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2006-12-24 Santas Bad Day?

A thick blanket of crisp, white, spotless snow engulfed the landscape for as far as the eye could see. The air was arctic and pure. Icicle art adorned the guttering. Inside the wooden dwelling, a log fire crackled in the wide welcoming hearth - the warm air delicately perfumed with pine, cinnamon, and other sundry seasonal scents.

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2006-11-28 We're suffering from the Paranoia Virus

As I stepped into my private jet, my pilot asked me where exactly in Wicklow I lived, so he could oblige by flying directly over my cottage.

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2006-11-01 Walking past graves of creative giants

Why is it the living seem to have such a macabre fixation with the dead? I have always exercised a curious but respectful fascination with cemeteries. The story of each town lies partly within its cemetery's walls.

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2006-10-03 Catching the sister act at my Dublin debut in Ohio

Last month I made my Dublin debute. The Celtic Tenors were invited to perform at the huge open-air Irish Festival in Dublin, Ohio, alongside several leading Irish and Irish-American acts.

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2006-08-29 Dying while live on air

"Am I live on air?", I enquired, after a few minutes of meandering chit-chat. "As live as can be!", came the reply, in a well-worn mid-West American drawl, "So, how many of you are in the `Three Celtic Tenors'?". I paused in disbelief, believing the clue to have been in the title, then tentatively offered "Em, three?".

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2006-08-08 Fit graffiti artists and sheep staring weirdly

It would surely be no overstatement to declare our beloved Benbulben the most photographed mountain in Ireland, as well as Sligo's natural flagship attraction.

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2006-07-11 Society can't afford to undervalue vital assets

When a recent "Phoenix" magazine cover seemed to imply that our, dare I suggest, somewhat unhealthy Minister for Health was not so much concerned with the people on the trolleys as with the desserts on the trolley, it was evident that yet another vote of `no confidence' was being aimed at Mary Harney, and the endless problems within her ailing Health System.

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2006-06-14 Bike trip on Inis Mór beats Oman experience

At times, when I visit a place for the first time, I sense some higher power, a Creator - God perhaps - is smiling down upon the proceedings. Apart from an overnighter to Inis Oírr, to perform as an abusive husband in a Janacek opera, I had never been to the Aran Islands.

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2006-05-17 The real lessons to be learned from history

Learning comes from education : wisdom comes from experience. It might be an idea for our educators to add in an even bigger helping of wisdom while dishing out the learning.

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