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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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An accordion start

A bold initiative was started in Drimoleague and Drinagh in the early 1970s — an accordion class. It was my introduction to something that has brought me a lot of enjoyment since, especially in the many people I have met through a shared interest in music. The classes alternated between the parish hall in Drimoleague […]

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“What do you like about being a priest, Father?”

Sometimes — most often at weddings — people ask me what do I like most about being a priest. This puts me in a predicament: because I think they might expect me to say that the nicest part is being at so many weddings! And I do enjoy weddings but when my heart and spirit […]

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Easter sunrise

Our cross-community gathering marking Easter Sunday morning with a sunrise inter-church prayer service at the bridge at Ballineen, Co Cork, Ireland. Share on Facebook

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