A West Cork Life

Beyond borders

Posted on: 4th July, 2016 in A West Cork Life

When I was a little girl, my family travelled a lot around Europe. That meant crossing a lot of borders. Some you could just step over. Others were long lines of creeping traffic, and producing documents to customs officials who...

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Bells and whistles

Posted on: 10th June, 2016 in A West Cork Life

It’s been a weird month settling back into life in West Cork after six weeks in the US. Thankfully we’ve had some lovely sunshine to remind me just how beautiful this landscape that I call home is. It’s like a...

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Home at last

Posted on: 9th May, 2016 in A West Cork Life

They say it takes 21 days to form a habit (or to break one). No wonder I feel disconnected. Due to a family bereavement, I’ve been away from home for six weeks. That’s twice as long. Waking up in New...

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Time for a nap

Posted on: 8th March, 2016 in A West Cork Life

It’s a confusing time. The fields are starting to bloom, but it’s still freezing. The flu and colds have abated, but are still lingering. Paddy’s Day and Easter are only ten days apart. And don’t get me started on the...

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Welcome Spring

Posted on: 8th February, 2016 in A West Cork Life

It’s officially Spring and not a minute too soon. The signs are all there. The camellia has started to bloom at the bottom of the drive, the daffodils are poking their green heads out of the sodden ground, and the...

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Detox begone!

Posted on: 18th January, 2016 in A West Cork Life

Christmas is finally over, the days are still as dark, the land is still as barren, but soon we will feel the Cycle of Life take a turn for the better. St Bridgid’s Day on February 2 marks the coming...

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Let there be peace on earth

Posted on: 1st December, 2015 in A West Cork Life

I’m not one to get into the festive spirit until after December 15 (my birthday), but such is the nature of deadlines that every year I have to sit down and write a Christmas column before we’ve even celebrated Thanksgiving....

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In praise of the Angelus

Posted on: 3rd November, 2015 in A West Cork Life

I hear that they have revamped the Angelus. Over the years there has been much debate as to whether broadcasting what is a Catholic call to prayer in a secular society is appropriate. Ireland has changed and is now composed...

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