Le Tour en Irlande

Friday, July 17, 1998 The preparations begin early, crowds gather and the excitement mounts. Suddenly there’s a flash of color, a burst of noise, and then it’s gone again, leaving people slightly unsure of what they’ve just seen. So it is that cyclists fly by as you watch from the side of the road, and […]

The New Dublin

Wednesday, March 18, 1998 Early morning in the Phoenix Park, and the mist sits on the tops of the trees, swirling around the stark white papal cross. From the ruined magazine fort you can see Dublin rising through the haze—the red neon of the sign on the Guinness brewery, the green dome of Rathmines church […]

Hamish Macbeth vs. Ballykissangel

Wednesday, April 30, 1997 Your modest proposer, normally content only within the sound of Christchurch’s bells, currently finds himself in California. But when the sun glints off the Pacific, one’s thoughts turn to picturesque Celtic villages.  Ballykissangel and Hamish Macbeth both trade on their scenery and their whimsy. The characters have a twinkle in their […]