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By: Brian Scott

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 16:49:48 +0000

Well, Frank, you clearly have a position - on Malachi. And trying to avoid bias is a good idea. So, offer some evidence, please, for your position that Malachi is a unionist.

By: Frank McCusker

Tue, 12 Apr 2016 18:06:58 +0000

Ah, the insidious politics of objectivity. Nobody is objective / neutral on anything, least of all the Troubles or the wider British-Irish conflict. Even if one hasn’t an agenda, does that really mean that one doesn’t have a position? And if one has a position, can one really assert a lack of bias? Unionism loves the Kevin Myers and the Malachis of this world – they espouse various shades of what effectively is a run-of-the-mill Unionist viewpoint (moderate and reasonable in Malachi’s case; rabid in Myers’ case) while being sufficiently Irish to give the impression that “even the Nationalists (or as Malachi would prefer to say, ‘the Catholics’) are agreeing with us”. Myer’s weekly therapy sessions in the Irish Times (before they got rid of the eejit) would have had less force had his by-line been “A Nostalgic British Monarchist’s Diary”. Similarly, the careful neutrality of Malachi’s “Belfast writer” strapline would be more informative if, in relation to his local political writing, he used a strapline such as “The journalism of a moderate Unionist”.

By: Malachi

Fri, 18 Mar 2016 12:08:42 +0000

I did set up a cycling blog for a while but I have been lazy in keeping it up because I have other writing commitments. But you have spurred me to go back to it. Thank you very much for your support.

By: tanventure

Fri, 18 Mar 2016 09:51:53 +0000

Enjoyed your book very much: On My Own Two Wheels! I was trying to read your blogs here to see if you have made updating on your cycling experiences as well as your health (diabetes), I must say that I was a bit disappointed because I could not find any. Hope you would could share your experiences on cycling and impacts to your health. Thanks for your lovely story and the great book.

By: Leslie R.

Tue, 14 Apr 2015 02:52:04 +0000

It was enjoyable to read sections from your book The Telling Year. Your book is very engaging and honest. It was interesting to get a glimpse into what it was like to live through the most violent year of the troubles. As a Millennial American, it astonishing that there was so much irrational violence committed against civilians. In addition your mentions about how the press would gloss over the real meaning behind events, seems so similar to the criticism made against modern American media. Thanks for writing such an illuminating book.

By: J Davidson

Thu, 01 Apr 2010 17:38:47 +0000

Perhaps Catholic may give some respect and understanding of true Protestantism and look into the history of such people as Jan Huss and Martin Luther. I would sugest that not a lot has changed in Rome as it was in thier day.

By: An Epitaph for Irish Catholicism? «

Wed, 18 Nov 2009 14:46:36 +0000

[...] last year, when Eamon Maher talked up a truly awful book about Irish Catholicism (Empty Pulpits by Malachi O’Doherty) and recommended to to every reader of the Irish Catholic [...]

By: Saving Ryan Tubridy’s Soul «

Thu, 13 Aug 2009 18:33:04 +0000

[...] make his  alarming views known in the discussion of Empty Pulpits a book by Malachi O’ Doherty, who responded to the posting of 11th April on 31st July (Feast of  St.Ignatius Loyola) thus:   [...]

By: Pauline Burgess

Sun, 08 Feb 2009 13:20:29 +0000

Hello Malachi. Just wanted to say that I enjoyed your reading yesterday at the Wildgeese Festival in Strangford. It was my first time attending a writers' workshop and I enjoyed the whole experience. I even managed to pick up the courage to read my awkward piece about my grandfather being father and ghost of the family. Really enjoying your blog. All the best, Pauline