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Denis Lehane RIP – a natural kind of West Cork man

From my earliest years at home in Drimoleague my brothers and I slept under a ceiling of gloss-painted ceiling boards. That part of the house was added on in the 1950s when my father Sean was planning on getting married. His father, Jacky, had purchased the house and lands belonging to a neighbouring family who […]

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My 40 years journey since JPII

It’s 40 years since Pope John Paul II set foot in Ireland. And it’s 40 years since I first left Ireland to set foot in Spain. And it’s been some journey since! This day 40 years ago I was on my way to Dublin to collect my first passport at the Passport Office. The photo […]

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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 – C├íceres and Badajoz. Forty years ago this year I was despatched by Bishop […]

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John O’Shea, Milwaukee and Waterfall, Cork, Rest in Peace

When I arrived in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA, in 1992, to study at Marquette University in a post-graduate degree course in Journalism and Communications, I didn’t expect to bump into many Cork people! Milwaukee, a city about the size of Dublin, is on the western shore of Lake Michigan and about 150 miles north of Chicago. […]

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