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MILER MCGRATH

If, as it has been described, the Church of Ireland was the Wild West of the Elizabethan Protestant Church, then Miler Magrath, Archbishop of Cashel, was its most notorious cowboy. In 1974 the retired Church of Ireland Bishop of Limerick, … Continue reading

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THOMAS ARTHUR LALLY

As Voltaire lay dying, within days of his death he received two letters. One was from Abbe Gaultier urging him to confess and become reconciled to the Church. Following upon this letter two priests, threatening to refuse him Christian burial, … Continue reading

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MICHAEL SEMPLE, PEACEMAKING

PEACEMAKING IN A COMPLEX WORLD Friday, November 21st, 2014 @ 7.30 pm Quaker Meeting House, Monkstown, Co Dublin With Michael Semple Leading commentator on the Taliban Movement QUB Visiting Research Professor, Institute for Study of Conflict Transformation and Social Justice … Continue reading

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RESPECTABILITY

RESPECTABILITY To be respectable is to receive respect; to be worthy of respect for observing the perceived norms of civilised society. Religion in Irish society has, until recently, been the foundation of these norms. Respectability is a curse. It causes … Continue reading

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AN INVITATION TO EVERYONE IN THE WORLD

YOU ARE INVITED TO THE LAUNCH by PATSY McGARRY (‘Irish Times’ Journalist) of ‘NATURE’S PLAYTHINGS’ A NOVEL (a sequel to ‘Transient Beings’) ‘After the events of “Transient Beings” the former rector finds that he is adrift in an unfamiliar world. … Continue reading

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POETRY, PROSE AND MUSIC

POETRY, PROSE AND MUSIC FRIENDS YEARLY MEETING The Kings Hospital, Saturday 26th April 2014 Music: Gillian Armstrong – Piano Readings: Patrick Semple To a Wild Rose – McDowell  Albert The Mountain A Visit to His Grandparents The Little Black Boy … Continue reading

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POETRY AND MUSIC

QUAKER MEETING HOUSE, MONKSTOWN 9th April 2014, 7.30 pm In aid of The Homeless and Hungry in Dun Laoghaire Music: Solo Flute; Elizabeth Petcu (Ex RTE Concert Orchestra) Poetry: Patrick Semple PROGRAMME Nigel Bell   INTRODUCTION: The Homeless in Dun … Continue reading

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BOOK LAUNCH, GERMANY

Ireland in Germany Ireland in Berlin Embassy of Ireland |Jägerstraße 51 |10117 Berlin |Tel: 030 220720 |Fax: 030 22072299 Please e-mail Berlin@dfa.ie if you would like to be added to our monthly circulation Follow the Embassy of Ireland, Berlin on … Continue reading

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THE RECTORY DOG

The rectory dog thinks theologically, as you might expect. Much more so than his master, whose theology, the little bit he had, has disappeared entirely. Now as there are just two of them the dog feels somewhat alone. None the … Continue reading

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LA BOISSIERE

Hilary and I have just returned from a most relaxing holiday. Not having had a break since May we thought we ought to have one before the winter. We booked five days with Tish and Stuart Inglis at La Boissiere … Continue reading

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‘SLICES OF LIFE’ LAUNCHED

Frank Kelly, ‘Father Jack’, launched Slices of Life, a collection of short stories on Wednesday 11th September. There was a wonderful atmosphere and great fun at the launch. Frank read one of the stories ‘William’. The author read the first … Continue reading

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GOOD WITH TOMATOES

I know a widow woman who bought a house in Dalkey, found it wasn’t what she wanted, sold it and bought a house in Harold’s Cross. Would anyone with titter of wit sell a house in Dalkey and go to … Continue reading

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THE MAN WHO KNEW ALMOST EVERYTHING

I knew a man who knew damned well nearly everything. He died, and I’m almost certain that now he knows damned well absolutely nothing.

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FONDO

We have some good friends – delightful company and above all sensible down to earth people. At least that was what their friends thought until they bought the ruin of a large house on top of a hill outside Sansepolcro … Continue reading

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SUMMER 1964

There are horses for courses and one course on which I found the going tough was a building site I worked on during a long hot summer when I was at university. It is not uncommon for students to work … Continue reading

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