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Letters – Donkeys Suffer Greatly in our Wet Climate

Dear Editor, Donkeys come from Asia and Africa and have only been in Ireland for a few hundred years – not long enough for them to adapt to our wet climate. Unlike horses, donkeys do not have waterproof coats, and therefore suffer greatly when it is wet and windy. It can severely damage their health and shorten their life. It is therefore absolutely essential to provide a shelter all year

Rural Eye – Becoming bogged down in regulations

As human beings we all need some level of regulation in the manner in which we live our lives and the way we conduct our day-to-day duties in whatever profession or occupation we belong to. However, the ever increasing trend of furthers layers of regulation on top of existing layers is now reaching chronic proportions. Some of the additional layers of protocol and bureaucracy that are now being introduced by

Letters – people treated worse than dogs

Dear Editor, When you kill the people’s spirit in any country, the country dies a premature death. Today we have 4,000 local authority houses lying empty while the number of families on the waiting lists and those falling into homelessness grows. Today we have 2,000 plus beds closed in hospitals around the country, that is 2,000 plus beds that patients are not allowed to go into while we have 600

An Emigrant’s Diary – counting the days

In this series, Clon girl Sharon Whelton who has emigrated to Calgary in Canada gives us an insight into what life is like for Ireland’s new generation of emigrants. Belated Happy New wishes to you all – I hope you all had a great Christmas and that you were all spoiled! It never really feels like Christmas when you live away from home, but nevertheless we had a nice break

The Cloud of Unknowing – The Fool

‘That, of course, is the great secret of the successful fool – that he is no fool at all.’ Isaac Asimov, Guide to Shakespeare RUSSELL BRAND: ………here’s the thing that you shouldn’t do: shouldn’t destroy the planet, shouldn’t create massive economic disparity, shouldn’t ignore the needs of the people. The burden of proof is on the people with the power……. You don’t have to listen to my political point of

Letters – The Disappeared

Dear Editor; The (pro-life) Eighth Amendment has receive much adverse publicity in recent times from politicians and the media. Is this based on a fair or biased view of the common good? We are all familiar with the ‘Disappeared’ – those 18 individuals executed by mainly Republican paramilitaries and buried in secret locations. Since abortion was legalised in Britain and elsewhere in the late 1960s, some 170,000 Irish unborn children

The Cloud of Unknowing – A linear world of dualities

We tend to live in a linear world of dualities- things are either one thing OR another- but at the cutting edge of physics we are already finding that the world is not either-or but neither-neither and and-and. Lost already? Take time for example- it seems more than obvious that it runs a linear course of past, present and future. However, for quantum physics to work properly time must operate

Rural Eye -Irish Christmas Traditions

Ireland has a number of Christmas traditions that are special to Ireland. Having a lighted candle on the window of a house at Christmas is still practised through out rural Ireland. This tradition has a number of purposes but primarily it was a symbol of welcome to Mary and Joseph as they travelled looking for shelter. In Ireland the candle also indicated a safe place for priests to perform mass

Letters – The Peaceful Protest – 10th December, 2014, Dublin.

4.20am in the black of night when the alarm rings. Today it’s different, you don’t curse the alarm. You rise with purpose. Sandwiches made from the night before, the flask ready for the tea. Even currenty bread packed in tinfoil, like old times! Today is all about our Nation, our deepest beliefs, our respect for our ancestors and our love for generations to come. From every village town and city