Ryan Commission report a sickening indictment of Ireland’s past sins

Fri, May 22, 2009

Is an apology enough? I don’t know. Only a person who was abused at the hands of the religious nuns, priests and brothers can answer that question. Would prosecutions help in the healing process? Yet another question I have no authority to answer.

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Good manners are not old fashioned

Fri, May 15, 2009

Good manners might seem old fashioned to some but they cost nothing and show you have an air of grace. However, good manners seem to be lost on many of this county’s drivers.

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Do you want my vote or not?

Fri, May 08, 2009

The posters are up and the fight is on as the Local and European elections are only four weeks away now. Wednesday morning saw the lampposts and pillars of the towns, villages, and roads of Mayo covered in faces smiling at us asking for our number one and two, three and four, in whatever order we prefer.

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Cast your vote to earn the right to criticise

Fri, May 01, 2009

Have you lost your job? Have your working hours being reduced? Are you struggling to make ends meet? Were you self employed and out of work and fighting the system to get assistance from the State? Are you afraid that you won’t be able to afford to go to third level? Is the pension levy crippling you? Are you happy with the status quo? Do you think the Government are doing a good job? Could they do better? Who could do better? Are they all the same?

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Don’t condemn them back to ‘the room’

Fri, Apr 24, 2009

Imagine being forced to flee from the place you call home in the knowledge that you will probably never return. Everything you know in life is ripped from under you. Your journey to your new ‘home’ is marred with violence, fear, and uncertainty.

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An honour only fit for Johnny

Fri, Apr 17, 2009

The honourary freedom of Castlebar was bestowed on the town’s most loved public servant Johnny Mee last night (Thursday).

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A bruising Budget but life goes on

Fri, Apr 10, 2009

Round two over and while we’re all feeling a little battered and bruised, there are no broken bones.

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Up Scór, up Mayo, forty years a dancing

Fri, Apr 03, 2009

Claremorris, Friday night, and Irish singing and dancing was alive. All that could be heard from the glamourous confines of the McWilliam Park Hotel was chattering and excited conversation which definitely wasn’t spoken in the English language, but which sounded vaguely familiar. From outside you would be forgiven for thinking we’d been transported to the Connemara Gaeltacht. But inside it was a different story altogether. The room was awash with glamour befitting any danceroom in the nation, and it was the pride that each and every person in attendance had for our Irish culture, that was felt immediately upon arrival.

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It’s too early to lose faith in our hospital

Fri, Mar 27, 2009

People around Mayo were gripped in a hysterical frenzy during the week when it emerged that Mayo General Hospital performed the worst out of 29 hospitals surveyed under a new HSE monitoring system. Outrage was the order of the day. They were ringing local radio with horror stories of relatives waiting hours on trolleys.

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The Pope on condoms

Fri, Mar 20, 2009

The Pope talking about condoms. It’s always a recipe for disaster. In fairness to the man, he’s the head of the Catholic Church and he’s never going to condone contraception. But he might be better staying clear of the subject altogether. Comments made by the Pope this week have caused outrage. But was what Pope Benedict said taken out of context and was the Church head misquoted?

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I’ve got a secret to share Brian

Fri, Mar 13, 2009

I’ve figured out how Brian Cowen is going to sort out this economic mess. Exercise. It’s proven to relieve stress and help participants maintain focus and lets face it the government could do with some focus at the moment. With an emergency or supplementary budget due on April 7 I propose that Brian and Ireland’s 166 TDs start pounding the streets of Dublin in search of some inspiration.

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Proud to be Irish?

Fri, Mar 06, 2009

With the preparations commencing for our national feast day, gearing up to celebrate this day seems in a time when feelings of anger, cynicism, and deep resentment are resonating though society, is far from a plausible notion, with even the most patriotic among us questioning the notion of being proud to be Irish. As we haplessly watch the country crumble around us, the fact that the world will be focusing their attention on our little land on St Patrick’s Day to laud praise upon us seems all the more iniquitous.

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