A West Cork Life

Midsummer magic

Posted on: 7th July, 2014 in A West Cork Life

It was as if I’d woken from a wonderful dream, and tumbled into a nightmare. Suddenly the world was filled with a sound that I’d forgotten ever existed. It startled me, and I found myself asking what the noise was,...

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Time for a rant

Posted on: 4th June, 2014 in A West Cork Life

I had a look at my columns so far this year and I realised that I’ve yet to have a good rant. Having a rant is like a spring cleaning. Open the windows and clear all that leftover winter angst...

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Historic Clon makes history

Posted on: 6th May, 2014 in A West Cork Life

There are many great milestones in childhood: learning to walk, or ride a bike; going to the big school, or sitting exams. One of my favorites is when a group of children are arguing about a decision and one bright...

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Feeling happy?

Posted on: 7th April, 2014 in A West Cork Life

The world is not a happy place at the moment, if the news is anything to go by. From natural disasters to political scandals, from economic woes to social unrest, every day brings a litany of stories each one more...

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After the storm

Posted on: 6th March, 2014 in A West Cork Life

It stopped blowing a few days ago, but I still hadn’t really relaxed. It doesn’t help that everyone I meet seems to think that another big storm is on the way. Eight major storms in ten weeks has me sick...

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Games people play

Posted on: 5th February, 2014 in A West Cork Life

As I sit writing this on a grey, damp day, another ‘killer storm’ is winging its way across the Atlantic. This one is called Brigid and should reach our shores by the Saint’s feast day. St Bridgid’s day, also known...

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New Year New Day

Posted on: 15th January, 2014 in A West Cork Life

I awoke this morning to an unaccustomed brightness. The sun was warming my back and filling the world with light. Everything is golden. The land is gently steaming, like a fragrant plate of dim sum. My ears are still ringing...

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Christmas is coming and I’m thankful for it

Posted on: 31st December, 2013 in A West Cork Life

2013 will go down in my memory as the year when everything was right on schedule. From early Spring (even with that cold spell in April) the seasons have followed each other in an orderly fashion, the highlight being the...

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