Sunday 4 December 2016

Living the dream of a united Europe while we still have the time

Gerard O’Regan

Published 27/08/2016 | 02:30

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Lucy, born and raised in Paris with a French father and an Irish mother, was among the guests at a wedding in the Kerry Gaeltacht last week. Shimmering summer showers pounded the church in Ballyferriter, where a bilingual ceremony in both Irish and English coiled together the ancient and the modern.

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Mother Nature's decision to insist on a cloudy sky, preventing any real sunshine from breaking through, seemed not to matter at all. As is the case with such places that hover close to the Atlantic coast, what the great ocean decides must be accepted without question.

The time-marking power of a wedding - coupled with a lingering sense of place generated by the location - gave rise so some reflective thought as the day progressed.

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