Phoenix Article – Affairs of the Nation

RAISE A toast to developer Shane Murphy, who’s finally got permission to redevelop the Dorset Street home that was not Brinsley Sheridan’s, the 18th century playwright and politican. Back in 2007 a row emerged when the remains of the house, listed on the...

Rón – The Irish Seal Sanctuary Newsletter

9 October 2008 What a pity the human race seems intent on destroying the world around us. We share the planet with animal, bird, insect and plant species. I sometimes shudder to imagine what would happen if alien species more sophisticated than the human race landed...

Save The Treasures Of The Long Room

Background: The vaulted ceiling, serried shelves of handbound volumes and the evocative aroma of leather in the Long Room go to make up one of the iconic experiences of Trinity College life. Most graduates will have visited the Old Library building with family and...

Visit to Norway – 2006

Background: In April of this year I heard the Norwegian Foreign Minister making an appeal on the BBC for concerned politicians to visit the Arctic regions in order to witness the impact of global warming on the ice sheet. I took up this opportunity and have just...

Donation to the National Library of papers

  About 18 months ago I was approached by the Keeper of Manuscripts in the National Library Dr. Gerry Lyne with a proposal that they should buy “my papers” i.e. the records of my political and cultural life. I was very flattered and indicated that rather...

My Memories of the Trinity Ball

Trinity Days My memories of the Trinity Ball go back to the mid 1960s. Trinity was then a small university of about 3,000 staff and students. Unusually in Dublin there was a strong international flavour to the college in what was then still essentially a provincial...