Category Archives: Opinion

Not picture perfect but it changed a town’s mindset

IT was a picture that painted a thousand words, not one of them even remotely complimentary. Captured at quarter to eight on a dull March morning in 1982, it exposed an ugly, repulsive side to a town that, even then, locals took great pride in describing as Beauty’s Home. The Sunday morning monochrome snapshot portrayed… Continue Reading

The day my marbles disappeared like chalk dust

As skilled in the debating chamber as he had been in the classroom, Cllr Michael Gleeson this week announced his intention to retire from active politics after a remarkable contribution to public life. And while I have been there to take notes of his wonderfully articulate contributions to so many debates, on so many occasions… Continue Reading

‘Thank God so many people have been there for each other’

It has been a year like no other, a difficult, worrying and, for so many, heartbreaking 12 months. It has been a difficult year too for the Church and the Diocese of Kerry with congregations prohibited from attending Sunday Mass and other services, Confirmations and Communions postponed, weddings cancelled and, perhaps most harrowing of all,… Continue Reading