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 […]

Learning Quickly

I am still reeling from the mental onslaught I have been through these past few days and my piece yesterday confirms to me the power a blog has.  A power that has to be carefully and considerately handled to enable the readers not to have to spring up from their […]

Murphy Continued.

Fresh from my blog on the Murphy Report, I settled down last night to watch the Front Line.  The Pat Kenny vehicle on RTE 1 that relates to the topic of the week and this week it was amazingly enough The Murphy Report.  I do not know why I bothered […]

Once a Catholic

I was born, brought up and lived all my married life as a fully paid up member of the Catholic Church. All right I might have made up a few of my own rules along the way but for 99% of the time I considered myself fully fledged. Throughout all […]

Wondering Why?

With my recent burst of 1000 and 2000 word entries into the polemical world,  I was at a slight loss this morning on my subject or thought for today.  Until I read a piece in the realboyle.com blog, a quinquediurnal blog ably written up and produced by Mr Sean O’Dowd, […]

Getting Angry

With the flood waters retreating, they are down 500mm at the Wooden Bridge across from the house, the work of cleaning up and inquest get under way.  Most of the verbal rubbish ensuing is coming from politicians, both local and national and from state aided local institutions like CLEAN or […]

Selling Up

As yesterdays blog exhausted me I am today looking for the easy option and enclose an excerpt from my Memoir written in December 2005 when Ireland was still full of confidence and money, enjoying the ride on the Celtic Tiger’s back. In September 2005 we put our Manchester house on […]

Getting Here

One of the major aspects of moving base and going to live in a different country from that in which you have been historically domiciled is the fact that all your homework beforehand is a mere speck in the ocean compared to the reality of living the life.  Many a […]

Declining Waters

When I decided to throw in my lot with Ireland and came to live here full time some five years ago after years of living a ping pong existence between the two countries, I decided that my time should be taken up with it’s history and ideally in the explanation […]