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PORTRAIT OF ELLEN

September 25, 2020 - I met Nellie for the first time at her cottage at Ballyvisteen in 2012, when I was researching a book I was writing for...
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IN MEMORIAM

October 14, 2019 - I spoke yesterday with an artist I know whose young daughter died in May. I only heard the news very recently and didn’t...
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HAPPY NEW YEAR

December 31, 2018 - LET ME SHARE A LITTLE STORY that I've not shared with many but at this moment the time seems right. We weren't at home o...
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COFFEE AT ELEVEN

April 24, 2018 - A very dear friend of mine died on this day 17 years ago. He was 96, a great age as they say, but I still miss our chats...
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WHAT REALLY MATTERS

December 25, 2016 - Dinner is in the oven. The presents are opened. All I ever wanted for Christmas was turkey, cranberry sauce and brussels...
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PUBLISH AND BE DAMNED

January 25, 2016 - Writing is not everyone's cup of tea - writing two books at more or less the same time is what I’ve been at for the last...
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THE LATE NELLIE QUINLAN

May 09, 2015 - Nellie (Hartigan) Quinlan, of Thomas Street, Mitchelstown, who died on 21 July 2011 was the doyenne of local press corre...
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REAGAN AND THE EVIL EMPIRE

October 08, 2014 - FORTY THOUSAND PEOPLE were expected in Ballyporeen for the visit of President Ronald Reagan in June 1984. Manhole covers...
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SHARK'S TEETH AND DEVIL'S TOENAILS

October 07, 2014 - IT'S ENJOYABLE TO VISIT a classroom and ask children what they think is the oldest thing around. The answers are usually...
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THE FERMOY TALIBAN

October 07, 2014 - Here's an edited version of something I wrote back in 2004. After its publication in the Avondhu newspaper, a local hist...
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SWANSONG

August 04, 2014 - August 5th 1914 is not remembered in history books. Everyone remembers the day before because that was when Britain decl...
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RECONCILIATION

August 02, 2014 - Address delivered by Bill Power at the Remembrance Day Commemoration in Christ Church, Fermoy, Sunday 11th November 2007...
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