Bright Winter Light to you!

The bare bushes shaped by the westerly winds are brought into stark relief by the winter sun on the last day of November.

Kerry is in bright sunlight while the southern lip of County Clare is smothered in fog. Moneypoint’s coal burning power station punctures the skyline.

The book is finding its way into bookshops.


“Conclave”  by Robert Harris

With the dark nights, reading is back on the menu here in downtown Asdee. The favourite right now is Robert Harris’ “Conclave “. It’s a thriller set in a fictional conclave in the Vatican. Based in just two rooms, the Sistine Chapel and the Santa Martha boarding house, the main character is Cardinal Loneli. Doubt is seen by him as central to faith. There is also a Cardinal Tedesco, an intelligent ambitious conservative.

Ray Keane says he reminds him of himself, James Duggan really likes Cardinal Loneli but Norelle Whyte’s favourite character is the French nun whose intervention is crucial.

It’s a powerful read.

Who was there?

Mary was buying books for Gemma.

My cousin Anne who took such good care of me every step of the way.(and is still doing it!)

The book is on sale in the strangest of places! (OBrien’s of Duagh)

The two Mauras of “Kingdom Ceili ” fame but for some iCloud reason their photos won’t come up in this blog (it’s different in Irish) All we did was roar as we met for the first time in years-for they are true “Speir-bheans” who sang their way into our lives (put out the cat and round the house and mind the dresser!)

 Fr. Tim Galvin, from Brosna and the Sudan was there, he had to go for a walk in Littor Strand to clear himself after!

The Young Pope

A lot of discussion in downtown Asdee about the new Sky Atlantic, Italian production The Young Pope.

Jude Law plays the young American Pope and Diane Keaton plays Sr. Mary

The chain smoking Pope is very different and unconvincing but there are fantastic sets and dream sequences in it.

Norelle Whyte’s favourite quote from it so far is,

” I am a contradiction like God, one in three and three in one. Like Mary, virgin and mother. Like man, good and evil.”

Donie O Keeffe’s favourite quote is:

“My only sin and it’s an enormous one is that my conscience does not accuse me of anything.”

Kevin often quotes;

“We all want to see that which is hidden, we want to stare the forbidden in the face “

Launch night at the Arms

A huge crowd attended the launch on Friday night. Signing started at 6pm and ended after 11pm. The hostess was Breda O Farrell, Karen Trench,Sonny Egan, Tom Costello and Marina Cassidy provided the great entertainment on the night.

Thanks to everyone who came and took part. Photos taken by Mary Fagan.

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Pat Moore’s book launch “Weathering a Storm”

Fr Pat Moore’s new book, Weathering A Storm, was launched in the Listowel Arms Hotel on Friday night, November 18 by his close friend, the film-maker Gerard Barrett. It is no surprise that this gifted communicator would apply his skills to the written word at a time when he physically could not be out and about doing, due to illness. The book looks back on Pat’s priesthood, including his time spent in Rome, Listowel, Gneeveguilla, Lixnaw, Duagh, and Lyre, as well as his time growing up in North Kerry’s Asdee. He uses some extracts from his CaringBridge blog which attracted 40,000 readers and his new website

Pat, a priest of this diocese for 34 years finished his treatment for oesophageal cancer two months ago. “ Professor Brendan Kennelly said to me ‘the opposite to depression is expression’ and writing the book has kept my spirits up. I’ve got great support, comfort and inspiration from writing first on the CaringBridge site and currently by keeping my Facebook page. I wanted to communicate directly and put the story out. I wanted to be as honest and transparent as possible.” Many thanks from all in the diocese to Pat Moore for continuing his generous input and communicating again colourfully, creatively and in such a spiritually nourishing way, by means of this book: Weathering a Storm. Listen to Pat read from his book on Horizons Copies are available in local bookstores. €1 donation from each book sold will be given to the Kerry-Cork Health Link Bus.

They were there from Lyre!

The neighbours from Asdee!

There are up to 100 photos from the night on

For some reason the Duaghs won’t transfer!