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1B STEM Trip to Boston Scientific The 1B STEM class and a few students from 1D went on a very enjoyable trip to Boston Scientific to mark Engineers Week. The students were given an opportunity to do some team work activities before being given a guided tour of the plant showing the work that many… Read more »

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How many of us have thought over the years about how great a fresh start would be. A clean slate, a chance to start again in a neighbourhood, city and country. Well, a new start is the happy by-product of emigration. Embedded in your community in Ireland, you’re a wife, mother, daughter, friend, lover (if… Read more »

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Tomatoes can be difficult to grow well, but I think a proper watering regime is one of the keys to an abundant crop. The secret to watering tomatoes properly is that you need to water deep. A healthy tomato plant is a thirsty beast, supported by a deep root system—so in other words, there’s no… Read more »

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Sunday night, I didn’t expect an enumerator to call to the door here in Doha with census form in hand, nor did I expect that there’d be an arrival of a census form in the post for completion by those of use who’d like to announce, ‘We’ve emigrated, just in case you ever wondered’ to… Read more »

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Early this month I will be sowing my parsnips outside in the veg patch. Unlike carrots, they are relatively easy to grow (once you have persuaded them to germinate), and since they store well in the soil over the winter they are a valuable winter storage crop. I grow around 40 parsnips which is more… Read more »

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  THIS poem The Mission is about the death of my nephew John Divine. I had met him on the prom in Galway about a month before this and he was telling me about how he’d like to do something to surprise his mother (my sister) for her 60th birthday.  We chatted for ages that… Read more »

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There was a time when travel was considered a pleasurable mission, a pastime, something to look forward to in the year. Despite where you were going the travel itself for many was as enjoyable. Before I emigrated, my travel was pretty much limited to two weeks with the kids in Spain during the summer and… Read more »

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The phrase Holy Week refers to the seven full days of reflection, meditation, confession, silence, contemplation, forgiveness, love and spiritual activities that capture the feelings of devotion and love for our Lord. Remembering these events strengthen our souls of which at times have become weakened by life’s trials and tribulations. This week, for those of… Read more »

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by Josephine (Higgins) Moran Cregboy, Claregalway Michael Higgins, Ballyheane, Castlebar, Co. Mayo married Kathleen Cruise, Ballyhaunis in 1947. The medal bearing the black and deep orange ribbon with an imprint of an armed soldier reads: Éire, Cogadh na Saoirse (Ireland, a fight for freedom). This was presented to my father for his part in the… Read more »

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When you have been growing your own food for a few years, it’s easy to forget what it felt like when you started out first. I am talking about that sweaty, daunted, vaguely frightened feeling—afraid to start, afraid to make a mistake, afraid to look foolish if it goes wrong. I am reminded of something… Read more »

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She’s the whisper of the leaves as you walk down the street. She’s the smell of certain foods you remember, flowers you pick, the fragrance of life itself. She’s the cool hand on your brow when you’re not feeling well. She’s your breath in the air on a cold winter’s day. She’s the sound of… Read more »

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