Cormac MacConnell is a veteran writer and journalist. His much loved column, about his life in County Clare and observations about Irish life, has appeared in the Irish Voice for close to 30 years.
Back on the western trail Cormac MacConnell recounts his trip from Sligo to Donegal
"That is life and living and the impact of the totally artificial year measurements we insist on knocking upon the eternity of time."
"Real jewels along the Way, some of them in places that are so small and compact that a stranger would be likely to drive through."
St Joseph would have returned home a wealthy man following the Wise Kings' generous gifts.
"There was the arrival of big burly shepherds and... some of them even knelt and bowed to the youngling in his mother’s arms."
"I knew I had a good song... Germans in the cosmopolitan gathering came up to me as son as I’d finished, tears streaming down their faces, and hugged me."
"Nobody shopping for children’s presents... will be able to buy as useful a gift for a family as Sandy’s Christmas boxes away back then."
"It is too common for deserted cars with notes on the windscreen to be discovered in the car parks."
"We laity in the past placed ye on a pedestal that was far too high and uncomfortable for any mortal men."
"I could Google to learn the real facts about the Pot, but I won't do that because hard facts are never as interesting as the folklore."