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A letter from The Chairman – Irish Times 1st February 2021.

Sir, – Gerard Smyth An Irishman’s Diary, January 25th draws attention to the interest shown by composers in James Joyce’s poetry collection Chamber Music. Although many of these composers were better known, Joyce’s personal favourite settings of the time were those of...

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Olive Rolstone gives a French Lesson

Olive Rolstone gives a French Lesson

In previous missives, I have expressed my profound gratitude that Zoom exists as a communication tool in these times of isolation and social distancing. Indeed, it is hard to imagine how we could endure this dreadful Covid-19 thingy without the interweb (in general)...

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National Heritage Week 2020 – Paul O’Hanrahan performs

National Heritage Week 2020 – Paul O’Hanrahan performs

  National Heritage Week brings together communities, families, organisations, cultural institutions, academics and enthusiasts, to build awareness about the value of heritage and to support its conservation. Taking place in August (15th - 23rd this year),...

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Cristina Abaca introduces us to Jorge Luis Borges

Cristina Abaca introduces us to Jorge Luis Borges

I recently had a quick look at Zoom’s corporate website where I found this statement: ‘Being separated from our teams, our family, and our friends is never easy. But even in the most trying of times, we’ve loved seeing you find new ways to come together on Zoom’. Zoom...

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Robert Walsh asks, ‘What’s the point?’

Robert Walsh asks, ‘What’s the point?’

Well, now that the 'powers that be' are relaxing (note: not removing) Covid imposed restrictions, one wonders how many more Zoom meetings the FJT Wednesday Group will hold before re-joining the real world and reconvening in Fitzies again. I, for one, hope that we...

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Kieran McBride presents some Oliver St. John Gogarty Poems

Kieran McBride presents some Oliver St. John Gogarty Poems

Hmmm… while it seems so benign, there are clearly some worrying aspects to Zoom meetings. Some questions to be asked. Some things that need to be cleared up. For example:  are these meetings secure? If reports are to be believed, there is a grave danger that our...

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