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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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The Fehily Family of Ireland and Boston — and the “Castletown Chapel” chalice in Enniskeane Parish

Local accounts in Castletown Kenneigh — of the villages in the parish of Enniskeane and Desertserges, Co Cork, Ireland — suggest that a Fehily family was involved in the building of St. Joseph’s Church, Castletown Kenneigh.  Several sources and family history suggest that the family included two brothers Frank and Patrick Fehily who settled in […]

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Ours is a land where scholars have tread

There’s a small marble plaque on the wall of the parish church at Enniskeane beside the Shrine to Our Lady. Until recently, the writing on it was very faded. (Thanks to Jim McCarthy who has cleaned and repainted the script.) It reads: “In Memory of the REV. D. O’SULLIVAN whose death on the 25th of […]

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Fifty years pondering mass media

On this date (December 4th) in 1963, the bishops who had convened for the Second Vatican Council published the first two approved documents of the Council. The longer of the two dealt with the Sacred Liturgy (how the Church conducts its various forms of worship) and the shorter document dealt with the mass media – […]

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Our Daily Bread

The word ‘heritage’ has a warm glow around it. It speaks of placing an important value on some elements of our past. Of course, we are all products of our past and of our shared history with others. Each of us holds some moments, items, images and memories special. They help us cope with the […]

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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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Mysteries uncovered with a camera’s click

A piece of my past popped up in my mind recently when I passed a shop window full of old bits and bobs – from genuine antiques to curious junk. There in the middle of it all was a forlorn and tattered “brownie”. Some might think that’s what the Americans call a “cookie” but it […]

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Good things happen in Drimoleague, too!

The late Pete McCarthy – author of “McCarthy’s Bar” — helped put Drimoleague, my native place, on the contemporary map even if he didn’t have much to say about it! “It is off the tourist path and I don’t think that I will be spoiling it by mentioning it, as there is nothing there for […]

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