The Word on the Week
April 2, 2011

Stress Test

In the past stress tests were applied to manufactured goods to ensure they could be used safely. Thus testing to destruction was the method and the product was produced with a warning which ensured that it was used at far lower stress limits. It is difficult to test a bank to destruction although the CEO […]

March 26, 2011

Moriarty Tribunal

We thought the Bishops had taught us a thing or two about “cover ups” but they are in the ha’penny place compared to the accounts of the leading players reported in this week’s publication of the Tribunal’s proceedings. The fact that it took 14 years to complete is due in no small way to the […]

March 19, 2011

Sporting Heroes

It simply gets better and better! Imagine a win over England at Cricket – a game scarcely known in Ireland. Indeed the rules had to be described over the national broadcasting service! This was followed up by the best ever result at Cheltenham. With 13 winners, we clocked up the highest number of Irish victories […]

March 5, 2011

The Bad Baptists

This week brought to a conclusion the double murder case which occurred in 1991. The long drawn out saga ended in Coleraine court with the conviction of Hazel Stewart who will follow her accomplice Colin Howell to prison. It is hard to find words to describe the devastation wreaked by the murder of their respective […]

February 26, 2011

Col. Gadafy

The smell of freedom blowing across the Mediterranean has reached Libya. To those rulers who have ruled by force it awakened their animal instincts for survival but to their subjects it has subdued terror and replaced it with the hope of victory. Gadafy’s 42 year rule draws to a close. In his stage managed appearance […]

February 19, 2011

Election 2011

“The powers that be are ordained by God” writes St Paul in Romans chapter 13 but, in this country, we are given the job of electing them. By what criteria should we exercise choice? Let’s look at the Constitution. In it’s preamble it states; In the Name of the Most Holy Trinity, from Whom is […]

February 5, 2011

Islamic Awakening

The growing unrest in the Middle East has dominated the news over the last few weeks as the domino effect awakened countries who were shackled for years by dictatorships. One country after another seized their moment to strike out against their authorities who, in many cases, had been propped up by Western aid. This aid […]

January 29, 2011


Suicide is a man thing. Well not entirely but the numbers are weighted in favour of young males. The coroner in Co Offaly called it “rampant” after he had dealt with his fifth case this week. At St Patrick’s hospital in Dublin they recorded a 25% increase last year. The new type of person at […]

January 22, 2011

Political Drama

This has been a wonderful week for journalists. With the government lurching from crisis to crisis there has been no shortage of stories to fill up their column inches. Extended news bulletins have ground out tales of woe befalling the government as the Taoiseach, flushed by the success of his party’s vote of confidence in […]

January 15, 2011

Authorised Version’s 400th birthday

The AV or, as our American cousins prefer to call it, the King James Version maintains its popularity despite the proliferation of versions available today. Supporters of the AV would stoutly maintain that if it was good enough for St Paul it is good enough for me! It is the Bible which many a Bride […]

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