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Cormac MacConnell - The West's Awake
The Garden of Life
HE’S a fierce old Limerick man, afraid of nothing that walks or flies or swims or lives underground, only slightly fearful of God Almighty, expecting to meet Him soon. He will be 90 in the middle of the coming January.
The Trials of Miss Fortune
I MET a wise man in Moran’s of the Weir recently. The long thatched pub at the waterside has a certain oystery atmosphere about it that makes it special, not just during the ritual months ending in “R” when the molluscs are in high good fettle, but a
Freaking Out Over Palin
LADS and lasses, would you for heaven’s sake settle down! I have been laughing myself close to death over the past month at the letters page in the Irish Voice and reaction in to the piece I did about Sarah Palin.
A Plentiful Life Lived
THE name on his birth certificate was Patrick Anthony Pacelli Murphy. His mother was a devout woman, and she added a good Pope’s Christian name to each of her seven children after they were born. That was for good luck both in this life and the next.
Cardboard Coffins Save a Town
DERRYFADA is a long, gaunted townland, windswept and triangular, on the coast. It is about 10 miles long.
They Were Quite a Show
SOMETHING special happened recently before a sellout house in the Royal Albert Hall in Belfast.
The End of the World
“CORMAC, I’ll tell you this, we are coming close to the end of the world, and the way I’m feeling now the sooner the better.
It’s a Donkey’s Life
YOU don’t see many donkeys nowadays. If you do see one you can bet that the price tag on the sturdy little back is close to $3,000, especially for a mare.
Send Sarah Back to Redneckia!
I READ an article yesterday on the BBC website about redneck America and Sarah Palin. The writer said that in these PC days everybody went out of their way to avoid using the term “redneck,” and this, in his view, was wrong and dangerous.
Where Have All the Dogs Gone?
DRAMATICALLY, because of social and economic factors in the New Ireland, the dog population of this island has been cut by what must be half in the last decade and that’s very sad.
A Couple of Californians
THE lovely couple from California’s wine country came into Cruise’s bar and restaurant in Ennis the other evening just before the evening fireside session started.
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