September 28, 2021
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MICHAEL WOLSEY: Why Minister Norma is the best girl in class

Norma Foley is the best pupil in Micheál Martin’s class. That’s not a great distinction, for they are an unruly bunch of under-achievers. They

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WINE O’CLOCK: Whites to sip as the leaves turn red

Keats called autumn the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness, and undoubtedly it is a time for mellow and fruity wines. We’re putting away the

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MICHAEL WOLSEY: A pint and a pizza from the place next door

I recently went with some friends for a drink and a bite to eat in a small village pub. I don’t think it normally serves food. I’m not sure it

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MICHAEL WOLSEY: Predicted grades fail the test, so leave the Leaving alone

Final year exam results were greeted with dismay and anger in the North, and across Britain, because the marks predicted by teachers for some students had

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WINE O’CLOCK: Popularity breeds content

Sales of Picpoul de Pinet are increasing faster than those of any other wine in the UK, where Tesco alone expects to sell close to two million bottles this

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MICHAEL WOLSEY: Green invaders from the Red Planet

Is there life on Mars? Three new attempts are underway to find an answer to that old question, with missions launched recently by the USA, China and the

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WINE O’CLOCK: Invite the neighbours to your barbeque

Sancerre and Pouilly-sur-Loire are small French towns facing each other across the River Loire, good neighbours but serious rivals when it comes to the

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MICHAEL WOLSEY: Without John Hume there might have been no peace process. Without Gerry Adams there might have been no need for one.

John Hume led Ireland out of darkness so it was fitting that Ireland lit a candle for John Hume – thousands of candles, in fact, in homes and

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WINE O’CLOCK: Say cheese – and pick a wine to make you smile

Whatever happened to wine and cheese parties? They used to be very popular. Charities ran them to raise money and cheapskates, who didn’t want to

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MICHAEL WOLSEY: Would you clap hands for Linfield?

Loyalist supporters of Linfield football club caused serious trouble in Dundalk during and after a European Cup match in 1979 . The rioting opened a wound

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MICHAEL WOLSEY: Our dear little island lives up to its name

I have been on staycation in Galway with three generations of my family. We should have been in Malta – but sure we all have to make sacrifices in

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PAUL HOPKINS: Men, when it comes to the long summer and the shorts of it …

Amid all the madness, and sadness, that is Covid-19, there has been one redeeming factor —  it has not been a bad summer so far, and, though the outlook,

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WINE O’CLOCK: A drink for the dry season

Full of fruit … bursting with fruity flavour. Those are descriptions of wine you will often see quoted by way of a compliment. Not by me. I dislike

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MICHAEL WOLSEY: He was Lucky Jack – and we were lucky to have him

Napoleon wished for lucky generals. It is also a useful attribute for football managers and Jack Charlton was a lucky manager. He was lucky to get the

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PAUL HOPKINS: Are school days the best days of your life?

John Dighton was a British playwright and screenwriter of minor note, among whose work was Kind Hearts And Coronets and Roman Holiday for the cinema and


Shane Doran

Shane Doran is a former newspaper Editor who has held senior executive roles across five national newspaper titles, both broadsheet and tabloid.

Michael Wolsey

Michael has 50 years’ experience as a journalist and editor on national and local newspapers.