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Taking new opportunities in times of crisis

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By Pat Doyle, CEO of Peter McVerry Trust

Getting To Know...

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What is your idea of perfect happiness?

Fr Peter McVerry to speak in Galway next week

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Fr Peter McVerry, the social activist and one of the leading campaigners against homelessness in Ireland, will give a public talk in Coláiste Iognáid (The Jes), Sea Road, on Wednesday November 27 at 7pm.

New book anthologises working people's poetry

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THE CHILDREN Of The Nation: An Anthology of Working People’s Poetry from Contemporary Ireland, edited by Galway academic, Dr Jenny Farrell, will be officially launched this weekend.

Mortgage to rent scheme housing valuation limit formally increased

Families in mortgage distress in Westmeath have been given fresh hope after the county’s upper housing valuation limit for the mortgage-to-rent scheme was significantly increased to €305,000.

SPARK awards in AIT fuel the social entrepreneurship agenda

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There is nothing more powerful than idea whose time has come.

'I am determined, as Taoiseach, to break this country out of this boom and bust cycle'

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Last week Fine Gael held its annual party think-in at the Galway Bay Hotel and, on Thursday morning, I had a sit-down with An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar to hear his thoughts on a range of local and national issues.

March to demand action on homeless crisis in Galway

A march through Galway city centre to demand that "every child needs a home' will take place this weekend, following the release of recent figures from COPE showing more than 150 children in Galway are homeless.

NUI Galway public interview with Fr Peter McVerry

The second in the series of public interviews organised by the Centre for Irish Studies as part of its programme of commemoration of the 1916 Rising will feature Father Peter McVerry in conversation with Vincent Woods.

The young priest who cried for two days in Carna

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I hope the recent scandals in the Catholic Church will not discourage the noble tradition of the cleric as the social champion of the people. It is time that we had their like to nail their colours to the mast once again. Growing up in the last century, I was familiar with such names as Fr James McDyer and his tireless campaign against the official neglect of Gleann Cholm Cile; and Canon George Quinn and his fight for better social housing. There were several others, who have spilled over into recent years, including Fr Peter McVerry and his fight for homeless people in Dublin, and Fr Harry Bohan and his belief in the staying power of families in rural Ireland. But the champion of them all, the priest with the soft voice and a twinkle in both eyes, was the indefatigable Monsignor James Horan. Not only did he re-design the village of Knock to make it more people friendly, he built schools, clinics, and a convent, and a vast basilica. He organised community water schemes, and forestry plantations, and built an impressive international airport in the bogs of Mayo. 

 

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