Monday, September 29, 2008
Friday, September 26, 2008
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
These pics I enhanced (or ruined) with various effects that I think look kinda cool. Most of the originals are a little dark, or blurry but I'll post some of them in a few weeks. If anyone wants copies drop me a line and I'll e-mail them to ya.
Monday, September 15, 2008
I won't quote the whole article, but I leave you with this one quote:
Innovation is key, whether it is new breads or fillings, she says.
And an older article from The Times.
BTW, she's a relation of mine too! :)
Thursday, September 11, 2008
THE PRIEST at the centre of a row with parishioners over the future of a church without a tabernacle has tendered his resignation.
Fr Séamus Dagens (55) has notified Bishop Philip Boyce of Raphoe of his intention to quit following a clash with parishioners over his plans to sell the tiny St Colmcille's chapel at Laghey Barr, Co Donegal. He has confirmed he has given notice of his intention to resign as parish priest of Ballintra, but has declined to give details.
Fr Dagens is the sole priest in a parish where the only Masses are offered in the main church, St Bridget's in Ballintra village. There has been no Sunday Mass at St Colmcille's, six miles away, since friars in the Franciscan community at nearby Rossnowlagh withdrew their back-up service to the parish five years ago because of dwindling numbers ...
See the article for more details. But, it seems this is due to lack of new priests and the gradual decrease in church goers. The priest and parishioners are stuck between a rock and a hard place, the church can't afford to run the chapel and the locals can bear to see it go (and there's not enough locals to warrant their own priest).
And the parish's homepage:
UPDATE: See the 1st comment below for some insight from someone from the area, and for corrections to some of my assumptions.
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
... He said he was told atheists could not be buried in Donegal because the graveyards are church-owned.
..."There is a degree of black comedy about this, and my mother, who had a fantastic sense of humour, would certainly have laughed.
"When I rang up and asked Derry City Council's cemeteries department if it was possible to bury an atheist in a municipal cemetery they said it was possible because there were different sections for Catholics, Protestants and Muslims.
"My wife asked if it meant they were going to start an atheist section and the woman said, 'oh no, she can go in with the Protestants'."
A spokesperson from Donegal County Council said it is only responsible for old and unused graveyards.
Tuesday, September 09, 2008
MINISTER FOR the Environment John Gormley has warned councillors in Donegal that he will "use his powers of direction" if they approve the relaxation of certain planning restrictions in favour of builders.
Councillors have proposed to include a "small local builder policy" to allow developers to build more houses in the countryside. The proposal is included in the draft variation to the Co Donegal development plan.
A submission from the Department of the Environment was included in a copy of the county manager's report on the proposed draft variation.
In his report, county manager Michael McLoone said the Department of the Environment was concerned about the "fairness and probity" of a policy that would involve transferring development rights to named individuals.
"The policy discriminates in favour of a particular group and is not consistent with planning policy and sustainable development," Mr McLoone said. "It would furthermore set a clear-cut undesirable precedent for sporadic, unco-ordinated development in the countryside."
Separately, Annagry-based Labour activist Séamus Rodgers has called on the two main political parties to explain the rationale behind a proposal to increase the county's holiday home quota.
Sounds like good plans to promote urban sprawl! I was up Muckisk on a great hike, and the sprawl around the surrounding countryside does mar the scenery.
Thursday, September 04, 2008
Tuesday, September 02, 2008
Praying barefoot, rain, hail or shine. Fasting for three days. It can only be the Lough Derg Pilgrimage.
St Patrick's Purgatory, Lough Derg, boasts breathtaking scenery and magnificent buildings.
However, I'm not on this secluded Donegal island for the views.
I'm on a mission - to pray barefoot and fast for three days.