January, 2017

TWO POINTS OF VIEW, A KESTREL AND A NEST OF KNAVES, S.O.Bs AND A STORY FOR THE BIRDS by Donal Kennedy

The first piece,  a letter written by myself, headed “Local Pride and Plastic Bullets” was printed in London’s “Enfield Advertiser” a weekly give-away paper on  9 December 1982 and is given in full. . The second piece quotes an article   written by Alberic Stacpoole, OSB, MC “Ex-soldier, monk priest and Oxford tutor”  an Opinion piece […]

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THE TIME CAPSULE by Cllr Séanna Walsh

I remember back in the winter of 1974 as we prepared for Christmas, still recovering from the mayhem that had followed the Burning of Long Kesh and the Cage 5 Tunnel Escape with the killing of Volunteer Hugh Gerard Coney from Coalisland, we had an amazing piece of news. A Japanese soldier, holed up in […]

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James Brokenshire and feeling uncomfortable

There are at present two groups of people possibly facing prosecution for their actions. One is the people who signed up for the Cash-for-Ash scheme, the other is those British soldiers involved in killings here over the years of the Troubles. Their response to the possibility – and note I say possibility – of prosecution […]

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R-E-S-P-E-C-T

I don’t really read “the Irish News” regularly.I might pick it up in the barber’s once- a -month and scan through it while awaiting my turn in the chair. I’ll peruse through it and “the Newsletter” , flicking pages ,just to compare through which particular, specific prism the same world we all share , is […]

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‘Random thoughts on The Bible’ by Joe McVeigh

I am regularly inspired by the writing of American Franciscan priest, Richard Rohr. Here is something Richard Rohr wrote in a recent blog: “The vast majority of people throughout history has been poor, disabled, or oppressed in some way (i.e., “on the bottom”) and would have experienced history in terms of a need for change. The […]

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CLEANEST DIRTY BLUESHIRTS by Perkin Warbeck

Sunday Morning coming down and one stumbles across the floor to fumble in the closet for one’s cleanest dirty blueshirts, not. Rather does one open one’s mullioned window in one’s monogrammed silk dressing gown for the sure-fire hand delivery of one’s Sindo, thus conveyed by the Yoghurt Currier Service which is a subsidiary of the […]

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Mainstream media vs social media, abroad and here

Donald Trump is doing all he can to discredit the media. Yesterday, the White House press secretary Sean Spicer (obviously Russian lineage) insisted that the crowd for Trump’s inauguration was the biggest ever. Photographs show that he’s lying, but that doesn’t seem to bother him. If he can insert a question mark into people’s heads […]

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR ARCHIVE by Donal Kennedy

Sir  MANDELA’S LEGACY Among the many reasons to salute Nelson Mandela’s memory is his refusal, when visiting Ireland, to join the chorus of Pharisees condemning Republicans.  That refusal clearly still rankles, as witness Bob Geldof’s article in your Nelson Mandela supplement, December 6th Donal Kennedy December 11 2013″. ———————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— ABORTION 27 November 1980 “Sir, It […]

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