Category Archives: society

Thursday Doors – Old Town Hall

Cavan’s old town hall features in this week’s Thursday Doors. It has recently been given a makeover and looks so much better. No longer the town’s administrative building it’s now the Town Hall Cavan Arts Centre, where courses and events … Continue reading

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Thursday Doors – Sion Mills

If you like history, especially social history, then you would love a visit to the County Tyrone village of Sion Mills and if you can’t travel there yourself, I’ll be doing a Thursday Doors post about it at a later … Continue reading

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Thursday Doors – Old Stone Walls of Blackrock

Here’s a nice red door with matching snow speckled car to start off this week’s Thursday Doors. Although we’ve been having very cold weather, some days are dry enough to bring Tino, aka The Gaffer, out for a walk. Lately, … Continue reading

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Dublin 1916

  This year being the centenary anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising in Dublin, there has been more than the usual effort put into relating and remembering events that led to Ireland becoming an independent nation. Here, we don’t have a … Continue reading

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Mama Tina

Seeing as it’s International Women’s Day, I wanted to share a post about a woman who has made a huge difference to the lives of hundreds of thousands of people. Having spent an impoverished childhood in the slums of 1950’s Dublin, … Continue reading

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From Cork to Canada

There are perhaps hundreds of thousands of people descended from more than 2,000 Irish who traveled from Cork to Canada in the 1820’s as part of an experiment in assisted emigration. Over 50,000 people applied to be among Peter Robinson’s settlers, … Continue reading

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No Trace of a Conscience

My great great grandmother lived to be 102 years old. She died in her own bed in a house that had been home to her for many decades. A woman who cherished her independence, Catherine Richardson was a quick-witted and … Continue reading

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Past Meets Present.

The MSC Splendida, eleventh longest cruise ship in the world, docked in Cobh on May 12, 2015 carrying over 4,500 passengers and crew. It was  a beautiful sunny day and the place was buzzing with tourists. We even bumped into … Continue reading

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One Hundred Years Later

There are many good teachers today who struggle to impart knowledge to classes that are far too large. They have to contend with bored and sometimes angry young people who can be disruptive and distracting for those with their noses … Continue reading

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Front Line

We have had some beautiful autumn weather here in Ireland, a bonus after an unusually long summer. As I walked along my local beach taking photos, the sound of the waves pounding on the shore reminded me of war for … Continue reading

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