Ballintubber Abbey

Catholics have gathered at Ballintubber Abbey for daily Mass since 1216. Walking along the path that leads to the doorway, you sense the hallowed ground underfoot. Each summer while in Ireland, I make sure to attend a week day Mass… [more]

Twenty Years A-Growing

So many of the stories which come to us out of Ireland are, quite simply, sad. From Joyce’s “The Dead” to McCourt’s Angela’s Ashes, we read of people who are, if not figuratively, then literally, impoverished. It is a lovely… [more]

The Irish Perspective

Language is a window into the soul.  This saying helps to explain why I have (unsuccessfully) tried to learn Gaelic – to better understand the Irish people.  In one lesson early on, it was explained that Gaelic has no system… [more]