September 29, 2020
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WINE O’CLOCK: Nice label … and the wine ‘s not bad either

It’s easy to spot Portuguese wines on the shelves of supermarkets and off-licences. They are the bottles with the nicest labels, colourful and

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MICHAEL WOLSEY: Covid is the elephant in the classroom

The Covid virus spreads when we get together in large groups indoors. So where have we been doing that?Not in cinemas or theatres – they have been

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MICHELLE DALY: ‘Seize certainty with a course at Waterford College of Further Education’

In these crazy times, I am so glad that Waterford College of Further Education (WCFE) is here to offer the college experience to students in the South

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WINE O’CLOCK: It’s hard to get the measure of drinking at home

Pessimists, we are told, always see the glass as half empty; for optimists it is half full. But it seems we are all a bit optimistic when it comes to

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MICHAEL WOLSEY: Memo to the Taoiseach – stop waffling, start governing

To misquote George Orwell: all counties are equal but some counties are more equal than others. The Government says we are all in this together, but its

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WINE O’CLOCK: A Rioja by any other name

The patience of restaurant staff often surprises me, particularly nowadays when they have to work behind a mask and deal with customers who don’t

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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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WINE O’CLOCK: For the secret of youth, make a date with a redhead

Many surveys and studies point to the benefits of drinking wine, red wine in particular. I love to read them but I don’t necessarily believe them. If

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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


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.