Archive for category Diocese of Cork & Ross

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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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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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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When I’m on a path with no followers!

Never in my wildest dreams have I thought I’d be typing this: The Diocese of Cork and Ross, in which I minister, doesn’t have any student priest in our national seminary. Nor does it have any students in any seminary. Anywhere. The diocese has one seminarian who this year is doing an optional course in […]

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Living in a disappearing priesthood

My historical sense of catholicism in Ireland, which I learned in school, was speckled with events that were depicted as reference points in Irish history. The Wild Geese, Cromwell, Fr Murphy of Boolavogue, Nano Nagle, Daniel O’Connell and Catholic Emancipation, the Great Famine and the soupers, the War of Independence, the Maynooth Mission to China, male and female […]

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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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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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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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