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A chilling visit to Dachau

It’s hard to believe that today, despite the overwhelming evidence, some people still deny the existence of the Holocaust when six million Jews were killed as part of the Nazi extermination policy. I have, over the years, read countless books on World War 2, especially about the conflict itself; but later I studied the rise of the Nazis, its policies, and anti-Jewish programmes. It made … Continue reading A chilling visit to Dachau

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Always look on the bright side of life

I’m lucky to be alive, seriously. I cheated death in a fire, despite being on the critical list for weeks, and endured years of hospitalisation and numerous operations. I put up with abuse and harassment as I grew up, was beaten up a few times for my sins, and suffered a million and one humiliations to my psyche, self esteem and confidence. I haven’t been … Continue reading Always look on the bright side of life

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RIP Brendan Prendiville, the genius who rebuilt my face

Brendan Prendiville died last month. His death may have escaped you – it certainly might have done so for me too but for the vigilance of my┬áIrish Times┬áreading sister-in-law Margaret who spotted an acknowledgement to him in the paper and alerted Trish. Of course the name means nothing to you, but to me he was a God. Yes, Prendiville played that role in my life … Continue reading RIP Brendan Prendiville, the genius who rebuilt my face

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Goodbye to our amazing Grace

You may not have known Grace McKevett, but she was my wife Trish’s first cousin. I said ‘was’ because when I came home from work last month to celebrate our 31st wedding anniversary, Trish’s ashen face told me that Grace had finally lost her battle with cancer. Grace was buried on Good Friday outside Dundalk. Unfortunately, I couldn’t be there because of work, but I … Continue reading Goodbye to our amazing Grace

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My TV night with Ray and Emily

Well, my one shot at TV fame has come and gone. The studio lights have darkened and it’s back to reality at Teamwork.com. I had everyone’s attention for about five minutes and now it’s back to work. Ah well, you can’t have everything. Being on the Ray D’Arcy Show live was a terrific experience, although it’s funny the things that bother you. Emily Savage and … Continue reading My TV night with Ray and Emily