The recovery, the abandoned regions - and why we need not fear the Donald
As the curtain slowly closes on the dying days of 2015, these are a few of my end-of-year meanderings on how things are, both at home and abroad, and on the way they might be.
A tradition of leavetaking
'Brooklyn' is a good movie - not a great movie. This is not to begrudge the bouquet of praise and accolades it has garnered, and Saoirse Ronan can be an actress of beguiling talent. Yet there is a sense of déjà vu in the translation of Colm Tóibín's insightful novel to the cinema screen. Is it just another tale of the old Irish story of emigration? Set in the 1950s, some of the stereotypes of the period dominate, when the proverbial 'innocent' Irish girl abandons small-town Ireland.