The Class of ’67… that Summer of ‘67

Fifty years ago this Summer, the boys – the young men – of the Leaving Cert class of Mount Sion CBS, in Waterford, were not too pushed about happenings in the wider world - like Flower Power, Sergeant Pepper or Vietnam. Our main focus was on getting through the examination. A few days before the …

Paddy, Hilda and the Bluebells of Meath

Sometime in May 1945, the poet Patrick Kavanagh visited Dunsany, county Meath, to meet the eighteenth Lord Dunsany, a celebrated playwright and author. Dunsany was a major influence on writers and artists, particularly in the genre of fantasy literature. His most celebrated protégé was the tragic figure of Francis Ledwidge, the labourer-poet from Slane in …

‘Born in a Herdsman’s Shed’ – A Christmas truce

As the soldiers of both sides cheerily departed for the front lines in France and Belgium in August 1914 the politicians told them it would 'all be over by Christmas'. But it wasn’t. Instead, on that first Christmas of the War, the soldiers - many of them volunteers from Ireland, indeed a great number of …

Padraig Ó Méalóid – Cuimhní

‘An Nuacht á léamh ag Padraig Ó Méalóid…’ Once heard, you never forgot that mellifluous voice and the beauty of his Irish pronunciation. Padraig Ó Mealóid, whose death has just been announced, was for many years an outstanding journalist, newsreader and broadcaster on RTÉ, Raidio na Gaeltachta and TG4. In 1959 he joined Radio Éireann …

John Halligan: Politics for Slow Learners?

Minister of State for Training and Skills, John Halligan TD, is back in his home town of Waterford today with his political promises and commitments in ruins. But it could have been so different, if he had played his cards right. Catherisation labs are vital in diagnosing and treating serious cardiac issues and there has …