Upon these rocks…

Vital symbols of Ireland’s Catholic heritage are in danger of being lost, writes Susan Gately   For over 60 years in the late 17th and early 18th Century Catholics in Ireland were severely persecuted under laws which effectively took away their rights to property, education, participation in civic life and most importantly, religion. Officially termed…

Summit prayer vigil on Reek to save Eighth
Every day until Referendum day a group of lay people and clergy are climbing Croagh Patrick and spending 24 hours in prayer at the summit before the Blessed Sacrament for the preservation of the Eighth Amendment. Tuam’s Archbishop Michael Neary and Westport parish priest, Fr Charlie McDonnell gave their blessing to the venture which began on April…
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Don’t lose our Penal Times heritage, warns scholar

Precious symbols of Catholic faith are being lost to Irish heritage as awareness of Mass rocks disappears from living memory, a leading academic has warned. University of Liverpool-based human geographer Dr Hilary Bishop, who has extensively researched Mass rocks, discovered that in Co. Cork alone there are at least 300 more Mass rocks than are…

1916 grandniece defends rights of unborn babies
“The line in the proclamation ‘to cherish all the children of the nation equally’ is more relevant today than ever before,” said Dr Judy Ceannt, grandniece to the Proclamation signatory Eamon Ceannt, at a gathering of republicans and trade unionists on the anniversary of the Easter Rising. Speaking at the demonstration outside Dublin’s GPO organised…
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Crowds brave snow, ice and cold to pray for life

Thousands of people defied arctic temperatures on Sunday to pray the rosary at Mass rocks for ‘Life and Faith’, organisers have said. “On the east coast, the crowds were decimated,” Kathy Sinnott told The Irish Catholic, adding that most gatherings went ahead elsewhere. In Dublin, a small number gathered at the Papal cross, while others…