TERRY PRONE

TERRY PRONE: Terry Prone: My mother was never lighthearted about Christmas. It was an enemy

ON the face of it, I’m all set for Christmas. But not really.

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TERRY PRONE: Cameras could be the best protection against crime of abuse

Back in the days when I was a junior reporter with RTÉ and the Troubles were going on north of the Border, a mad young producer got the idea that someone should go Up There and capture covert recordings of just how difficult the British Army and the RUC were to people from the Republic. 

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TERRY PRONE: The organisation that helps people who have disabilities to get AHEAD

WORKING dogs are confusing. 

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The carbon monoxide ad starring Tommy McNairy, the canary puppet, is better than most films.

TERRY PRONE: Why I fast-forward through the TV programmes to get to the ads

MOTHERS are fighting in toyshops over dolls fashioned after characters from a movie named Frozen. This is to satisfy their children this Christmas.

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TERRY PRONE: Cosby show ends with a series of character-shredding rape claims

NORMALLY, when biographies cause problems for the subject, it’s because of something included in the book.

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TERRY PRONE: Writing a wrong: How social media changed the rules on interviews

To find Marian Keyes eating the face off Marian Finucane on Twitter is like finding your budgie savaging your alsatian.

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TERRY PRONE: ‘Victorian Titanic’ fell foul of the same failing – human error

Natalie Facetimed me the other day. No warning. Out of the blue.

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TERRY PRONE: Early life of Brian O’Driscoll forced the office to tackle our unusual obsessions

You could tell from early on that he was never going to make it, this child. Not saying he didn’t come from a good family. He did. His grandfather and then his father were our GPs.

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TERRY PRONE: The Kangaroo Crew jump to conclusions in bid to condemn

SET to one side the morality of the quasi-judicial approach and let us deal instead with the craziness of it. The sheer, straight-up, no-messing craziness. The braindead loopiness that characterised this kind of procedure at the time and runs through any contemporary justification of it.

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TERRY PRONE: Budget brought good news but not for the political parties

THE song should never have been a hit anywhere because its title was weird: ‘Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah’. (Translation: ‘Hello Mother, Hello Father’.) It should certainly never have been a hit in Ireland because the entire song was about something we didn’t have back in the 1960s: Summer camps.

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TERRY PRONE: Where there’s a will, there’s always sure to be a shedload of trouble

Where there’s a will, there’s a shedload of trouble, which is why I love the cable channel devoted to telling the story of wills and the murder and mayhem they generate.

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TERRY PRONE: €25 to get armour against a killer disease is not to be sneezed at

IT WAS an impulse purchase, let’s be honest. The man in my life became briefly insufferable about all the diseases he could not get because of all the vaccinations he’d had, so I decided to take a prescription out of his book, so to speak, and get the flu jab.

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TERRY PRONE: In era of social media politicians don’t think enough before they act

WHETHER it’s a brilliant idea that morphs into a failed stroke, or a cock-up that started with the best of intentions, there’s a time to raise the hands and say you got it wrong.

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