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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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The 1970s accordion class photo brings back good memories

The photo of the accordion class taken outside Drimoleague Church in the early 1970s confirms that those of us who are in it are definitely part of history now! The photo was taken less than 30 years after the Second World War and we always thought that that was back in history! But it’s now […]

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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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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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The un-assuming Little Sisters

Religious sisters (a.k.a. nuns) have received a lot of negative attention in recent years. While some of it is justified in the case of some individuals, the wide brush of public opinion has also done a lot of injustice to many fine women who have generously served the Lord and his people during their lives. […]

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Is the Catholic Church getting noisy?

I was very conscious of noise last night as I tried to go to sleep. My TV viewing had already been vying with the thump-thump beat from a nearby house party — or maybe a garden party — over the hedge at a neighbour’s house. I’ve no idea what was being celebrated but it was […]

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Gougane Barra has it!

It certainly seemed that way yesterday! The small island in Uibh Laoire parish, and just west of Ballingeary, enjoys a long tradition of pilgrimage. The annual Mass which in recent years is held on the Sunday after St Finbarr’s feast day (Sept 25th) draws a faithful following which this year was enlarged by the fine […]

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Ploughing has a spiritual side, too

I’ve met a few people in recent days who were either going to or coming from the National Ploughing Championships which are taking place in Athy, Co Kildare this year. It is the national farming fiesta in Ireland! It makes me recall my early years on our farm in Drimoleague and our intimacy with the […]

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