When a live line becomes a noose

You have to admire any presenter whose show runs like a conducted orchestra. Joe’s leading questions, on Liveline, are like those hands dancing in the air to the sounds they are extracting. The hands that knows the sound before the musician has delivered it. Joe can certainly play people very well. Their drawn out answers [...]

Nowzad: the life lesson in a word

If you have an innate love and respect for all lives, the last few days as Afghanistan became undone was akin to that desperately sad movie that you hope is not based on a true story. But the irony is art constantly copies life and in the strangest and cruelest of fiction lies someone’s truths [...]

The Department of Agriculture and Faults

Minister McConalogue who employs a convicted animal abuser as a welfare official. The thing is when you blog about animal welfare you could be accused of being a broken record and worse. Well, one department vet has a history of going around telling people, I’m trouble, which could be deemed a worse insult. Whenever fellow [...]

Update the Irish Profile? Arra, aren’t we grand!

  We are good at many things in Ireland but we excel at playing up those ‘oirish’ characteristics that act as the good old reliable bait to capture the hearts and minds of the non-Irish. Yes, once we win them over, their hearts are in Ireland, it’s where they want to be.... cha ching cha [...]

When I grow up I wanna be famous, be a county councillor, and lock dogs in a trailer without water whilst the sun turns it into a oven…

Yes, things must have got a bit heated in Craig Lovett’s home yesterday. After all, dogs hidden away in a cattle trailer with their heads hanging out between the only gaps to air doesn’t quite fit in with the same picture perfect public image a county councillor aims to perfect in a ‘Van Goghish’ way. [...]

Rescue Island: a whole lot of true love

Today we lost our oldest rescue dog called Barney. Our life time together never ran smoothly but our love for him did. No, Barney wouldn’t have turned many heads in the pound and the chat might not have been too good when it came to kennel no.3. I shouldn’t have been In Monaghan pound five [...]

The Ugly Story about a Duckling

When I was eleven I asked Alan Deegan who was in my class to carve our names in a heart up high on a tree. Now I was so in love (in the eleven year old sense) that I thought ‘sure why wouldn’t we have our names carved on a tree’ that happened to stand [...]

Let me tell you about vile

Anger seemed to follow me around the yard yesterday - like a shadow I couldn’t separate from. And behind that blinding emotion lied a lot of other - more understandable ones, that I looked at during the night as I bottle fed a newborn kitten.  On Sunday I read the word ‘vile’ and ‘scum’ many [...]

Your horse is tied to a pole!

To the people who tether their horses - just a few questions today!  When you tie your horse to the pole, how do you think he will feed himself when the green grass beneath turns to mud? Will he dig for the roots to stop the hunger pains or focus on the green fields surrounding [...]