Signing Off

by Conor Foley on August 31, 2009

We had a new addition to the family at the weekend, which is going to make it quite difficult for me to post anything more in the near future.

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Daniel Foley arrived at 5.15 am on Saturday 29 August. He weighs just over 3 kg and is about 51 cm. Despite his size, the birth was quick and completely natural. Daniel slept through the first night from 9.30 pm – 5 am and then gurgled a bit to tell us he wanted to be fed. He is huge, healthy, has blue eyes and seems very peaceful. He is already breaking many Brazilian and Irish hearts.

Thanks for having me here. Crooked Timber encapsulates the best traditions of blogging and debate. I have discovered to my cost that there are some truly dire political websites out there and there is something profoundly depressing about watching those who want to cram all of the world’s complexities into a single, simplistic ideological viewpoint. I hope my son will grow up to understand the values of liberal diversity, listening to other viewpoints, critical inquiry, human compassion and honesty. I hope that his world will also be more peaceful than the one that we have lived through in recent years.

A Daniel come to judgment! yea, a Daniel!
O wise young judge, how I do honour thee!



JoB 08.31.09 at 12:29 pm


Try to get some sleep the next months :-)


dsquared 08.31.09 at 12:52 pm

Congratulations mate! It’s a good choice of name for the child of a global citizen like yourself, because it’s pronounced more or less the same everywhere in the world.


Sherman Dorn 08.31.09 at 1:10 pm



Barry 08.31.09 at 1:11 pm



Conor Foley 08.31.09 at 1:12 pm

Thanks Daniel, funnily enough all my friends called Daniel have commented on the wiseness of the choice!

That was the basic criterion on which we chose it. They pronounce it Danielle here in Brazil, which I am going to have to explain to him at some point, but it is also a family name in west Cork where my Mum’s family are from.


nickhayw 08.31.09 at 1:16 pm

Congratulations! so cute. I want one.


Chris Brooke 08.31.09 at 1:24 pm

He looks magnificent.


kid bitzer 08.31.09 at 1:27 pm

“there is something profoundly depressing about watching those who want to cram all of the world’s complexities into a single, simplistic ideological viewpoint.”

this is so true.

in fact, i think monocausal explanations are the source of all the problems in the world.

best of luck with the little one, and thanks for all of your good work, here and elsewhere.


Ceri B. 08.31.09 at 1:54 pm

Congratulations, Conor, and best wishes to you all. And thank you a lot for blogging here – I’ve learned some things I’m glad to know and look forward to follow-up reading (and thinking).


Doctor Science 08.31.09 at 1:56 pm

Mazel Tov! Give my best to the woman who did most of the work.*g*


LizardBreath 08.31.09 at 2:11 pm



Salient 08.31.09 at 2:12 pm


Congratulations, and thanks for your posts over the past couple weeks (I’ll second Ceri B.’s comment.)


MR Bill 08.31.09 at 8:07 pm

Congratulations! and Mazel Tov!

It’s said Ben Franklin attended a flight of the freres Montgolfier’s balloon, and responded to someone’s question “What is the use of it?” with “Well, what is the use of a newborn baby?”


Paul C 08.31.09 at 8:14 pm

Congratulations mate!


Randy Paul 09.01.09 at 1:32 am


Meus parabens!


John Quiggin 09.01.09 at 6:54 am

Congratulations and great choice of name!


Marc Mulhollamd 09.01.09 at 12:49 pm

He’s a handsome wee snapper. Congrats!


djw 09.01.09 at 9:16 pm

Congrats, and thanks for your time and posts here. I’ll be taking a look at your book in the near future.


Michael Bérubé 09.02.09 at 12:37 pm

And a belated congratulations and thanks from me, too. Not only is Daniel a fine name, it’s Elton John’s best song.

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