Orson Welles' radio production of The War of the Worlds' was based on HG Wells' novel of the same name about a Martian invasion.

TERRY PRONE: From kidnappings to Martians, whipping up hysteria is old news

The ‘Martian Panic’ was a myth for which mainstream media was largely responsible, writes Terry Prone



TERRY PRONE: The ‘New York Times’ apology was a sorry attempt to right a wrong

SOMETIMES, the apology is worse than the offence, writes Terry Prone. 

The evidence about the economy stacks up in Brendan Howlin's and the Government's favour, despite people's gut instincts.

TERRY PRONE: Small firms need a boost but it is selective to ignore progress to date

Public memory is subservient to current problems and what yesterday attracted all of our attention shrinks, writes Terry Prone


TERRY PRONE: It was Jan Morris who transformed the world for transgender people

THE ‘coming out’ of Caitlyn Jenner illustrated the power of mainstream media in a way we sometimes overlook, writes Terry Prone.


TERRY PRONE: Take a tip from me, give a gratuity to reward good services rendered

IT’S A long time ago, so I don’t think the Revenue will come after me, but I was briefly rich, writes Terry Prone.

WB Yeats once told an audience they had disgraced themselves. On Saturday we needed a reverse Yeats to tell us we had done the right thing.

TERRY PRONE: In casting our referendum votes, we showed faith, hope, and love

IT WAS politics at its best, the referendum. Political parties looking at a proposition decided to espouse it. Ways were found by both sides in the argument to engage the public. The clearest of decisions was made by the electorate, and countless lives were changed for the better.

TV presenter and academic Mary Beard gave a job reference to a young man who had abused her online.

TERRY PRONE: When you’re giving a reference, don’t do a job on the candidate

People will swear to the capabilities of employees for no good reason other than doing a favour, writes Terry Prone


TERRY PRONE: Coffee-maker had rich market until customers gave it a roasting

THEY were wrong from the start, but that didn’t stop them taking off like a bullet, those tiny little plastic coffee pods you insert in a machine to make an alleged perfect cup of java. 


TERRY PRONE: If it is my right to take my life, then it is my right to have assistance

It is a basic human right to end one’s life. It is not a privilege earned by intolerable suffering writes Terry Prone



TERRY PRONE: Medical jargon is just the tonic to help the medicine go down

MY NAME is Terry and I am a medical groupie. 

Micheal Martin's poll results are consistently ahead of thoseof his party.

TERRY PRONE: Beware the worm casting its opinion as the election looms


Enda Kenny suffered years of negative polls, related to his personal popularity, before coming to power writes Terry Prone


TERRY PRONE: Being a minister is a test of character. So is passing an end-of-year exam

EDUCATION Minister Jan O’Sullivan is the personification of the rule ‘cometh the role, cometh the woman’.


TERRY PRONE: When your teeth bite the dust, life becomes a series of indignities

The toothless person’s chin rises up to their nose, just like the profile of a witch in a Hallowe’en mask, writes Terry Prone