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In the world, human fulfilment is measured by material things, so that the person who has nothing is nothing—Laurens Van der Post People are often so preoccupied with their own concerns, they fail to hear or recognise the cries for help of the person who has nothing and is called nothing. In our society today,… Read more »

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With Mother’s Day just gone, my mind is wandering to a memory of my wife’s mother, Kay, who was 80 years of age when she passed away around this time last year. Kay was such a stunningly beautiful woman, who was always well poised and who was fully dressed each morning by 7am, with her… Read more »

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This is one of our most familiar weather proverbs here in Ireland. It refers to the fact that the month of March begins with cold wintery winds, only to be replaced by warmer Spring-like weather as it leaves us. If yesterday and today is anything to go by, we are in for a few cold,… Read more »

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The Synthesis and Solid State Pharmaceutical Centre (SSPC) announced they were hosting a crystal growing competition as part of the International Year of Crystallography. A number of students at Coláiste Bhaile Chláir rose to the challenge. They researched their topic on the internet and each group came up with an experiment plan. They spent weeks’… Read more »

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Tooth decay, known technically as dental caries, is one of the most common health complaints in the world. The incidence is declining in societies where water is fluoridated or where toothpaste containing fluoride is used. It is particularly common in children and young adults, and rates have been fuelled by an increase in sugars in… Read more »

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Mother’s Day is a great reason to honour your mother and express gratitude for all the hugs, cuddles, kisses and lullabies she has given you over the years. Mother’s Day is the perfect time to let your mother know that no one loves her more than her own children. It’s a time to be grateful…. Read more »

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Farewell my old friend in your last sleep In a grave where the Clare flows past your feet, It isn’t your parish but I know you won’t mind, Your plot shared amongst your own kind. Friend of my youth from boyhood to man The last of your line—the last of your clan. We followed your… Read more »

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Fairtrade sales amounted to approximately €5.5 billion worldwide in 2013 and the sales of Fairtrade certified products grew 15% between 2012 and 2013, according to Fairtrade International. Ireland has the highest per capita spend on Fairtrade in the world and there was a 13% increase in spend on Fairtrade products here in the 2012 to 2013 period, with estimated retail… Read more »

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When we understand the impact our actions have on us and the world we live in, we realise the necessity to take loving action and to give time to love and care for one another, genuinely and deeply. We each have the power to make the conditions within us as well a to affect the… Read more »

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Sometimes people come into our lives and we know right away that they were meant to be there, to serve some purpose, whether it is to teach us a lesson, or to help us figure out who we are or who we want to become. Sometimes things happen to us that seem horrible, painful or unfair,… Read more »

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Tomatoes have a long growing season so to get good fruit you need to get the plants started early (if you are growing from seed). I sow my tomatoes on a heating mat in the potting shed in mid February, so by early March they have germinated. This year I am sowing five varieties of… Read more »

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Acts of kindness make us feel good about ourselves, and our lives. Think about the last time you were kind and good to someone and I bet it made you feel good about yourself. Opportunities exist every minute of every day to extend kindness to others. If we made a more conscious effort to be a… Read more »

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