The Xmas party that wasn’t, is just the latest in a long line of lies, but it is also the logical conclusion of an ideology that said, ‘There is no such thing as society.’ Margaret Thatcher the hero of the Conservative Party said this in 1987, but the principle was evident in her attitude fromContinue reading “Laughter and nibbles while people die alone.”
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The Priest is coming!
The knock on the door was followed by the shout above, shouted because the boy was halfway down the path on his way to next door. It was always boys who went ahead of the priest one each side of the road. ‘The priest’s coming’ would be relayed inside. When I was a child theContinue reading “The Priest is coming!”
I am a bit nervous about doing the online event as part of The Liverpool Irish Festival on Monday evening – it would be great to see you there, tickets are free and you can book through the link below. I will be joined by Liverpool historian Greg Quiery. I have done a few pressContinue reading “Giving Voice”
Being Irish- The Ghost In The Room
‘Being Irish’ will be published in two weeks, it is a collection of personal reflections on nationality by 101 figures from Ireland and abroad. My contribution is below- Can you support us by joining us for an online chat online on 25th Oct . Click the link to reserve your free ticket https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/jack-byrne-a-revolutionary-century-tickets-168966993827?aff=efbeventtix&fbclid=IwAR3wiQQfrokvyz0uO0g3cxBGtqF2UW0d1JVrPHrEifUnP75dEMVrh47e6EY My IrishnessContinue reading “Being Irish- The Ghost In The Room”
Liverpool Irish Festival
Join authors Greg Queiry and Jack Byrne for a conversation about the image -and reality- of the Irish Community in Liverpool. Using their publications as reference, they’ll discuss the myths and reality of the city nicknamed ‘Ireland’s second capital’. Greg’s history book, In Hardship and Hope (G&K Publishing, 2017), charts the earliest development of the Irish inContinue reading “Liverpool Irish Festival”
Far Foreign Land
Far Foreign Land is a memoir that reads like a novel. The author Tony Evans uses a dual narrative of events; the now legendary 2005 UEFA final in Istanbul and the decades of supporting Liverpool that preceded it. The book like the match contains all the highs and lows, the tension and drama of notContinue reading “Far Foreign Land”
The link above is for my appearance on Litopia, a live Youtube show that looks at writers’ submissions.This is live so there is no preparation we see the texts as they appear on the screen and have to respond within seconds with words of wisdom or advice. This was my second appearance and altogether moreContinue reading “Talking books”
‘The Wicklow Boys’ or ‘Across The Water’?
It’s been a long and winding road. That overused phrase is a good fit for the journey to the publication of my second novel. Nothing is agreed yet so the road can disappear over the horizon. While looking for a publisher and agent for Under The Bridge I took the online advice to start anotherContinue reading “‘The Wicklow Boys’ or ‘Across The Water’?”
The Lads of Garston
Printed with permission from Greg Quiery His book In Hardship and Hope is available from News From Nowhere. These are the lads of Garston,Who once ruled here, Who stroll on now. Easy. Putting in the long day. Walking the dog.Minding kids<Talking out the past. Here was their summers out of school Their muddy riviera, WhereContinue reading “The Lads of Garston”
Jack Byrne writer and international footballer?
Who doesn’t love a bit chicken? So when I got an email asking if I liked Nando’s, I was curious as to why they were asking… but I replied of course I liked it. Then I got an email from the CEO of Nando’s Ireland; Hey Jack, How’s it going? Hope you don’t mind meContinue reading “Jack Byrne writer and international footballer?”