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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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Gracias a Badajoz!

One of the joys of my recent visit to the south of Spain with two colleagues was a trip we made into the region of Extremadura which lies to the west of Spain on the Portuguese border. It has two provinces – Cáceres and Badajoz. Forty years ago this year I was despatched by Bishop […]

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Sunday afternoon in an art cathedral

Sunday is a day of rest, a day for the spirit, mind and body. It’s also a day for the transcendent, the Divine. Today, after my local celebrations in church for the feast of the Holy Family, I took a drive to Cork to reacquaint myself with the Crawford Art Gallery and its contents. Here […]

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The Wedding Mass Reader

One of the high heels couldn’t stand still while she stood at the lectern. The shiny coordinated shoes were carefully chosen for today and for this special part which she had been assigned by her friend. It’s such a special thing to be chosen from among all the family, friends and cousins to read something, […]

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Light peaks through the Church at times

As Autumn gathers its cloak around us, the diminished light has an effect on our spirits. And, as if nature really wands to rub it in, when we learn that someone is in the autumn of their life, we feel something change inside ourselves, too. And this pattern is also evident in the wider Catholic […]

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