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A radical new way

On Friday 27th September the Mayor of Kilkenny, Cllr. Martin Brett in conjunction with Kilkenny County Council hosted a civic reception to honour Sr. Magdalene Fogarty, pbvm as founding president of Clann Credo. Twenty three years ago a radical new concept began to percolate through Ireland’s community and voluntary sector, one that has challenged the conventional way of thinking ever since.  ...

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A woman of our times

A total of 102,500 people attended the first day of the 2019 National Ploughing Championships, a figure confirmed  by the National Ploughing Association (NPA). This figure  is substantially up on the 97,500 attendees that attended day one of last year’s ‘Ploughing’. Today, those who attend experience everything from farming to fashion, artisan foods to top-of-the range machinery, as well as ...

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Love made visible

As the National  Ploughing Championships begin in Ballintrane, Fenagh, Co. Carlow in these days we are reminded of the vitality of  our daily relationship with nature and of the inter-relatedness of all life; whether ‘walking lightly on the Earth’ or working in and for this ‘Our Common Home’.  Through this  experience we have the opportunity to ‘keep pace’ with the ...

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The courage for encounter

Like very many others, I have followed the daily world media reports on the recent fourteen day journey of Greta Thunberg the sixteen year old Climate Activist from Sweden as she took on the gruelling challenge of sailing to New York for the UN Climate Action Summit in September.  I have been mesmerised by someone so young courageously taking up ...

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‘Nano Alive’ continuing to sing her song

“If we believe, that we, members of the Presentation family have been gifted in differing ways with sharing in that original divine shaft of energy which Nano received, and if we believe that we continue to sing her particular song in the Church and in the world, then certain things follow. The first is that we have a responsibility for ...

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How big is your Love?

This Friday, 28th June we celebrate the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.   This can be a Feast Day that seems somehow ‘old fashioned’ and out of date with where we are at in society today.  That might have something to do with some of the imagery that we have grown up with surrounding it. However, in these days ...

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She is fully alive

“She is fully alive”!  An apt heading for this News Bulletin. The performance of a recent play entitled ‘Path Through the Dark’ presented by Ocean of Notions Theatre Company and the Presentation Sisters South West Province in the beautiful Goldie Chapel at Nano Nagle Place has just concluded. Both enchanting and inspiring, this dramatic piece about the life of Nano ...

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Resurrection

There is something  about the juxtaposition of death and life in Holy Week that seems to be mirrored in these times, against a world landscape of events where it is as if the stability and certainly of all things that we took for granted ‘as always being there’ is being pushed to its limits. I had a conversation with a ...

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Sister-hood

Today on International Women’s Day we celebrate the lives, friendship and connections we have past and present, with so very many women who have inspired and continue to inspire us ‘day in, day out’. A day when we look around us and recognise and appreciate those sisters, mothers, aunts, friends, colleagues, contemporaries, mentors and ancestors who are so often ‘at ...

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From Acorn to Oak

This time of extended light and emerging buds (bachlóga) allows one to notice and stop in wonder at each semblance of new life appearing out of nature’s harvesting of autumn fruits with their seeds, and their hidden, slow nourishment during winter days. It is a thankful, hopeful, expectant and inspirational period as we look outward and forward. Not surprising then ...

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