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Rural Eye – Centralisation: An Affliction for Rural Communities

Robert W. Flack once wrote: “Local government is the foundation of democracy. If it fails. Democracy will fail”. Yet, a whole tier of local democracy, including 83 directly elected town councils were removed through the local government reform legislation, which was signed into law on January 27th 2014, without any reference to the Irish people. In contrast, Seanad Éireann, a marginally relevant institution, could not be abolished without a referendum.

The Winning Post  – a new wonder horse?

by   Stable Lad Well, do we have another champion? For me, at any rate, the jury is still out, with the pot still not properly on the boil, on our latest “wonder” horse, the Ballydoyle trained Australia, who came to the Curragh last weekend and won the Irish Derby, to add to his Epsom triumph, easily enough it must be said, but not in a race that, opposition wise,

The Winning Post – the Irish Derby

by Stable Lad   The coming weekend, racingwise, is absolutely chockful of top class contests, but I do suppose that most people’s attention will be grabbed by the Dubai Irish Derby at the Curragh, if only for the obvious fact that The Aidan O’Brien trained Epsom Derby winner, Australia, will be trying to complete what would be really regarded as a notable double in any racing season.

An Emigrant’s Diary – visitors from home

In this series, Clon girl Sharon Whelton who has emigrated to Calgary, Canada gives us an insight into what life is like for Ireland’s new generation of emigrants.   AT the time this piece goes to print, Clare and Ciara will be getting ready for their trip over here! They fly in on July 1st, which is Canada Day here – so Mike and I will be able to go

The Cloud of Unknowing – Give freedom a chance

Despite the freedom of thought currently afforded to us, the vast swathes of information available on the internet, the public libraries in every Town full of books about ideas, the world and its peoples, still (how is it possible???) there are people who cling to out-dated, irrelevant and dangerous dogma. These are the people who cry ‘Devil-worshipper’ when faced with ideas that differ from their own, who try to silence

Rural Eye – Mid Summer Shenanigans

Midsummer’s Eve is known in Ireland as St. John’s Eve or Bonfire Night, which falls on June 24th.  Midsummer’s Day in some areas is celebrated on the summer solstice which is June 21st, the longest day in the calendar year. Since ancient times a custom has prevailed of lighting fires on hilltops, at crossroads, on top of a large rock outcrop, or in an open space where many people could

The Winning Post - Royal Ascot

by  Stable Lad Has the summer arrived at last? Well, judging from the wonderful weather we have been having, it seems we at last are getting a taste of what “summer” can be like, in this country, when at its very best. Wouldn’t it get up your nose when you would hear the odd comment from people, complaining about the heat or some other old piseog, instead of enjoying the

Confessions of a Learner Gardener – Frost in June

Well the rain came and for once in my life I was quite pleased to see it. It meant that I wouldn’t have to drag myself and the watering cans around the garden trying to keep the brown and crisping trees from succumbing completely to dehydration. Rain drenched land is sometimes a plus. A weather condition that last week failed to meet with my approval was the threat, according to

An Emigrant’s Diary – GAA Canadian style

In this series, Clon girl Sharon Whelton who has emigrated to Calgary, Canada, gives us an insight into what life is like for Ireland’s new generation of emigrants.     We had our first GAA tournament of the year on Saturday, June 7th in Red Deer. We had an early start (6.30am) on Saturday morning to get everything organised and packed in the car, as the first men’s game was