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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Farmers, finance, and further matters

Thu, Dec 03, 2015

I cannot pass this week without referring to the farmers. Every news bulletin for the past number of days has the IFA either as its main item or featuring prominently.

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“Th’ whole worl’s in a terrible state o’ chassis”

Thu, Oct 01, 2015

The above famous line, from Sean O’Casey’s Juno and the Paycock, comes to my mind when I look at the world today, which is certainly in a state of chassis. The refugee/migrant situation is dominating the media and so rightly it should. Huge numbers of refugees from war-torn Syria and Eritrea are pouring into Europe.

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First steps into ‘big’ school

Thu, Aug 27, 2015

Hello to the Advertiser readers in Westmeath, Mayo, and Galway.

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A plethora of political parties

Thu, Jun 25, 2015

Hello to all the Advertiser readers in Athlone, Mayo, and Galway.

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