Fr. Jim Cogley was born in Wexford in 1954. He trained for the priesthood in St. Patrick’s College Maynooth, where he took degrees in English, Philosophy and Theology. Ordained in 1980 for the Diocese of Ferns in Ireland, he has a deep love of the sea which is reflected in his involvement with the Apostolate of the Sea and his work with symbols. Formerly based in Kilmore Quay for most of his pastoral life and now in Oylegate, he has many years teaching experience and is a counselling supervisor. As a psychotherapist he trained in the Jungian tradition. His particular area of interest is that of Intergenerational Healing and how the past that is unacknowledged can still influence the present.
His innovative, self-taught, woodworking skills, developed in recent years, provide a unique opportunity to present the age-old truths of life and spirituality in the form of symbols that speak to the soul. Many of the seminars he conducts throughout the country on topics such as those covered in, ‘Wood you Believe’ Volume One, Two and Three involve the use of such symbols. His concept of a Memorial Trail and Garden to people lost at sea, located in Kilmore Quay, is now a major visitor attraction. It incorporates the universal experience of loss and expresses the journey to recovery using nautical symbols and the natural landscape of the area.