Declan McSweeney

The question arises in 2023 about the state of ecumenism and what precisely is meant by being ‘one’?

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The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is observed annually from January 18-25, based on the prayer of Jesus “that they all may be one” (John 17:21), culminating in the feast of the Conversion of St Paul. The question arises …

Frank Schnittger

Ireland, I believe, is ready to move on. Wither unionism if England loses interest?

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Brexit and the resulting impasse around the protocol have tended to put the focus on the DUP and the failure of the Belfast or Good Friday Agreement (BGFA) institutions to operate properly. For unionists the issue is a perceived diminution …

Brian O’Neill

Open Sunday – discuss what you like…

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The idea for Open Sunday is to let you discuss what you like. News events we have missed, or maybe you just want a good rant. Just two rules. Keep it civil and no man/woman playing.

Brian O’Neill

Open sunday – politics free zone…

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In addition to our normal open Sunday, we have a politics-free post to give you all a break. So discuss what you like here, but no politics.

Allan LEONARD (Mr Ulster)

‘Ordinary People’: an exhibition of standing up to hatred

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“It’s the farmer in the field, and the pilot that he finds, Hides him in his barn, till all his wounds have healed. Or the baker making extra bread, to give a starving man, Or people helping people, who they’ll …

C Johnston

We Need to Talk About The Harmful Kinds of ‘Influencer’

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Increased awareness of how content by dangerous, high-profile misogynists like Andrew Tate has an impact on society, and especially young people, has perhaps drowned out awareness of other harmful types of harmful social media personality further below the radar. Specifically, …

Brian Pope

This reflective view from the Taoiseach and the Irish Government will be welcomed…

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In an interview with the BBC the Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar has said that he regrets the protocol being imposed on Northern Ireland without the support of unionists and nationalists. This intervention, which is probably a more reflective approach …

Brian O’Neill

Rock legend David Crosby dies aged 81…

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Crosby co-founded the Byrds and then went on to even greater fame with Crosby, Stills & Nash. For more, see his Obituary in the Guardian. The book Hotel California is an excellent read for fans of this era in music.

Brian O’Neill

Latest deadline for restoring devolution passes…

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Arnold Carton

We should not be surprised when some kids give up and achieve lower results than those children not damaged by the transfer test labelling system… 

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Do you believe that intelligence is fixed, that you are born clever, or not clever?  If so, you are in agreement with many 11-year-old boys. Some girls share this belief as well, but boys in particular are keen to find …