To put it mildly, the coalition of Ireland's leading environmental organisations is not happy with the way the new government is treating nature and our environment. Their banner headline expresses: "Disbelief as Green ministers hand nature protection to Housing Department".
When Jack Charlton took over from Eoin Hand as the nation's soccer manager in 1986 he enjoyed an almost 10 year spell where he transformed the fortunes ofthe national team. For the first time we qualified for the European Championships and then 2 World Cups. The following are some of my recollections from these 3 tournaments which lifted the country's spirits, inspired national scenes of joy and euphoria never seen previously and at one stage had Ireland ranked in the world's top 10.
Yesterday I attended my first social gathering in three months. It felt both strange and wonderful. I loved seeing people I had interacted with on Zoom throughout the lockdown. We shared food, laughs and stories. I felt the physical presence of everyone in a very strong and special way. I experienced a new and deeper appreciation of the biggest gift that we give to each other - our presence.
Dixie Coddington was born in the year 1665. He was the son of Nicholas Coddington and Anne Dixie who resided at Holm Patrick in Skerries in Co. Dublin. Records show that Dixie Coddington`s Grandfather, William Coddington, had been resident at Holm Patrick in the mid 1650`s and had held the position of High Sheriff of Co. Wicklow in 1656; William died at Holm Patrick in 1657.
With so much uncertainty facing people regarding work, school, financial stability, wedding plans, and so much more, many are feeling stressed, overwhelmed and some are even feeling hopeless about the future. What we tell ourselves about what is happening in our world has a big bearing on how we feel and how we inspire others to feel.
The Irish summer is here. The skies have been cloudless and blue, the sun's been shining, and the rain clouds have stayed away. The COVID-19 crisis means that we've all had to be socially distant from one another, but that hasn't stopped us from gathering in public places like parks, beaches and seaside promenades. People stand apart, speaking more loudly than before, and wearing facemasks in public.
This week marks the 100th anniversary of the beatification of Blessed Oliver Plunkett, his remarkable story of courage and faith heralded in a new publication by local man Tommy Burns, entitled, 'The Beatification of Blessed Oliver Plunkett'. It features a report on the ceremony in St Peter's in Rome on May 23 1920.
They know all about hard times in Annagassan. Any community that has the fishing and farming business at its heart has always lived side by side with the seasons and what Mother Nature throws up. But these days, they face a battle of a different kind - like the rest of the world - but are well positioned to bounce back and grab some kind of normality with both hands.
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