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My Aunt Mary O’Driscoll (1924—2015)

[This is the homily I preached at the funeral Mass for my aunt in All Saints Church, Drimoleague, on March 30, 2015] Something very significant happens when the last person on a branch of one’s family tree dies. The silent but unstoppable ticking of time is removing Aunt Mary from our sight these days. Her […]

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Ten digital years on!

Amazing how time flies. Amazing how digital time flies, too. By this I mean that I noticed today that I have digital images on my computer that I took this time 10 years ago and here was I thinking I didn’t have a digital camera that long! So I browsed my November 2003 folder and […]

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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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All Saints Church: reflections on the heart of the place

Walking through the parish church amid scaffold and plastic sheeting is a strange experience. I rambled through Drimoleague’s parish church of All Saints recently when I called to see how the refurbishment work was progressing. The church that I prayed in most days on my way home from the nearby school and where my family […]

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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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We walk in graveyards with prayerful hope

These are days for meandering with hope. Individuals, families and communities make time in these November days to visit the resting places of the earthly remains of deceased family members, neighbours and friends. The scriptures tell us that “it is a holy and wholesome thought to pray for the dead”. Of course, these steps are […]

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Kealkill School marks 100th birthday with new book

I admitted to a printer today that I think it’s easier to do penance in this life than in the next! I used to be a regular caller at the printers when I edited the Fold magazine but they don’t see me as often nowadays. Today I was collecting the packed boxes of a new […]

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Visit to Illnacullin (Garnish Island)

Garnish Island is a ‘tropical’ oasis in Bantry Bay, a short ten-minute ferry hop from Glengarriff. I had not been there for a few decades! I failed in an attempt to get there in July with members of PhotographyIreland.net (I missed the rendevoux) so I made another attempt on Sunday with Margaret, her husband John […]

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