Posts Tagged cork

Living in a disappearing priesthood

My historical sense of catholicism in Ireland, which I learned in school, was speckled with events that were depicted as reference points in Irish history. The Wild Geese, Cromwell, Fr Murphy of Boolavogue, Nano Nagle, Daniel O’Connell and Catholic Emancipation, the Great Famine and the soupers, the War of Independence, the Maynooth Mission to China, male and female […]

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The un-assuming Little Sisters

Religious sisters (a.k.a. nuns) have received a lot of negative attention in recent years. While some of it is justified in the case of some individuals, the wide brush of public opinion has also done a lot of injustice to many fine women who have generously served the Lord and his people during their lives. […]

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There is an All-Ireland win for Cork!

Yes, everyone knows that Kerry went home with the Sam Maguire again. But while the lads were kicking away in Croke Park, a Corkwoman was swimming her way into the record books by becoming the first Irish person ever to swim the English Channel both ways. Lisa Cummins, from Blackrock, Cork, set out on Saturday […]

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Remembering the Sam Maguire’s last visit to Cork!

As the Cork football teams heads for Dublin to contest the All-Ireland Football Final tomorrow, I can’t help but recall the last time the famous Sam Maguire Cup was brought back to Cork. I was chaplain at Scoil Mhic Shuibhne, Knocknaheeny, at the time and I recall the joyous day when two great sportsmen with […]

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Life’s eye-ronies

Was at the out-patient clinics in the CUHospital today. They have a strange system for processing patients. You are given a time with your appointment but, in fact, everyone arrives way ahead and the order in which people are seen is the order in which they arrive. Inside the door of the clinic there’s a […]

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Thank God for the (late) harvest

No wonder religious traditions have harvest thanksgiving rituals! It’s easy to see how they might have started given the recent weather in West Cork, Ireland! At last, the farmers are out at their harvest — though the rain and late season has damaged a lot of the grain. Share on Facebook

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Shandon shame in Cork

Had a lunch meeting yesterday in the hotel in Shandon, Cork, which once was the North Infirmary Hospital. (The food is vastly improved!). While I was waiting I took a stroll out the back of the hotel. It’s in the shadow of the landmark Shandon Steeple and church. The line between the hotel and the […]

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Farna boys hurrah – 30 years on!

Reunion of Farranferris class of 1978 – 30 years later!

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