Tag: C.S. Lewis

Family photo taken by my mother in 1948

Wednesday, 3 July, 2019

“The sweetest thing in all my life has been the longing — to reach the Mountain, to find the place where all the beauty came from — my country, the place where I ought to have been born. Do you think it all meant nothing, all the longing? The longing for home? For indeed it now feels not like going, but like going back.” — C.S. Lewis

Home from home


Remembering Liam O’Flynn

Thursday, 15 March, 2018 0 Comments

Fulsome are the tributes that have been published following the death yesterday of the uilleann piper Liam O’Flynn. And deservedly so, as he was unique. That mastery of an ancient tradition imbued him with the confidence to place his music before a restless, modern audience demanding progress but still wishing to retain some links with the past and the enthusiastic resonance — from Clonnmel to Copenhagen — ensured the success of the groundbreaking group Planxty.

Liam O’Flynn was charming and erudite, witty and cultured, polite and professional and, above all, human. Those fortunate enough to have known him know how much he’ll be missed. At this time, it’s appropriate to paraphrase C.S. Lewis in A Grief Observed: “His absence is like the sky, spread over everything.”


The good neighbour

Wednesday, 14 December, 2016 0 Comments

“There is no excess of goodness,” said C.S. Lewis, adding, “You cannot go too far in the right direction.” In expressing goodness, the good neighbour will do many things for those in need including… repairing your chimney! Happy Birthday, Atty Hennessy!

Atty Hennessy


Not like a tame lion

Wednesday, 22 July, 2015 0 Comments

“Oh Lion in a peculiar guise,
Sharp Roman road to Paradise,
Come eat me up, I’ll pay thy toll
With all my flesh, and keep my soul.”

Stevie Smith, Selected Poems

The lion

“He’ll be coming and going” he had said. “One day you’ll see him and another you won’t. He doesn’t like being tied down — and of course he has other countries to attend to. It’s quite all right. He’ll often drop in. Only you mustn’t press him. He’s wild, you know. Not like a tame lion.” — C.S. Lewis, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe