A year for reading

Thu, Jul 29, 2021

Hello to all the Advertiser readers.
Well, I’ve been talking about doing this column on books for some time. Bearing in mind that we have started the real holiday season, I felt it would be a good week to do it. Last week in the column, I spoke about the books I can remember from my childhood.

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Scenic Cornwall hosts G7 Summit as legacy of British rule detailed in RTE documentary

Thu, Jun 17, 2021

Hello to all the Advertiser readers.
I am compiling this on Tuesday, and the Advertiser issues on Thursday. So when I say it is glorious, sunny, bright weather outside, I know it could well have changed by Thursday. However, for the last two to three weeks, we have had the most amazing sunny days, bright days, long evenings and all that goes with being a good summer. I am sure you all join with me in being so glad to have had this wonderful June.

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Emotion laden week to endure as surreal Leaving certificate experience awaits students

Thu, Jun 10, 2021

Hello to all the Advertiser readers.
Well, we’ve had a few wonderful days of good weather, including the bank holiday weekend. I hope all of the readers had the same good fortune as we had here in Athlone. We have read about and seen the opening up of the lockdown and what it has meant. Now I know there were two earlier nights in the weekend when apparently a group of disturbers were determined that they would wreck the peace of the lovely weekend but thankfully the firm action of the Gardaí, and in general the determination by many others that the weekend would be enjoyable, left them as a rebel group without a cause.

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HSE cyber attack quells mood of positivity as funding parity announced for gaelic games participants

Thu, May 20, 2021

Hello to all the Advertiser readers.
Well, of all of the things that have happened recently, the cyber attack on our health service is the most ominous and dangerous. The Government and the people had begun to be imbued with a sense of hope that we were going to come out of the pandemic, and better times, better weather and a general feeling of goodwill were beginning to run through Irish society with shops and hairdressers opening and a gradual awakening of life in Ireland; just when all of that was beginning to be felt, we had this dreadful cyber attack on the health system in Ireland.

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Easing of restrictions gives cause for cautious optimism as Henshaw faces Champions Cup test

Thu, Apr 29, 2021

Hello to all the Advertiser readers.
As I am compiling this column, the weather remains beautiful, bright and sunny with good temperatures, but I believe there is a change coming this week. Now we cannot complain; we have had over two weeks of brilliant sunny weather, when every morning saw the sun shining brightly and we knew that the day ahead would be the same.

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Milestone birthday celebrations for our President as apprenticeship system receives upgrade

Thu, Apr 22, 2021

Hello to all the Advertiser readers.
How many of our readers sat down in anticipation of the encounter between the Irish rugby women and the French rugby women in the Six Nations last Saturday? I know I did, and of course we know that the result was such a disappointment for Ireland. This is not to completely dismiss the efforts of the Irish team; it is just that the French team are semi-professional, and with all of that at their disposal they were in the mood to obliterate Ireland. Parts of the match were good from Ireland’s point of view, but in the end the professional tone and actions of the French team had their own tale to tell. Ireland has to decide is it to go ahead along the path of providing finance and professional help to the Irish women’s team if they are to continue in the Six Nations. Time will tell if that will be the course of action.

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Celebrating Easter with a difference as Biden’s tax thoughts may prove problematic for Ireland

Thu, Apr 08, 2021

Hello to all the Advertiser readers.
Well, Easter has come and gone, and it was a very odd one in so many respects. We are all, in the main, so used to going to Good Friday in our local church, usually at 3pm in the afternoon when there is a ceremony of Stations of the Cross and a very strong feeling of Easter and all that it entails, but because of the pandemic, we couldn’t do anything about that. However, I tuned in to the Good Friday ceremony from Knock, and it was quite beautiful.

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International Women’s Day aptly recognised as Royal family debacle plays out in public

Thu, Mar 11, 2021

Hello to all the Advertiser readers.
Yes readers, I have great news to tell you. I got my first vaccine last week here in Athlone, and have a date for three weeks’ time for my second vaccine. Did I feel any different? No, I felt no pain but I have to admit I felt a sense of delight that at last I was going to be covered from getting the virus, and particularly when I get my second vaccine.

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Welcome return of students to the classroom as riotous scenes mar Covid-19 progress

Thu, Mar 04, 2021

Hello to all the Advertiser readers.
The papers this week are full of lovely pictures of children going back to school, particularly the junior and senior infants age group. We see them jumping from the care of their mother or father and straight into their primary school, whooping with delight as they see their friends and jumping all round the place. I could never have imagined that going to school for very young children would be such a joyful occasion.

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Hybrid Leaving Certificate examination confirmed as vagaries of spring weather continues

Thu, Feb 25, 2021

Hello to all the Advertiser readers.
I am compiling this on Tuesday, which readers will remember was a wild day with very high winds, very heavy rain, and straight after a most beautiful Monday morning when the temperature reached 12-13 degrees and the sun shone all day.

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Vaccination programme clarity emanates as Stardust book recalls Valentine’s tragedy

Thu, Feb 18, 2021

Hello to all the Advertiser readers.
I am compiling this column on Tuesday. Readers will know that I submit it on Tuesday for the Advertiser newspapers the following Thursday.

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Fashion creativity of students an imaginative vision as valiant Ireland suffer loss in Wales

Thu, Feb 11, 2021

Hello to all the Advertiser readers.
Well, we’re in the middle of deep frost, sometimes snow and really piercing cold. I can hear some of the readers saying “And there she is – last week she was warbling about the first of February, the beginning of spring, St Brigid’s Day etc, and now we have what can only be called wintry weather.”

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