In Brief

In Brief The Church of Saint Joseph and Artisan in Bonnybrook reopened at the weekend, having been closed for five months for refurbishments. Picture: John McElroy
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Clogher’s Bishop Larry Duffy has paid tribute to Fr Brendan McCague after it was announced last weekend the Carrickmacross priest is to retire from active ministry after almost 46 years of service in different parts of the diocese and in various roles.

“Until my ordination as bishop I worked with Fr Brendan in Carrickmacross parish and I know how much his ministry meant to the people of Corduff and Raferagh. I witnessed the great personal sacrifices he made and the inspiration he gave in generously serving the people of that part of the parish,” Dr Duffy said.



The altar used by Pope Francis when he celebrated Mass in the Phoenix Park has found a permanent home in the north Dublin parish of Bonnybrook.

Parishioners were able to worship at the WMOF altar when their newly refurbished parish church reopened following five months of renovations.

On March 9, the Archbishop of Dublin, Dr Diarmuid Martin, joined the parish for a celebration marking the re-opening of the church, St Joseph the Artisan, entitled ‘New Beginnings’.

“‘New beginnings’ in parish life is about mirroring that loving care of Jesus and witnessing it in our community,” said Archbishop Martin in his homily.


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A man (20) arrested last week in connection with the vandalism of an historic church crypt in Dublin has been released without charge.

He was arrested on March 7 over the break-in at St Michan’s Church of Ireland Church on February 25. The head of an 800-year-old mummy known as ‘the Crusader’ was stolen while the head of a mummified nun had been turned 180 degrees to face the wrong direction.  A steel internal gate had been removed and another mummy damaged.

The head of ‘the Crusader’ was recovered last week before the arrest. A file is being prepared for the DPP.