Those of a certain age will recognise the Joycean nod towards JFK’s “Ireland’s green and misty island”.

Moved back to Ireland after twenty-two years living in Belgium as an expat, promising everybody – especially myself – that I wouldn’t be a “returned Yank”.  But it’s hard sometimes.

So let’s pretend that the “green” refers to the fact that I never lost my youthful naïveté and the “musty” to the fact that I am now well past my sell-by date.

Interests include society and the economy, with particular reference to Ireland and Europe; education; history (particularly that of Ireland and of the two World Wars we’ve had so far); language(s); and music of various kinds.


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