The Word on the Week
October 14, 2017

The Sexual Revolution

This week some of us attended a lecture hosted by Iona Institute on how the sexual revolution is succeeding and how it is failing. After almost 60 years of its existence this seemed to be a good time to review it. Most commentators on the subject reckon that it commenced with the decoupling of sex […]

October 7, 2017

White Male Gunslinger

Last Sunday America was rocked by the actions of a lone gunman, Stephen Paddock. His attack on an open air musical festival in Las Vegas took the lives of 58 and injured somewhere in the region of 500 others. In what was a carefully planned shooting Paddock equipped himself with 23 weapons out of the […]

September 30, 2017

Playboy’s Death

The death of Hugh Hefner this week brought to an end the evil genius that created the Playboy empire. Apparently he died peacefully in his mansion. He was 91 years old. Reared in a strict Methodist home he showed little regard for his upbringing. His father refused his request, on commercial grounds, for funding his […]

September 23, 2017

The Ploughing Championships

This annual farming bonanza, the largest outdoor event of its kind in Europe, got more than its fair share of rain during the three days. The middle day was subjected to a deluge which would have terminated any normal show but with the fighting spirit of Anna May McHugh and a multitude of water pumps […]

September 16, 2017

The Sunday Game

The flags are flying all along the Liffey proclaiming the forthcoming clash of the titans this Sunday. Co Mayo’s Green and Red evenly spaced between Dublin’s Blue and Navy announce the final of the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship. The venue, Croke Park, Dublin, will be well prepared to receive its 73,500 capacity crowd. The weather […]

September 9, 2017

The Sands of Time are Sinking

The equinox tides of September, washed the upper reaches of the beach, eradicating the last traces of holiday-makers’ footprints. When we saw this we understood that Summer was over! The winter storms that deposited the sand could with equal ease remove it leaving the harbour full of seaweed and pebbles. Sand is in the news. […]

September 2, 2017


It was back in the mid 80ies at a lecture to the Insurance Institute on Extreme Weather that I first heard of the seas warming. This produced rising sea levels which caused consternation in places like London where the Thames barrier was installed to protect the city against tidal surge. The lecturer ended with the […]

August 26, 2017


Apparently ‘mindfulness’ has crept out of the Parish Hall and into the university curriculum! Of all the mind games foisted on us from the East this cousin of Buddhism is the most recent. Initially it seemed to be designed for those who could not manage the lotus position in yoga. It offered similar benefits without […]

August 19, 2017

I am not afraid

The refrain, taken up by the crowd following the carnage created by the terrorist’s truck ploughing its way through Barcelona, had a note of defiance which may have masked the truth. “No tine por” Catalan for “I am not afraid” may have been more of an aspiration as many had taken refuge in the buildings […]

August 12, 2017

Playing the Trump Card

The language this week which Trump aimed at Kim Jong-un reminded me of Alfred Hitchcock’s 1955 comedy thriller “To Catch a Thief”. The plot is simple, if you want to catch a thief you must copy the thief you want to catch! Match his tactics in order to bring him to justice. In Donald Trump […]

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