I would have known I am Irish had I been adopted at birth by a family with a different nationality. Sooner or later, I would have woken up to the fact by simply paying attention to the way I am wired. It’s the little things within us that tell us who we are, the things that we are born with, that…Continue
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A few days before St. Patrick's Day in 2003, I purchased a beautiful six-piece dessert set of fine bone china from a local shop. As the shop owner carefully packed it up, I read the bottom of one of the tea cups: "Royal Tara-fine bone china-made in Ireland."
I bought the set because it was gorgeous. But knowing it came from Ireland made it even more special to me. At the time, I'd never been to Ireland and my father, Edwin, who died in 2001, had never been to Ireland either. But he…Continue
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"Belfast Days: A 1972 Teenage Diary," by Eimear O’Callaghan
"Belfast Days: A 1972…Continue
With apologies to my mother for the headline.Continue
Whether or not it is true, I have long been of the opinion that God never intended cabbage for human consumption. The rubbery leaves seem more suited to adorn the bottom of brogues than to be cooked up alongside more edible sustenance. I kid, of course, but I truly never have…Continue
"Against the Wind", by J.A. O'Brien
Reviewer: Michael Halpenny
The full title of this book is "Against the Wind: Memoir of a Dissident Dubliner." However, this is not the diary of someone strenuously opposed to the Good Friday Agreement,…Continue
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I purchased a copy of “In the Tracks of the West Clare Railway” by Eddie Lenihan on a visit to my native County Clare. If there was ever a book that needed writing this is it. No better man than Eddie to do the job. This is not a short list of boring facts and figures such as we were accustomed in history books going to school. No, this is a 319-page account of…Continue
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"The Decline and Fall of the Dukes of Leinster, 1872–1948"
by Terrence Dooley…
Added by Fr. John R. Sheehan, SJ on November 5, 2014 at 8:00pm — No Comments
"All the world's a stage and each must play his part."
How right he was! He knew, and tried to forewarn us, that…Continue
Or it used to be like that. Now the odds are that someone has to be in debt for a multiple of that…Continue
Review by Ronnie O’Gorman, Chairman of the Galway Advertiser…Continue
"The Decline and Fall of the Dukes of Leinster, 1872–1948
by Terrence Dooley
304 pages with colour…
At the westernmost end of Ireland’s Dingle peninsula,…Continue
I haven't seen any Dragons lately,OK....Maybe when I'm over served :) Since these Majestic creatures have been on vacation, I think that Kings & Queens, should also take a back seat. No one needs to be indentured, especially by the English monarchs.
Being of a Scot decent GGG Grand, Shepherd's Klan, My Grand…Continue
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By John Bruton
Ronan Fanning (Irish Times 16 August) is right to say we should not…Continue