RICHARD MC SWEENEY
Fourth of June 2018 cruising on the River Shannon.
Risteárd Mac Suibhne; Richard of Éire is a self-designated Planet Earth philosopher of the natural kind; a self-originator who enjoys expressing his ideas in a personal prose-poetic style.
He is happily married to Sung-ja Lee of Korea. They live on the beautiful isle of Éire - Ireland. Their son and daughter are also happily married.
A delightful day spent cruising on the River Shannon with Sung-ja near Ballina, County Tipperary on Monday, the 4th June 2018.
As a teenager he played bagpipes in a pipe band: The Thomas Kent Pipe Band, Fermoy, County Cork – becoming the pipe major and playing in such wondrous venues round the country as Killorglin, Cashel, Bodenstown and Croke Park.
After Middle School he worked for two years in A.W. Faber-Castell pencil-making factory in Fermoy, County Cork before returning back to High School.
The closing two decades of the last century saw him teaching English Language and Literature and studying philosophy in the Far East and the Middle East.
Before going overseas he had spent four years as a Catholic seminarian with the Missionary Society of Saint Columban in Dalgan Park, Navan, County Meath which included a further two years of studies in the Republic of Korea.
He has a Masters in Chinese Taoist Philosophy (Lao-Tzu & Chuang-Tzu) from Seoul National University which he gained through the mediums of Korean and Classical Chinese.
He was also enrolled in the PhD programme for two years in the same department at SNU.
He has a BA in Korean Language & Literature from Kyunggi University in Seoul and a Diploma in Philosophy & Arts from Saint Patrick’s College in Maynooth, County Kildare.
While living in the beautiful cities of Jeddah in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates: countries predominantly ruled by Quranic Law (Sharia Law), he took the privileged opportunity to self-teach himself everything he could about the Holy Qur’an.
And while he found this study to have been both intellectually and spiritually enriching the life of yielding as represented and presented in the Holy Qur’an, Its Law and the Hadiths was clearly not for him.
He preferred instead to continue on self-culturing himself in the way of yielding as proposed in the writings of the Chinese Taoist philosophers: in Lao-Tzu’s Tao Te Ching and Chuang-Tzu’s The Chuang-Tzu.
In his opinion, life naturally is all about yielding but what form that yielding takes will determine how dignifiedly; how nobly, passionately and joyfully we live life as well as help facilitate others to live accordingly.
He has been constantly practicing the art of expressing himself in written form ever since returning to Ireland in June 2001.
He done substitution work a number of times (2002-2004) in Glanworth National School, Glanworth, County Cork (classes 4, 5 & 6).
Glanworth is his beloved mother's native village.
This very happy memorable experience along with stories told to him by his mother from her childhood would twelve years later be the inspiration for his own stories for children.
He has published thirteen hardback books to date and has a new book coming out in June 2019. A number of his works also have Kindle editions.
Always he keeps before him the belief that his best originality is yet to come.
From 13th May 2011 to 27th September 2011 he put himself forth as a possible independent candidate for 9th President of Ireland.
Senator David Norris, Richard Mc Sweeney, Seán Gallagher and Mary Davis in Kerry County Council offices in Tralee on Monday, 18th July 2011. Courtesy of The Irish Times ©Tuesday, 19th July 2011.
Senior news reporter at The Corkman Newspaper: Bill Browne - 15th September 2011: "INDEPENDENT Fermoy based presidential candidate Richard Mc Sweeney has made an emotional appeal to Cork County Councillors to back his campaign for the Aras."
My journey to Áras an Uachtaráin, n' the World
[On Tuesday, 30th January 2018, Richard announced: “Already a month has almost gone by since I tossed my four sacred keys into the Ocean of Oblivion. Namely: since I either permanently deleted or deactivated my Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin and Pinterest accounts. And I am not missing them in the slightest, even though I had been with them for a number of years: had hundreds of followers, shared loads of photographs and penned thousands of tweets.”]