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    2019 Grateful 52

    2019 Grateful 2: Lesson from the Bishop

    The pessimist in me says that it had to happen sometime. My love affair with my Hungarian village was a little too good to be

    Two pints stage scene
    Ireland

    Two Pints: Roddy Doyle’s Dublin on Stage

    A few years back, when I first came across Roddy Doyle’s Two Pints, I gave a copy to two Irish lads in Budapest thinking that

    Ireland

    Monkey business, Brexit

    I went Up The North today, to catch up with an old mate in Co. Down. I had my directions memorised. But it didn’t stop

    Cripple of Inishmaan
    Ireland

    The Cripple of Inishmaan

    I’m secretly in love with Martin McDonagh. I’ve never met the man but I did live in his neck of the woods in London for

    Ireland

    St Brigid, a busy patron saint

    I have fond memories of learning how to make St Brigid’s crosses when I was in primary school. The best part was finding the swampy

    Liffey Park Newbridge Yarn Bombed
    Ireland

    Yarn bombing

    I nearly crashed the car. Driving a road I’ve driven hundreds of times, I had to do a double-take. Were all the trees in the

    Wicklow Gap
    Ireland

    Life in the passenger seat

    American essayist Hamilton Wright Mabie said, ‘The question for each man to settle is not what he would do if he had the means, time,

    Ireland

    Holy Mary

    I made my First Communion in Waterford back in 1972. I have only vague recollections of the day, and those that I have, have been

    Ireland

    The curfew has lifted

    4pm yesterday I was glued to the front window waiting for the storm to hit. Those in the know seemed quite certain that it would.

    2017 Grateful 52

    2017 Grateful 11

    I was baptised into the Catholic Church. And for the large part of my adult life (when I got to choose whether or not to

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