Category: news

My son is the same age as the Good Friday Agreement - why that matters

Our Belfast-born son turns 20 this summer, the same age as the Good Friday Agreement, signed on April 10th, 1998, that marked the start of the end of what in Northern Ireland was known as ‘the Troubles‘. Throughout his life, he’s heard me talk about the Troubles. But the Belfast I’ve described, a city of... Read more »

What's worse: being dragged off a plane or dragged through the press?

The doctor forcibly dragged off United Airlines Flight 3411 on April 9 has been identified as Dr David Dao. Unfortunately for the doctor, that’s not all we now know about him thanks to the world’s press. I’m not going to repeat the facts that have been unearthed about the doctor’s past, and I understand that even... Read more »

United - how is dragging a passenger off a flight an example of 'Friendly Skies'?

If you don’t yet know what this blog post is about, please first watch the video below. It’s very short, but does contain sounds you might not want your kids, work colleagues or random strangers to hear. Just to let you know. And then ask yourself what this could be about. If you do know... Read more »

Did you hear the one about President Trump, Rory McIlroy and the round of golf?

So it was a round of golf in the end. Not just a few holes as the White House originally stated took place at the weekend between President Trump and the wee fella from Northern Ireland, Rory McIlroy. But a full 18 holes because the World No 1 leader obviously enjoyed the company of the... Read more »

No one asked me if Theresa (with an 'h') May - or may not - meet Donald Trump

‘May I?’ is such a polite turn of phrase. But in most cases, it really means ‘I’m doing this anyway, pal, but I’ll observe the social niceties and ask your permission while sounding oh-so-posh at the same time’. It’s how I imagine I would have been asked about Theresa May, the British Prime Minister, addressing... Read more »

Dear Donald, Sorry about the carpet stains. Regards, Barack.

Dear Donald, Sorry about the carpet stains. We’d a smooth ride with Bo, but Sunny had her own idea about what was outside and what wasn’t, and apparently the area near your new office was – at least for pooping purposes. If I saw her heading that way, I’d catch her. But she could outrun... Read more »

The night Michelle Obama showed she was first and foremost a mother

My boys made fun of me as I teared up watching President Obama give his farewell speech in Chicago on January 10. It was the moment he praised his wife Michelle, the moment when he acknowledged the life she has led over the past eight years has not been of her own choosing. But that... Read more »

Dear everyone - to be read on November 9

I know there are many angry people out there today. Many disappointed, upset, anxious, possibly frightened people. It doesn’t matter who won, which party won, or who won what. I’ve written this on November 8 because no matter the outcome, America is a country divided, but hopefully not a divided country. Not yet anyway. I’ve... Read more »

Ireland rugby team breaks its own curse in Chicago by beating the All Blacks

Chicago’s on fire this week. Right after the Cubs baseball team ended their 108-year World Series drought blamed on a goat, the city was instrumental in breaking an even longer curse that has lasted since 1905. For this weekend at Soldier Field, the Ireland rugby team beat the All Blacks by 40-29, their first win... Read more »

Spare a thought for the poor Cubs fans who've never NOT won a World Series

You die-hard Chicago Cubs fans who’ve had to wait 108 years before winning the World Series, you don’t know how lucky you are! This is the best moment in your life, the best moment to remember the lives of all the fathers and mothers and grandparents who didn’t get a chance to see the Cubs... Read more »