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Savita Halappanavar

. It has been a long time since I’ve written anything on this blog that wasn’t a book or film review. I’ve …

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sufficient for a specific requirement

So weekend one of this year’s Six Nations is over and done with, verdicts all in? For the most part I think that the winning teams don’t have too much to write home about. We didn’t put in a huge performance, but we won, so it’ll do. And to be fair, we never seem to pile on the points against Italy. So all those “doom and gloom” commentators can hang on til next weekend. Then they turn those frowns upside down as we beat France.

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Springtime in paris

I know you are all trés excited about this weekend. And any number of future weekends. Yes, that’s right by fellow rugby fans, the Six Nations is almost here. And already the meeja is hyped beyond belief. Will we win the Grand Slam for the second year in a row.

Or will we do the unthinkable and lose to Italy?

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Yes! We’re all individuals!

And so, of course, we are all entitled to our own points of view. But[1] sometimes don’t you think it’d be easier …

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Minnows V muppets

Or so one of the papers put it. All I can say is OMFG! 2-1. Two-one!? First of all, we only managed …

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A collection of odments

Well, obviously enough, with the weekend just gone my first topic of this post has to be… the role of the Catholic Church in the political life of Ireland.

Or maybe not.

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Mouth of Flowers

Sun the 16th of Oct was the 115th anniversary of the birth of Michael Collins. And marking this date was the first …