On January 20, 1947, The Times of London carried a short report:“NEW YORK. At 10.15 a.m. yesterday Mayor O’Dwyer,  of New York, received a telegram from Mr John McCann, Lord Mayor of Dublin, which read as follows: ‘Poet Eoghan Roe Ward dying. Bananas may save life. Is it possible send some by air?’ Five hours later two...

What else can Hollywood do with the elderly? It’s made them into dolts. It’s made them into geniuses. It’s even, for goodness sake, put them into space (in Space Cowboys). Now, in a re-make of a 1979 movie, they’ve turned them into bank robbers. Enter Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman and Alan Arkin, three friends from...

The new census figures released last week have caused a stir, and among the aspects heavily reported have been those related to religion. I’ve noticed a concentration (even satisfaction in some quarters?) on the drop (since 2011) in the percentage of the population identifying as Catholic (from 84% to 78%) along with the 10% figure for...

Patrick ClaffeyA few years ago, taking a taxi into Nassau St to teach a module at Trinity College, the Dublin driver asked me what I taught.  That afternoon, I told him,  I was to give a lecture on Buddhism.“The Buddhists, they’re alright, aren’t they?’, he remarked. ‘Very hard to have a row with one of them...

Time with the Master: Reflections on the Life of Jesusby Seamus Devitt CSsR (Messenger Publications, €7.95)Though Christmas seems to dominate the annual round, Easter Sunday has always been for Chrstians the central feast day of the year. As we celebrate next Sunday this little book by Fr Devitt will remind many people that Easter is not...

J. Anthony GaughanThis booklet marking Youghal’s contribution to the 1916 celebrations includes a number of interesting articles, one of them relating to Sir Roger Casement.Patrick Cockburn writes about a link between his grandfather, Jack Arbuthnot, a major in the Scots Guards, and Casement. Major Arbuthnot was responsible for guarding...

Grieving mum seeks atonement for murdered sonMost horror films seem to populate their casts with masochists. They summon up demons to plague them. They run repeatedly into the face of danger. They seem geared towards inflicting the greatest amount of punishment on themselves for the least possible gain.Sophia Howard (Catherine Walker) at first...

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