Of all the Christian festivals, Christmas was considered by the Irish people as the most important. The mid-winter solstice (December 21) is a turning point in the year, with the sun weakening day after day and then miraculously recovering. It was a good time for a feast and mid-winter festivals […]

With the world watching on in horror as Iran hands out death sentences to anti-government protestors, the Iran of today under supreme leader Ayatollah Khamenei, where women are treated as second-class citizens, forced to wear the hijab (Islamic head covering) in public and punished by Morality Police for non-compliance, is a […]

And just like that it’s the last month of the year.  After such a great summer and a lovely autumn, I almost forgot that the dark days were on the way – until I looked up at 4:30pm and noticed that it was pitch black outside. Let’s face it, it […]

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