Posts Tagged heritage

All Saints Church: reflections on the heart of the place

Walking through the parish church amid scaffold and plastic sheeting is a strange experience. I rambled through Drimoleague’s parish church of All Saints recently when I called to see how the refurbishment work was progressing. The church that I prayed in most days on my way home from the nearby school and where my family […]

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Gougane Barra has it!

It certainly seemed that way yesterday! The small island in Uibh Laoire parish, and just west of Ballingeary, enjoys a long tradition of pilgrimage. The annual Mass which in recent years is held on the Sunday after St Finbarr’s feast day (Sept 25th) draws a faithful following which this year was enlarged by the fine […]

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Kealkill School marks 100th birthday with new book

I admitted to a printer today that I think it’s easier to do penance in this life than in the next! I used to be a regular caller at the printers when I edited the Fold magazine but they don’t see me as often nowadays. Today I was collecting the packed boxes of a new […]

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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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200 years of the ‘North Cathedral’, Cork

Like so many Corkonians, I have often taken for granted the story, the people and the trials and joys associated with the red and grey building which stands at the junction at the top of Shandon Street. At first glance, it doesn’t evoke the kind of awe or emotion we might associate with the grand […]

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Corpus Christi Procession — Cork — Text of Homily

(This is the text of my homily preached at the 70th Corpus Christi Procession in Cork in 1996.) Good afternoon. My name is Fr. Tom Hayes and I welcome you all to our annual Procession with the Blessed Sacrament. This is the 70th Corpus Christi Procession in Cork City and I’d like to extend a […]

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