The Word on the Week
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 […]

February 4, 2017

Bird Count

This week, like many others, we were involved in a count of garden birds. The event was organised for the totality of these islands which, apparently, have been blessed by a great variety of species. Betty compiled the results as the view from the kitchen window covers nearly all the angles where they feed or […]

January 28, 2017

Holocaust Day

The 17th January is the date in 1945 when Auschwitz was liberated. It has become the Memorial Date to remember the greatest genocide the world has known. It is so necessary as in every generation since then there have been Holocaust deniers. People who continue to hate the Jews and would prefer to believe that […]

January 21, 2017

Inauguration Ceremony

This blog could better be called “Word on the Inauguration” as the Word of God was quoted throughout. We have grown accustomed to secular ceremonies when politicians take office. In yesterday’s event a welcome preponderance of scripture was used in the inauguration of Donald J Trump. Perhaps it was because of the cavalier nature of […]

January 14, 2017

Guard your Soul

Future generations will marvel that we have thrown away morality in such a short space of time. Where we are now is a place our forebears could not have imagined. If it was not so serious the oft repeated phrase from the Laurel and Hardy films “That’s a fine mess you have got me into” […]

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