My concern about the Patrick Story is that it is much more than a simple harmless myth that allows the Irish to celebrate our identity. I believe it is a very powerful myth loaded with meaning and images that has been created and used to mould how the Irish see themselves and by that allowed others to manipulate and control us.
It was in the nondescript northern banlieue or suburb of ‘Suresnes’ that I had my first experience of Paris in 1976. While I have loved Paris and France ever since, the word ‘banlieue’ continues to fill me with dread. I had just turned twenty-two and had never been in a foreign country before. My … Continue reading Fleeced in France
A glance at this map should persuade most people of Ireland’s pivotal maritime position from ancient times. There were close contacts between the Irish and the entire Atlantic and Mediterranean seaboard from ancient times that are little reported in modern history text books. This is just one of hidden aspects of Irish history that in the … Continue reading Atlantean Irish
Was the Christian Church with its headquarters in Rome merely a front for the old Roman Empire and its global ambitions?
It was the Egyptians, not the Romans and not even St. Patrick! In my historical novel about early Christian Ireland: The Hare’s Vision, the story moves from Egypt to Ireland in the sixth century for a good reason. People have asked me: ‘Why Egypt?’ ‘Should it not be Rome?’ Click here. No. The connection with … Continue reading It was the Egyptians!
Extract from the Hare's Vision of the ceremony performed by Colum Cille at Beaghmore in 575AD. “It is a thin place between this world and the others. It has been used by the peoples of this land to channel the energy needed for crops to grow, healthy children to be born and enemies to be … Continue reading Beaghmore Stone circles
Two films from the BBC setting out the historical context within which the Hare's Vision is set.
"This is a remarkable book. It has a smooth narrative flow and a great visual appeal and I keep thinking of it in terms of a film, possibly along the lines of Lord of the Rings, it reads like a traditional Irish myth." Colin McAlpin Author, Journalist and Film critic "This is such an important … Continue reading Reviews
It was a standing joke between them. Sam took a Bushmills and Sean a Jameson. They’d done it for over forty years, but they united around the Guinness. That seemed to cut across all creeds. “Parade gets smaller every year,” said Sam as they settled into the snug in the small bar in central Belfast … Continue reading When the flyers came home
I remember the taste to this day of the forbidden fruit from that evening in my youth. I grew up in rural Northern Ireland in the 1950s and 60s where the diet was plain and the food simple. The food like the culture was far from exotic. I know from my wife who grew up … Continue reading Forbidden chips
The Word The book is based in the sixth century, a pivotal time in Christianity. The Roman Empire had collapsed and the Christian Church had split into the four patriarchies of Alexandria, Antioch, Constantinople and Rome. The church in the east was threatened by the Sassanid Empire which overran Alexandria, Antioch and Constantinople in the … Continue reading Historical Note
Synopsis of The Word The Word will cause you to rethink your attitude to conventional Christianity and its influence on our history. It reveals an ancient secret that has been hidden in full view ever since Jesus spoke the Word in Judaea two thousand years ago. It is a challenge to all those in power … Continue reading Synopsis
The Word The book is based in the sixth century, a pivotal time in Christianity. The Roman Empire had collapsed and the Christian Church had split into the four patriarchies of Alexandria, Antioch, Constantinople and Rome. The church in the east was threatened by the Sassanid Empire which overran Alexandria, Antioch and Constantinople in the … Continue reading Author’s Note
Jim ‘Fizzy’ Watters was a big man who sat behind an even bigger desk. He was a Mr Fix It in the area. If you wanted something done, from an old score settled to a few strings pulled in high places, Jim Watters was the go-to man. To those in the community who had his … Continue reading Mickey the Mullet’s piece
It was a date before another savagery commenced. Our conflict was much closer to home than the D Day landings commemorated every 6 June. 1966 was a time, when as 11 year olds, our broad horizons of innocence and hope stretched out before us - for a while at least. I have never forgotten … Continue reading All the Sixes – 6 June 1966
“If you boys want to see your sweethearts again, shut up, all of you!” warned the sergeant in a desperate breathless tone. Straightaway they knew what it meant and all the men fell silent. They listened. The corporal with the new device set it quietly against the tunnel wall and listened on his headphones. Those … Continue reading IF
Phillippe could still remember the day he learnt an important lesson as a young boy. It was a day he lost some innocence. He was running down the street in the warm morning sunshine. His skinny legs pounding hard on the pavement, full of joy with his new shoes and the wonder of the task … Continue reading Bread and Dogs
I was the right side of sixty when I first met Zachariah. He inserted himself into my life, into my book without invitation or encouragement and seems determined to stay in spite of our questioning of him. You see he is a creature not easily deterred or discouraged. He appears to have a strong belief … Continue reading Zachariah’s book
“It’s perfect for us. Easy to get in and out of and good for a quick getaway, straight down this entry and away.” said Harry in earnest tones pointing down the empty alleyway with a sausage. “We’ll hit the bank at 12 noon. That’s when they’re busiest stealing money from the unsuspecting public.” He shook … Continue reading When Harry met Roger