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‘The Brigid’s cross is my talisman for spring, just as the icon of the Madonna carried me through the winter.’ Photograph: Declan Doherty

I am not Catholic any more, nor Jew, nor Muslim. But then neither is God

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So the General asked me recently, changing the subject from his prostate exam

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The ultimate reality is that we are all connected. This is a very wise idea

Michael Harding at Lough Allen, Co Leitrim. Photograph: Brian Farrell

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