Letters to the Editor: 'We should all take moment to feel joy of peace in our hearts'
Taking this time to wish you a very merry Christmas and a new year filled with joy and happiness. May we bond together in love and caring and keep the stars adjoined in the glow of a peaceful outcome for the problems faced in this world.
The battle of life is difficult and peace hard to find, but each of us has the ability to take that moment to feel the joy of peace and love, if only in our hearts.
Who knows one day we may all join together with the wisdom, strength and grace to be a part of a lasting and eternal peace. I know that looking at the world as it is now it is hard to imagine.
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Keep the heart of love always present and find the joy that is there within you.
Many do not have the luxury of weathering climate storm
James Phelan says “We need to weather the storm over this climate alarmism” (Letters, Irish Independent, November 20).
As I peer through the smoke of Sydney, I think of the time when we could afford to be similarly complacent.
The State is on fire.
The drought hasn’t broken and most farmers have come to the end of their very deep resilience, trying to get out with more than the shirts on their back after generations of effort.
Many are sinking with each month adding more than AUS$10,000 (€6,150) to an already overwhelming debt.
Hard to weather a storm when your house is burnt down and all you’re left with is scorched earth.
Making the case for having International Men’s Day
In her letter criticising International Men’s Day (‘International Men’s Day diminishes equality struggle’, Letters, Irish Independent, November 21), Seána Glennon unwittingly makes the case for International Men’s Day probably more effectively than many MRAs (men’s rights advocates – several of whom are women, incidentally) could.
And congratulations to Ian O’Doherty on his article ‘International Men’s Day: it’s just the latest attack on women!’ (Review, November 23) re the same matter.
Athboy, Co Meath
Why I can’t wait to hear the great Kilfenora once again
I recently attended a concert by the Kilfenora Céilí Band in the Town Hall in Galway. I was very impressed with the performance.
They played from just after 8pm until 10.30pm. As well as playing a variety of jigs and reels, they had solo singers and Irish dancers. The Kilfenora Céilí Band show how to put up a top quality performance. They appreciate their audience and give it their all. I look forward to their return.
Salthill, Co Galway
Criticising Vatican is easy, but we lack guts over banks
In criticising the Vatican, Anthony O’Leary (Letters, Irish Independent, November 25) describes Ireland as a “sovereign republic”.
Well, at the time of the financial crisis we saw how sovereign we actually were. The European institutions, particularly the European Central Bank, rode roughshod over our sovereignty.
The response of the Irish authorities was totally supine.
It’s easy (and meaningless) to have a go at the Vatican, which has no real influence (and no real army, as Stalin once so derisively noted), but it takes guts to stand up to our economic masters. Something this “sovereign republic” singularly lacked when it mattered most in 2008.
Navan, Co Meath
In mad rush, leave honking your horns to Rudolph
Ah yes, the mad rush is well under way. I have heard more car horns impatiently honking in the last few days than for ages.
Have a bit of patience folks, and leave the horns to Rudolph.
Beaumont, Dublin 9
Wonderful words leave us all spellbound and wanting more
I stayed up late last night to watch the An Post Irish Book Awards. Congratulations to all who were nominated. So many wonderful books. So many writing books.
As Toni Morrison put it: “If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.”
Glenties, Co Donegal