New census data on religion was published by the Central Statistics Office on Thursday October 12th. In an article in the Irish Times by Jenna Clarke- Molloy. Students give their perspective on how the country is changing in light of the census data on religion. Have a read if you get a chance. Interesting read. Here
In the early 80’s I started oil painting with some friends in Drogheda. I painted for a few years but my last painting was in 1985. This summer after about 31 years I picked up a brush again. Here are the five paintings I have done. Hope you enjoy.
Wishing you a very Happy Christmas!
A few weeks ago we had the privilege to visit the cemetery of Colleville-sur-Mer, 9387 white marble gravestones are perfectly lined up on the field that overlooks Omaha beach. I just kept thinking seventy- two years ago June 6, 1944 also know as D-Day, Some 156,000 American, British, Canadian and a few Irish landed on five beaches along the cost of Normandy. And just beside us was Omaha beach, were the US 1st and 29th Divisions together suffered around 2000 casualties. So this June 6, I’ll raise a glass and toast the heroism of all those young men who fought to liberate Europe from Nazi occupation. Without their service and sacrifice, our world would be a darker place. Remembering this day not for the glory of war, but for the magnitude of the selflessness and sacrifice made by these men and woman on June 6, 1944. General Patton may have summed it up best when he said, “It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived.”