Waiting for answers, waiting for direction...

Thu, Apr 06, 2017

What a deep sadness lies over Co Mayo. One can only imagine the devastation felt by the families of the two missing men from the aircraft at Black Sod and Blackrock.

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In the midst of turmoil – spring returns

Thu, Feb 02, 2017

“What is this life if, full of care, we have no time to stand and stare?” - William Henry Davies

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Farewell to 2016 – and welcome 2017

Thu, Dec 29, 2016

I hope you have survived Christmas. As I write this, it is December 28, so life is beginning to come back to normal, trains and buses are running, shops are open, people are reading newspapers, and the madness is over. Except, of course, for children, who are having an absolutely wonderful time.

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So many issues – so much talk

Thu, Dec 08, 2016

There are so many things to talk with you about this week it is difficult to know where to begin, but I have made up my mind we are going to begin by talking about Bertie Ahern.

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Money in, money out - who’s to balance the books?

Thu, Nov 24, 2016

Hello to all the Athlone Advertiser readers. Well, we didn’t fare too well in the Aviva Stadium against the All Blacks last weekend. Nevertheless, it was a tough fight all round.

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Rhetoric and reporting as the season draws on

Thu, Nov 17, 2016

“There’s a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in” - Leonard Cohen.

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Tales of true heroism fill us all with pride

Thu, Sep 22, 2016

There are so many discussions we could have in this column this week regarding the theme of heroism and bravery. Napoleon Bonaparte once said - “Valour is a gift. Those having it never know for sure whether they have it until the test comes”.

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Political wobbles at home and abroad

Thu, Sep 15, 2016

The season of think-ins has begun, as I wrote a couple of weeks ago. It has started with Fine Gael in Newbridge in County Kildare. Enda was great to state quite definitely that he was staying the pace no matter what the papers said or whatever the plots his bold back-benchers were hatching.

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“The best-laid schemes o’ Mice an’ Men...”

Thu, Jun 30, 2016

“The best-laid schemes o’ Mice an’ Men / Gang aft agley (go often askew)” - Robert Burns said these words 250 years ago and he was right! Sean O’Casey said about 70 years ago - “The whole world’s in a terrible state of chassis”; both statements were true.

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Polls, debates, rows – It’s almost over!

Thu, Feb 25, 2016

The end is near! By the time you read this on Thursday some of you will have voted. Some will be getting ready to do so. Whatever the case, February 26 is the end of all the polls, the debates, the noise, the rows. The day belongs to you, the voters.

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Fine Gael in full flight!

Thu, Jan 28, 2016

Never let it be said that I only follow the Ard Fheis of one Party. Last Saturday night, having spent the morning and early afternoon in Dun Laoghaire with Fianna Fáil, I sat down at home to look at Enda Kenny’s speech at the Fine Gael Ard Fheis.

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Floods, floods, and fear of more floods

Fri, Dec 18, 2015

Well there is really only one topic in Athlone at the moment, and that is the floods.

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