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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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First ever history of Desertserges Parish published by retired principal teacher

For all those interested in Enniskeane and Desertserges Parish and its long history and in the history of West Cork: Con McCarthy, former Principal Teacher of Ahiohill National School and respected local historian, has published a comprehensive history of Desertserges Parish. It was launched on Sunday 25th November, 2018, in the Four Winds, Ahiohill. It […]

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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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Ode to Ballineen Post Office

On Friday, the 14th of August, 2018, the tree of life in the Ballineen area lost one of its limbs as the local Post Office closed for the last time. But the life-blood of the community still flowed and soothed the loss with support and camaraderie, jokes and memories, tea and sandwiches, wine and closing […]

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Just a part of it

We had a beautiful Spring morning in West Cork today. And, as it happened, I was fortunate to have most of the day to plan by myself — a luxury I seldom have! So it was a day for putting the camera in the car and heading out. I strolled for a while among trees […]

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At Coppeen, with Jimmy Crowley

Every place has its poets, its chroniclers in story and its balladeers. Cork has Jimmy Crowley, who is these three in one — a Cork holy trinity in his own right. Probably best known for his years leading the group Stokers Lodge in the 70s and 80s, Jimmy is a walking archive of Cork songs […]

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Enrolling for First Holy Communion means a lot more

On Oct 16th, at Enniskeane Church, fifty-one children were presented to prepare for their First Penance and First Holy Communion. This is the text of my me message to the boys and girls and to their parents at that Mass. To the boys and girls from across our parish and our community – all 51 […]

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