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At early Mass on Christmas morning 1842, there was a dreadful accident at Galway’s Pro-Cathedral during which 37 people were killed, and many more were injured. Known as the Parish Church, and completed just twenty-one years before, it was by far the largest Catholic church in the town, surprisingly built in preCatholic Emancipation times.
The Treaty of Limerick, October 3 1691, which was mainly a military success for the Irish/Jacobite army, was indecisive on its civil articles; and those which were agreed were soon ignored by a vengeful Protestant parliament.
Formally launched on May 28, ‘My Miracle Cure’ is a newly published book by Curraghboy native John Scally, which tells the extraordinary story of Athlone woman, Marion Carroll who, following years of intense illness, was healed during a pilgrimage to Knock, a feat formally recognised by the Catholic Church in September 2019.
I suppose we’re all living in the one land now, which is dominated by coronavirus.
IN 1798 three major ideas erupted into Irish politics and thought – Irish Protestants created Irish Republicanism and asserted that Irish people had the right to self-determination; and that Irishness itself could – should – be a broad and inclusive identity.
Fr Stephen Imbarrato, the US pro-life activist Catholic priest whose exorcism outside an abortion clinic near Dublin attracted widespread international media coverage, is planning to return to Ireland in February and to include Galway during his time here.
My mother, who religiously listened to the Gay Byrne Show, operated a kind of censorship. There were certain topics she did not want me to hear. For two hours, five days a week, she would shut the kitchen door, and listen to Gay with the volume turned down. On one occasion I came into the room. She asked: “What do you want?” Nobody needs an excuse to go into one’s kitchen, so I’d rather indignantly replied: “Nothin’.” “Well,” she said, “I’m busy.” And that meant scram.
THE WRITERS Kevin Doyle, Riona MacEoin, David Green will read from their work at the next Over The Edge: Open Reading, which takes place in the Galway City Library on Thursday November 21 at 6.30pm.
The Dublin Mint Office has launched new limited edition medals to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Pope John Paul II’s historic visit to Ireland.