OFF THE FENCE: In Ireland, we’ve turned mean-spiritedness into an art form. We’re quicker to condemn and criticise than praise someone. It’s our default position. And there’s no better forum for this desperate kind of begrudgery than the GAA.
BRENDAN CROSSAN’S profile of legendary Cushendall figure John McKillop in last Friday’s Boot Room has received widespread praise this week. So widespread in fact, this is basically an edition of Off the Fence in which the readers lavish praise on our esteemed colleague.
IT WOULDN'T be Christmas time without a selection box and this week’s Off the Fence has something for everyone - well, unless you hate the GAA in which case some would say (not me) you’ve possibly picked the wrong newspaper (don’t panic, heavyweight champion of the world and everybody’s favourite bleeding heart liberal Tyson Fury also gets his due).
FIFTEEN years after joining The Irish News as a fledgling reporter, Paddy Heaney filed his latest and last Against the Breeze column on Monday afternoon to focus on running his new gym in Maghera - and our readership would appear to be going through a grieving process for our erstwhile colleague.
SAMUEL JOHNSON famously said patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel - and if he were alive to peruse this week’s Off the Fence column - a tad hypothetical, but bear with me - he’d probably be feeling rather vindicated. I’ll elaborate.