Monthly Archives: March 2018

O’Callaghan, Sean: “James Connolly: My Search For The Man, The Myth And His Legacy”

As much an autobiography of O’Callaghan as it is a biography of Connolly, O’Callaghan discusses Connolly’s influence on his political development, which in part lead to O’Callaghan joining a Provisional IRA he loosely describes as Nationalist, anti-communist and Catholic. All … Continue reading

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Joyce, James: “Dubliners”.

Despite the fact that much of “Dubliners” takes place during the summer, it will always be a Christmas book in my mind, largely because of the “The Dead”. I usually try to read it during the winter. It remains a … Continue reading

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Chomsky, Noam and Pappe, Ilan: “Gaza In Crisis. Reflections On Israel’s War Against The Palestinians”

On a cold, brumal Saturday morning before Christmas, I was collecting George Lichtheim’s A Short History Of Socialism from Pembroke Library when I spotted a little red copy of Chomsky and Pappe’s Gaza In Crisis. Trump had just decided to … Continue reading

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Jason Brownlee, Tarek Masoud, Andrew Reynolds: “The Arab Spring. Pathways of Repression And Reform”.

The Middle East was thrown into a tailspin on 17th December 2010 when 26-year-old Tunisian Mohamed Bouazizi set himself on fire in protest against the repression in his native country.  The protest spread to Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Libya, Syria and … Continue reading

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Karftwerk’s dazzling live 3-D show at the Bord Gais Theatre.  

Paul Hewson once spoke of Kraftwerk as being the greatest soul band of all time and the thought lodged itself somewhere in the back of my brain. Discussing music is a subjective activity which lends itself, at the best of … Continue reading

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Goldacre, Ben: “Bad Science”.

Guardian journalist Ben Goldacre set out, in his 2008 Bad Science book, to destroy a number of prominent lies, myths and fabrications about commonplace scientific practices. Perhaps it is because the world has evolved considerably since the book’s publication, but … Continue reading

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