Posts by Joe McDonald

Unholy Smudge !

                                                  RUMBLINGS FROM THE BUNKER                                                                 UNHOLY SMUDGE!                                                                       Next Wednesday, February 14th, is Ash Wednesday. It’s also St. Valentine’s Day. A romantic fish dinner for two and no desserts or wine! 😀. All over the country, indeed all over the world, droves of people will turn out to get their ashes. Do you remember a number of years ago a famous politician was known for topping up his own ashes during the course of the day, mindful of the…

The Love Issue!!

‘And some say love is holding on and some say letting goSome say love is everything and some say they don’t know’ Perhaps Love, John Denver/ Placido Domingo One can only imagine the amount of songs that have been written about love. This is not to mention all the love poetry. Whilst he does not appear in the Church liturgical calendar, the coming days will see a big focus on St. Valentine. The first Valentine was a priest martyred under…

There’s something happening out in Straffan !!

There’s something happening out in Straffan, or maybe more accurately in St. Brigid’s.As I am sure you are aware, we are in the happy position in our faith community, sometimes called a parish, that we have not one but two patron saints, and if that wasn’t remarkable enough, the two said patrons are also our two national patrons. Yes, we are doubly blessed in Brigid and Patrick. Yes there’s no doubt there’s something happening out in St Brigid’s in Straffan.…

Christmas Recipe

Well the mince pie season is in full swing and I am delighted, though I must confess I find the mince pie is getting more and more like the sausage: it is quite difficult to get a really good one. Actually come to think of it the sausage is worse. Unfortunately more often than not I am disappointed in the sausage. Too much fat, too much water, way too much salt, poor quality and sadly often pretty tasteless. That’s the…