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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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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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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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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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In the shadow of sculptor John Hogan

I had an opportunity a few days ago to visit Dublin with a couple of friends. Part of the treat was to follow the trail of a nineteenth century sculptor who was born in Waterford but grew up in Cork and learned his craft in Rome. John Hogan was born in 1800 but was moved […]

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My 40 years journey since JPII

It’s 40 years since Pope John Paul II set foot in Ireland. And it’s 40 years since I first left Ireland to set foot in Spain. And it’s been some journey since! This day 40 years ago I was on my way to Dublin to collect my first passport at the Passport Office. The photo […]

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Visit to Berlin — in photos and words

Photos from time spent in Berlin, Germany, during the summer of 2019. It’s an interesting and amazing place to visit given its history both remote and recent.   Share on Facebook

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In footprints of a saint and lots of villains

We learn about those who have gone before us not just to help us avoid their mistakes but also to be inspired by their virtues and their lives. This year, for a summer holiday, I planned a trek across a few European countries along a route which interested my two companions and I. The thread […]

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