Medieval Castles of Dalkey

“God is bedrock under my feet, the castle in which I live, my rescuing knight.” Psalm 18:2 This summer I took the Dart out to Dalkey. It’s a lovely fashionable suburb to the south of Dublin. The name Dalkey derives from Delginis (Irish) and Dalk-Ei (Norse) meaning Thorn Island and it’s origins date back 6,Continue reading “Medieval Castles of Dalkey”

The path to happiness

“When we cover up our emotional reality, it removes the power of Jesus in our lives because it elevates our self-reliance.” Jean-Marie Jobs. Regulating my emotions in another Lockdown feels like a crucible. It hurts. However one of the most important tasks of growth is to understand how I hurt and suffer. Suffering is negativeContinue reading “The path to happiness”

A conversation with nature

I’m enjoying the majesty of nature this October and giving thanks for simple things. Green leaves that let go as yellow and rustic wings of wisdom.So under-rated I tread on themSweep them up.Watch them let go Watch them glowAnd let them spark imagination and wonder. Psalm 16 coincides with the 160 th blog; “Lord, youContinue reading “A conversation with nature”

The wonders of October

“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables. In the past few months I’ve ventured out quite a bit and have met new, wonderful people, in quite unexpected ways. There is value in uncertainty when we push ourselves out of our comfort zones. Photos inContinue reading “The wonders of October”

‘Old Glory’ in the quiet seclusion of Phoenix Park

Old Glory is a nickname for the flag of the United States. The original flag was owned by sea captain William Driver who flew the flag during his career at sea and then brought it to Nashville, Tennessee (sea) which is the sister city of Belfast, Northern Ireland, a city with a massive ship buildingContinue reading “‘Old Glory’ in the quiet seclusion of Phoenix Park”

Seeking a swim in Portmarnock

I was told I didn’t have to worry about the tide timing at Lower and Upper Rocks in Portmarnock. Not so. When I got there the tide was out. Next high tide for a swim is 10 ish. Too dark. I’m noticing a lot of conflicting information and naivety around the lovely Dublin swim spots.Continue reading “Seeking a swim in Portmarnock”

Land without God

This pandemic has given me time to reflect on my mother’s 12 years of childhood Lockdown/incarceration in Cork. Can you imagine being incarcerated at 2? Why?The issue of child slavery within Ireland has been kicked under the carpet. Churches don’t mention it. But it’s a faith and justice issue. So, I was encouraged to discoverContinue reading “Land without God”

Celtic spirituality and feature film in Killarney

When we visit an inspiring place like Killarney in Ireland or see something beautiful it plucks at our heart strings. What is this feeling? It’s the voice of the Divine Creator speaking with us through our senses. It’s this ability to see God everywhere that marks Celtic Spirituality as the distinctive capacity in all peopleContinue reading “Celtic spirituality and feature film in Killarney”

Swimming at Martello Tower Seapoint

“Men go abroad to wonder at the heights of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of the rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motions of the stars, and they pass by themselves without wondering.” -Saint Augustine Swimming long distance at Seapoint is a greatContinue reading “Swimming at Martello Tower Seapoint”