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Progressive pastor inspired by North Clare

INSPIRED by the works of John O’Donohue, American pastor Reverend Ed Bacon sat in a room overlooking the Burren and Galway Bay for a month in 2010 writing the first drafts of his book, 8 Habits of Love. Last week, he was leading a retreat in a hot and humid Mississippi but this week, he is having a retreat of his own and launching that book back on the rocky North Clare coast.

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Historic baptism on Canon Island

WHEN four-month-old Seán Óg Cleary asks questions about his baptismal day, he will be intrigued by what he hears. The 11th generation in his family, Seán Óg was baptised last Saturday afternoon by Kildysart parish priest, Fr Albert McDonnell and Fr Jim Noonan (Foynes), in near mystical surroundings.

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An unforgetable experience

She may not have brought home the crown but Ballinruan’s Róisín Rodgers, who represented Clare Macra in this year’s International Miss Macra competition, says the experience is one she will never forget. She shares her experience at the recent competition in Tipperary.

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