“The EU, Irish Defence Forces, and Contemporary Security”, Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming 2022.Jonathan Carroll, Mark Williams & Matthew O’Neill. (Editors) Jonathan Carroll, Mark Williams, and Matthew O’Neill are co-editors of this new edited volume on the Irish Defence Forces entitled “The EU, Irish Defence Forces, and Contemporary Security.” It shall be published by Palgrave Macmillan in... Continue Reading →
Be More with the Navy
Really pleased to have an article "#BeMore with the Naval Service" in this months An Cosantóir. You can read the entire magazine via the link at the bottom of this post. It's great to have the opportunity to explore the Navy Technical Recruitment, Retention, and Regeneration Cell (TRRRC) where I work. The Defence Forces are... Continue Reading →
Victory or Death
Getting extra time to read is one of my favourite parts of holidays. Finished Book III of this series by Joesph Kassabian last week. A great addition to this #ScienceFiction series. Definitely a #MilSciFi #SciFi #mustread. Got to say that I really did perfer the original cover art and series titles. What a difficult thing... Continue Reading →
Hooligans of Kandahar
Continuing my Joseph Kassabian run this week I re-read his award winning 'Hooligans of Kandahar', which introduced me to his work. A disarmingly honest & hard-hitting account of war. This #combat #veterans experience of the violent conflict in #Afganistan is a #mustread
Before the tide went out.
I bought this super book by Andrew Doherty back in '20. Only getting back to read it now. What a gem I was missing out on I truly didn't know. A fantastic #local #maritime #history book, expertly written with utmost care & sincere respect. https://t.co/UAry0hpnkL https://t.co/n1cEViRp2x
The Great Traitor
Read Book II 'The Great Traitor' of the Galaxy of Fire Series by Joseph Kassabian earlier this week. A brilliant sequel. Top notch #ScienceFiction definitely a #mustread series for anyone who enjoys #MilSciFi. Hacking through my 'To Read' list but can't wait to add Book III 'The Consul'. However, I can see that Joseph had... Continue Reading →
Citizen of Earth
Finished Citizen of Earth by Joseph Kassabian this week. Excellent #ScienceFiction #MilSciFi. This is book I of his Galaxy on Fire series, started into book II now and its super. Great characters, great setting, and great action. It's a cracker.
The island of Haulbowline is filled with history. Each stone and step, every nook and cranny, from the lowest ebb of the tide on now silent slips, to the lofty reaches of the visual signaling tower. This rich history can fade into the background, drowned out by the hustle and bustle of the modern age.... Continue Reading →
Steelmaking and stories from Haulbowline.
Got to read 'Steelmaking and stories from Haulbowline' by Jim Shealy this week. A really great book capturing the stories of generations of hard working men & women who made a life for themselves and their families from working on Haulbowline in Irish Steel. The extensive use of oral history adds, as always, an element... Continue Reading →
Gleanings from Cork Harbour
Got to finish 'Gleanings from Cork Harbour' by Anne Mc Sweeney this week. It's a fascinating read, Full of interesting stories about this wonderful harbour. Thoughtful and touching, capturing lots of snapshots of the smaller histories & details which add to the great richness of the place we call home. Plenty of copies to be... Continue Reading →
Making a Living Podcast
I had the great pleasure to take part in the Making a Living Podcast with Brendan Fitzgerald. On Brendan's own YouTube channel you'll find this information: "MAKING A LIVING WITH BRENDAN FITZGERALD", THE PREMISE - Choosing the right path for our future is never easy and the more insights we can gain from people who... Continue Reading →
The Fate of the PVs.
Reproduced here with the kind permission of the Editor of An Cosantóir, this is my article which featured in Special Commemorative Edition on the occasion of the Naval Service 75th Anniversary. They were the ships onboard which a generation of sailors came of age, and they lead the way for others to follow. Built in... Continue Reading →