April 23, 2021

Farewell Michael, Rest In Peace

Michael was one of the first prisoners I met when I started work with the Irish Council for Prisoners Overseas (ICPO) back in 1993.  He was serving a life sentence…
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April 20, 2021

A virtual walk

A virtual walk Not everybody can get out and about for various reasons and our freedom to travel is still quite restricted.  Perhaps having the next best thing, a virtual…
April 16, 2021

Let Him “EASTER” in us

Easter is my favourite time of year because, whether it comes early or late, it is always a harbinger of Spring. There is even something nice about the sound of…
January 25, 2021

Changing the world – One word at a time

One thing last week’s Inauguration of President Joe Biden will almost certainly be remembered for is the performance of a “skinny little black girl” reciting The Hill We Climb, her…
January 7, 2021

January – The month to begin again

I must be one of the very few people who likes the month of January.  At least I haven’t met anyone else who likes it as much as I do.…
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December 16, 2020

Christmas and the coming of our hope

In Dennis O’Driscoll’s humorous poem, Non-Stop Christmas, “Christmas is always coming.  There are only ever so many days still left”.   Well, the shopping and the frenetic activity which have characterised…
December 8, 2020

Irish Chaplaincy Social Media Survey

We are always looking for ways to improve communication with our friends and supporters. To ensure that the information we send you is relevant, timely and interesting, we'd be very…
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December 7, 2020

Mary and the power of subversion

It took a bit of adjusting, coming in from the bright sunlight to the small, dark, one-roomed house.  It was the House of Mary in the ruins of Ephesus, in…
November 30, 2020

Saint Andrew first among equals

The last day of November is the feast of Saint Andrew.   It also coincides with the beginning of Advent, the start of the new Church year.  This is appropriate as…
November 9, 2020

A Few Thoughts on Remembrance

Of all European cities, Berlin is arguably the best suited for a discussion on remembrance. A visit there a few years back, taking in the Wall, the Holocaust/Roma/Sinti and other…
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November 2, 2020

Work of Irish Chaplaincy commended in Prisons’ Inspectorate report

Work of Irish Chaplaincy commended in Prisons’ Inspectorate report. The Irish Chaplaincy is delighted to have its work in prisons recognised in the recent thematic report by HM Inspectorate of…
November 2, 2020

All Souls and Saints

The poet, T.S.Eliot, once said that April was the cruellest month. I don’t know what he had against April, but I would have thought that the cold, dark winter months…