John McCullagh June 24, 2011

  Some kindly women of The Meadow would store unwanted clothes in great bags for the Travelling Woman on her calls. Was she grateful? Well, selectively.

John McCullagh June 23, 2011

We had regular begging calls at home in The Meadow from the Tinkers – or gypsies or Travelling People – back in the 1950s.  

John McCullagh May 21, 2011

Jack told the lady of how he had rescued the baby from the fairies and taken it home to his wife for safekeeping from them.  

John McCullagh May 20, 2011

  Jack Murphy lived in the townland of Leod, near Hilltown. You can see Fitzpatricks’ Quarry buildings rise up about a mile away to your left after you pass the Seven Sisters. That’s Leod.

adminwp May 15, 2011

As we stumble under a further blow, the suspension from ministry of yet another Catholic priest of the diocese, we wonder how long our faith might survive.  Where are our children and grandchildren to find role models ?  

John McCullagh April 24, 2011

  The mind’s eye sees it – the spirit of a spring morning – and the instinct senses it, quick as thought: a new presence which was not around the morning before, nor the night before – nor the day before.

John McCullagh April 23, 2011

The writers to whom he was most attracted at this early stage were Sean O Faolain (whom he always singled out as the best Irish short story writer), Liam O’Flaherty, Frank O’Connor, Peadar O’Donnell and Michael MacLaverty.