Category: Irish News

Honours for Irish nuns in Oz

  Two Irish Sisters of Saint Joseph received Order of Australia awards during the Australia Day celebrations last week. Sr Maria Casey from Kildysart, Co. Clare was honoured for her service to the community as Postulator for the Canonisation of Mary MacKillop, as well as to the Catholic Church in Australia. Sr Mary Leahy from…

Young people to express their views on faith

  Young people from across the country are coming together in Tullamore this month to express their views, share ideas and celebrate their faith among their own peer group. Tullamore Junior Parish Pastoral Council is holding its annual National Parish Youth Conference on Saturday, February 25 in St Mary’s Youth and Community Centre in Tullamore,…

Weaving myth and wisdom

  The secret of making a good St Brigid’s cross, The Irish Catholic learned last Sunday, is to hold it at the bottom as you weave. This discovery was made at a weaving workshop on the first day of the annual Feile Brid in Kildare town, where the Brigidine sisters extended the hospitality of St…

Communities united in trawler tragedy

  The Catholic priest ministering to the bereaved of the Union Hall tragedy in Cork has spoken of the overwhelming ”spirit of unity” that has marked the community’s response to the loss of the trawler Tit Bonhomme with five lives. Speaking to The Irish Catholic from the quayside as the search for the last two…

We must never forget Holocaust – Shatter

  Justice Minister Alan Shatter has warned that the world must never be allowed to forget the horror of the Nazi Holocaust. Launching a new exhibition in Dublin on the systematic extermination of an estimated six million European Jews this week, Mr Shatter said: ‘As the years pass by and the remaining survivors of the…

New legislation would damage faith schools

  Proposed legislation before the Oireachtas would seriously undermine the right of faith schools to protect their ethos if it passes without amendment. The Education (Amendment) Bill 2012, which was introduced in the Seanad in early January, removes the right for school patrons to agree before a teacher is redeployed from another school. In effect,…

Call for respectful dialogue

  Religion and culture must be in respectful dialogue so both may inform each other, the head of the Catholic Schools Partnership has said. Fr Michael Drumm was speaking this week at the annual Greenhills Ecumenical Conference. ‘There will always be a certain tension between religious faith and culture,’ he said, noting that ‘some people…

  The funeral has taken place of Very Rev. Frank Bergin, a priest of the Diocese of Killaloe for the past 64 years. Born in Kinnitty, Co. Offaly in 1922, Frank Bergin was ordained in 1948 before travelling to the Diocese of Nottingham in England. Returning to Killaoe in 1950, he served variously in Cloughjordan,…