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Visiting Rome

The Irish Spirit – Issue No. 11 Exclusive Excerpt from Hallelujah: Memoirs of a Singing Priest by Fr Ray Kelly I grew up in a typical Irish Catholic family and religion played a big part in our lives. My parents believed very much in passing on the faith to their children. There was the regular Sunday…

Treasures from Achill Island

The Irish Spirit – Issue No. 11 From the book Achill The Island with poems by John F. Deane and paintings by John Behan THE VIEW FROM HERE On these soft days you may discern whisperings from the bogland cuttings, unfelt breezes gossiping over the wide spread of the heathers; inevitably the skylark will be a speck…

Tributes pour in for late John Hume

‘A paragon of peace’ Archbishop 
Eamon Martin – Primate of All-Ireland “A great sadness has descended on my home city of Derry today as we learn of the death of one of our greatest sons, Mr John Hume. That sadness ripples out to every corner of Ireland and all around the world where the mere mention…

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A Garden in the very centre of Christendom

The Irish Spirit – Issue No. 10 Exclusive Excerpt from The Flights of the Earls by Liam Swords When the Irish left Louvain everybody was convinced that their destination was Rome, that is, except the Earls themselves. Their intention was to reach Milan, a Spanish territory, where they hoped to receive a reply, this time…

Life after retirement

The Irish Spirit – Issue No. 10 Exclusive Excerpt from Reaches of the Mind by Niall Weldon I think it is fair to say that most people give retirement little thought until they are within a short period of time prior to it happening.  This is understandable and there are various reasons for it being put on…

Heaven’s Messenger

The Irish Spirit – Issue No. 10 Exclusive Excerpt from Medjugorje: The Last Apparition by Wayne Weible And a great portent appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars. She was pregnant and was crying out in birth pangs,…