The Word on the Week
February 1, 2020

Exit of Brexit

Exit of Brexit                         Word on the Week                      1st February 2020. Midnight in Brussels or 11.00 pm in London heralded the departure of the UK from the EU, although it will continue to follow EU rules and enjoy most of the benefits of membership until the end of 2020.   The occasion was low key.   […]

January 25, 2020


Goldfinch                          Word on the Week                          25th January 2020. “Look at the birds of the air” Jesus said when he was illustrating God the Father’s provision.    I was in need of a topic for this blog and there outside my window were a flock of Goldfinches!   Their multi-coloured plumage lit up the grey January […]

January 18, 2020

Crime Pays!

Crime Pays!                       Word on the Week                          18th January 2020. When you survey the bloodshed of this week you see the ugly face of crime.   It is as if the whole country has been affected by an incurable virus which can only be curtailed not cured.    It broke out in Drogheda, the North-side of Dublin and […]

January 11, 2020

Forgive and Embrace

Forgive and Embrace                       Word on the Week              11th January 2020. Last week’s blog had scarcely hit the bin when the dreams of times past turned into nightmares!    Commemorate that lot – not on your life!   One correspondent, in a fine show of charity said, “forgive and forget” people were OK with that, but “forgive and […]

January 4, 2020

An Epiphany of Dreams

An Epiphany of Dreams                   Word on the Week              4th January 2020. The last decade in Ireland commemorated the centenary of the 1916 Rising and the decade we are entering promises many more of the same!   Community-led events are planned in the locations where they occurred historically and funding will be available to artists […]

December 28, 2019

Coming Home for Saturnalia

It had been an eventful year in Jerusalem.   My Legion had been there from the start. Who could ever forget that memorable crucifixion.    The one where my Centurion (who had his belief in God confirmed) said “In truth this man was the Son of God” (St Mark Chapter 15 verse 39). Events followed with the […]

December 21, 2019

Incarnation Fleshed Out

Incarnation Fleshed Out        Word on the Week              21st December 2019. “Oh, that you would rend the heavens and come down, that the mountains would tremble before you” was the Prophet’s cry as he looked at the sinfulness of the people.   “All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like […]

December 14, 2019

Get Brexit Done Election

Like something reminiscent of a fairground ventriloquist’s dummy we had the Prime Minister of the UK endlessly repeating his chant “Get Brexit Done”!   All through the election hustling’s the refrain rang out from his lips.   It was incorporated into the answer to almost every question.   It reduced public debate to a mindless mantra – but […]

December 7, 2019

Fieldfares and Francis

We had a couple of days of frosty weather this week and, right on cue, came our friends the fieldfares.   They come from Scandinavia in their winter wanderings and usually remain on higher ground of the Wicklow hills until cold weather brings them down to us in Kildare. They come in flocks sometimes mixed up […]

November 30, 2019

Getting and Giving

Getting and Giving               Word on the Week             30th November 2019. Black Friday has been successfully negotiated this week with many accounts in the retail sector safely in the black.   This import from the US (it is reputed to have started in Philadelphia) comes without the prior Thanksgiving Thursday where Americans celebrated the success of […]

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