December, 2015

A letter to the Irish Times by Donal Kennedy

—–Original Message—– From: Donal Kennedy <donalmkennedy@aol.com> To: lettersed <lettersed@irishtimes.com> Sent: Fri, 11 Dec 2015 14:06 Subject: SIgns of the very cross It seems to me as a reader  of your paper that I’m bombarded by the signs of the very cross. Though most citizen taxpayers. and probably readers of your paper, consider themselves Catholics, or […]

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DO YOU BELIEVE IN MIRACLES ?

Do you believe in miracles? My two and a half year old Golden Granddaughter does, in no uncertain terms.Her parents , my daughter and son-in-law, recently sent a letter to Santa Claus for her because her handwriting with a crayon isn’t just up to par yet .They might have included one of her drawings for […]

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REMEMBERING THE DEAD by John Patton

I have just watched ‘Sports Personality of the Year’ and, understandably in media tradition, time was given in the final minutes to those sporting people who had died in the last year. Today’s papers have coverage of the death of Lord Janner who had been accused of sexual assault on young people but had been […]

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Last night in the SSE Arena

This morning I’m afraid. Seriously. I’m afraid that I may guilty of prejudice. I’m not certain I am but I suppose there’s a chance I am. My fear springs from my viewing of most (not all – in the end it was too much) of the BBC Sports Personality of the Year bash in the […]

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Truth, Justice and Reconciliation (Part 2) by Jessica McGrann

    https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/c/c2/Germans_killed_by_Soviet_army.jpg/800px-Germans_killed_by_Soviet_army.jpg  Truth is at the heart of reconciliation: the need to find out the truth about the horrors of the past, the better to ensure that they never happen again. And that is the central significance of reconciliation. Without it people have no sense of safety, no trust, no confidence in the future. […]

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Christmas Photos

Grrrr…I thought I’d be snowed under (see what I did there?) with Christmas photos and memories. Alas. But the two I have received from Marie McBride and the tireless Harry McAvinchey make up in quality what I lack in quantity. Thanks, both of you, guys. And you lot that are too busy buying Christmas baubles […]

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In the Buff for Christmas,

  In the Buff for Christmas. By Randall Stephen Hall. So how did all this begin? If you had said to me that, come this Christmas I’d be working a stall in St. George’s Market, Belfast, I would have replied . . . “and how will that happen?” Over the years, from 1995 to now […]

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ARE YOU UP FOR SNUFF? by Donal Kennedy

  I ask the question because John Halligan, TD, has moved a Private Member’s Bill in Dail Eireann which would   recognise “the right of clearly consenting adults who are enduring intolerable physical suffering to seek medical help  to end their lives.”   (IRISH TIMES 16 December If the Bill becomes law doctors and nurses […]

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Did you hear what Gerry Adams said about Thomas Murphy?

For those simple-minded enough to believe that Sinn Féin gets the same amount of critical comment in the media as other political parties, a look at the editorial in yesterday’s Irish Examiner should disabuse them of the notion. The editorial is headed ‘Sinn Féin integrity brought into critical focus – Thomas ‘Slab’ Murphy convicted’. The […]

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KINGS AND KINGDOMS

I’m a sucker for television series such as “Game Of Thrones”. As anyone who has ever enjoyed “the Sopranos” , “Deadwood” or “Fargo” knows, really good television will grab you within the first twenty minutes and thereon hold you in the palm of its hand right up to the time when it turns into the […]

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