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Sep 25 – St Finbarr (560-610) bishop, patron of the diocese of Cork

"He shall be called Finn-barr, that is 'beautiful hair', from the beautiful head he offered in sacrifice to God."

More than 1,000 pilgrims have completed the Bray Celtic Camino

"It appears to be the most popular Camino route in Ireland – we are getting people travelling from England and the United States to complete it," says Joe Maguire

Sr Consilio to receive Oireachtas Human Dignity Award

“Sr Consilio has built something of national importance and lasting significance” - Ceann Comhairle and Kildare South TD, Seán Ó Fearghail.

Pope Francis pays tribute to first bishop of Kildare

Pontiff joins parish of Newbridge and diocese – 1500 years after St Conleth died on 4 May 519 – in "giving thanks to Almighty God for the example of this saintly bishop and abbot”.

Commission finds no records for hundreds of baby burials

“Let us know where they are buried. Please come forward. Tell the truth” – Minister Katherine Zappone.

WMOF documentary to feature on RTÉ

“We filmed in the months leading up to it and from the day [Pope Francis] arrived. That is captured and the highs and lows, the anticipation and the preparation for the event and then Croke Park and the days in the RDS and the papal mass” – Ciara Nic Chormaic.

Conference to highlight boom in spiritual tourism

March conference at the Waterford Institute of Technology is the first of its kind in Ireland and will discuss the potential for growth in sustainable spiritual tourism.

Cork missionary honoured for her work in South Korea

Sr Philomena and her colleagues faced an extremely turbulent environment when they arrived at the end of the Korean War, with large numbers of people suffering from tuberculosis and malnutrition or in need of treatment for landmine injuries.

Thousands taking part in National Pilgrim Paths Week

“The event is targeted not only at those who enjoy exploring Ireland’s ancient tracks, but also the growing numbers seeking to escape the daily grind of life and take time out to reflect and meditate a little while enjoying the outdoors” – John G. O’Dwyer.

Live animal crib gets makeover

“The Crib reminds us of the simplicity of the Christmas message and represents a small piece of the countryside in the heart of Dublin’s vibrant bustling streets” – Brendan Carr, Lord Mayor of Dublin.

Thousands to take part in Pilgrim Paths Festival

Festival becomes a week-long event for the first time thanks to “a remarkable renewal of interest in following in the footsteps of the past”.

Archbishops in show of unity ahead of St Patrick Day

Archbishops Jackson and Martin to visit the new DIT Campus in Grangegorman for a religious service and the blessing of the shamrock.

Parishes given seeds to plant new vocations

Up to 600 parish representatives join Bishop Buckley and members of Cork & Ross' religious orders to mark the Year for Consecrated Life.

Thousands walk National Pilgrim Paths for Easter

Large numbers of both Irish and overseas visitors walk 11 ancient trails over the course of the Easter Bank Holiday weekend.

St Brigid’s Way joins National Pilgrim Paths

The Brigid’s Way Celtic Pilgrimage takes nine days and charts St Brigid’s journey from her birthplace and shrine in Faughart Co Louth to her Abbey, healing and garden wells in Kildare.

New Administrator appointed in Killaloe

Fr Des Hillery, parish priest of Nenagh, to oversee the running of the diocese until a new bishop is appointed.

Nigerian Archbishop’s anguish over schoolgirls

"They are just innocent girls and every human being feels bad about this. Life is sacred."

Easter Saturday designated National Pilgrim Paths Day

Event aims to raise awareness of Irish pilgrim routes and medieval Christian heritage.

May Love be our Lantern Flame

Celebration in Cork by the Presentation Sisters and friends of the declaration of Nano Nagle as Venerable.

Presentation nuns host Cork celebration for Nano Nagle

Bishops concelebrate Mass for 'the Lady of the Lantern'.

President Higgins pays tribute to Christian Brothers in Cork

Visit marks school’s 125th anniversary.

Sep 7 – St Finian of Movilla (495-579) abbot-bishop

Summary: There are many St Finians and at least two Movilles. The Movilla of this saint is not – as many people may think – the village of Moville in Co Donegal, but Movilla in Co Down,  just outside Newtownards. A graveyard and the ruin of a church [...]


Reparation and Repentance: …

A resource to organise prayer services of reparation and repentance to atone for the crimes of clerical sex abuse. This booklet was put together by Father Kevin Scallon CM.

Strangest genius: the stained glass …

This is a beautifully illustrated history and catalogue of the entire stained-glass collection of Harry Clarke (1889-1931). Authors: Lucy Costigan & Michael Cullen

Why Go to Mass?

Finbarr Clancy SJ answers the question about why is it important to go to mass.


Fr Michael Melvin SVD

Finbarr Tracey SVD, pays tribute to Fr Mick Melvin, SVD, Director of Kairos Communications, who died last September (2008).