The Word on the Week
October 2, 2010

Social Network

This month will reveal the inside story to Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook. The launch of the movie anticipates Facebook reaching the 500 millionth user. The film is to be called “The Social Network” with the tagline “You don’t get to 500M friends without making some enemies”. It’s the curious tale of a social outsider who became […]

September 25, 2010

Plough in Hope

The hope which the ploughman has of course is that the end result of his labour will result in a profit. Thanks to others misfortune (this year it was fires in Russia caused by exceptionally hot weather) the grain fetched good prices. Such are the vagaries of the global market that hope is always an […]

September 18, 2010

Brian’s Bash

Who would want to deny our Taoiseach a little conviviality with his friends? The problem was he was due to be interviewed at 8.45am the following morning. The radio programme “Morning Ireland” commands a 400,000 audience who were expecting some words of encouragement from the “think in” of the Fianna Fail Parliamentary Party Conference in […]

September 10, 2010

Book Burning Ceremonies

Here in the West we are more accustomed to book signing ceremonies although these too can be stormy affairs as witnessed this week when Tony Blair signed his biographical account of his term in office at Eason’s bookshop in Dublin. But this was insignificant compared to the waves created throughout Islam by Terry Jones, Pastor […]

September 5, 2010

Buried Alive

Most of us have at one time or another imagined what it would be like to be buried alive. The feelings of claustrophobia this engenders make it all the harder to understand how the 33 Chilean miners trapped underground since 5th August can cope. Miners on the surface say it will take 3 to 4 […]

August 28, 2010

Civil Religion

The President of the country, the Archbishop of Dublin and Journalist John Waters all attend the Communion and Liberation gathering in Italy this week. The President commended the Archbishop for doing a good job. The Journalist commended the gathering for providing liberty to speak and the Archbishop exercised that liberty in a penetrating way not […]

August 14, 2010

Release from Prison

So the prison system doesn’t work! At least not for sex offenders. It simply removes them from circulation for a time then returns them as marked men under surveillance by the authorities. The early release, for good conduct i.e. not breaking the prison rules, of Larry Murphy created media frenzy as reporters tried to trace […]

August 7, 2010

Blood Diamonds

A couple of uncut diamonds or two “dirty looking stones” as the supermodel described them displaying a naivety which must have surprised the international war crimes tribunal sitting in The Hague. Even more surprising was the fact that two men coming to her hotel bedroom door after dark with a package was nothing unusual. The […]

July 31, 2010

Crude Oil

There is an old tale of a leaking horse trough which had served the community well and refreshed many horses in its day. The leak had become worse and the villagers got together to decide what to do about it. After some discussion it was decided not to repair the tank but to shoot the […]

July 24, 2010

Marian Activity

This is the 25th Anniversary of the moving statue of the Blessed Virgin at Ballinspittle. That was a year when we had many moving statues but few, if any, interpretations. Sightings and messages from the Blessed Virgin are not uncommon – indeed they are to be expected by Marian devotees at the various Marian shrines. […]

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