The Word on the Week
April 16, 2023


Potus                      Word on the Week          15th April 2023. It’s not every week that we learn a new word but then it’s not every week the President Of The United States spends four days in Ireland!   It takes a moment or two for the penny to drop and then someone mentions the word ‘acronym’ and the […]

April 8, 2023

Christ Crucified and Risen

Christ Crucified and Risen        Word on the Week                    8th April 2023. Easter confronts us with a view of life that has at its centre a dead man’s cross and a living man’s empty tomb.  The death Jesus died was for our sins.   The life He now lives He lives to God (Romans 6 verse10). […]

April 1, 2023

The Turn of the Tide

The Turn of the Tide                  Word on the Week               1st April 2023. The tide turns sooner or later, it always happens.    There is a rhythm to it which is entirely predictable.   It is governed by the moon. The full moon exercises the strongest gravitational pull on the water.   This in turn produces the […]

March 25, 2023

Cannot See the Wood for the Trees

Cannot See the Wood for the Trees   Word on the Week     25th March 2023. There has been a major emphasis on tree planting in Ireland.   It seems we have fallen behind the rest of Europe and the Government is keen that we catch up.   There is much marginal land which could do well growing […]

March 18, 2023

St Patrick’s Day

St Patrick’s Day                 Word on the Week                       18th March 2023. One of the highlights of Dublin’s year is the commemoration of St Patrick’s Day on 17th March.  Like many today Patrick knew what it was to be a victim of war and to be cut off from his homeland.   He spent his enforced exile as […]

March 11, 2023

Paradise Now?

Paradise Now?                  Word on the Week                     11th March 2023. This week the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said he is to make Ireland “a world leader on gender equality in all its forms”.   This is a subject in which he has a personal interest and it provides him with some relief from the dreadful housing crisis in […]

February 25, 2023

War – First Anniversary

War – First Anniversary              Word on the Week          25th February 2023. Nobody thought the Ukrainian War would last 12 long months. Now no one thinks it will be over soon!    It is much easier to start wars than to stop them!   Not that the Russian President, Vladimir Putin, shows any signs of wanting a ceasefire. […]

February 18, 2023


Anniversaries                   Word on the Week                     18th February 2023. We appear to be living longer these days.   Our neighbour passed the 100 mark a couple of years’ ago and this week celebrated reaching 102. This led me to figure out that my mother would be 123 years old had she lived to this day which is […]

February 11, 2023


Merkinch                          Word on the Week                     11th February 2023. What has a down-town district in a remote town in the Scottish Highlands got to do with ‘Word on the Week’?   How could such a place ever be newsworthy?                Merkinch was usually referred to as ‘The Ferry’.   The place where the car ferry left Inverness and travelled […]

February 4, 2023

Brigit’s Day

Brigit’s Day                      Word on the Week                     4th February 2023.      We have a new Public Holiday.   February 1st has been decreed.   This brings us into line with the bulk of the EU with the same number of public holidays. Historically this was St Brigit’s Day. The name Brigit means different things to different people!   She is […]

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