The Word on the Week
June 17, 2017

Rathlin Island

This week was broken up nicely into a two-day conference entitled “The Mission of God” and a two-day visit to Rathlin Island which lies off the north coast of Ireland. The former declared that accurate preaching from the scriptures is ‘an act of God’ and the latter displayed the splendour of His Creation. The sea […]

June 10, 2017

A New Taoiseach

This coming week will see the appointment of Leo Varadkar as Taoiseach. At age 38 he will be the youngest in that office and with Indian/Irish parents reflects the current multi-ethnic Ireland. But there is a further way in which Leo stretches the culture in that he is the first openly gay person to hold […]

June 3, 2017

Multiple Martins

On Thursday evening the weather conditions were just right. Clouds of insects were being blown out of the trees to be devoured by many House Martins. The latter produced an aerobatic display second to none as they relished having a time of plenty. Normally these House Martins mix with swallows but this year the swallows […]

May 27, 2017

Death by Misadventure

There are no words which can adequately describe the horror of finding your infant dead from heatstroke in the back of your car. The knowledge that it was your fault adds to the feelings of desolation. The stark reality is that this happened on Thursday in Co Tipperary. There can be no ameliorating factors. The […]

May 20, 2017


“Oooops your files have been encrypted” is the dreaded phrase many received when they opened up their computer this week. Too late to wish you had updated your anti-virus software. The dreaded virus had arrived! Fortunately it was not as lethal as it first appeared and in the worst case scenario the requested ransom could […]

May 13, 2017

Modern Blasphemers

This week we have been treated to a re-run of the blasphemous utterances of Dawkins and Fry. They are unfazed by the publicity their comments originally produced, indeed Dawkins defence of Fry (who had been accused by the Garda of blasphemy, although it was subsequently dropped) was robust! He went so far as to offer […]

May 6, 2017

Dáil Prayer

As one journalist put it; “That old chestnut of whether or not to commence the ‘daily hostilities’ with a nice prayer got another outing this week.” Thus our National Parliament allow themselves to be distracted from the affairs of state by the rights and wrongs of public prayer. To pray or not to pray that […]

April 29, 2017

Guns and Trump

The sight of President Trump on TV celebrating his first 100 days in office, by giving assurance to this followers that their guns were safe with him in power, prompted this blog. Any legally held weapon can be lawfully retained he said, ignoring the fact that most weapons were designed to kill people. If you […]

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 […]

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