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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Visit to Berlin — in photos and words

Photos from time spent in Berlin, Germany, during the summer of 2019. It’s an interesting and amazing place to visit given its history both remote and recent.   Share on Facebook

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In footprints of a saint and lots of villains

We learn about those who have gone before us not just to help us avoid their mistakes but also to be inspired by their virtues and their lives. This year, for a summer holiday, I planned a trek across a few European countries along a route which interested my two companions and I. The thread […]

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Gracias a Badajoz!

One of the joys of my recent visit to the south of Spain with two colleagues was a trip we made into the region of Extremadura which lies to the west of Spain on the Portuguese border. It has two provinces – Cáceres and Badajoz. Forty years ago this year I was despatched by Bishop […]

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Sunday afternoon in an art cathedral

Sunday is a day of rest, a day for the spirit, mind and body. It’s also a day for the transcendent, the Divine. Today, after my local celebrations in church for the feast of the Holy Family, I took a drive to Cork to reacquaint myself with the Crawford Art Gallery and its contents. Here […]

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The Wedding Mass Reader

One of the high heels couldn’t stand still while she stood at the lectern. The shiny coordinated shoes were carefully chosen for today and for this special part which she had been assigned by her friend. It’s such a special thing to be chosen from among all the family, friends and cousins to read something, […]

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After a child’s funeral Mass

A reflection composed after concelebrating the Funeral Mass of a child. — I can’t take my eyes off his hand as he rests it on his wife’s shoulder. I don’t think it is a conscious gesture. His arm just instinctively wraps itself around her each time she shivers with the intensity of it all. Sometimes […]

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First ever history of Desertserges Parish published by retired principal teacher

For all those interested in Enniskeane and Desertserges Parish and its long history and in the history of West Cork: Con McCarthy, former Principal Teacher of Ahiohill National School and respected local historian, has published a comprehensive history of Desertserges Parish. It was launched on Sunday 25th November, 2018, in the Four Winds, Ahiohill. It […]

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