Aaron Vallely
I am an Irish writer, freelance journalist, and essayist. I champion individualism, freethinking, independence, and liberalism. As with some other writers, I consider myself a propagandist, a mistruster, an abhorrent, a sceptic, and a necessary pain. Politics, History, Science, Religion and Art are to me of interest, as is gossip, as long as it has some point to it.

Entries by Aaron Vallely

The Art of Loneliness

(0) Comments | Posted 21 March 2014 | (02:36)

When I was eighteen, my close friend died, tragically. I have never felt compelled to write about the subject. Even here in this writing I would not have made the attempt if only for another dear friend. Into the early hours of morning, a short while ago, this other close...

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Reflections on PantiGate

(0) Comments | Posted 10 February 2014 | (23:46)

Quite an extensive hullabaloo has been made over the past few weeks here in Ireland, or even, if you might, a tremendous Pantimonium. As though some extraordinary animal has chanced its way into your back garden, at first you react uneasy at its unpredictability, inviting thoughts of apprehension. After time,...

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The Silence of Pope Francis

(24) Comments | Posted 24 January 2014 | (23:00)

There is a first time for everything, and last Thursday the Vatican was pushed to admit in public that it still does not force priests to report child sex crimes to authorities. Not only is this shameful, it is unacceptable. A UN panel held The Holy See accountable in a...

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Bowie Returns: A Year Later

(0) Comments | Posted 8 January 2014 | (03:31)

"We knew the world would not be the same. A few people laughed. A few people cried. Most people were silent."

This is how J. Robert Oppenheimer, the American Theoretical Physicist, recalled the testing of the nuclear bomb at the secret Los Alamos laboratory in New Mexico.


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The State of Ireland 2013

(0) Comments | Posted 30 December 2013 | (03:08)

Mitterrand thought Mrs Thatcher had the eyes of Caligula and mouth of Marilyn Monroe. Perhaps, one might say, Enda Kenny has the grin of a Shylock and the neck of an Ostrich. Such an extensive instrument as it is, the length of Enda's neck was gradually revealed to the Irish...

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The Burning Man of St. Peter's Square

(0) Comments | Posted 23 December 2013 | (11:04)

It would be something only unimaginable to my mind, to receive a phone call from some stranger permanently inflicting me with the knowledge that my father had set himself on fire. On Thursday, a fifty-one year old man decided he would stroll into St. Peter's Square in Vatican City, pour...

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