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JOE CASSIDY, DIVINER: AN IRISH PHENOMENON

                

The Celts are often credited with more second sight than the average. To the extent that’s true, it’s unsurprising that those who can really claim gifts of a psychic nature will be real standouts and rather spectacular like Co Clare’s Biddy Early historically who fascinated many from Lady Gregory to Mary Daly. 2,586 more words

Religious Issues

Conflict in Ireland: new starting point for 'The Parting Glass'

So, I have a new idea for The Parting Glass. Although it would seem that it began in Scotland, the Irish have certainly adopted and morphed it as their own. 282 more words

Historical Fiction

Irish Catholic Eco Eye

In Laudato Si’, Pope Francis paints a compelling picture of the people of God together rediscovering their mandate to care for God’s world. But how are we to put this noble calling into practice? 462 more words

Creation Care

A Spoonful of Medicine, Owen Gallagher

Published in 2004 in The Irish Catholic, my only publication there – the literary editor, Peter Costello, is the father of a friend. This is a somewhat sturdy review of an entertainingly straightforward little memoir. 652 more words

The Art Of Medicine

November 22, 1963

On November 22, 1963, I vividly remember three things.

  1.  My oldest brother had his 20th birthday.
  2.  President John F. Kennedy was assassinated.
  3.  I was given Coca-Cola to drink out of a crystal sherry glass.
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Memoir

My Citizens' Assembly submission for #Repealthe8th

Why it is essential to the concept of the Irish Republic that we repeal the 8th

It is 100 years since the Easter Rising. An Easter Rising in which women fought, and sacrificed their lives to, the ideal of a nation that ‘….guarantees religious and civil liberty, equal rights and equal opportunities to all its citizens, and declares its resolve to pursue the happiness and prosperity of the whole nation and of all its parts, cherishing all of the children of the nation equally..’. 455 more words

1688 – Goodwife 'Goody' Ann Glover is hanged in Boston, Massachusetts, accused of witchcraft.

The last woman to be hanged in Boston as a witch was Goodwife ‘Goody’ Ann Glover, an Irish laundress. This North End resident was wildly accused in 1688 of practicing witchcraft by the infamous Reverend Coton Mather, pastor of the old North Church. 413 more words

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