The Word on the Week
January 8, 2011

Bookmaker goes Bust

Now there is a rare piece of news! More normal would be “profits up €x million” but these are not normal times. “They’re off” and so is the “Bookie!” may apply to the “on course” Bookmaker who wants to maximise his gains but not to this gambler who had 64 betting shops across Ireland. The […]

January 1, 2011

Are we there yet?

The repetitive cry emanating, usually from the back seat of the car, is guaranteed to test the patience of the most tolerant parent. It speaks of the desire for the tedium of the journey to be over and the destination reached. It is full of hope that the future will be better and that the […]

December 24, 2010

Home for Christmas

The severe weather which closed the airport caused major travelling disruption. Passengers were sleeping in Airports across Europe with runways closed and nowhere to go. The weather replaced the economy as the chief topic on the news with expert opinion being sought from an apologetic met office, caught on the wrong foot! “Home for Christmas” […]

December 18, 2010

Human Sexuality

The release of Chapter 19 of the Murphy Report has renewed the mental anguish for the many children Fr Tony Walsh sexually abused. Sadly some have committed suicide but the trail of misery does not end there it continues in the distorted sexual behaviour in many families throughout the land. It becomes the family secret. […]

December 11, 2010

The Wrong Tree

Tears and anger were vented at the felling of the “holy hawthorn” of Glastonbury. Someone with a chainsaw stretched over the circular fence which surrounded it and severed the ancient tree leaving a six foot stump. Apparently the last time it was cut down was by Cromwell’s soldiers. They seemed to have done a better […]

December 4, 2010


The Wikileak website has achieved prominence these last few weeks by releasing some of its “classified” documents to the media. Apparently its founder, 39 year old Australian Julian Assange, has obtained 250,000 US diplomatic cables so we will be hearing a lot more about what the US thinks about other countries! Understandably the US has […]

November 27, 2010

History Lessons

After the First World War the Allies decided to teach Germany a lesson. They had fought a very costly war and Germany, it was decided, must pay. The result was a resurgence of nationalism which brought a certain Austrian called Adolf Hitler to the fore and in due course we had the Second World War. […]

November 20, 2010


Economic reality overtook us this week when the bailiffs arrived! They were the representatives of the European Commission, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund. Nemesis has finally caught up with us. The Bankers valuations of their own assets, which we have tacitly accepted for so long, will be scrutinised and found wanting. […]

November 7, 2010

Say Please. 6th November 2010

The photographers command before a photo-shoot took on a new meaning this week when our Minister of Agriculture, Brendan Smith, took credit for a consignment of cheese from the EC. This act of benevolence, which is intended to alleviate poverty in the distressed areas of Europe, is something we have benefited from since 1987. The […]

November 1, 2010

Joni’s Joy

Many of you will know the story of Joni Eareckson Tada. She was involved in a diving accident when she was 17 which left her as a quadriplegic. That was 43 years ago. Over the last decade she has suffered from chronic pain and in June this year she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Her […]

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