Tom Mcgurk, Opinion /

From pastime to patrician plaything

From pastime to patrician plaything

What was a sport that enriched millions of lives in deprived communities has become the workhorse of 21st century global capitalism

Familiar voices, stilled lives

Familiar voices, stilled lives

The deaths of Bill O’Herlihy and Derek Davis reminded us of the intrinsic transience of broadcasting talent, but also of the deep emotional imprint that it can leave on us

Can we allow another referendum like this?

Can we allow another referendum like this?

A referendum Yes campaign funded by €25 million from the US and complex arguments reduced to marketing slogans says little for the integrity and dignity of our democracy

No certainties any more in the new North

No certainties any more in the new North

‘Catholic’ and ‘nationalist’ may no longer be synonymous, as disillusionment with the South sees attitudes shift

British Elections: A kingdom far from united

British Elections: A kingdom far from united

It is no longer the Irish question that excites political debate in Britain, it is the Scottish question and the European question

Inequality is the flaw in the American dream

Inequality is the flaw in the American dream

It is 40 years since the fall of Saigon. But since then, it is the US that has declined

An anarchic classic that awakened us all

An anarchic classic that awakened us all

Father Ted captured a whole series of religious and cultural epiphanies, and remains a comedy landmark two decades on from its debut

The loneliest job in the world

The loneliest job in the world

Airline pilots bear a huge responsibility, routinely face stresses many of us couldn’t handle, and often fly in a state of exhaustion as they hop between continents

Tradition vs modernity in Marseilles today

Tradition vs modernity in Marseilles today

Ireland produces its own players, French clubs are buying in talent. The odds are stacked against Leinster

Isis is now a medieval threat to our existence

Isis is now a medieval threat to our existence

The west has never seen an enemy like this and Isis is convinced that it will destroy us in its attempts to restore the caliphate

Red blooded bloke in a pasty-faced world

Red blooded bloke in a pasty-faced world

Jeremy Clarkson is old-school male, rare in today’s PC media, revelling in mates and motor cars, and becoming a global star in the process

Dark arts behind the black stuff

Dark arts behind the black stuff

Gone are the days of Arthur’s Day promotions hosted in bars. Now Diageo is behind a campaign to tackle binge drinking. But can we really take its stance seriously?

The very remarkable coach – Mr Schmidt

The very remarkable coach – Mr Schmidt

This is the best Irish team I have ever seen - and they are led by the best coach in world rugby

Recasting the family to suit Labour’s agenda

Recasting the family to suit Labour’s agenda

Enda Kenny says the referendum on same-sex marriage has nothing to do with children – how extraordinary.

Why ‘neutral’ Ireland is part of Ukraine mess

Why ‘neutral’ Ireland is part of Ukraine mess

There was a time when neutrality was a comfortable and useful stance from which to influence world affairs, but now we’re taking sides – and not always wisely.