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John Whelan has been a journalist, commentator, columnist, political analyst, campaigner, politician and publisher ever since he was 17. Having been Editor of the Leinster Express, Offaly Express and the Leinster Leader he has also contributed extensively on a number of issues to all of the country's flagship titles and programmes including the Irish Press, The Irish Independent, the Star, the Sunday Independent, the Sunday Business Post and Prime Time. He is now part-owner of Communicate Ireland.

‘Jerry will get a great send-off, and rightly so’

A tribute to Cllr Jerry Lodge by John Whelan The Laois flag is at half-mast at County Hall. It’s for Jerry. On Saturday he will make...

Wired with Whelan: There are three sides to every story

I got the Sky News blues All over me I got the Sky News blues All over me. Looking out my window, Birds singing in the trees. I believe that...

Wired with Whelan: Snow Patrol in the GAA, Skid Row at ‘The Mental’ and...

It's the dance you should know When the lights are down low Grab your baby Then go Do the hucklebuck Do the hucklebuck If you don't know how to do...

Wired with Whelan: Suicide is dangerous, it brings on many changes

Through early morning fog I see Visions of the things to be The pains that are withheld for me I realize and I can see That suicide is...

Wired with Whelan: ‘Shop local’ is not just for Christmas you know

How much is that doggie in the window? The one with the waggly tail How much is that doggie in the window? I do hope that doggie's...
Our man John Whelan says we need an election now

Wired with Whelan: On the contrary, we do need an election!

How can we be lovers if we can't be friends? How can we start over when the fighting never ends? Baby, how can we make love...

Wired with Whelan: Welcome to the new national pastime – the Blame Game

I'm gonna take your money Count your loss when I'm gone. I'm alright, Jack I'm lookin' after number one. If I want something I get it Don't matter what...

Wired with Whelan: Demographics not demonstrations the only way to halt HSE Hospital plan

  Your love is like bad medicine Bad medicine is what I need, whoa Shake it up just like bad medicine There ain't no doctor that can cure...
Portlaoise Hospital

Wired with Whelan Revisited: No Hollywood ending in sight for Portlaoise hospital

A prophetic piece on the hospital from LaoisToday back in April when we sounded a serious warning based on the ominous lack of commitment...

Wired with Whelan: We need the bottle to take on Coca Cola

Just a castaway An island lost at sea Another lonely day With no one here but me More loneliness Than any man could bear Rescue me before I fall into...

Sadness at passing of well-known local politician Joe ‘Hesh’ McCormack

Joe 'The Hesh' McCormack who passed away at the weekend at the age of 84 was for years a living legend thanks to a...

Wired with Whelan: Ode to Jack L … the boy from Athy finally makes...

Oh life’s a little mystery waiting to be solved The questions they come pouring down With a little pinch of salt Forever poised to conquer, forever poised...

Wired with Whelan: The canonisation of Vincent Browne in the era of ‘experts’

Starry Starry night Paint your palette blue and grey Look out on a summer's day With eyes that know the Darkness in my soul. Shadows on the hills Sketch the trees...

Wired with Whelan: Time to name and shame TDs who condone drink-driving

It was acceptable in the 80s It was acceptable at the time It was acceptable in the 80s It was acceptable at the time (Calvin Harris) I don’t particularly...

Wired with Whelan: The Ballinspittle housing crisis comes to Ballymagash

Some of them were dreamers And some of them were fools Who were making plans and thinking of the future With the energy of the innocent They were...

Wired with Whelan: Rust never sleeps … and neither does greed

The king is gone But he’s not forgotten This is the story Of a Johnny Rotten It’s better to burn out Than it is to rust The king is gone But...

Wired with Whelan: ‘Baptism barrier’ is an urban myth conjured up by church bashers

If I’m a pagan of the good times My lover’s the sunlight To keep the goddess on my side She demands a sacrifice Drain the whole sea Get something...

Wired with Whelan: Leo is more my type, but Simon is not simple

Come gather ‘round people Wherever you roam And admit that the waters Around you have grown And accept it that soon You’ll be drenched to the bone Is your time...

Wired with Whelan: Forget about the IDA … they have gone away you know

I got a job working construction For the Johnstown Company But lately there ain’t been much work On account of the economy (The River, Bruce Springsteen) On June 26,...

Wired with Whelan: Laois Surfers still making waves 15 years on

If everybody had an ocean Across the USA Then everybody’d be surfin’ Like California-a You’d see ‘em wearing their baggies Huarachi sandals too A bushy bushy blonde hairdo Surfin’ USA (The Beach...
John Whelan believes we need a new Charlie Haughey to save the bogs in Laois

Wired with Whelan: Bord na Móna can sod off if they have nothing better...

Ho ro the rattlin’ bog The bog down in the valley-o And in that bog There was a… We are Bogmen! That includes you too girls, just...

Wired with Whelan: There is no Hollywood ending in sight for Portlaoise Hospital

Is a dream a lie if it don’t come true? Or is it something worse. (The River, Bruce Springsteen) We mightn’t like what she is saying but...

Wired with Whelan: Laois could be the next Iceland

Laois could be the next Iceland Lovely Laois, I hear you calling In my dreams I hear you say Come back home to dear old Ireland Lovely Laois,...

Wired with Whelan: Johnny I Hardly Knew Ye in the Town I have loved...

In my memory I will always see The town that I have loved so well (Phil Coulter) I went to a play in the Dunamaise Arts Centre...
Our man John Whelan feels that the Eletric Picnic could be in decline

Wired with Whelan: The Picnic is the best thing since sliced bread … but...

A 747 for Jackson Browne, They had to build a special runway just to get him down. Before the Chieftains could start to play, Seven creamy pints...

Wired with Whelan: Make a mother’s day of it every day … not just...

A mother’s love’s a blessing No matter where you roam Keep her while she’s living You’ll miss her when she’s gone Love her as in childhood Through feeble, old...
John Whelan says that Enda Kenny gave Donald Trump a right kicking on immigration on St Patrick's Day

Wired with Whelan: Stop bitching about Paddy’s Day – the world is green…with envy

St Patrick was a gentleman he came from dacent people He built a church in Dublin Town and on in put a steeple His father was...
A young looking John Whelan with some of the Rainbow People in the Slieve Bloom mountains in 1993

Wired with Whelan: More like 40 shades of grey than 40 shades of green

I close my eyes and picture the emerald of the sea From the fishing boats at Dingle to the shores of Dunardee I miss the river...

Wired with Whelan: There is no such thing as free travel …

Are ye right there, Michael? Are ye right? Do you think that you can get the fire to light? (Percy French – 1902) There is...
Ciaran Treacy died after the car he was in was hit by a drunk driver in April 2014

Wired with Whelan: It’s way past time to call time on drink driving

Those were the days my friend We thought they’d never end We’d sing and dance forever and a day We’d live the life we choose… Sundays. As a...

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