Invasion of the two-fingers-snatchers
Declan Lynch Everywhere they are talking about "a crisis in capitalism".
Declan Lynch Everywhere they are talking about "a crisis in capitalism".
Declan Lynch So a judge ruled that a breath alcohol statement was not a valid piece of evidence because it was written in English only. An Irish-language version was also required.
Declan Lynch In an after-dinner speech that was described as "emotional" and "impromptu", Ruairi Quinn told his colleagues at the Labour Party think-in that because socialists don't believe in capitalism, "we know how to fucking manage it".
Declan Lynch It is deeply interesting that the Toulon club, three-time winners of the European Club Rugby Championship, has been caught up in an investigation by French authorities in relation to allegations of doping.
Declan Lynch We may have to look at this again. We may have to start tweaking that old line about Paddy's contribution to the world being mainly in the areas of literature and music and theatre and all those fine things.
Declan Lynch It was the tour guide in Zimbabwe who lingered in the mind.
Declan Lynch Recently on the European Tour, Shane Lowry could be seen celebrating a hole in one. Not only was it an ace, it came with a prize of a BMW sports car, a flying machine worth about 150 grand. So it is no wonder that Lowry was punching the air, high on the improbability of it all.
Declan Lynch In America Donald Trump is doing rather well in his quest for the Republican nomination for the 2016 election - if successful he would become what commentator Jon Stewart has correctly called "the...
Declan Lynch Thank God," my friend said, when I met him on the street last week. "Just thank God."
Declan Lynch I have only been to the Galway Races once. Or rather, twice during the same festival, on the Wednesday and the Thursday, during which time I somehow managed to back 14 losers in 14 races.
Declan Lynch Patrick Coveney, who runs Greencore and who is the brother of Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney, spoke for all of his kind and their brothers, when he told CNBC's Squawk Box that the best thing that...
Declan Lynch Eventually it stops making any sense.
Declan Lynch I was reading my first eBook last week, the Kindle edition of a novel called Chasing Dragons by Eddie Naughton - a very decent piece of work about heroin and the damage it has done to the old solidarity of the Dublin working class - when it was announced that Amazon is devising a new system of payment based on the number of pages...
Douglas Lynch Was it gallows humour or canny calculation that saw the Johnny Logan Working Group established by the Department of Finance to look for a year's funding during the lead up to the bailout? They can take...
Declan Lynch The first sign that Paddy was going down the wrong road here was the contribution of Brian Hayes on the Marian Finucane Show. Hayes, who retired from Irish politics last year to become an MEP, was speaking about the Greeks, and the inability of their negotiators to comprehend the great matters in which they are embroiled.
Declan Lynch Time was when FAI officials had nicknames like Big Dinners and Little Dinners, but last week, they laid on a banquet.
Declan Lynch It was John Giles who, not for the first time, got to the essence.
Declan Lynch We were presented last week with images of two famous men who have gone to hell.
Declan Lynch We may be seeing this Yes vote as a proclamation of our modernity, and yet at the root of it, we may find some of our more ancient impulses.
Declan Lynch Whenever I walk past Mulligan's of Poolbeg Street, even after many years of not drinking, I can sense powerful forces behind those doors, beckoning me within.
Declan Lynch People come up to me in the street all the time - or not, as the case may be - and ask me why I am always on about sports and betting and suchlike, when I could be writing about things that are far less interesting.
Declan Lynch The same-sex marriage referendum, like so many of the great moral issues of the age, comes down eventually to one question: which of the betting corporations can screw the most publicity out of it?
Declan Lynch We all love the story of the man who had this great idea to save a matchbox manufacturer a fortune - an idea which he would only divulge if he was given an absolute guarantee that he would receive a large sum of money if indeed his idea caused the manufacturer's profits to rise.
Declan Lynch The punchline, appropriately, was at the end. Reading through the story about the demolition of what was once the Windmill Lane studios, you eventually got to the part where the property investment company Hibernia REIT, had stated that it would "take into account" the site's history.
Declan Lynch I happened upon an episode of Mastermind recently, still apparently thriving after 40 years on the BBC, and an ancient question formed in my mind: how did this ever get made? What manner of madness was in the air at that time, that would permit the making of a quiz programme for a mass TV audience with questions that were much...
Declan Lynch They've been at it for weeks now, marking our cards. At the traditional pre-Cheltenham nights in country hotels, in the racing pages and on dedicated TV channels such as At The Races, they've been going through every race, analysing every possible twist and permutation, telling us what they know and what they are hearing, and calling it.
Declan Lynch On his radio show last Monday morning, Ivan Yates mentioned that he had been watching Goals On Sunday on Sky Sports, which features highlights from the games of the previous day in the Barclay's Premier League, but which last week had an unexpected guest in Jose Mourinho.
Declan Lynch It is indeed strange that there has been so little response to that recent Sinn Fein declaration that "we should not be creating a hierarchy of victims".
Declan Lynch Next week, some of the biggest bookmaking chains in these islands, including Ladbrokes, William Hill, Paddy Power and Coral, will be launching the Senet Group, an "independent body" set up to promote "responsible gambling".
Declan Lynch The thing about cheap drink, is that there tends to be drink involved.
Declan Lynch Last month it was announced that the Ross O'Carroll-Kelly books had sold over a million copies in Ireland. And the latest Ross book, Keeping Up With the Kalashnikovs, occupied the number one spot in the Christmas bestsellers' list almost as a matter of routine.
Declan Lynch The first reaction I heard to the recent announcement learner drivers will now receive penalty points if unaccompanied by a qualified driver actually came from one of those qualified drivers.
Declan Lynch When Martin Amis expressed his revulsion at the idea of writing a children's book, he put it so crudely that his message was lost.
Declan Lynch If rugby is your game, right now I think you might be feeling a little bit nervous.
Declan Lynch Shane Ross had a fascinating piece in this paper last week, in which he noted the arrival of one Gary McGann, late of Anglo Irish Bank, onto the board of Paddy Power.
Declan Lynch Let me take you back to the night that Ireland drew with Germany, equalising in the last minute. Let me take you back in particular to the RTE studio and the verdict of the panel, led by John Giles, that the...
Declan Lynch Opening the Collected Poems of Anthony Cronin, the first lines that I see are "over the bridge to Searson's for a pint, or further on to Mirrelson's for a bet".
Declan Lynch The first thing that I remember about Irish Water, was an item on the radio in which the word "consultants" was heavily featured. It immediately created in my mind an image of a great heap of money...
Declan Lynch I spent a fair bit of my youth around Dundalk, when the Troubles were in full spate. And I recall this friend of mine talking about Shilling Hill.
Declan Lynch If you were the Catholic Church, you might be feeling a bit aggrieved. At a certain stage in the unfolding of the story of Mairia Cahill and the IRA, it was widely stated that there were deep similarities between the way that republicans dealt with issues of sex abuse, and the attitude of the Church in such situations.
Declan Lynch When the new season of Love/Hate begins at 9.30 tonight, the people of Ireland will be drawn together in a large-scale communal experience, something that is increasingly rare. Television in general doesn't...
Declan Lynch There is something called the Communications Unit in Leinster House, from which a man called Ciaran Brennan wrote last week to the Irish Independent, quoting a very old line about journalism. "Comment is free but facts are sacred" is the line, attributed to the editor of the Manchester Guardian CP Scott, and cited with approval by the man...
Declan Lynch The European Commission has issued new recommendations in relation to online gambling, which it hopes will "safeguard health and minimise the eventual economic harm" suffered by the punters.
Declan Lynch All World Cups should be held in Brazil. People say this in the enthusiasm of the moment, carried away by the greatness of this particular tournament, but not really believing that such a thing should actually happen. Deep down they are still of the view that it must be moved from continent to continent, that the present system is probably the...
If poor Paddy was a bit confused last week, you could hardly blame him.
Declan Lynch The title of Dr Maureen Gaffney's programme How To Be Happy, would appear a tad ambitious at first glance. But then for many of us at this time a surprisingly obvious solution presents itself. With How To Be Happy on RTE1, and the World Cup on RTE2, the answer to Dr. Gaffney's proposition can be found in the simple instruction: "switch...
Declan Lynch You will have noted that there was no World Cup match on Friday. I should also point out that there will be no match on Wednesday and none on Thursday. We have reached that most delicate stage of the journey, just past the half-way point at which the stakes are getting higher, but the games are getting fewer. In exchange for...
Declan Lynch STRANGE though it may seem in the light of all the worldly success that she has enjoyed, I tend to regard the former President Mary McAleese as a tragic figure.
Declan Lynch THE mood now, after a few days of the World Cup, is one of the deepest serenity. It is a common misconception that the World Cup, especially one held in Brazil, is a thing of noisy celebration, of dancing all night long in the streets of Rio de Janeiro, of happy, face-painted people waving to the cameras. And yes, there is a bit of that.
Declan Lynch IN a recent tweet, a man called James D put it like this: "The World Cup is the greatest thing on the planet. The end."
Declan Lynch I WAS driving along with my daughter last Saturday night, listening to some RTE election special, when a wise old political hound started talking about the Fianna Fail vote going up, while the Fine Gael vote was going down.
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