Archive for the ‘Keyes Side’ Category

“Occasions of Sin” in a Changed State

Ninety minutes in the company of Professor Diarmaid Ferriter at Waterford's Central Library proved time well spent
Professor Diarmaid Ferriter’s research into sexuality, as he informed the Central Library audience who attended his Heritage Week lecture, raised an interesting question: “Whether or not there was a distinct national sexual history or sexual story.” This issue has been raised by historians of differing nationalities, perhaps most prominently by French philosopher Michel Foucault (1926-84), [...]

Sex and the Irish: A Necessary Debate

Diarmaid Ferriter delivered a compelling address at Waterford’s Central Library on Wednesday last.
“To work on Irish social history over the last few decades has been to research during a time of extraordinary detailed revelations about a great range of suffering and the historian cannot stand completely outside of the environment in which they exist. But there is still an onus on us to remind of the need [...]

A Wondrous Word Weaver

Sebastian Barry: “We’ve a tradition of writing that rivals the goddamn Greeks.”
“Don’t tell me a Irish is an example of civilised humanity. He may be the devil in the clothes of an angel but either way you’re talking to two when you talk to one Irishman. He can’t help you enough and he can’t double-cross you enough either…they have an awful fire burning inside them, like [...]

Little Red Kettle Marvels Enchant the Royal

Iarla Hennessy was a forceful, combative presence as Lusmore in Little Red Kettle's 2018 production, which ran at the Theatre Royal last week. 	| Photo: Mick Wall
“What is it about stories…they exist because we tell them…” Ben Quinlan made for home in the dusk of a Wednesday night to warm goodbyes from the young cast Ben Hennessy and he have put through their paces these past six weeks. The co-director of Little Red Kettle’s (LRK) summer production, ‘Lusmore, Lily, Doire & The Ollpheista’ [...]

Cheapening of Life Must be Reversed

Weapon-wielding Gardaí on every street corner may not be the cure to solve our anti-social/criminality ills, but there's no denying we need more officers nationwide.  								| Photo: Noel Browne
The buzzing of the school intercom represented, in general, a welcome intervention during my days in Carrick-on-Suir CBS (1992-98). It signalled a brief hiatus from Pythagoras, a fleeting moratorium from the Módh Coinníollach or a time-out from Trigonometry (no Maths fan was I). But such class interruptions didn’t always catalyse boisterousness bordering on anarchy amongst the spot-dotted, [...]

An Edwardian Take on the South-East

A section of the splendid fold-out map which features in Cornelius P Redmond’s book, ‘Beauty Spots in the South East of Ireland and how to see them by Car or Cycle’, which was published in 1901.
The gift which inspired both this and last week’s column, a first edition which was printed just yards from this newspaper’s office on O’Connell Street almost 120 years ago, is a true Waterford treasure. To be in ownership of the lengthily titled ‘Beauty Spots In The South East of Ireland and how to see them by [...]

A Travel Guide From a Past Era

To receive a travel book devoted to the South East dating from 1901 was a real treat.
“Tramore. Oh! Glorious Tramore for its bracing air, its quiet and its grand, grand sea. What more charming music than the murmuring waves, ebbing to and fro or its loud roll with a southerly breeze! Grand! Glorious! Whoever wants quiet or prefer to ‘flee from the madding crowd’ or the overworked brain go to Tramore. [...]

TUSE, Politics & Past Experiences

‘No Artificial Limits’ (published by the IPA, priced €20) represents the definitive history of Ireland’s Regional Technical Colleges.
Scepticism about whether or not Technological University (TU) status will prove a meaningful upgrade for any existing Institute of Technology (IoT) is natural in these parts when one considers the history of Waterford IT (WIT).And it’s worth recalling that this couplet of words is not entirely new within the Irish educational context.As Richard Thorn [...]

The Glory of Curraghmore

“The variety of scenery is unsurpassed by any demesne in the Kingdom, and indeed may one exclaim on beholding such grandeur and such repose – ‘But who can paint Like Nature. Can imagination boast Amid its gay creation, hills like hers?” - Beauty Spots in the South East of Ireland and how to see them by Car [...]

Everesting on Wheels

John Keyes (an elder brother of mine) pictured in the middle of an extraordinary fundraising cycle he undertook on Friday, June 22nd. 	| Photo: Kevin Keyes (my younger brother!)
On Friday, June 22nd, a Portlaw man I’ve known my entire life did something quite extraordinary on a relatively unremarkable stretch of mid-Kilkenny road. John Keyes, one of two elder brothers of mine, took to his racing bike and completed 80 trips (each three kilometres long approximately) up and down a hill in Kilmanagh, four miles [...]