There has not been much blogging time this week due to two imminent conferences (with papers not ready!) and the mountain of marking I have to do before the end of term.
Still, there is time enough to report the sad news of the death of Nessa O'Byrne Healy. Those who recall Nessa will remember a feisty, warm-hearted, perpetually handsome Irish lady of Republican persuasion. She was one of 'the ladies' who worked on the SSPX's summer camps in Highclere lo those many years ago. My fondest memory of her was the time she leapt to her feet to snatch from my hand a piece of burnt toast I was about to consume on the grounds that it could give me cancer!
She was bossy and lovely in equal measure but perfectly tolerant of we lesser mortals who call ourselves English. I'm very sorry to hear the news and commend her and her family to your prayers.