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French connections with Cork and Ross

[This article first appeared in The Southern Star in 2011.] The Rugby World Cup has focused some attention on things French this year and we have grown accustomed to hearing more frequent mentions of cities such as Toulouse and Bordeaux as well as Paris. Connections between these cities and our part of the continent are […]

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A lot has changed since my parents were married in Cork

One of our most recited prayers ends with “as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be”. Its focus is God, which is just as well, because just about everything else changes constantly! This is also very true of many of our religious practices. But, we are inclined to believe that everything […]

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More involvement of parents in planning for First Holy Communion in parishes

A parishioner asked me recently to explain why all the children who are due to make their First Holy Communion next year were all together at Mass in her local church one Sunday last month. Chatting with her, I learned that her understanding of how children prepare for the sacraments has not changed much over […]

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Mission has moved on since Pudsy Ryan!

A line I heard in a recent discussion among a group of parents left me smiling! Several of the parents were bemoaning the fact that their youngsters’ ability to read and write properly was going to be affected by their constant texting on mobile phones. Part of me acknowledged quietly that there was a good […]

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Internet has something for everyone

I first used the Internet in the early 1990s when I was studying in America. Being thousands of miles away from home, I hungered frequently for news of events from Ireland. News from family and friends came regularly but the prospect of a daily link with somewhere in Ireland was very attractive. The college where […]

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