From the Golden Gate to the Gaelic Grounds

Saturday, 13 July, 2013 0 Comments

Today’s post is dedicated to Barry O’Brien, home for a short break in Limerick from San Francisco. He left the temperate comfort of the Bay Area for an extraordinarily torrid Ireland, where temperatures have been touching the 30 C mark. Tomorrow, he’ll be in the Gaelic Grounds for the Munster Hurling Final between Cork and Limerick, which promises to be an epic encounter. Go Limerick!

“‘Adrift’ is a love letter to the fog of the San Francisco Bay Area. I chased it for over two years to capture the magical interaction between the soft mist, the ridges of the California coast and the iconic Golden Gate Bridge. This is where ‘Adrift’ was born,” says filmmaker Simon Christen.

Punishing the adulterer Petraeus

Thursday, 22 November, 2012 0 Comments

This is a tricky one for Western jurists (and journalists) because they are divided as to whether adultery is a crime or a sin or a lifestyle choice. From a Shariah point of view, it’s simple: He should be stoned to death. Well, that’s what the Taliban say, and they have form in these matters […]

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Sixty years ago today

Monday, 18 June, 2012

“Monday for wealth, Tuesday for health, Wednesday the best day of all. Thursday for crosses, Friday for losses, Saturday no luck at all.” — Wedding day proverb. On Wednesday, 18 June 1952, Michael Fitzgerald and Catherine O’Donnell were married in the village of Lisvernane, County Tipperary. The ceremony was followed by a meal at the […]

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For our mental, moral, and spiritual uplift

Monday, 11 June, 2012

Busy week for Dublin. The city hosts both the Eucharistic Congress, celebrating the Catholic faith, and Bloomsday, celebrating the 90th anniversary of the publication of Ulysses by James Joyce. And the connection between the two? In a letter to his brother Stanislaus, James Joyce wrote: “Don’t you think there is a certain resemblance between the […]

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Galty at 80

Tuesday, 3 April, 2012

The Great Galty at 80

“His soul has in its Autumn, when his wings / He furleth close; contented so to look / On mists in idleness — to let fair things / Pass by unheeded as a threshold brook.” The Human Seasons, John Keats. Today, we hope that Galty will be contented to look back on 80 memorable years as he looks out upon the mists along the the mountains that carry his noble name. Happy birthday!

In a country churchyard

Sunday, 1 April, 2012

A life remembered

“So we’ll go no more a-roving
So late into the night
Though the heart still be as loving
And the moon still be as bright.”

Lord Byron

Family photo taken by my mother in 1948

Sunday, 8 January, 2012

“The sweetest thing in all my life has been the longing ā€” to reach the Mountain, to find the place where all the beauty came from ā€” 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 […]

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