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Austrian man bitten by snake as he sat on the toilet An Austrian had a nightmarish morning when a python slid through his drains and bit him as he sat on the toilet, Reuters reported. The 65-year-old in the city of Graz turned around shortly after 6 am to see a 1.6-metre albino reticulated python…

A better way to blow up balloons

Children’s Corner Chemical reactions make for some great experiments. There is nothing wrong with conducting experiments which do not seem to have any immediate practical, real world benefit. However, sometimes we discover things that can make our lives just a bit easier. Perhaps you are tired of blowing up balloons before a party (hopefully there…

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Two decades of Acquired Brain Injury Ireland

Acquired Brain Injury Ireland marks 21 years of service for brain injury survivors and their families across Ireland, writes Jason Osborne Acquired Brain Injury Ireland (ABII) recently celebrated its 21st birthday, the organisation being set up in 2000 to meet a need to provide “life-changing, specialised neuro-rehabilitation” for people in Ireland whose lives have been…

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Faith in the Family

Christina Malone Last year my children and I started reading the children’s Bible (again). We made our way from Adam and Eve to Moses, Noah, Ruth, Daniel and many others. Moses was the one that sparked endless discussions and questions for days after. My girls were astounded that he built a tabernacle big enough that…

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On following moral rules

Everyday Philosophy There’s an interesting tension in Catholic moral thought. On the one hand, we have the prevalent idea that living well as a Catholic is not a matter of rule-following. The last few popes have spoken extensively about how authentic faith is not about obeying a set of rules, but a relationship with God.…

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Following St Augustine in the 21st century

Personal Profile Fr Colm O’Mahony OSA wears many hats: vocations director for the Augustinians in Ireland; student master for the pre-novitiate; and prior and bursar of the Drogheda community. But it was always the call of community life that attracted him to the Augustinians, and his zeal for work ‘on the ground’ is constantly renewed…

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Starting the day with a kiss

Myself and my wife are married 6 years, I have fond memories of our first few years of marriage always leaving in the morning with a kiss goodbye, but as the years have passed and our family has grown, each morning is filled with stress and rows and it’s impacting our relationship. I am sure there…

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Passenger rights not protected during pandemic – report Airlines and EU member states did not fully protect passenger rights throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, according to a report by the European Court of Auditors. Travellers often lost out on money due to cancelled flights or because they were not informed about their right to be reimbursed.…

Looking after our eyes

Between the glare of summer sun and screen, our eyes may be taking a beating these days, writes Jason Osborne An old adage has it that the eyes are the window to the soul. Regardless of how much truth there is to that, there’s probably some sense in the intuition that they’re one of the…

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At the cutting edge of modern evangelism

Personal Profile Emmet Thompson’s connection with St Eugene’s Cathedral and the nearby Long Tower parish in Derry go all the way back to his childhood. It’s a connection he has maintained through his work as pastoral co-ordinator for the two parishes, a role that was of great importance over lockdown, as Mr Thompson was heavily…

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