John is a veteran Dublin journalist who has worked in senior editorial positions in national newspapers in Ireland for 40 years. He has been writing his weekly Ireland Calling column for the Irish Voice newspaper in New York since its foundation. The column now also appears on IrishCentral.
A graduate in Economics and Politics from Trinity College Dublin, John started his career in the early 1970s in the Irish Press, where he worked in News and Features and was Assistant Editor of the paper for over ten years. He joined the Irish Independent group in 1987 and worked in News and News Analysis and as an editorial writer. He also worked as Features Editor and Supplements Editor, developing new sections for the paper like the Weekend magazine and starting the educational supplements which are now a regular part of Irish newspapers.
Now semi-retired, in recent years he has been Literary Editor of the Irish Independent. When his now adult children ask him why he doesn't write books he points out that his weekly Irish Voice column has been running for 29 years and that adds up to a small library!
Did Winston Churchill know about the threat to the Lusitania prior to the attack?
A recent poll has discovered "a yawning gap between a vague wish for reunification and the uncomfortable reality of what it could mean."
Despite mandatory hotel quarantine and a slow start to its vaccine rollout, Ireland is well on track to getting back to something approaching normality by the summer.
"The U.K. administered more vaccinations in a single day than we have done in the two and a half months."
The Brit-bashing both in Ireland and abroad is a mistake, writes John Spain.
Irish horse trainer Gordon Elliott was the focus of a media pile-on after a 2019 photo of him sitting on top of a dead horse circulated widely last week.