The venue was the same, the main cast couldn’t have been more different. Tim Murtagh, the 37 year old warhorse bowling gentle 115kph wobblers, slips so close to the batsmen they were in shot on TV. Jason Roy, who took all before him in the World Cup. The man who respects no bowler and hit … Continue reading Ireland vs England: How do you explain it?
Shortlisted for 2019 World Nomads Travel Writing Scholarship - read more. It’s disconcertingly quiet. Although not yet winter, the famously cold eastern winds are blowing, and it feels like it is. We walk down the middle of the road; there’s no need to worry about traffic in Pripyat. It’s an unusual tour group of eight … Continue reading The man from Pripyat
If Eoin Morgan the Irishman lifts the cricket World Cup for England on Sunday it can no longer be considered an irony. Instead, it will be a refreshing change from the nationalist debate that seems to be giving Europe so much grief at the moment. Morgan represents an adaptation of the classic Irish sporting tale … Continue reading The Irishman aiming for an English triumph
If you ever need to make an erroneous 20 hour stopover somewhere, make it Belgrade. En route to Kiev, I misunderstood an online ticket system, a mistake which afforded me 20 hours to kill in the Serbian capital. Arriving at 6am, I checked my bags into a locker at the central bus station and set about … Continue reading Belgrade – a mistake worth making