Cormac MacConnell is a veteran writer and journalist. His much loved column, about his life in County Clare and observations about Irish life, has appeared in the Irish Voice for close to 30 years.
November, as our ancestors knew is gloomy and dark, and as Ireland grieves for Gay Byrne, concerns grow for employment in midlands power stations as climate change grips and waters in the east become unclean.
While farmers have similar economic woes to their cousins in Ireland, the Dutch have shown us the future when it comes to windmills and hybrid vehicles.
King of the Showbands Larry Cunningham, who had a number one hit with "Lovely Leitrim", died on September 28, 2012.
"I resolutely refuse, accordingly, to discuss the heavy political and economic matters..." Here's to Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival, the GAA and a saunter along the Shannon
For finding love in Ireland, this is really the best time of year.