Leadership is one of those intangible, mercurial characteristics far harder to define than recognise. Whether for benign or dark purposes, leadership shapes our world even though that simple truth is wrapped in mystery. The magic of leadership seems a mixture of charm, energy, empathy, vision, radiated if silent testosterone and the capacity to convince others you understand and share their objectives. It is usually, but not always, necessary to have right on your side. However, in a world where charisma and leadership are often confused right and wrong are almost side issues; subjectivity usurps substance, self-interest seems a virtuous motivation.
Sat, 05 Oct, 2019
In 2015 The Guardian named Cork's Mary Harris, or “Mother Jones”, among the world's all-time top ten revolutionaries – alongside the likes of Che Guevara, Robespierre, Trotsky and Gandhi. But who was Mother Jones, asks, and what made her such a threat?
Fri, 12 Oct, 2018
Just as the Victoria Cross — though solely a British award — is recognised globally as the foremost recognition of valour in wartime so, too, the Nobel Peace Prize has gained international acceptance as the world’s most revered award for the advancement of human rights.
Thu, 30 Aug, 2018
Sadly, the Muslim peace body launching an anti-extremism declaration and asking foreign speakers to sign a statement promising to limit their speech in certain ways is actually seeking to limit free speech. Free speech is a dominant tenet of a free, democratic society.
Fri, 08 Apr, 2016
Fri, 01 Apr, 2016
American Taylor Pemberton went on his summer holidays this month. But Taylor is two things: brave enough to travel to the recently-accessible land of North Korea, and a professional photographer who captured the experience on Instagram.
Mon, 24 Aug, 2015
The Pat Doyle-trained Six Gun Serenade gave ample indication that a bright track career lies in wait by winning the four-year-old geldings’ maiden at yesterday’s well-attended Killeady Harriers point-to-point at Ballyarthur outside Fermoy.
Mon, 20 Apr, 2015
A second suspect has been arrested over the rape of a five-year-old girl who New Delhi police say was left for dead in a locked room, a case which has brought a new wave of protests against how Indian authorities handle sex crimes.
Mon, 22 Apr, 2013