The Word on the Week
August 18, 2018

When you are in a hole

The somewhat detached response of the Vatican to the hole that the church finds itself in Pennsylvania shows that the adage to stop digging is being ignored. Perhaps they are leaving it to the Pope to sort out when he comes to Ireland to the World Meeting of Families next week. This week the Pennsylvania […]

August 11, 2018

Royal Dublin Society

In one of these simple quiz questions the Question Master asked the competitors to work out what the initials RDS stood for and to phone in the answer to him. He had, of course, been talking about the famous Horse Show which takes place in the Royal Dublin Society’s property in Dublin, annually, on this […]

August 4, 2018


The recent announcement of the resignation of the American Cardinal Theodore McCarrick from the College of Cardinals (the first Cardinal to do so since 1927) following allegations of sexual abuse has highlighted the all-embracing nature of the problem. Co-incidentally RTE broadcast the 2015 film “Spotlight”. This was largely based on the investigative work of the […]

July 28, 2018

Here comes the Rain

After an extended period of no rain we went to bed last night to the sound of water filling the near empty rain barrel. We have come through an official drought (no rain for 40 days) which was declared by the Meteorological Office some time ago. The hosepipe ban and a real endeavour to conserve […]

July 7, 2018

Artificial Intelligence

We have heard a lot about Artificial Intelligence this week as practical uses of appear on the market. The popular idea that a robot will do the housework etc. however, may be some way off! It is interesting how these robots have been personalised by their designer giving them names. We are invited to learn […]

June 30, 2018

Sub-tropical Ireland

The heat-wave is official – more than 5 days with temperatures over 25 degrees. Indeed, the mercury soared into the 30ies with 32 degrees being recorded in a few places. And it’s to continue, perhaps dropping a little, for the foreseeable future. The emerald isle has become the baked brown island! The grass, normally so […]

June 23, 2018

Referendum Aftermath

The battle over the introduction of abortion is over. The Christians largely found themselves on the losing side. The temptation is to pack up and go away, like the disciples after the crucifixion. “We had hoped that he (Jesus) was the one who was going to redeem Israel” was said on the walk to Emmaus […]

June 16, 2018

Ireland in the Sun

The school exams are over and the universities are coming the end of the semester. The recent heatwave has whetted appetites for more of the same leading to packed flights travelling south. However, it is not just the sunshine that we have in common with Bermuda, the Caymans and the Virgin Islands. We are in […]

June 9, 2018

Rugby the Incredible Game

In a week where we had multiple murders the Rugby Test match in Australia came as a welcome relief. It would have been better if Ireland won but with all the wins in recent years perhaps we needed to realise we are not infallible! For the pundits the scoreline was 18 – 9 with both […]

June 2, 2018

In Deep Water

With the summer sun comes the attraction of a swim in a nice cool pond. Unfortunately for two lads this week their choice of a flooded quarry proved, for them, to be fatal. Tragically for these 15 year olds help came too late. There was the temptation to swim across to the other side of […]

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