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Pope Francis recognises Knock Shrine as International Sanctuary of Special Eucharistic and Marian Devotio
Fr Richard Gibbons, PP and Rector of Knock Shrine has expressed gratitude on behalf of Knock Shrine for the great honour given to it by Pope Francis in officially recognising Knock as both a Eucharistic and Marian Shrine.
Pope Francis, through the Pontifical Council for the promotion of the New Evangelisation, will officially recognise the unique status of Knock as an International Marian and Eucharistic Shrine today (Friday, March 19) the Feast of St Joseph.
March 1921 saw the British army's D Company Auxiliaries continue their tour of east Galway, assisted by an RAF spotter plane, the RIC, the Black and Tans, and various members of the Crown Forces.
The Sisters of Bon Secours who ran the Tuam Mother and Baby's Home for almost 40 years said last evening that they did not live up to their Christianity when doing so, adding that they also acknowledge that the manner in which infants were buried at the home was deeply disrespectful.
Last Sunday 2,945 candles were lit at Knock Basilica during a special Mass to remember all who have died from Covid-19 on the island of Ireland.
Galway organ donors will be honoured in a special Service of Remembrance and Thanksgiving to be broadcast on RTE 1 on Sunday (11am).
By the 16th century Galway was a compact, well laid out town, with handsome buildings, protected by a strong wall. The wealth of the so called Tribal families, originally Anglo/Normans, built up over decades of canny, and adventurous trade, bought them total control of the municipal authorities. Loyalty to the English crown rubber-stamped their laws to keep the native Irish out of the town. They built large houses in a style that reflected their power, while meeting the aesthetic standards of their European contemporaries. Galway was a place apart from the rest of the island.
GALWAY’S MARGARETTA D’Arcy and Lelia Doolan are interviewed in a new web-series, Mad, Bad and Dangerous, celebrating trailblazing Irish women, aged over 70, who remain in the public eye.
In 1839 Catherine Cohalan, from Aughrim Co Galway, was abducted from her home by a man named James Cohalan probably a cousin. Here her seizure had been agreed by the couple beforehand because Catherine did not want to marry Michael Campbell, a man whom her father had arranged for her to marry the following week.
From the comforts of Ballynahinch, such as they were at the time, William Makepeace Thackeray continues his exploration of the surrounding countryside as he gathered information for his successful Irish Sketch Book published some years after his tour in 1842.