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Mark McCormick
February 16, 2019

Human Anatomy

Perhaps the most common question asked among those of a certain age is “How’s the health?” With the older half of the population on blood thinners, stents and pace-makers the conversation flows into what the author Maeve Binchy described with delightful ambiguity as an “Organ Recital”! The fact is, as the Psalmist puts it, we […]

February 9, 2019

A Valentine Card

In previous blogs we have looked at the connections Dublin has with St Valentine but now as we anticipate the anonymous Valentine card with its ‘guess who’ in disguised handwriting let’s have a closer look at this thing called love. Some call it chemistry that attracts one to another and certainly that could account for […]

February 2, 2019

The Fields of Aviva

The 2nd of February, traditionally called Candlemas Day, is located mid way between the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox. It has long been associated with forecasting the weather as the Old Folk’s poem relates: – If Candlemas Day be dry and fair The half o’ the Winter’s to come and mair If Candlemas Day […]

January 30, 2019

Something to beef about

Recently the UK medical journal The Lancet recommended a 90% reduction in our intake of red meat in our diet. Indeed, their recommendation looked something like this; porridge for breakfast, rice for lunch, a dinner of lentils and vegetables, and a single hamburger every few weeks, as a treat! Such is the latest effort to […]

January 20, 2019

Hatching a Catastrophe

The Teresa May sponsored plan to extract the UK from the EU, despite all warnings that it would not pass a Parliamentary vote, was voted on, producing the largest Government defeat for over a century. The resulting chaos permitted each of the smaller parties and factions to get their moment in the limelight this week […]

January 17, 2019

Climate Change

Climate change – ho hum boring; that is until the reservoirs dry up and we are faced with drought. “That’s not going to happen” according to President Trump and our Government. The latter pay lip service to the problem but for various reasons (all well founded you understand) find it inconvenient to do anything about […]

January 5, 2019

What’s new about the New Year?

It is a question that is not often asked! Someone is bound to answer, “The date for a start”! The German saying “Kommt Zeit Kommt Rat” translated as “Come Time Come Wisdom” does not always live up to its expectations! Nor do the resolutions, made on New Year’s Eve, have much chance of a life […]

December 15, 2018

Advent Calendar

Millennials and their offspring, the Generation Z, are largely unaware of the meaning of ‘Advent’ and even our Calendar is under threat as the flight from all things Christian continues to gather pace in the West. They have ‘Thrown out the Baby with the bathwater’ and part of the bathwater was the Advent Calendar. The […]

December 8, 2018

Environmental Issues

It was this Thursday’s edition of RTE’s programme “Ear to the Ground” which introduced us to Dr Rory Harrington’s work of encouraging local farmers to recreate wetlands. Retired to a farm in a Co Waterford valley he was able to study the problem of waste water first hand and see a solution implemented. With improvements […]

December 1, 2018

Grace

It was slightly embarrassing to be describing to former colleagues this week the location of our new church premises as the name GRACE has not yet been fixed to the front of the building! It blends in well with the street-scape and whilst we might not wish for prominence some distinguishing marks would be useful. […]

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