School can be boring when you’d prefer to save the world than read books, right? So Peter Parker (Tom Holland) aka Spider-man, tends to be somewhat distracted in class, knowing just what he could do if the occasion called for it.Billionaire playboy Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr) – his mentor – tries to persuade him to be just a...

A few items last week were more than a bit off. On Tuesday of last week on Today with Sean O’Rourke, Cormac Ó hEadhra spoke to former US Navy Seal Robert O’Neill, the man who claims to have killed Osama Bin Laden. Needless to say I’m no Bin Laden fan, but the clinical description of this killing was disturbing. O’Neill...

Conor DonnellyIn this memoir two sisters give an hilarious and poignant account of boarding school life in Ireland in the 1960s – echoes of  the ever popular Mallory Towers perhaps, but this is a true tale of Irish education; and for once a happy enough education too.  The authors are both scientists. Valerie has a PhD from McGill...

A public atheist who is by profession a biologist, Dawkins writes assuredly and movingly about the wonders of life. The human eye is one of the marvels of evolution, but intricate as it is, it is not nearly as complex as the compound eyes of insects, which use the moon as a navigational tool. Honey bees impart information to each other about the...

Young Irishmen joined the British armed forces for many reasons. For the sons of Protestant and Unionist families it was practically de rigueur and they rallied to the colours to fight for king and empire in one generation after another. For most others joining the British army was a better alternative to unemployment and frequently...

Nobody reading this review is likely to have heard of Hugh Mahon. So why does he merit a biography – in fact a projected two-volume biography? The book to hand is the first instalment, with the second to follow in the not-too-distant future.Mahon was born near Tullamore in 1857, and lived in Canada and in the United States with his family...

The summer used to be regarded as the silly season for current affairs, but I don’t think that holds true anymore.Sunday Morning Live, back on BBC 1 on Sunday mornings, has no shortage of topical religious and ethical issues to cover. Last weekend’s episode started with an illuminating discussion prompted by the recent attack on...

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