and also to enjoy a seriously chilled extended weekend break. If you’re a Star Wars fan you’ll know […]


BOOK REVIEW: EVERY DEAD THING

  TITLE:  Every Dead Thing AUTHOR: John Connolly BLURB: Haunted by the unsolved slayings of his wife and young daughter, and tormented by his sense of guilt, former NYPD detective Charlie Parker is a man consumed by violence, regret and the desire for revenge. But when his ex-partner asks him to track […]


IRELAND: VALENTIA – ISLAND AT THE EDGE OF THE WORLD

While the Ban Cheile* and I were on our Ring Of Kerry trip last month we based ourselves in the Valentia Royal Hotel on the small island off the Kerry coast. The island is just 11km long and 3km wide with a population of only 665 permanent residents – about the same […]


BOOK REVIEW: NORSE MYTHOLOGY

  TITLE:  Norse Mythology AUTHOR: Neil Gaiman BLURB: In Norse Mythology, Gaiman stays true to the myths in envisioning the major Norse pantheon: Odin, the highest of the high, wise, daring, and cunning; Thor, Odin’s son, incredibly strong yet not the wisest of gods; and Loki―son of a giant―blood brother to Odin and […]