Farewell to 2017 - and welcome 2018

Thu, Dec 28, 2017

Hello and a Happy New Year to all the readers of the Athlone Advertiser.

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Epic sports clashes and more political jostling - it is all in a week’s work

Thu, Sep 21, 2017

Now, I know that Mayo people are just about fed up with the constant rehashing of all that happened last Sunday, and if I go on and on about it I will only add to their woe. But just a few random thoughts that I thought I would share with you.

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Roars from the field and from the floor

Thu, Aug 10, 2017

Well, last week I began the column by talking about Roscommon and Mayo, so I had better be true to myself and begin this column by talking about the replay at the weekend.

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Four score years - for better and for worse

Thu, Jun 08, 2017

The impact on us here in Ireland of the carnage on London Bridge and the adjoining areas was almost overwhelming.

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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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