Jon blackwell
September 30, 2023

MV Matthew

MV Matthew                     Word on the Week                     30th September 2023. The ship, under its new name, ‘Matthew’ sailed into Irish waters this week.   It had come from the Dutch island of Aruba in the South Caribbean as the MV Honmon to Willemstad in the Dutch protectorate of Curaçao on August 18th from where it sailed to […]

September 23, 2023

Stardust Fire

Stardust Fire                    Word on the Week                     23rd September 2023. It was St Valentine’s night, February 14th 1981 and the Stardust nightclub in Artane, Dublin, was packed to capacity.   A fire broke out which was to claim the lives of 48 young people and injure over 200.   It was tragic.    Such was the scale of […]

September 16, 2023


Rugby                               Word on the Week                     16th September 2023. In case there is someone who doesn’t know, the Rugby World Cup has got under way.   This is a world-wide event with Ireland lining out against Tonga tonight.   All games are being played in French Stadiums.    These are located in various cities culminating in the final in […]

September 9, 2023

Back to School

Back to School                 Word on the Week                     9th September 2023. Here comes the sun – schools must have resumed!    What cruel fate has decreed that the resumption of schools and colleges would be marked by gloriously sunny weather!    It does not always occur – it just seems like it does! School or college was once […]

September 3, 2023

The Swallow

The Swallow          Word on the Week          2nd September 2023. In my daily pre breakfast excursions with Tess the Pugaleer we have been accompanied by the melodic twitter of the swallows who are massing on the other side of the hawthorn hedge.  The latter has been allowed to grow an extra two feet as part of […]

August 26, 2023

Triathlon Tragedy

Triathlon Tragedy                 Word on the Week            26th August 2023. The recent drowning of two participants who were competing in the triathlon in the sea off Youghal brought a sombre note to the event.  The Ironman competition, as the name suggests, requires extremes of physical fitness in those who compete.   It is a mixture […]

August 19, 2023

Cead mile Fáilte

The 100,000 welcomes which Ireland is so famous for has suffered some reductions to its number in recent days!   It was brought to light when an elderly American tourist was randomly beaten up in Dublin city centre, receiving some life changing injuries. This was followed by three teenage boys being hospitalised after an incident in […]

August 12, 2023

Ode to Joy

Ode to Joy             Word on the Week                    12th August 2023. I have borrowed the title of Schiller’s poem to pay tribute to Joy Cantwell-Moore who went to be with her Lord and was buried this week.   During her life she radiated joy.   She will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved her. […]

August 5, 2023

Fulmar – Wind Junkie

Fulmar – Wind Junkie                Word on the Week          5th August 2023. There is one bird for whom the yellow wind warning of the Met Office spells delight and that is the Fulmar.   A bird of sea and sky and cliff ledge nesting places where the one large white egg is incubated by both adults in […]

July 29, 2023

Sinéad O’Connor  

Sinéad O’Connor             Word on the Week                     29th July 2023. It was on Wednesday morning that the police found her body in her London flat.   Sinéad O’Connor, the icon of the Irish music scene, was no more.   A huge groundswell of appreciation has poured from the media which shows no signs of stopping. Songwriter, poet and […]

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