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Among the many religious pastors in Galway, Fr Tudor Ghita of the Romanian Orthodox church is surely one of the most remarkable. We had first arranged to meet in the bar of NUIG, because Fr Tudor works as a kitchen porter there. An apologetic phone call from him told me he could not meet because he was required to serve as a translator at a court case. And when I suggested we might meet or chat later he informed me he was working for a local pizza company from teatime onwards. It is all a far cry from the nine to five routines of our Catholic priests.
The Holy Father, Pope Francis, has this morning appointed the Most Reverend Brendan Kelly, Bishop of Achonry, as the new Bishop of Galway, Kilmacduagh and Kilfenora. It is planned that Bishop Brendan’s installation will take place in the Cathedral of Our Lady Assumed into Heaven and Saint Nicholas on 11 February 2018, the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes.
Cruise & Stay holidays merge everything that is amazing about a cruise with a fun-filled stay in an extraordinary place. Whether you want a blissful beach break or to explore a city, you can easily pair it with a cruise experience to keep your journey constantly fresh and vibrant. Party, relax, and treat yourself on board before getting up close and personal with a fantastic destination, all in one holiday.
Getting married is arguably one of the best days you will ever have as a couple. But getting married in the land of Romeo and Juliet, wine and pizza, adds a delightful elegance and a splash of magic to proceedings.
The Centre for Adult Learning and Professional Development at NUI Galway offers a series of 8-week, non-accredited courses in a number of different subject areas including Archaeology, Writing, World Cinema, History, Art History, Languages, Health & Well Being, Literature & Poetry, Philosophy, Science, News Media, Ancient Greece and Rome, Genealogy and many others.
Lads, you are of Galway…breathe in the air that sweeps down from the stands.
The trumpet shall sound on November 18 in Knock with the Basilica’s inaugural performance of Handel’s Messiah, the world’s most famous and beloved oratorio, renowned for stunning choruses and arias. Following last year’s sell-out performance of the Concert for Peace, attended by the President of Ireland Michael D Higgins and Sabina Higgins, Knock Basilica has announced the return of the RTÉ Concert Orchestra to present Handel’s Messiah.
Diocesan appointments announced for Galway
SHAKESPEARE WAS never afraid to have plenty of violence and killing in his plays, but Titus Andronicus, which is being staged by The Royal Shakespeare Company in London, just may be his most bloody.
In 1432, Pope Eugene IV issued a document that lay in obscurity deep within the Vatican vaults for centuries. When the doors of the archives and library of the Holy See were thrown open during the papacy of Pope Leo XIII (1878-1903), the British government sent a team of historians to transcribe everything they could find relating to Ireland. As a result of that investigative trawl, the well-known historian William Henry Grattan Flood presented Dr John Healy, Archbishop of Tuam, with a medieval document that detailed Rome’s official 15th century stance regarding the Croagh Patrick pilgrimage. The document, dated 27 September 1432, states, “Pope Eugene IV grants to the Archbishop of Tuam [at the time Seán Mac Feorais, aka John de Bermingham] an indulgence of two years and two quarantines [one quarantine was a penance of 40 days], on the usual conditions, for those penitents who visit and give alms toward the repair of the fabric of the chapel of St Patrick on the mountain which is called Croagh Patrick: this indulgence to be gained on the Sunday preceding the Feast of St Peter’s Chains [August 1]: because on that day a great multitude resorts thither to venerate St Patrick in the said chapel.” Archbishop Healy revived the old tradition of pilgrimage to Croagh Patrick and built the present church on its summit in 1905. But the history of the pilgrimage goes back further than the 1400s.