Emmanuel Kehoe

Emmanuel Kehoe

Tales from the operating theatre

Tales from the operating theatre

Contact Wounds: A War Surgeon’s Education, by Jonathan Kaplan, Picador, €26.25.

The botched hara-kiri of a Nobel nominee

The botched hara-kiri of a Nobel nominee

Mishima’s Sword, by Christopher Ross, Fourth Estate, €21.90.

Stardust drama did not equal reality

Stardust drama did not equal reality

In his sometime role as would-be renaissance prince, Charles Haughey was about to play Lorenzo the Magnificent to the struggling artists of Ireland.

Mind boggles at bouncing baby racers

Mind boggles at bouncing baby racers

All this angry Islam business made me wonder what devout Muslims can allow themselves to watch on television on this or the neighbouring island these days.

TV Review: Endeavours to revive Morse Code

TV Review: Endeavours to revive Morse Code

I was never a fan of Inspector Morse - incidentally, did you know his first name was Endeavour?

Cooking up a taste for the wild side

Cooking up a taste for the wild side

Imagine a Dublin without supermarkets, a city where your mother went grocery shopping in Findlaters on O’Connell Street and then around the corner to the Home and Colonial on North Earl Street.

The agonising secret of an agony aunt

The agonising secret of an agony aunt

My maiden aunt, a chronic romantic, thought radio agony aunt Frankie Byrne was too “Jack Blunt".

British officers speak of Irish conflict

British officers speak of Irish conflict

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British officers speak of Irish conflict

British officers speak of Irish conflict

British Voices From The Irish War Of Independence, 1918-1921, by William Sheehan, The Collins Press, €22.95.

Last vestiges of a confessional state

Last vestiges of a confessional state

One Whit Sunday afternoon in the diocese of Ferns, a legend was born that was perhaps to contribute to the strange state that was Catholic Ireland up to two decades ago.

Social change and soulful battles

Social change and soulful battles

Just when you thought contraception was a dead French letter, the damnable religious wrangling over its rights and wrongs surfaced on the front page of this newspaper last Sunday.

The changin' times of Bob Dylan

The changin' times of Bob Dylan

Martin Scorsese's monument to Bob Dylan's early career ran over two nights but covered only a few years in the man's life.

It's a dog's life for the Wife Swap set

It's a dog's life for the Wife Swap set

Sometimes watching reality television brings on a strange feeling of togetherness with people long ago.

Poignant and painful in Portrane

Poignant and painful in Portrane

I was wondering when the ordure would hit the fan as I watched The Asylum (RTE1).

Focus on drink replaces kitchen sink

Focus on drink replaces kitchen sink

A long time ago in what might just as well be a land far away, a writer (and actor) with a slightly exotic assumed name wrote a novel about an Irish village.