About Author & Photographer
I am from Millstreet, Co.Cork, where my mum Nora still lives. I have 2 brothers (Denis and Gerard) and 2 sisters (Teresa and Kathryn). I also have three nephews (Daniel, Peter and Rian) and tw0 nieces Aoife and Ella.
I studied in Maynooth and was ordained a Priest for the Cork and Ross Diocese in 1995. I have served in the following places:
Ballinlough Parish Cork (1995-2001), Ballyvolane/Dublin Hill Cork (2001-2008) Ballincollig as Chaplain in Coláiste Choilm Secondary School, Ballincollig, Co.Cork (2008-2015). Bantry as Chaplain in Coláiste Pobail Bheanntraí (Bantry Community College) (2015-2022) Carrigaline/Tracton Parishes from September 2022 to present
I am a keen cyclist and enjoy keeping fit through walking and getting outdoors as much as possible. This is where my interest in photography started and I have been taking pictures since I was in school myself. My interest in photography has opened so many doors for me. I am lucky to have had the chance to hold photo exhibitions each year and my work has led to the publication of two books to date: “A Year To Remember” and “A Year In Reflection”. Both books have done fantastic and have allowed me to share the best of the photographs and thoughts from this website.
Since 2004 this www.2u.ie has been online. It’s daily numbers have grown over the years and today thousands of people check the website from just about every country in the world! Since 2008 an archive has been added to the website and this has been very beneficial in allowing people access to pictures and thoughts uploaded recently or going back a while. The ‘Thought For The Week’ on the website is also printed in Cork’s Evening Echo newspaper each saturday which gives it even a wider audience.
The website is liked because of it’s simplicity and as a result will not change significantly. Why change something when you have a winning formula! In November 2022, the website got another overhaul to bring it up to modern uses of technology and current website software.
Thank you for reading this and always remember, no matter what you are precious, special and loved by God uniquely
Thank you for taking the time to read this
(Fr. James McSweeney 2u.ie)
Just to explain this web site. It is updated each day at 12pm Irish time. The photo on the main page is changed each day.
Each photo picks up on wildlife, nature, flowers or current activities happening out and about in Ireland (or in other countries when the web site goes on tour/holidays!).
The updated thought for the day is always short, to the point, spiritual and can help all of us take a little time out of our busy schedules and focus on today as God’s gift to each of us.
If you like this web site do pass the address www.todayismygifttoyou.ie onto your family and friends. If you want you can set it as your homepage or add it to your favourites.
There is also an option for feedback too.