Normal is always relative

We all know the feeling, we all hear the familiar words of disbelief that such and such an event happened so long ago. On this day, 28 years ago, the Provisional IRA blew up two bombs in the town centre of Warrington in Merseyside. Those of us who grew up in the North of Ireland, during what is so euphemistically referred to as “The Troubles”, grew somewhat immune to all the bad news. Even in recent years, I found myself not reacting as others around me did when a member of An Garda Síochána was murdered. I reacted with, Oh! … Continue reading Normal is always relative

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Commonwealth War Graves Commission invites you to pay a tribute this Commonwealth Day

During both world wars, the men and women of the Commonwealth made the ultimate sacrifice. This Commonwealth Day, Monday 8th March, take the opportunity to remember those who fought and died for peace across the world. Make your own act of remembrance by leaving a physical tribute at one of their cemeteries or memorials in your local area.  The CWGC tribute will let you leave a personalised, environmentally friendly message at the headstone or memorial of someone you’d like to remember.  It is 100% biodegradable and compostable and its design reflects the six Commonwealth member nations who fund our work. … Continue reading Commonwealth War Graves Commission invites you to pay a tribute this Commonwealth Day

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Martyrology: March 4th

Saint Adrian and Companions Martyrs; died c. 875 Adrian was a missionary, bishop on the Isle of May in the Firth of Forth who was martyered by the Danes, together with some fellow missionaries who were monks. Saint Peter Pappacarbone Bishop, OSB He became a monk at Cava and later was sent to Cluny where he stayed six years. In 1079, he was made bishop of Policastro, but resigned and returned to Cava, to which abbacy he succeeded the following year. Although at first his rule was too strict and he withdrew to another house, he was soon recalled and … Continue reading Martyrology: March 4th

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The Merchant Navy: the fourth service – remembering the Victor Ross 80 years on

As we approached Remembrance this year, I was reminded that we keep hearing about the three Services: the Royal Navy, the British Army, and the Royal Air Force. Like Tony Meade in his letter printed in this month’s Legion magazine … Continue reading The Merchant Navy: the fourth service – remembering the Victor Ross 80 years on

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Insensitive SuperValu Christmas ad as we continue to live with COVID-19

We’re in the lead up to Christmas, so all sorts of supermarkets have started broadcasting their Christmas advertisements. I’ve just seen the one from Ireland’s SuperValu The children are worried about whether “he will come”. Obviously, most of us instantly think of Father Christmas and whether he will come. This is re-emphasised with the familiar glass and couple of mince pies left on the side. The final scene has he who was expected arriving. And no, it is not Father Christmas, it’s the child’s grandfather. With all that is going on in the world, with the ongoing social distancing due … Continue reading Insensitive SuperValu Christmas ad as we continue to live with COVID-19

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