For Mothers Day

My mother Lena Hayes died in May 2002. As for so many others, this Mothering Sunday is a poignant one, especially as we have a lot of time on our own today. So I’m sharing this in the hope that it may help someone through today to be hopeful and grateful. Click the link here […]

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Lourdes Pilgrimage needs young helpers

Lourdes is a fabulous place. For finding inner peace. For making great new connections with like-minded people. For helping people who just need a hand to enjoy the pilgrimage — and for getting as much back from the good experience. Here’s a short video about the Cork and Ross Pilgrimage which I produced for the […]

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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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