Category: Comment & Analysis

On hallowing our diminishments

Thirty years ago, John Jungblut wrote a short pamphlet entitled, On Hallowing Our Diminishments. It’s a treatise suggesting ways we might frame the humiliations and diminishments that beset us through circumstance, age and accidents so that, despite the humiliation they bring, we can place them under a certain canopy so as to take away their…

The urge for change

A lot of things happen in this world because people feel that it’s time for a change. The fashion industry is the supreme example of this. If skirts are short this season, they’ll be long next season. If trousers are flared today, they’ll be skinny tomorrow. Fashion editors are practiced at catching this zeitgeist: ‘out…

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There hasn’t been mass migration to Ireland

I am not registered to vote in the current election, so my perspective is, perhaps, somewhat detached. But I certainly admired John Waters for deciding to run as an independent candidate for the constituency of Dun Laoghaire. John is from Roscommon but has lived for most of his adult life in the former port town.…