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  • Artist Puts Comic in the Picture

    February 2, 2010 @ 10:27 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    This particular blogger has devoted much time and energy to the fall-out from the Holocaust “joke” from our own Tommy Tiernan. The responses have been fairly dispiriting by and large and have weakened my faith in human nature – at least in its blogospheric manifestation. (more…)

  • Playing with Fire?

    November 8, 2009 @ 2:23 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    It looks like the present writer is not the only one who doesn’t appreciate the “context” of  certain jokes relating to the Nazi period in history (see my previous posts about Tommy Tiernan.) Author Peter Sheridan had a difficulty with the production called Adolf  in the Tivoli Theatre in Dublin.  Herewith the report in The Irish Times by Arts Editor Deirdre Falvey:-


    Peter Sheridan: Is it all a question of
    context? (Photograph by Frank Miller)


  • Carr Shows Tiernan the Way

    October 29, 2009 @ 10:54 am | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    We had a good debate on this Blog about Tommy Tiernan’s “joke” at the expense of Holocaust victims. Despite the controversy his remarks aroused and dropping out of the Canadian “Just for Laughs” tour, Mr Tiernan never did apologise, at least not in any direct form. What a contrast with British comic Jimmy Carr who said he was sorry for his unfortunate quip at the expense of soldiers who have lost limbs in the Afghan war. For more information click here  


    Crematorium at Belsen

  • Tommy Tiernan’s Canadian Sort-Of Apology

    October 9, 2009 @ 9:46 am | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    Tommy Tiernan has apologised – but only indirectly. For weeks now his website has been breathlessly proclaiming: “Tommy will take part in this year’s prestigious Just for Laughs Tour. The tour will see the best of European, American and Canadian comedians travel for four weeks around Canada. Due to his tour schedule Tommy will miss the first week but will join the tour from October the 28th in Hamilton onwards. The tickets are now on sale!”


    Holocaust Memorial Day in the Mansion House (Photograph by Cyril Byrne)


  • Tommy Tiernan: It Won’t Go Away

    October 4, 2009 @ 12:03 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    I see from today’s Sunday Tribune that the Israeli Ambassador to Ireland has called on comedian Tommy Tiernan to apologise for his rant about Jews and the Holocaust. There are many critics of Israeli policies towards Gaza and the West Bank but they should not allow those matters to detract from the point at issue here.


    Are we really supposed to think this is funny? Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto 1942 (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)


  • Roman Polanski and the Ryan Report

    September 29, 2009 @ 10:09 am | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    Somebody please explain what is the difference between Roman Polanski and the sex abusers, clerical and otherwise, who have been the subject of the Ryan Report as well as innumerable court cases and other investigations in this country and elsewhere over recent years?


                             Roman Polanski: under arrest


  • Can the Dracula approach stop drink-driving?

    December 29, 2008 @ 11:05 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    Am I the only one who finds that TV ad on drink-driving both disturbing and possibly counter-productive? Naturally I wholeheartedly applaud anything that reduces the carnage on our roads, but is this the way to go about it? (more…)

  • Compulsory smut replaces compulsory Irish

    October 31, 2008 @ 12:29 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    The furore over Russell Brand and Jonathan Ross and their sicko phone calls to venerable actor Andrew Sachs had a very positive side-effect in that it swept the recession aside for a few days as the main news item in the British media. Irish outlets seemed reluctant to take up the story: London is no longer the centre of our cultural universe and I guess that’s a good thing. (more…)

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