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February 12, 2022

Ukraine in the Frame

Ukraine in the Frame            Word on the Week               12th February 2022. The frame is composed of Russian weapons of war.   It extends from Belarus in the North to Moldova in the South West taking in Donbas a Russian speaking portion of East Ukraine and including the recently annexed Crimea in the Black Sea. President […]

February 5, 2022

Bridget of Kildare

Bridget of Kildare               Word on the week              5th February 2022. Under the heading ‘The Biddies Are Back’ the daily newspaper showed dancers, clad in white, performing a ritual dance.  This annual event had been postponed because of the Covid pandemic.   They were heralding the start of Spring on the 1st of February and paying homage […]

January 29, 2022

Holocaust Survivors

Holocaust Survivors           Word on the Week             29th January 2022. “I don’t want to read about them!”   “Why can’t we be reminded about ‘Bloody Sunday, our own tragedy?”   Anniversaries, anniversaries, they often remind us of what we would like to forget.   And who can forget the photograph of the Priest waving the white handkerchief on […]

January 22, 2022

Covid Conquered

Covid Conquered             Word on the Week          22nd January 2022. Conquered? Not quite but it certainly felt like it listening to theTaoiseach’s broadcast last evening.   The only remnants remaining,that would affect the majority, are the mask wearing and handsanitising that have become second nature to us! It […]

January 8, 2022

The First Beginning

The First Beginning                    Word on the Week          8th January 2022. For most of us it is the beginning at school that imprinted itself on our minds. That unforgettable first day!   For others it may be the first day at work with the trauma of a new beginning that became the time we cannot forget.  By […]

December 18, 2021

Making Merry

Making Merry                   Word on the Week          18th December 2021. “‘Tis the Season to be jolly” a line from the well-known Christmas Carol with a not so well known “Tiocfaidh ár lá” insertion got ex-president of Sinn Féin Gerry Adams into a spot of bother this week.   It was his own composition but it was the […]

December 11, 2021

Communication Chains

Communication Chains             Word on the Week          11th December 2021. Not the paper chains we make to decorate the house at Christmas but the metal chains that bind us.   To be in chains is such an emotive expression conjuring up visions of helplessness.   That is unless you were cut from the same cloth as the Apostle […]

December 4, 2021

The Long Walk

The Long Walk                Word on the Week                     4th December 2021. A picture of our President honouring a local fundraiser with the Distinguished Service Award was indicative of the fellow feeling that exists between the Irish and Native American people.   Doreen McPaul had raised money for the Navajo who are experiencing extreme hardship caused by the […]

November 27, 2021

Mervin Tinker

Mervin Tinker                   Word on the Week                     27th November 2021. “Then the king said to his men, “Do you not realize that a commander and a great man has fallen in Israel this day?” (2 Samuel 3:38). The death occurred this week of Mervin Tinker.   He was minister at St John’s Parish Church, Hull.   He was […]

November 20, 2021

The Disappeared

The Disappeared             Word on the Week          20th November 2021. Here in Ireland the tragedy of teenage girls disappearing, sadly, is not new. What was new this week was the disappearance of the young Chinese tennis star who has endeared herself to the sporting world following her success in the doubles tournament at Wimbledon. Peng […]

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