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George Morrison
September 18, 2010

Brian’s Bash

Who would want to deny our Taoiseach a little conviviality with his friends? The problem was he was due to be interviewed at 8.45am the following morning. The radio programme “Morning Ireland” commands a 400,000 audience who were expecting some words of encouragement from the “think in” of the Fianna Fail Parliamentary Party Conference in […]

September 10, 2010

Book Burning Ceremonies

Here in the West we are more accustomed to book signing ceremonies although these too can be stormy affairs as witnessed this week when Tony Blair signed his biographical account of his term in office at Eason’s bookshop in Dublin. But this was insignificant compared to the waves created throughout Islam by Terry Jones, Pastor […]

September 5, 2010

Buried Alive

Most of us have at one time or another imagined what it would be like to be buried alive. The feelings of claustrophobia this engenders make it all the harder to understand how the 33 Chilean miners trapped underground since 5th August can cope. Miners on the surface say it will take 3 to 4 […]

August 28, 2010

Civil Religion

The President of the country, the Archbishop of Dublin and Journalist John Waters all attend the Communion and Liberation gathering in Italy this week. The President commended the Archbishop for doing a good job. The Journalist commended the gathering for providing liberty to speak and the Archbishop exercised that liberty in a penetrating way not […]

August 14, 2010

Release from Prison

So the prison system doesn’t work! At least not for sex offenders. It simply removes them from circulation for a time then returns them as marked men under surveillance by the authorities. The early release, for good conduct i.e. not breaking the prison rules, of Larry Murphy created media frenzy as reporters tried to trace […]

August 7, 2010

Blood Diamonds

A couple of uncut diamonds or two “dirty looking stones” as the supermodel described them displaying a naivety which must have surprised the international war crimes tribunal sitting in The Hague. Even more surprising was the fact that two men coming to her hotel bedroom door after dark with a package was nothing unusual. The […]

July 31, 2010

Crude Oil

There is an old tale of a leaking horse trough which had served the community well and refreshed many horses in its day. The leak had become worse and the villagers got together to decide what to do about it. After some discussion it was decided not to repair the tank but to shoot the […]

July 24, 2010

Marian Activity

This is the 25th Anniversary of the moving statue of the Blessed Virgin at Ballinspittle. That was a year when we had many moving statues but few, if any, interpretations. Sightings and messages from the Blessed Virgin are not uncommon – indeed they are to be expected by Marian devotees at the various Marian shrines. […]

July 17, 2010

Seanie’s Sums

So the figures don’t add up! The ace Banker and “brains” of the Irish financial world ran out of options this week. Just when we thought he would never be caught he declared himself bankrupt. His liabilities exceeded his assets by a cool €96.7 million. Such was his confidence in his abilities during the “good […]

July 10, 2010

H2O

After many months of drought (we had lambs this year that never got wet) the rain came yesterday right on cue for the Oxygen Music Festival. There must be something about the name O2 which attracts the rain! Its not just rain but real Irish rain – the wetting, fine droplet variety that penetrates the […]

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