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I Believe in Superheroes

Tribute to Mona McConnell, 1942-2016 I can’t remember when I stopped believing in superheroes. Perhaps when I was 13 or 14 when I stopped bringing my Superman and Batman comics to mass and instead started watching the girls going up for Communion. But I never really entirely gave up hope that there were out there […]

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Rolling out the red carpet

For those of us who believe Ireland is a country of six million and a nation of 70 million, the Diaspora is the greatest ally we have. I saw that clearly during the many bridge-building visits I made to North America during my term as mayor when, again and again, I was bowled over the […]

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Why I’m going to meet the queen

Last night, I attended the most solemn occasion in the calendar of any republican mayor: a Mass in Clonard in honour of our patriot dead. This service was initiated by Alex Maskey when he took on the mantle of First Citizen in 2002, in recognition of our belief that all the dead of our three-decade […]

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Caterpillar butterfly stings like a bee

IT’S BAKING hot here in America. Expect, therefore, the price of your Weetabix to soar next year because in the mid

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A change in numbers is working; a change in mindset is preferable

How to spend three days in the Mayo monsoon: bring the voluminous minute books from Belfast

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Our young Mayor fails to talk the talk

Our Lord fell three times on the road to Calvary, so let’s not be too disappointed that the youthful

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