My Grandad. Part 1

The most significant presences in my life have been my wife, my mother and my maternal grandfather, listed only by age and beauty and not by craftmanship.  My mother naturally got to me first and filled my head with masses of dark curls, so much so, that I had to […]

Tipperary So Far Away.

One of my interests, besides cricket and rugby and football and drinking and eating moderately and archaeology and fair play and all things Irish and history generally and especially Irish history and First World War history,  is the Irish regiments fighting in that awful conflict and in particular detail, the […]

2010 Here We Come.

A happy new year to the world, a year in which I hope everybody will respect their fellow man and woman, forget their anger, appreciate what is good and what is bad, lose man’s natural characteristics of greed and lust and try to be honest with themselves and realize that […]

How Close Is Christmas?

Just a quick trawl through the papers, in this week prior to Christmas, shows us that everything is not right with this Island of Ireland. 1.  The favourite topic of conversation at the moment is the discussion on when will we all go on strike and who will be the […]

Keep Writing

In  Blogging On submitted on 9 December 2009,  I explained that I initially persuaded myself I was doing this blogging to better my ability on the computer  and improve my writing skills, in as much as the discipline of churning out 1000 words plus almost daily would help me with […]

Muddy Waters

I was born in a suburb of Manchester called Longsight.  Three miles from the city centre, a halfway house, neither inner city deprivation or outer suburban splendour.  A place one came to, to escape the former and aspire to the latter.  Immediately after the 2nd world war it was nearly […]

Roger and Out

Sorry to appear like a dog with a bone but that Naughton case yesterday has me amazed.  One of the terrible things that came out of this case of a Catholic priest returning for sentencing for his second conviction for paedophilia is  the length of time it takes to squeeze […]

Furtive Happenings

Things seem to be happening in this Holy, Catholic and Apostolic church of ours after the Roman visits of last week. 1.  The Council of Priests of the Dublin Diocese are meeting tomorrow.  It is understood that Diarmuid Martin fresh from that visit will be present, as well as Bishops […]

In Memoriam

I am sorry about yesterday’s blog but the gremlins were in my computer and I lacked the skills necessary to overcome them.  I decided to abandon my editorial efforts and let my daughter, Katy, lead me out of the maze but she unfortunately was out of contact.  So I will […]

Monday Laughs

My new friend on the blog, Drayton Bird, sent me this from New York on Friday last and I think it is worth letting people laugh especially on a Monday morning. A WOMAN’S POEM Before I lay me down to sleep,                   […]