Could we all please stop making such a Big Public Thing of exam results? Could school principals resist making results day an ‘event’, with candidates and parents swarming to the schools for the opening of the envelopes, often with the media present?
RECENTLY I participated in a panel discussion about events leading up to and surrounding the Caledon Eviction, the first Civil Rights march from Coalisland to Dungannon and the ensuing Civil Rights struggle across the north.
REMEMBER the nursery rhyme, "Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary, How does your garden grow?"? Well, it came into my head last week when I read that Mary McAleese, formerly of this parish, described the teachings of the Catholic Church on homosexuality as evil.
ON a Saturday afternoon 20 years ago, a man was going to buy paint to decorate his home; a pregnant mother was taking her baby daughter and mother shopping; a woman was serving customers in her cafe and teenage boys were buying jeans or browsing trainers in a sports shop when a 500lb car bomb ripped through a quiet Co Tyrone market town.
The former Mid Ulster MP Bernadette McAliskey was characteristically blunt at the weekend when she said that Stormont had failed to protect the human rights of the entire population and deserved to be `bull-dozed.
The visit to Ireland by Pope Francis next weekend will be a massive event at every level, with up to 500,000 people expected to attend the closing Mass of the World Meeting of Families at the Phoenix Park in Dublin.
AS the long, humid and unexpectedly hot summer dissolved into a more familiar comfortably soggy affair, an optimist may have hoped the mixture of Vitamin D in the bank and drop in mercury would led to a less febrile atmosphere.
ACCEPTING his Nobel Prize for Peace, John Hume said: "Once these institutions are in place and we begin to work together in our very substantial common interests, the real healing process will begin and we will erode the distrust and prejudices of our past and our new society will evolve, based on agreement and respect for diversity.