Category: Irish News

GOAL reaches more than 10million with Covid-19 support

Irish humanitarian aid agency, GOAL, has reached more than 10 million vulnerable people with vital Covid-19 awareness messaging and supports across its 13 countries of operation since the start of the crisis in March. The agency said it has to date reached more than 9.5 million people with coronavirus media messaging in eight of its countries,…

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Oireachtas told nursing homes felt ‘isolated’ by State

Nursing homes were left isolated as the Government rushed to prioritise hospitals as the coronavirus struck, it has been claimed. The chief executive of Nursing Homes Ireland has told the Oireachtas Committee on Covid-19 that key State organisations left nursing homes and their residents isolated in the early days of the pandemic. The NHI and the Health…

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Gaisce says ‘Maith Thú’ to Ireland’s youth

The President’s Award is to launch its ‘Maith Thú’ campaign to commend young people for their resilience through the Covid-19 pandemic. Maith Thú celebrates the achievements of young people who have completed their Gaisce Award and offers encouragement to those needing extra support to finish their award activities during the crisis. “Unfortunately, this year there…

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Stay safe – pray safe

Relief as closed churches re-open for prayer   Parishioners and priests across the North have reacted with a mixture of joy and relief after churches began re-opening this week as part of the relaxation of the coronavirus lockdown. Bishop of Derry Donal McKeown told The Irish Catholic that he is “delighted”. “It’s fine praying from…

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Don’t ‘hide behind fear’ say motor Mass priest

A Kerry priest who is celebrating car park Masses for people struggling or unable to watch online Mass has said “we can’t let fear dominate us”. Fr Kevin McNamara PP of Moyvane, who started celebrating outdoor Masses with his congregation, who stay in their cars throughout, said there has been a “great response”. “They’re seeing…

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Govt asked for ‘clarity’ over wedding restrictions

Lorna Siggins The Government has been called on to clarify whether church weddings and baptism ceremonies can proceed with small numbers under phase one of Covid-19 restrictions. Fr John Carroll, Ferns diocesan secretary and communications officer in Co Wexford, said there appeared to be disconnect between Government regulations and their interpretation by the Garda. A…

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