Tom McGurk

Tom McGurk

Articles by Tom McGurk

A rugby clash of old and new

A rugby clash of old and new

Ten years ago, when rugby became fully professional, the prognosis for Irish rugby was far from rosy.

The Invisible Republic gets its day out

The Invisible Republic gets its day out

The intensity of the recent debate about the state’s decision to restore the traditional military parade and celebration of the 1916 Rising has been fascinating.

Finally, a possible end to the North’s political impasse

Finally, a possible end to the North’s political impasse

Bertie Ahern and Tony Blair must have the patience of Job. As the political Rubik’s cube that is the attempt to turn the North into a power-sharing democracy continues to revolve unsolved (entering a ninth year since the Good Friday Agreement), the w

McGahern lit up our darkness

McGahern lit up our darkness

It is extraordinary how sometimes in history tiny moments can, in retrospect, be seen as enormous and defining moments.

Racist until proven innocent

Racist until proven innocent

Apparently, we have all been behaving disgracefully.

Is the IRFU dropping the ball on a property goldmine?

Is the IRFU dropping the ball on a property goldmine?

From the outset, the Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) has said its bottom line is that the redevelopment of Lansdowne Road must provide a secure financial future for the professional era in Irish rugby.

Beckett's century

Beckett's century

One night during the week of the 1916 Easter Rising, Willie Beckett of Foxrock took his two young sons, Frank, aged 12, and Samuel, aged 9, up to the nearby Three Rock Mountain to see the sight that was Dublin city.

The Easter Rising: The shots that changed the world forever

The Easter Rising: The shots that changed the world forever

The public commentary ever since Bertie Ahern announced the revival of the 1916 memorial parade has been fascinating.

McAleese speech sold out the majority of the Irish public

McAleese speech sold out the majority of the Irish public

I suspect I am not the only Irish citizen who found President Mary McAleese’s performance in Saudi Arabia last week bizarre.

A free Europe has to stand firm

A free Europe has to stand firm

In the week in which the Danish cartoon crisis raged across the Muslim world, an opinion poll published in Britain made for deeply disturbing reading.

DUP hides behind IMC report

DUP hides behind IMC report

In the words of the Independent Monitoring Commission (IMC), closing down the Provisional IRA after some 30 years is like slowing and turning an oil supertanker.

Stalwarts of unionism must adapt and change to survive

Stalwarts of unionism must adapt and change to survive

The ‘Love Ulster' campaign is heading south. Led by Willie Frazer, spokesman for victims' group Families Acting for Innocent Relatives (FAIR), the group is coming to protest outside the Dáil.

Sharon's uncertain legacy

Sharon's uncertain legacy

Suddenly, within a very short period of time, the two gigantic figures who have dominated the Israeli/Palestinian conflict for a generation are gone.

New world disorder ends our millennium optimism

New world disorder ends our millennium optimism

Today is the first day of the second half of the first decade of the 21st century.

A failure that cries for justice to be served

A failure that cries for justice to be served

Last Sunday's Liam Lawlor stories were an outrageous professional failure on the part of certain newspapers to commit to accuracy or to ethics.