MacGill: It Ruddy Reeks


Of male privilege and ‘Old Spice’ generally.

The largely-geezer, mostly right-wing, gammon-scented, chancer-packed panel for this year’s MacGill Summer School in the Glenties, County Donegal.


McGill Summer School 2018


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28 thoughts on “MacGill: It Ruddy Reeks

  1. Mr. Camomile T

    Flicking through the programme on the Magill website I see women’s names in most of the panels. Granted there is nowhere near a 50/50 gender split, but that tweet appears to be a misrepresentation of the situation.

    1. Nigel

      There’s only one panel with more than one woman and of the 17 panels, not including the documentary, the opening and the John Hume Lecture, which are all given by men, ten include women. That’s pretty overwhelmingly male. Then again it’s got Bertie Ahern, Phil Hogan and David Quinn, to make up for any other shortcomings.

  2. Ina.

    Poor Patrick MacGill. A lot of his novels are about corruption and gombeen men, and here we have a conference full of corrupton and gombeen men.

    1. Brother Barnabas

      the most memorable thing from that day was anneka rice emerging from the helicopter (i think it landed on the centre circle) and running up the steps to place the cup in the royal box (?), with cameraman in close pursuit, filming from behind. that was a 30-second period when so many things suddenly made sense to me.

      (but it was a clear foul)

  3. smiffy

    It’s not entirely accurate, though, is it? There are 55 speakers listed on the site for this year’s summer school, of whom 12 are women. It’s still an abysmal ratio, but not quite the same as saying that the line-up is entirely male.

    You’d also wonder why a Social Democrat candidate for Galway would fail to mention the fact that both of his party’s TDs (Catherine Murphy and Roisin Shorthall) are speaking at the School this year.

  4. Spaghetti Hoop

    Wouldn’t, wouldn’t, wouldn’t, wouldn’t,wouldn’t, wouldn’t, wouldn’t, wouldn’t, wouldn’t,wouldn’t,wouldn’t, wouldn’t, wouldn’t,wouldn’t, wouldn’t, wouldn’t, wouldn’t, would, wouldn’t,wouldn’t, wouldn’t, wouldn’t,wouldn’t, wouldn’t.

  5. rotide

    The fact that this is a completely nothing story is completely excused by the absolutely fantastic headline.

    Admit it, you only posted this to use the headline!

    Kudos anyway

    1. realPolithicks

      Its a completely “nothing story” to people like you who don’t give a fupp.

    2. Spaghetti Hoop

      Aye, and not for the first time. I’ve seen pathetically-contorted posts fashioned around splendid headlines in these parts before you know.

  6. Andrew

    Great headline! Full marks. Apart from that, I don’t care. Talking shops are just that.

    ‘gammon scented’ spare me!

  7. Tucker Done

    “Retired as Taoiseach in 2008 having enjoyed the distinction of being the first person in over 60 years to have been elected to that office on three successive occasions – 1997, 2002 and 2007. He served as Fianna Fáil TD for almost 35 years, first elected in 1977 for the constituency of Dublin-Finglas and then Dublin Central from 1981 – 2011. He was Minister for Labour from 1987 to 1991 and Minister for Finance on three separate occasions from 1991 to 1994. In 1997, Fianna Fáil was elected to government in coalition with the Progressive Democrats. This minority administration was supported by a small number of Independent TDs. Bertie Ahern received widespread praise for his political skills in ensuring that this administration served its full five-year term and delivered on real political and economic progress. The successful negotiation of the Good Friday Agreement in 1998 was a defining moment in Irish history and Bertie Ahern’s involvement in very difficult and complex talks is considered to be one of his most significant achievements.”

    Missing something? They should’ve made their biographies page a Wiki

  8. Sheik Yahbouti

    Can someone explain to me the point of the McGill Summer School – other than a jollyboys’ outing for a bunch of windbags and bores?

  9. Grace

    David Quinn looking very smug in his picture there.
    It must have been taken well before May 25th.

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