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Clinging to hope after a dark 12 months

The one year anniversary of the first lockdown brings conflicting emotions, but also the promise of spring Last March, I was booked to go skiing for the first time in years. We were a family group, assembling from Galway, London, Edinburgh, New York, and Tipperary. It didn’t happen. The only person who travelled was my…

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Grandfather’s Christmas in Kylemore Abbey

There was much I didn’t know about my grandfather, whom Dublin Castle regarded as a Republican leader In December 1920, a party of nuns left Wexford for their new home in Kylemore Abbey. They travelled by train, in a special curtained carriage, away from the eyes of men. It was the height of the War…

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Dreamtime in Dromineer

Life during lockdown was strange and difficult, but there were good times too Did it really happen? Yes, there really was a padlock on the Dromineer playground. And yes, the gardaí were at the crossroads, stopping cars and sending people home. The ‘local police’ were out too, telling visitors they weren’t welcome. It was a…

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Dreamtime in Dromineer

Life during lockdown was strange and difficult, but there were good times too Did it really happen? Yes, there really was a padlock on the Dromineer playground. And yes, the gardaí were at the crossroads, stopping cars and sending people home. The ‘local police’ were out too, telling visitors they weren’t welcome. It was a…

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When cheers for Sláintecare ring hollow

Sláintecare is unlikely to provide the solution to the problems of the health service Three cheers for Sláintecare! During the general election 2020, we were spared the usual rubbish from politicians about healthcare. Each party in turn hid behind the fig leaf of Sláintecare. I was glad. Consider the last few elections. In 2007, the…

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