November, 2020

I feel good

Remember Cat Stevens singing this? ‘Morning has broken like the first morning Blackbird has spoken like the first bird Praise for the singing Praise for the morning Praise for them springing fresh from the Word’ I know I shouldn’t feel so happy but I do. I know Joe Biden isn’t perfect. He probably wouldn’t even […]

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THINGS YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT JEREMY CORBYN by Donal Kennedy

In November 2013 Jeremy Corbyn, a Backbench Labour MP since 1983 was given the Gandhi Foundation International Peace Award.  The Foundation explained that the Award was given – “in recognition of his consistent efforts over a 30-year Parliamentary career to uphold the Gandhian values of social justice and non-violence. Besides being a popular and hard-working […]

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Free at last, free at last, thank God Almighty, we are free at last – by Fr Sean McManus

 Fr. Sean McManus reacts to Joe Biden winning electoral college voteCapitol Hill. Saturday, November 7, 2020“Free at last, free at last, thank God Almighty, we are free at last.” Borrowing these famous words of Blessed Martin Luther King, Jr. is about the only way I can respond to America’s nightmare being over soon.Thank God, indeed, we will be delivered […]

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Saturday pics of the week by John Patton

Contrary to the usual house move by people of our age, we are upsizing in the New Year. Having spent 40 years in our current home, a lot of weighty consideration went into the decision. We are moving to an old traditional house with our youngest daughter and a granddaughter. The pictures show scenes around […]

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Scotland spares the rod

Scottish children this morning opened their eyes and looked out on a better country than the one they went to sleep in. That’ because, as from today, smacking is illegal in Scotland. England, Wales and the north-east of Ireland continue to allow parents to deliver the odd slap. The Children’s Act of 2004 allows them […]

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The Tuam Baby Scandal by Fra Hughes

B When the sins of the ‘Father’ are visited upon the child. The horrors of the Magdalene Laundries and the mother and baby homes run and operated by the Catholic church in Ireland, have been a source of pain for their victims, injustice for the families and cries of cover-up levelled at the government of […]

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What a difference a day makes

 How you doin’? Me, I feel as if a large boulder which had somehow been strapped onto my back and which, yesterday morning, when initial results for the US Presidential election started emerging, dug painfully into my shoulder blades. Now that massive rock had rolled away. I feel light, buoyant, breathing easy. The world may […]

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“America may not recover” by Fr Sean McManus

News Talk. Radio. Dublin. Wednesday, November 4, 2020 https://www.newstalk.com/ The president of an Irish-American lobby group has said if Donald Trump wins another four-year term as US president, America “may not recover for another 100 years”. Father Sean McManus is head of the Irish National Caucus in Washington. He was speaking as the counting of […]

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