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Maurice Hickey

Pat Shortt's alter ego Maurice Hickey offers a satirical and comical insight into rural Ireland and politics.
Whether it's for a cup of tea, to post a letter or to buy some bread, these days you won't get anything done without first standing in a queue. And that is the sad fact of life, writes Maurice Hickey
By Maurice Hickey on 11 January 2018
The minute the festive season is over, we all turn to talk of cutting back, health binges, diets and marathons. This is putting Maurice Hickey in a bad mood already
By Maurice Hickey on 28 December 2017
As Maurice Hickey begins to plan his glorious retirement from the Council, his dreams are thrown off course
By Maurice Hickey on 14 December 2017
As Maurice Hickey settles into his more mature years, he realises that there are some battles our ancestors were better at winning – and others that should be avoided altogether.
By Maurice Hickey on 30 November 2017
Ah, the mysteries of life and death. The question of mortality can really bring one to the edge of things, writes Maurice Hickey following more than the one shocking revelation
By Maurice Hickey on 16 November 2017
After being neighbourly lands Maurice Hickey in trouble, it’s only fair he returns the favour
By Maurice Hickey on 19 October 2017
The Mother’s checkup with the doctor reads like a bad NCT result – a long list of repairs and adjustments to be done
By Maurice Hickey on 05 October 2017
An innocent invitation to dinner ended up with the Mother in a rather delicate situation
By Maurice Hickey on 21 September 2017
Maurice has decamped and I think I could be starting to enjoy this empty nest, writes The Mother
By Maurice Hickey on 07 September 2017
The world has gone mad on dogs. In my opinion, one is too much, writes The Mother
By Maurice Hickey on 24 August 2017
As the local councillor, Maurice had to attend three funerals last week, which meant his studies got pushed aside yet again. So the Mother had to take up the pen
By Maurice Hickey on 10 August 2017
With Maurice busy catching up on his college work, The Mother finds herself free to do what she likes for a change.
By Maurice Hickey on 27 July 2017
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