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GUEST STARS
issue no.1: SHEM AND SAM, no.2: THE WEASEL, no.3: GERARD CROWLEY.


OUR SPECIAL GUEST STAR FOR ISSUE No. 3
cartoonist

GERARD CROWLEY


Gerard has long been regarded as one of Ireland's top cartoonists. He currently writes and draws a weekly cartoon strip for the Sunday Business Post, as well as appearing in several other papers and magazines.

In his early days he was one of a bunch of artists, including Brian O'Toole, Arja Kajermo, Scratch and Tom Mathews, who regularly stuffed In Dublin magazine full of all manner of cartoons.

After In Dublin fell into the hands of new owners, he edited The Yellow Press, a scrambled mix of satirical cartooning, silly jokes and irresponsible comics. Here he went beyond gag cartoons and developed a number of strips with ongoing characters, including Thaddeus The TD, a barely fictional Irish country politician of the old school.

Thaddeus The TD
READ A COMPLETE THADDEUS THE TD STORY



inflatable jodphurs
AN EARLY 'IN DUBLIN' CARTOON

Gerard Crowley self portrait
GERARD BY GERARD


As well as Thaddeus The TD, The Yellow Press also was the first to publish the Shem and Sam comic strips by Stephen Walsh and Brian O'Toole, and my own Airforce Amazons comics.

GLOSSARY

Those unfamiliar with Ireland and Irish politics may find some phrases in the Thaddeus comic confusing, so here's a short glossary:

CLOSING TIME: Pub opening hours are strictly regulated by law, but those in the know, they know better.

THE DAIL / DAIL EIREANN: the lower house of the Republic of Ireland's parliament. The upper house is called the Seanad.

TWO BLACK LADS: Two pints of Guinness.

LOTTO FUNDING: The Irish National Lottery finances sports, arts and community projects.

BISHOP: Ireland has had a lot of these, though the only one I ever met myself was Eamonn Casey, speed demon and former Bishop of Galway.

PUNTERS: voters, customers, mugs, patsies.

THE BOSS: Charlie Haughey, Minister of Finance until 1970 when he was accused of gun running, leader of Fianna Fáil, Ireland's largest political party, from 1979 to 1992, when he resigned amidst allegations of telephone bugging.

In 1997 the McCracken Tribunal's investigation into political payoffs by businessman Ben Dunne revealed secret payments to Haughey in excess of 1.3 million pounds, (about 2 million U.S. dollars to you, sir). Other Fianna Fáil politicians have since been implicated as investigations are carried on by the Moriarty Tribunal.

The Irish Times has a section on the Moriarty Tribunal.

PEE DEE: The Progressive Democrat Party, right wing on economic issues, more liberal on social and constitutional matters. Formed in 1985 by defectors from Haughey's Fianna Fail - later they rejoined him in coalition government.

TONIGHT TODAY: Current affairs TV programme.

THE GUARDS: The Garda Síochána, the Republic of Ireland's police force.

Yahoo has more Irish politics links here.

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GUEST STARS
issue no.1: SHEM AND SAM, no.2: THE WEASEL, no.3: GERARD CROWLEY.

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JANUARY 2006


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