The Word on the Week
April 22, 2017

Abortion Comes Nearer.

The report of the Citizen’s Assembly which was published today contains few surprises. The vote for changing the 8th Amendment (the one acknowledging the right to life of the unborn, with due regard to the equal right to life of the mother) was carried by 87%. There appear to be three suggested outcomes. 1 They […]

April 15, 2017

No Other Name

This blog starts with Easter Greetings in the shape of a little known paraphrase which captures an amazing amount of truth in its first stanza: – The Saviour died, and rose again triumphant o’er the grave; and pleads our cause at God’s right hand, omnipotent to save. Jesus had done just that, healing physically and […]

April 8, 2017

Our Advocate

This week saw the satisfactorily conclusion of our building transactions which stretched back over the last couple of years and we give God thanks for his enabling grace to see us through the various contacts. We were also assisted by our lawyers who appear to have done a good job. My first involvement with lawyers […]

April 1, 2017

Brexit: the divorce.

The letter has been sent. The preliminary arrangements have been outlined. Sorrows have been expressed but the vehicle has no brakes and no reverse gear. The UK floats adrift from its EC moorings and divorce proceedings begin. Some optimism has been expressed at the introduction in the UK parliament of the Repeal Bill which will […]

March 25, 2017


The burial of Martin McGuinness this week brought to a premature end his working towards political stability in Northern Ireland. The rare illness which removed him so swiftly was unforeseen. The reconfiguring of his Party continues. McGuinness died at the age of 66 having spent the last 50 plus years bound up with what is […]

March 17, 2017

Patrick’s Wife

She has stayed in the background for a long time but this year Saint Patrick’s wife, Sheelah (or Sile) has decided to turn up! Like a dutiful wife she has deferred to the Saint and not intruded on his Day but accepted the 18th March as her day! Not that you would notice as the […]

March 11, 2017


Amidst the many tales of woe regarding Ireland’s treatment of children that were reported this week was an account of one who has done rather nicely. This was the Chief Executive of Cement Roadstone Holdings, Albert Manifold, whose pay, it was disclosed, reached €10 million last year. Just what do you have to do to […]

March 4, 2017


This week ‘Snapchat’ was launched on the New York Stock Exchange raising $3.4 billion for the two inventors. It is an enormous sum of money. The timing was fortuitous. The Market is optimistic. Its three years since ‘Twitter’ was floated. The time was right. The attraction of Snapchat lies in the deletion of the communication […]

February 25, 2017

Bats and Boxes

Bats and Boxes Word on the Week 18th February 2017. In a week when the newspapers were going batty over who said ‘what’ and ‘when’ we were finding out how to help conserve the real bats. These little creatures do not cause any harm and do a power of good in eating their own weight […]

February 25, 2017

Roe v Wade

Roe v Wade Debacle Word on the Week 25th February 2017. There were two important funerals this week. They indicated the end of a sad chapter in social affairs on both sides of the Atlantic. Unfortunately the damage done continues to destroy lives despite the fact that both the deceased wished they could have not […]

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