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Life is an ocean, and the church is a boat

I’ve been doing a lot of twisting and turning in my mind of late, trying to describe accurately what it’s like being a priest in the Irish Catholic Church these days. The scriptures are loaded with images and parables but none seem to fit. Many pastoral letters from various popes paint more ideas and they […]

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When sport and faith compete

There are a lot of Sundays at Mass time when some truths may not be spoken out of fear of being devoured on social media or on a radio programme. So we tend to let obvious difficulties just slip by. One of these is the interplay between sport and the faith and worship life of […]

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Enrolling for First Holy Communion means a lot more

On Oct 16th, at Enniskeane Church, fifty-one children were presented to prepare for their First Penance and First Holy Communion. This is the text of my me message to the boys and girls and to their parents at that Mass. To the boys and girls from across our parish and our community – all 51 […]

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“What do you like about being a priest, Father?”

Sometimes — most often at weddings — people ask me what do I like most about being a priest. This puts me in a predicament: because I think they might expect me to say that the nicest part is being at so many weddings! And I do enjoy weddings but when my heart and spirit […]

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The Fehily Family of Ireland and Boston — and the “Castletown Chapel” chalice in Enniskeane Parish

Local accounts in Castletown Kenneigh — of the villages in the parish of Enniskeane and Desertserges, Co Cork, Ireland — suggest that a Fehily family was involved in the building of St. Joseph’s Church, Castletown Kenneigh.  Several sources and family history suggest that the family included two brothers Frank and Patrick Fehily who settled in […]

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Ours is a land where scholars have tread

There’s a small marble plaque on the wall of the parish church at Enniskeane beside the Shrine to Our Lady. Until recently, the writing on it was very faded. (Thanks to Jim McCarthy who has cleaned and repainted the script.) It reads: “In Memory of the REV. D. O’SULLIVAN whose death on the 25th of […]

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What’s another photo year!

It was an idea that floated around for several years but now it’s finally a print. I have compiled, designed and had printed a photo calendar for 2014 which I am selling in support of two worthy charitable causes. The calendar mostly features images from Enniskeane and Desertserges Parish where I now minister. Sales of […]

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Wonders lay at our feet

We are in a time of great unease and, perhaps, even disease – and they are related. Leaders who are called on to lead say it’s difficult because we are in “uncharted waters”. But isn’t every new day, in every age, an uncharted beginning? I was wandering through Ahiohill church yard last week in a […]

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