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We can all remember the nursery rhyme about magpies:  “One for sorrow, two for joy, three for a girl, four for a boy, five for silver, six for gold, seven for a secret never to be told”.  Seeing a lone magpie brings bad luck, seeing groups predicts the future. Most of us are superstitious to some extent, whether this...

Ireland’s recent rugby victory in Chicago over the All Blacks prompted me to get back in touch with a good old Kiwi friend for some banter. However, a search of  Facebook yielded only a memorial page for someone with the same name, who looked disturbingly like him. A Google search revealed the tragic story of a young man, again...

They say the shortest distance between any two points is a straight line. What they don’t say is that it may not be the most useful or beneficial way.As proof of this, go ask Fr Bryan Shortall. Today resident in one of Ireland’s oldest parishes, that of St Michan’s in Halston Street, Dublin, he has become that which he...

The Christmas holidays wouldn’t be complete without a cheeseboard and home-made chutneys served with cold meats and pates. Home-made chutney is so much tastier than anything you can buy in the shop. Last year I experimented with three different chutneys and the house was filled with Christmassy spice smells. This recipe will make three 350ml...

When I did my pre-marriage course, I have to admit when the section on ‘Family of Origin’ came up it wasn’t something I had really heard of before or something myself and my husband had discussed in much detail, yet it turned out to be one of the most important topics we talked about and it is still relevant to us today. So...

December is here and the excitement for Christmas has well and truly kicked in. It might still be too early to put the tree up, but you can keep your Christmas spirit satisfied by making homemade decorations while you wait. You can ‘cheat’ and make a miniature tree to gaze at while you are waiting for the real deal.This pom pom...

Katherine DanielsWhen I met my late husband Robin Daniels, the central focus of his life was working on a book which had the working title The Desire for Holiness. Every day he could be seen at a table in the brasserie of Dolphin Square, Pimlico, leaning over a pile of papers. It was almost a religious ritual, based on the belief, shared by many...

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