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ENNUI   A recent article in the British Medical Journal dealt with the findings of a Singapore-based team of researchers. The results of a survey, carried out by the Singaporese, suggested that regular physical activity “improves physical and mental health, mitigates the risks and effects of chronic diseases, and reduces falls, immobility, dependency and mortality […]

A ball of emotion

With joy in heart and spring in step, we walk Down the shallow steps to take our seats. All settled in, we gladly turn to talk Of famous wins and infamous defeats.   The ball is up, the game is on – let’s go! Hearts pounding hard, our hopeful spirits soar. The other team kicks […]


THE IRISH CIVIL WAR IN PERSPECTIVE   Much will be written, over the coming year, about the Civil War in Ireland. There will be tales of atrocities, of executions and reprisals, of sexual attacks on women, the destruction of the Big Houses, the persecution of minorities, the nefarious behaviour of the Catholic Church and of […]


TOURISM FOR THE DISCERNING   Slightly off the well-known Wild Atlantic Way is the ancient settlement of Tuam, or Tomb as our American friends call it. Linked by motorway from Galway city and served by 20 Burkes busses every day it is within easy access for the discerning tourist. Unfortunately, (or fortunately, depending on your […]

Ordinary Life

Ordinary Life   I was thinking about all the changes we go through in life and how long it takes us to make the changed life our ordinary life.   It takes on average 66 days for a person to adopt a habit such as ‘no sugar in tea’ or ‘write 3 pages every morning’.   I […]

Father Martin Joe Kearns

Martin Joe Kearns was born in 1919 in Carraneany, Williamstown. Co. Galway, the youngest of a family of 6 and named after his father.   He had 4 older brothers and a sister, Mary Ellen who was my mother.   Sadly for the family their father died of pneumonia in 1920.   His mother’s family, the Whytes, rallied […]

So much to learn

So much to learn…   As well as alleviating social isolation intergenerational groups help young people and old to abandon unconscious and conscious biases they may harbour about each other.   Working together to create a piece of art, with everyone being equal, people share personal information and in the process ageist, gender and other differences […]

Baby love

Your beaming smile is bright beyond compare: The sight of you makes my heart leap with glee. The softness of your skin so clear and fair, (You look more like your Dad than you do me!)   Your humour is capricious, ever-changing At once so quick to laugh and quick to cry. Tears to giggles, […]

All’s well that ends well.

I saw your face and heard your name today, It threw me for a second, I’ll admit. What my main feeling was is hard to say, Heartbreak, or grief or loss no longer fit.   Back then, you caused me no amount of pain, Though I convinced myself that I was fine. You said I’d […]

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