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French connections with Cork and Ross

[This article first appeared in The Southern Star in 2011.] The Rugby World Cup has focused some attention on things French this year and we have grown accustomed to hearing more frequent mentions of cities such as Toulouse and Bordeaux as well as Paris. Connections between these cities and our part of the continent are […]

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Our Daily Bread

The word ‘heritage’ has a warm glow around it. It speaks of placing an important value on some elements of our past. Of course, we are all products of our past and of our shared history with others. Each of us holds some moments, items, images and memories special. They help us cope with the […]

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Mysteries uncovered with a camera’s click

A piece of my past popped up in my mind recently when I passed a shop window full of old bits and bobs – from genuine antiques to curious junk. There in the middle of it all was a forlorn and tattered “brownie”. Some might think that’s what the Americans call a “cookie” but it […]

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1979 seems a little while ago!

“During that summer, I was working in our local creamery at Hawthorn, between Drimoleague and Skibbereen (which along with most of the local creameries is now closed). Many of the farmers were still bringing the milk to the creamery in churns. “

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Parishioners worry as priest numbers drop

“So it is understandable that parishioners are anxious about the future of the parishes, and especially about their independence.”

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New parish leadership groups established in Cork parishes

Parishioners in parishes throughout West Cork will be asked what may seem a strange question by their local priests during these weeks and throughout the next few months

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A lot has changed since my parents were married in Cork

One of our most recited prayers ends with “as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be”. Its focus is God, which is just as well, because just about everything else changes constantly! This is also very true of many of our religious practices. But, we are inclined to believe that everything […]

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200 years of the ‘North Cathedral’, Cork

Like so many Corkonians, I have often taken for granted the story, the people and the trials and joys associated with the red and grey building which stands at the junction at the top of Shandon Street. At first glance, it doesn’t evoke the kind of awe or emotion we might associate with the grand […]

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