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Surprise parties and lead balloons

Áine Ryan on how surprise parties can turn out to be lead balloons for control freaks

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Celibacy and falling priest numbers must be addressed

‘The response of church leaders to the crisis has been a combination of lethargy and pious optimism that the tide will turn’

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‘What in blazes am I doing?’

George Hook looks back on his one and only Croagh Patrick adventure, which was a lot more than he’d bargained for

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The two famous hands of Cong

Willie McHugh on the unveiling of bronze imprints of celebrities Ryan Tubridy and Maria Walsh’s hands in Cong

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Spare a thought for charity collectors

Seeing past the usual perception, charity collectors perform an essential role, writes Anne-Marie Flynn

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Corrib myth-making and the Children of Lir

Áine Ryan reflects on contemporary parallels underpinning universal themes in the David and Goliath struggle over Corrib gas

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Mayo’s Harry Clarke treasures

Fr Kevin Hegarty looks at the stained-glass works of Harry Clarke, their legacy to the art world and their presence in Mayo

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Boo to banal sports interviews

George Hook applauds sportspeople who are not afraid to share their opinions, analyses and personalities with the media

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The sacred stones of Houndswood

Willie McHugh on plans for a Mass at a Houndswood graveyard and ‘Lisheen’ on the lands of Jimmy and Judy Harte

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Service with a smile

‘Whoever deals with customers is the face of that business, regardless of the name over the door’, writes Ann-Marie Flynn

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The enigmatic Bob of the Reek

John Healy unearthed the legend of Bob of the Reek during a browse of the National Schools Folklore – or did he?

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State of the Union

‘How has Europe, a ‘community of equals’, withered to become a wasteland of economic savagery?’ asks Liamy McNally

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Keeping tradition alive and well

A group of walkers from Clonbur wisely climbed Croagh Patrick the day before Reek Sunday, reports Willie McHugh

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