News in Brief

Adoration chapel in Fermoy restored

St Patrick’s Church, Fermoy, Co. Cork has unveiled its newly refurbished adoration chapel.

In a project aimed at reversing wear to support beams in the chapel, a full programme of work was undertaken to reverse the site’s previous layout to offer better use of four stained glass windows. In addition to the new support beams, the chapel received new furniture, a new entrance door, a new raised altar, and a fresh colour scheme together with lighting and new carpet. Photos of the refurbished chapel can be viewed at News from the Diocese at

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

The Archdiocese of Armagh has announced that its ecumenical service for the Week of Chritians Unity will take place in in St Patrick’s Catholic Cathedral, Armagh on Wednesday January 18 at 7.30pm.

The guest preacher will be Bishop John McDowell, Church of Ireland Bishop of Clogher. All are welcome to attend. The theme for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, this January 18-25 will be ‘Reconciliation – The love of Christ compels us’ (2 Cor 5: 14 – 20).

Passing of former Mary Immaculate Registrar

The funeral has taken place in Limerick of former Mary Immaculate College Registrar Tony Bromell.

Mr Bromell, who was 84, died on January 3. Serving in his role as registrar for 30 years, Mr Bromell was also a senator and councillor and served as Mayor of Limerick from 1982-’83. He was intimately involved in the establishment of the University of Limerick.

Among the many voices paying tribute to a popular figure was Bishop Brendan Leahy of Limerick, who serves as Chair of the Board of Trustees of Mary Immaculate. “Tony Bromell will always have a special place in the history of Mary Immaculate College,” he said.

“As Registrar of the College from 1967 until his retirement in 1998 he was deeply committed to the advancement of Higher Education in Limerick,” he continued, “a passionate enthusiast of the Irish language, Tony embodied the long-standing commitment to the national tongue at MIC and actively promoted the weaving of Irish into curriculum and conversation alike within the halls of the College.”


In a review in the edition of January 5, 2017 of the book Walter Carpenter: A Revolutionary Life by Ellen Galvin RSC, it was incorrectly stated that Mr Carpenter was predeceased by his wife. In fact, Mrs Carpenter died on May 19, 1926 – three months after Mr Carpenter’s death.