Fr Pat Moore’s new book, Weathering A Storm, was launched in the Listowel Arms Hotel on Friday night, November 18 by his close friend, the film-maker Gerard Barrett. It is no surprise that this gifted communicator would apply his skills to the written word at a time when he physically could not be out and about doing, due to illness. The book looks back on Pat’s priesthood, including his time spent in Rome, Listowel, Gneeveguilla, Lixnaw, Duagh, and Lyre, as well as his time growing up in North Kerry’s Asdee. He uses some extracts from his CaringBridge blog which attracted 40,000 readers and his new website www.frpatmoore.com.
Pat, a priest of this diocese for 34 years finished his treatment for oesophageal cancer two months ago. “ Professor Brendan Kennelly said to me ‘the opposite to depression is expression’ and writing the book has kept my spirits up. I’ve got great support, comfort and inspiration from writing first on the CaringBridge site and currently by keeping my Facebook page. I wanted to communicate directly and put the story out. I wanted to be as honest and transparent as possible.” Many thanks from all in the diocese to Pat Moore for continuing his generous input and communicating again colourfully, creatively and in such a spiritually nourishing way, by means of this book: Weathering a Storm. Listen to Pat read from his book on Horizons Copies are available in local bookstores. €1 donation from each book sold will be given to the Kerry-Cork Health Link Bus.