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His was a remarkable life and a profound journey.

The year 1667 was a historic one in medicine; French Doctor Jean-Baptiste Denys performed the first ever blood transfusion, in June of that year. 1667 was also a historic year in Ireland, with a transfusion of a different kind, i.e. … Continue reading

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I give you Hazel; a very special currency.

It was the year 1880, a year during which the building of the great Panama Canal commenced; that vital shipping conduit, which eventually was to link the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean. It was also a year, during which … Continue reading

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We must reach towards the stars; sooner rather than later

Most of us, the lucky ones, live a safe and fulfilling life, cocooned in the bubble of our own private existence. Many of us pass the entirety of life’s journey, with minimum travails, absorbed in earning a living, raising young … Continue reading

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Spirits rise in Dublin’s Phoenix Park

  A warm sunny late August day saw me, once again, within the green wonderland of history, nature and fresh air, which is Dublin’s Phoenix Park. I have the great privilege, of being able to visit the Phoenix Park very … Continue reading

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The Hound of the Irish

There is a beautiful vast park land, called the Phoenix Park close to where I live. On the occasions when I walk there, which thankfully are many, it never fails to amaze me how many people, with canine companions, also … Continue reading

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“I see by your gravestone you were only nineteen”

  When referring to World War One, American President Woodrow Wilson famously remarked: “This is a war to end all wars”. Oh; how wrong was he? In 2014, we marked the centenary of the commencement, on 28th July 1914, of … Continue reading

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Historical Magazine

It could be a magnificent augmentation, to the already significant tourist value of Dublin’s beautiful Phoenix Park, but it currently languishes within the half sleep of near dereliction; I am of course referring to the Magazine Fort, which sits atop … Continue reading

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