Periscopeby Niall O'Dowd
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- Ray Kelly is right, politicians who attacked him are full of it
Barack Obama certainly has the gloves off after the new advertisement questioning Mitt Romney on whether he would have gone after Osama Bin Laden.
It is a classic judo trick to use your opponent’s perceived strength against him.
I had occasion to speak to a person from California who is a long time friend of Father Michael Kelly, the California-based priest who flew to his native Ireland after losing a civil case against him on an abuse charge.
News that Warren Buffett has prostate cancer comes as a shock.
I had two hours with Warren Buffett back in 2008. I had been dispatched to Omaha to interview the oracle by his great friend Don Keough, former head of Coca Cola.
Dublin - If you came to Ireland a few years back the topic of conversation inevitably turned to real estate, no matter whom you talked with.
So on Wednesday afternoon I took a walk on Bettystown beach in County Meath, a wondrous place from my childhood, just six miles from my hometown of Drogheda.
I invited one of my oldest friends, Eddie Holt, along and he said he’d meet me there.
So is there an all-loving all-seeing God or is it a convenient invention to salve the soul?
I have had major reason to consider that question over the past few weeks as my 12-year-old nephew, Rory Staunton, cruelly lost his life to a toxic infection in a New York hospital.
On a wet and grey Easter Monday amid slanting rain, my nephew Rory Staunton was finally committed to the Irish soil, buried beside his beloved grandmother in St. Peter’s graveyard in Drogheda, 30 miles from Dublin.
The dull thwack of the soil against the coffin after it was lowered signaled the final farewell for me to the 12-year-old boy who only a few weeks earlier was the joy and hope of his parents, New York based Ciaran and Orlaith Staunton, who is my sister. He was also the beloved big brother of his sister Kathleen.
The Irish wake for my nephew Rory Staunton began in the parlor of his Aunt Derval’s house among the rolling hills and farmland of County Meath.
Rory Staunton, age 12 when he passed away, was always a little Irishman. He died in a New York hospital last weekend of a freak toxic infection.
Though born in Manhattan and a resident of Queens from an early age, he brought out his brightest colors where Ireland was concerned.
My 12-year-old nephew Rory Staunton’s brief life was celebrated in St.Mary’s in Queens, New York yesterday and over 1,200 showed up forcing an outdoor viewing link to be set up.
I have been overwhelmed by e mails and letters about Rory Staunton, my 12-year-old nephew who tragically passed from a toxic bacterial infection in New York on April 1st.
This is the toughest column I will ever write and the one I least expected to.
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