The Word on the Week
December 9, 2017

Brexit without Exit

Of all the games people play, politics must be the craziest! It has been described as ‘the art of the possible’. What is possible may change during the game so the rules are changed and the game goes on as happened with the Brexit negotiations this week. Perhaps it was thanks to the Irish intervention […]

December 2, 2017

Late, Late Toy Show

There was a decidedly fishy flavour to this year’s TV Toy Show. Mine host Ryan Tubridy introduced the event in a red lobster costume accompanied by two kid squids! They were surrounded by singing sharks who jumped in and out of the boats ‘floating’ on the stage. The Late Late Show has had a major […]

November 25, 2017

Mobile Phone Power

The development of the mobile phone from its original concept of the phone locating the person not the place has been a great boon. No longer does the excuse that you are “out” when you were “in” apply! Unless you switch off, which is rather counterproductive, you are available. In its early days it was […]

November 18, 2017

Da Vinci’s Christ Portrait

Christie’s New York salesroom was amazed this week by flurry of bids over a 19-minute period culminating with a record sale price of €450,000,000. The same painting fetched as little as €10,000 in 2005! At an exhibition in 2011 it was valued at €127.5 million so this week’s figure had been somewhat anticipated. The main […]

November 11, 2017

War no More

On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918 World War 1 officially ended. The date was declared a national holiday in many nations, and coincides with Remembrance Day in the UK and Veterans Day in the USA. It is part of the UK tradition to wear a poppy, reminiscent […]

November 4, 2017

Able to be Heard

You may have missed noticing the removal from office of former UCD Students’ Union president Katie Ascough this week. She is a pro-life advocate in the debate around the 8th Amendment to our Constitution which currently preserves the equal right to life of both mother and un-born child. So what did Katie do that was […]

October 28, 2017

Martin Luther 500

It is generally reckoned that the 31st October 1517 was the date Luther nailed his 95 thesis to the door of Wittenberg Castle Church triggering the reformation. This was the usual method of drawing attention to a subject and normally would lead to a public debate. Luther chose the subject of purchasing indulgences which, it […]

October 21, 2017

Ophelia and Brian

The week started with hurricane Ophelia and ended it with hurricane Brian! Ophelia came at us from the South producing some of the highest wind speeds ever recorded and Brian came out of the West laden with rain! It is hard to get into perspective the force of Ophelia. It produced the biggest wave ever […]

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 […]

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