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Here, you will find details of my Career and Life, Books, and Media & Public Appearances. I also make available a collection of my journalistic writings. Just below, you will find a new Moral Matters Column (uploaded each Friday) and a selection of my Saturday Essays from the Irish Daily Mail. At the bottom of this page, I have selected a quote from my writings in the hope that it will help you kick off your day on a contemplative, thought-provoking, but always life-affirming note. I have also just opened a new blog in which you will find regular musings on my life, career and the world.
March 15, 2017
Tears of pride for my son’s stage heroics
He walked on stage, paused and slowly began to sing:
‘Stars, In your multitudes, Scarce to be counted, Filling the darkness with order and light. You are the sentinels, Silent and sure, Keeping watch in the night, Keeping watch in the night’
Our eldest was dressed in the full costume of a 19thCentury police inspector. He was performing Stars from Les Misérables and posing as the puritanical yet tragic Inspector Javert. Somehow, without any accompaniment, he managed to capture the beauty of a song that sounds incongruous coming from a man intent on vengeance. The occasion was our annual outing at the poetry and music fheis organised by Paul Cullen and Ciara Phelan of Arclight Drama Studio in Dublin. It’s not the first time I have mentioned Paul and Ciara here, and if I do so again it is because I am overawed at the opportunity they give so many children. In opening up the arts to our aspiring thespians, they give them so much more than an outing on stage…Read More
November 26, 2016
Who wants to live forever?
Last week, the world was stunned by the news that a 14-year-old British girl who, shortly before her death on October 17, won a legal case to have her remains cryogenically frozen in the United States. She had been suffering from a rare form of cancer and did not ‘want to be buried underground’. Rather, as she informed the judge hearing her case, ‘being cryo-preserved gives me a chance to be cured and woken up – even in hundreds of years’ time’. The case has aroused global interest, not least because it offers the prospect of extending life beyond its natural limits. If we can be frozen, rather than interred or cremated, there is always the possibility of being raised from the dead at some future stage. There is always the hope we can enjoy immorality here on Earth…Read more