Thursday 22 February 2018

Tony, always a man of peace, finds himself in this very weird war

Tony O’Donoghue
Tony O’Donoghue
Declan Lynch

Declan Lynch

When I first met Tony O'Donoghue he was working for the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament in Cork. In particular he was attached to the CND magazine called Disarmament Today, and on his watch - indeed at his instigation - it became Disarm!

The punchier title conveyed a sense of urgency about the dangers of a nuclear conflagration, one that accurately reflected the beliefs of the people who supported the magazine with advertising, those grand old establishments of the 1980s counter-culture in Cork such as the Quay Co-Op, the Phoenix bar, and Loafers, where, according to legend, they drank more tequila than in all the other pubs in Munster combined.

Those people had already placed a mental exclamation mark or two after Disarm! And who knows, maybe it is thanks to their eternal vigilance that we are here at all today. And so I would recommend that the next paragraph be read in the voice of the late Jimmy Magee:

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