Author: Robert

John Prine at the Ulster Hall 0

John Prine at the Ulster Hall

It’s very rare that a song takes up a baseball bat and hits you on the head with it, but that is what happened metaphorically to me sometime in 1971, one eye on my...

BBC broadcaster Stephen Nolan 0

Why is the BBC so coy about Nolan?

A lot of people have been talking about the Nolan shows, both on radio and on television, with many asking if the programmes are a force for good or for bad. Is his adversarial...

Broadcasting House in Belfast 0

Is BBC NI a propagandist for the Union?

I was taken aback somewhat by a phrase in an article entitled Scottish Six news programme plans are dead, Whitehall insiders confirm in the newspaper Herald Scotland. According to the paper’s UK Political Editor,...

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Heather Humphreys vs Irish Speakers

Sorry, but I don’t recognise the stereotype that “Minister for the Gaeltacht” Heather Humphreys dragged up from the depths of her ignorance when she  “warned against fluent Irish speakers lecturing others who lack proficiency.”...

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Congrats to director Tom Collins

Having interviewed Tom Collins recently about An Bronntanas and previously about Kings, I know what a hardworking, conscientious film director he is so I am delighted that the Screen Directors Guild of Ireland (SDGI)...

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The secrets of Leuven’s Irish connection

This is the English version of the last Irish language blog, Cuairt ar Leuven.   Monday night (23 March 2015) saw a great programme go out on BBC2 NI in which I learned an awful...

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Cuairt ar Leuven na nGael?

  Tá clár ag dul amach ar BBC2 anocht (Dé Luain, 23 Márta) ar a 10in agus sílim gur fiú go mór amharc air. Is é an dara clár sa tsraith An Coláiste Éireannach...

Nathanael Campbell and Robert Bertrand in Arrivals2 1

New Arrivals make for great drama

Have you ever spent any time in a house that was lived in by a diverse group of immigrants? Have you ever wondered what life is like for the Roma, the Africans, the eastern...