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How will they come home to New Orleans?

Edmond Grace remembers a black musician he met in New Orleans in 1991, a man proud to be from that great city. Edmond ponders how Hurricane Katrina might have affected him and those he lived among. When he heard I was from Ireland, he started to play ‘Danny Boy’ in a manner which said as much about his own native ...

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Did you not say the fighting was over?

Tom Leyden reflects on the incendary situation in Northern Ireland these past months and sees the need for dialogue and sensible leadership. My friend Paolo from Naples came to visit me here in Belfast on July 28. A sunless and wet Thursday. But there was a mood of celebration in the city. Earlier in the day the IRA had made ...

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One goal, many journeys, enjoy yours!

As leader of the Irish Magis group, Gerry Clarke has a unique perspective on those heady August days which culminated with the World Youth Day gathering in Marienfeld, Cologne, for Mass with Pope Benedict. Many moments stand out for me as I reflect on the two weeks I spent at the Magis World Youth Day pilgrimage this summer. I’d like ...

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Jesuits serve up theology on NUI menu

Dr Brian Grogan SJ, President of the Milltown Institute, assesses the significance of Milltown being formally inaugurated as a Recognised College of the National University of Ireland on October 5th. The Chancellor of the NUI, Dr Garret Fitzgerald, led the ceremony. This will be a proud and long desired moment in Milltown’s history. From its inception in 1968, the Institute ...

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Back to the Future of Europe

Pat Coyle looks back on the ‘Future of Europe’ conferences in All Hallows and in her beloved Croke Park last week, and on John Dardis’ call for Irish people to look outwards in the European debate. The weather forecast was rain in the morning followed by bright spells in the after noon. It turned out to be a lovely ‘bright ...

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Rooting for Matt

Barney McGuckian recounts his valiant but failed attempt to convince ‘Gerry Ryan Show’ listeners to vote for Matt Talbot as Ireland’s favourite saint. Late in October, Evelyn from the Gerry Ryan Radio Show phoned. “We are looking for Ireland’s favourite saint. Will you “root” for Matt Talbot?” I was game for anything if it promoted Matt’s cause. “The Saint in ...

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