A Declaration for Padraig

Hello. Or should I say

‘Dia dhuit’.

As it was St Patrick’s Day on Friday (and because I’m ruthlessly relevant) I marked the occasion by dusting off a poem on the man himself. It’s called ‘A Declaration for Padraig’ and you can watch it below.  I hadn’t revisited the poem since writing it for the festival in Dublin two years ago, so was a little tentative at first. On inspection though, decided the thing was still fit for human consumption. Past its sell-by perhaps, but like a can of soup, still good for 2 years.

Perhaps sadly, the poem is probably more relevant this year than in 2015. In fact no less than Irish PM Enda Kenny, echoed the poem’s theme in the White House on Friday. But let’s all remember I was there first. The video quality isn’t great and the audio’s even worse, but I think we can all agree the poetic quality shines through. A good 65% on Rotten Tomatoes. I’ve also uploaded the outtakes in another video for kicks.



A Declaration for Padraig

The Outtakes


Digital Loss and Gain


Well, you’ll never guess what happened. After making a great clamorous noise about this website last month and imploring anyone I knew to visit, a grave error occurred and it vanished entirely. And the world became in that one moment, a little darker.

If I’d been born in 19th century America, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow might have given me this conciliatory advice:

“But who shall dare
To measure loss and gain in this wise?
Defeat may be victory in disguise;
The lowest ebb is the turn of the tide.”

It seems very pretentious of him quote his own poem, but there you go. You have to admire his instant grasp of web hosting issues in any case.

Anyway. I have toiled to replace the citadel and can present you with this shiny updated site, featuring an even bigger picture of me this time around.

Thank you to Digital Dad for doing the behind-the-scene MAGIC that means RJ 2.0 now is safe from casually disappearing.

Or is it?


My previous post is now lost in the ether, but to sum up – 2016 was all right, 2017 looks better. Hurrah. News to follow soon regarding the show I’m currently working on Return of the Wizword. Exciting. That’s it for now, talk soon.