Real Stories

Brexit, a silly cloudy dream

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JANE STEVENS An opinion on the result of the British referendum. Speaking personally, I’m devastated – disappointed and alarmed but above all sad.  I believe the British public have had advantage taken of their ignorance and fear.  This advantage has…

Galway Tribal Diaspora Project

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Galway’s diaspora, like all emigrants, find themselves in various locations for a variety of reasons… employment, adventure, travel. For Frances Fahy from Corrandulla the reason was very much love. 40 years on she is happily married to Renzo and enjoying…

Colours and images of the invisible

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Julia Bridget Hayes, between iconography and photography You are from South Africa, Nelson Mandela’s homeland, and the land of fight against racial discrimination. In this environment, how did your religious and artistic calling start? Firstly, thank you for inviting me…

A Pair of Ivory-White Shoes, size 35

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LESLIE MCBRIDE WILE and SILVIA PIO On the sixth day of October 1957 Agnese and Raimondo got married early in the morning and not at high mass as normally expected in Agnese’s village. Her parents had arranged a family lunch at…

Golden Age

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ANDERS DAHLGREN Early in my life I became interested in archaeology and as this was long before Indiana Jones swung his bullwhip on the screen, I guess it was my upbringing, the trips we made to the Mediterranean world that…

Ancient Rituals of Georgian Women

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SARAH LEAH COBHAM It was the evening before I travelled to Georgia. Hot and humid, the underground was unbearable so I was glad to walk to Russell Square along tree-lined avenues. Other Georgiophiles soon arrived at the Embassy. We were…

Just Go Where Your Consciences Take You

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JOHN I. CLARKE In the crowded dining hall, even with the big screen showing pop videos, Melanie’s assault on two fellow students caused something of a stir. It was afterwards in my office that the full extent of the provocation…