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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Light peaks through the Church at times

As Autumn gathers its cloak around us, the diminished light has an effect on our spirits. And, as if nature really wands to rub it in, when we learn that someone is in the autumn of their life, we feel something change inside ourselves, too. And this pattern is also evident in the wider Catholic […]

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Fading rural Ireland in our hands and trolleys

I was reared on a small farm in West Cork. All my siblings still live in West Cork. I live in West Cork. I am blessed to have these connections with a beautiful part of Ireland. I have visited many other parts of the world, but there are none that can compare when all things […]

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Ode to Ballineen Post Office

On Friday, the 14th of August, 2018, the tree of life in the Ballineen area lost one of its limbs as the local Post Office closed for the last time. But the life-blood of the community still flowed and soothed the loss with support and camaraderie, jokes and memories, tea and sandwiches, wine and closing […]

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