Category Archives: Death

A Terrible Story

I have a terrible story. A true story. In 1950s rural Spain a young man who has been suffering from epilepsy all his life is offered a cure: “Go to Madrid, the big city. There’s a surgeon there — a … Continue reading

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Washed Ashore

Every month or two, Some merciful vagary of current or tide, Carries a body to shingle shore or sandy slob. From Lough Corrib and the Galway river to the Claddagh Basin, Washed ashore. In off Blackrock with the white horses … Continue reading

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Limbo: It Hasn’t Gone Away, You Know

An article I read this week led me to think about the fate of unbaptised babies from the point of view of the Catholic religion. In a very moving article in the Irish Times, Anthony Jordan told of his decades-long … Continue reading

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How Long Have You Got?

Except in the case of terminal or degenerative disease, and outside the cells of the condemned, nobody knows how much time they have remaining on this mortal coil. “For man also knoweth not his time,” says Ecclesiastes 9:12 (King James … Continue reading

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Wedge Tombs

The wedge tomb is an exclusively Irish phenomenon, although there is some resemblance to the galley graves found in Brittany, implying its cultural transmission northwards along the age-old Atlantic sea route from Armorica to Ireland. Within Ireland there is a specific distribution of … Continue reading

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