An Introduction to a Wonderful Blog: Patrick Comerford

The “about” blurb at this blogsite

I am a priest in the Church of Ireland (Anglican), Lecturer in Anglicanism and Liturgy in the Church of Ireland Theological Institute, Adjunct Assistant Professor in the University of Dublin (Trinity College Dublin) and a Canon of Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin. For many years I worked as a journalist with the Lichfield Mercury, the Wexford People and The Irish Times, where I was Foreign Desk Editor until 2002.

… is intriguing, to be sure, but it just doesn’t begin to describe how much delight I get from it.

Part of it, I think, is Patrick (and I feel entitled to call him that since we’ve met, shared a meal, and had a good conversation) is based in Dublin and often writes about places I’ve been or am otherwise familiar with. But it’s also because we share similar interests: travel, history, culture, genealogy, old buildings, the beauty of nature … and good eating!

Yes, the Reverend Comerford knows a good meal when he sees one, and restaurant mentions often turn up in the blog. When I am planning an Ireland itinerary, I search his archives for ideas of places to eat—because I know he has good taste (ahem). And since he’s been blogging since 2007, that’s a pretty substantial backlog to search, friends.

He’s done quite a bit of traveling—a quick glance through the tags turns up Italy, Greece, Spain, Turkey, England, Sicily and others (check city names too)—and those posts are full of photos and historical background and everything else I’ve come to love from this blog.

Patrick likes to walk and ruminate … and he takes lovely photos too. Here are some sample of posts I’ve been delighted by:

Bloomsday in Dublin

Achill Island

St. Lachtain’s Church (almost fifteen centuries in use!)

• search results for Happy Pear (restaurant)

Scroll through the tags. You’ll see things like “beach walks” and “river walks” too. Some posts are short and fun, others are longer and in depth. And use the search function to drill even deeper. I think you’ll really love this one!

Note: I’m going to start introducing you to some other interesting bloggers, so stay tuned. 🙂

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