Celtic spirituality and feature film in Killarney

A number of household names from the world of film and television have been lined up for key roles, including Patrick Bergin who starred alongside Julia Roberts in Sleeping with the Enemy and in the western horror Gallowwalkers with Wesley Snipes. High-profile composer Sacha Puttnam – son of legendary movie producer David –  has written the score for the film and it is to be … Continue reading Celtic spirituality and feature film in Killarney

The changing face of Dublin

Dublin is one of the world’s most beloved cities. It welcomes almost 6 million tourists every year. It’s changing rapidly. It has plenty of reasons for being on any architect’s travel list. On my walks I’ve noticed how the historical buildings are being supplemented or blended with modern architecture. The city’s red brick buildings, pretty parks and modest Georgian tenements stand proudly alongside buildings by … Continue reading The changing face of Dublin

A Principle to live by on July 4th

” We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.” — The Declaration of Independence – July 4th 1776. America was founded on the racial idea that all men are created equal. According to historians and political scientists The … Continue reading A Principle to live by on July 4th

Saturday in Maynooth

St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth was founded in 1795. It was established by the government as a College for Catholic lay and ecclesiastical studies. As my Czehlak friend Jana and I walked through the grounds, it was fun to watch three year old John blow his bubbles towards the ancient rooftops. The paths we walked date to 1518 when the Earl of Kildare founded the College … Continue reading Saturday in Maynooth

Dublin can be heaven

“People are wondering and anxious to get back to normal. A good question really is, ‘was normal that good?’ Can we build a better normal with deeper, healthier and more real relationships?” General Martin Dempsey It’s possible today to saunter through the streets of Lockdown Dublin city centre unimpeded by riots, heavy traffic and crowds.  There’s a sense of a Dublin past in the rarest … Continue reading Dublin can be heaven

Processing white supremacy in America

“For five minutes we watched as a white officer pressed his knee into the neck of a black man who was helpless,” the mayor said. “For five whole minutes. This was not a matter of a split-second poor decision.” Jacob Frey. I was hesitant to write about Ahmaud Arbery. There’s enough sadness in the world today. Ahmaud was shy of his 26th birthday when he … Continue reading Processing white supremacy in America

Chillin’ out in Skerries

The 33 bus from Abbey Street in Dublin goes along the scenic north Dublin estuary to the beautiful coastal town of Skerries in Fingal. It’s a pleasant bus ride. It was so good to see and smell the sea this week, after two months of strict quarantine. Skerries is derived from the Norse words, “Skere” and “ey.” In Irish “Na Sceiri” means Rocky Islands. Skerries … Continue reading Chillin’ out in Skerries