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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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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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Nephew and godson Gearóid’s graduation from post-primary school

The Grads/Debs Ball for pupils of Clonakilty Community College was on yesterday and of the Graduating former pupils is my nephew and Godson, Gearóid O’Donovan, youngest son of my sister Eileen and Ger O’Donovan. The sun shone for them as they navigated the rituals of preparing for the evening to welcome his companion for the […]

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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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