Category Archives: The stuff of daily life

Spectacles

John Creedon must have struck fear into the hearts of many RTE Radio listeners this evening. He recalled the glasses given out by the Southern Health Board, “one size fits all,” he said. “They kept them in a tin and … Continue reading

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Small boys on bikes

Buses to the city centre run through the estate, travelling in via one road and out along another. The bus route roads have mini-roundabouts at their junctions with other roads. Walking back from school, two small boys on bicycles were … Continue reading

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On being alone

Looking in the mirror, I sometimes see a small boy looking back at me. The boy looks curious, wondering what his older self has become.  How many things did he not foresee? I remember a story told by a man … Continue reading

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A dog’s death

Holly, the much-loved terrier of friends, had her last day today. There was a sense of heartbreak watching her lying in her basket when I visited last night. The gentle and friendly animal who had spent eleven of her fifteen … Continue reading

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Calling Uncle Fred back from the dead

“May his name be blotted out, ” the Yimakh Shemo, the wish that someone will be forgotten forever, is the definitive curse in the Jewish tradition. Perhaps it is an irrational desire, for we shall never know if it has … Continue reading

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