Restoring an orchard

The lawing front of the house where I live was once an orchard. Locals tell of getting bags of apples from people like the late Canon Bill Murphy. Unfortunately, one of his successors had the apple trees cut down and a lawn took their place. I noticed this year that as part of a plan […]

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Charming Gougane Barra of St. Finbarr

There are few places in Ireland as enchanting as Gougane Barra – the out-of-the-way but picturesque spot which is associated with Cork’s patron saint, Finbarr. It was once a secluded place of monastic prayer. Later it became a place of pilgrimage. At one time, the pilgrimages developed into wild parties and debauchery which were roundly […]

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Denis Lehane RIP – a natural kind of West Cork man

From my earliest years at home in Drimoleague my brothers and I slept under a ceiling of gloss-painted ceiling boards. That part of the house was added on in the 1950s when my father Sean was planning on getting married. His father, Jacky, had purchased the house and lands belonging to a neighbouring family who […]

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Centenary of Hayes and O’Sullivan links

On this date one hundred years ago, 25-year-old Margaret Hayes left from the house I was reared in at Clashduve, Drimoleague, and was taken by horse and cart to St. Finbarr’s Church, Drimoleague, to be married. The War of Independence was about to break out as she set out to lose her own! The groom […]

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Religious haven’t gone away!

People who devoted their lives wholly to service of God and the church have taken something of a hammering in Irish society in recent decades. This in of the reasons they have almost become invisible. So we may think they have disappeared. However, there are 116 houses, convents, monasteries, friaries, priories in the Diocese of […]

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In the shadow of sculptor John Hogan

I had an opportunity a few days ago to visit Dublin with a couple of friends. Part of the treat was to follow the trail of a nineteenth century sculptor who was born in Waterford but grew up in Cork and learned his craft in Rome. John Hogan was born in 1800 but was moved […]

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My 40 years journey since JPII

It’s 40 years since Pope John Paul II set foot in Ireland. And it’s 40 years since I first left Ireland to set foot in Spain. And it’s been some journey since! This day 40 years ago I was on my way to Dublin to collect my first passport at the Passport Office. The photo […]

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Nephew and godson Gearóid’s graduation from post-primary school

The Grads/Debs Ball for pupils of Clonakilty Community College was on yesterday and of the Graduating former pupils is my nephew and Godson, Gearóid O’Donovan, youngest son of my sister Eileen and Ger O’Donovan. The sun shone for them as they navigated the rituals of preparing for the evening to welcome his companion for the […]

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