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January 9, 2020

If Music be the Food of Love

I was struck by two recent comments about the power of music, one from a 99-year-old Kerry woman; the other by a young man from Belfast. (more…)
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December 18, 2019

Viva la Música

Music is especially evocative during Advent, although for some people the memories touched can be bittersweet, as I discovered on a prison visit a couple of weeks before Christmas. (more…)
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December 3, 2019

Concert St James’ Piccadilly Jan 31st 2020

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November 11, 2019

Irish Chaplaincy Newsletter Winter 2019

Irish Chaplaincy Newsletter Winter 2019
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November 8, 2019

All Saints

I attended at the start of November two very different cathedral remembrance services, one by accident, the other planned. (more…)
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November 6, 2019

Feast of All Saints of Ireland 2019

November is a month when many people like to reflect, pause and remember beloved family members and friends who have died. The month begins with the Feast of All Saints.…
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October 29, 2019

Alpine Adventures

My old friend Pat had invited me to spend a weekend with the assistants of L’Arche Grenoble with the instructions “bring your guitar and your wife”! I happily obliged on…
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October 3, 2019


My eldest son Kieran was a bit mystified when I told him I was going on silent retreat for a week. “What are you going to do?” he asked. “Good…
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September 3, 2019

Newry Girl Turns 90

My mum was one of three ladies reaching the grand age of 90 at the care home in Coventry where she’s lived for the last year, and the home had…
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August 16, 2019

I Still Ain’t Got no Barmouth Blues

There were two impressive cycling achievements at this year’s Barmouth gathering: one of the group travelling there by bike from Liverpool (Paul Devlin: 91 miles); and somebody (me!) making a…
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August 1, 2019

Thoughts from my Cell

I awoke in my cell having had an interesting dream in which I was in a kind of social club with my guitar (the one mentioned in the last blog)…
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July 15, 2019

How to Live Seven years Longer

Research has shown some interesting health benefits enjoyed by people who practice gratitude. (more…)