A West Cork Life

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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Blessed kindness

Posted on: 5th October, 2015 in A West Cork Life

Ireland has a reputation for being a friendly country. In fact, the country’s friendliness is as iconic as Guinness, and the cliffs of Moher.  It has become a marketing cliché along with spectacular landscapes, pub music session, and wild weather....

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September songs

Posted on: 10th September, 2015 in A West Cork Life

There’s something about September. Time seems to speed up as the Lyme trees in the front field turn brown, reminding me that Autumn is just around the corner. I no longer have school age children, so I don’t have the...

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Stranger danger

Posted on: 4th August, 2015 in A West Cork Life

Let me put this right out there: The weather sucks. Enough said. A month ago, I came back from the South of France, tanned and full of beans. The tan is fading, but I’m holding on to the beans for...

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If I were you, I wouldn’t start from here

Posted on: 6th July, 2015 in A West Cork Life

Living in rural West Cork, you get pretty good at directions. Learning to give precise directions is important otherwise my visitors end up driving around and around for hours, passing Ballineen once every few goes until they are rescued by...

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