Category: Feature

Ireland’s Pilgrim Pathways

The Irish Spirit – Issue No. 7 John G. O’Dwyer In times of great uncertainty, we need reassuring anchors to cling to. Links with our ancestors who survived even greater travails become increasingly important and a walk along one of Ireland’s pilgrim paths is the perfect way to reconnect in this way. Until recently, few…

Pilgrimage to St Mullins during the Black Death

The Irish Spirit – Issue No. 7 Louise Nugent Throughout the medieval period many people made pilgrimage in times of crisis such as personal illness, outbreaks of disease and natural disasters like drought. The Black Death was one of the biggest crisis to be faced by people during the fourteenth century in Ireland. The Annals…

Three French Saints

The Irish Spirit – Issue No. 6 Críostóir Ó Floinn, who has published over sixty books in both Irish and English, has produced this trilogy recounting the lives of three famous French saints – Joan of Arc, Bernadette Soubirous and Thérèse of Lisieux. Written in a very readable and simple style, each book gives a…

Padre Pio’s Sense of Humour

The Irish Spirit – Issue No. 6 Exclusive Excerpt from Padre Pio of Pietrelcina: a brief biography by Fr Francesco Napolitano In the Friary of San Giovanni Rotondo, Padre Pio occupied cell No. 5 for more than twenty-five years. It was here that the most beautiful – and also the most painful – events in the…

St Colmcille

The Irish Spirit – Issue No. 6 Exclusive Excerpt from Early Irish Saints by John J Ó Ríordáin C.Ss.R Saints seem to be people of many parts and Colmcille more than most: he was a prince, priest, prophet, poet, diplomat, monk, abbot, scribe, and scholar. In terms of family background, he sprung from the Cenél…

The Venerable Matt Talbot

The Irish Spirit – Issue No. 6 Emma Tobin   When trying to understand addiction, it is important to remember what every human is addicted to. We are all addicted to breathing, for example. It’s easy to test, just start holding your breath and soon enough your body will want some air. A little longer,…