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Garda Male Voice Choir in Cork @ SMA Wilton
May 11 @ 7:30 pm – 8:45 pm
Garda Male Voice Choir in Cork @ SMA Wilton | Cork | County Cork | Ireland

Enjoy the Garda Male Voice Choir this Saturday 11th May at 7:30 pm Mass in SMA Wilton, St. Joseph’s Church, Cork.

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IRELAND: The Future is Pro-Life @ The Alex Hotel, Dublin 2
May 25 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
IRELAND: The Future is Pro-Life @ The Alex Hotel, Dublin 2 | County Dublin | Ireland

Irish Catholic conference

IRELAND: The Future is Pro-Life

Fighting to restore a culture of life a year on

Alex hotel, Dublin 2 / https://www.thealexhotel.ie/find-us/ 

Saturday May 25, 2019

Cost: €30 (see link below to register)

(The conference is sponsored by Aid to the Church in Need)

09.00        Registration

09.30        Introduction and welcome – David Quinn

09.45        Maria Steen
Where we find ourselves as a pro-life community

10.30        Senator Rónán Mullen
Rebuilding the culture of life in the public square

11.15        Tea and coffee

11.45        Aid to the Church in Need

12.00        Niamh Uí Bhriain
Where does the pro-life community go from here

12.45        Lunch

13.45        Emma O’Connell
Being pro-life means practically supporting a culture of life

14.30        Deputy Carol Nolan TD
Why we need to keep up the political pressure

15.15        Panel discussion with questions and answers
Moderated by David Quinn

15.45        Conclusion
To register for the conference click here.

A Power Greater than Ourselves: Helping Families Manage Addiction with Mick Devine @ Galilee Spirituality Centre
May 25 @ 10:30 am – 3:30 pm

This day is for families (adults) of people in addiction, including family members in recovery. It will focus on helping all members to understand addiction and how it impacts on a family. We will seek to explain how family members adopt coping mechanisms in order to absorb the impact of the addiction on the family and explore new ways of managing the addiction. Throughout the day there will be an emphasis on the spiritual dimension both to addiction and to the solutions.

Mick Devine MA is a therapist and has been an addiction treatment practitioner for over 20 years. He is the Clinical Director at a leading addiction treatment agency based in Cork. He has a particular interest in the role of the spirituality of the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous in the treatment of addicted persons.
Numbers limited. Booking essential. Light lunch included.

May is The Month of Mary @ Our Lady of Dolours Church
May 29 @ 7:30 pm
May is The Month of Mary @ Our Lady of Dolours Church | Dublin | County Dublin | Ireland

An evening of traditional hymns and music for the Marian month.

The Wonders of Creation @ An Tobar Spiritan Retreat Centre, Ardbraccan, Navan, Co Meath, Ireland
May 31 – Jun 3 all-day
The Wonders of Creation @ An Tobar Spiritan Retreat Centre, Ardbraccan, Navan, Co Meath, Ireland | County Meath | Ireland

The Wonders of Creation
The Miracle of Life. An Invitation to walk with God In self-Discovery within the Mystery of the Unfolding Universe.
The retreat will be a journey of exploration.
Who am I? Where did I come from?Where are we going? What is the meaning of Life?
The Evolutionary story of the Universe will be the context for the retreat as we explore together how the universe in all its manifold relationships, shows forth the inexhaustible richness of God

Clonard Novena 2019 @ Clonard Monastery
Jun 19 – Jun 27 all-day
Forgiveness: The journey from hurt to healing, freedom and peace with Des Corrigan, SMA, Sat, June 22 @ Dromantine Retreat and conference Centre
Jun 22 all-day

The journey from hurt to healing, freedom and peace.


Des Corrigan, SMA, 

An opportunity to reflect on ways to deal with life’s hurts and disappointments,
so we can move forward and find peace and contentment

Worldpriest Annual Global Rosary Relay @ Worldwide
Jun 28 all-day
The Evangelium Project @ DCU All Hallows Campus, Dublin 9
Jul 13 all-day
Knock Shrine Novena-14-22 Aug- 140 Anniversary-high profile speakers @ Knock Shrine, Knock
Jul 14 – Aug 22 all-day

Wednesday, 21st August marks the 140th anniversary of the apparition in 1879, and a special day of celebration is planned to mark the occasion.

A host of high-profile speakers from the worlds of politics, media and faith are lined up for this year’s National Novena in Knock.

The Novena marks the 140th anniversary of the Knock apparition in August 1879.

This year’s theme is “Continuing Our Journey”. The schedule of speakers opens with former Taoiseach, John Bruton, speaking about “Faith, Future and Europe” on Wednesday, 14th August.

The former Fine Gael leader served as Taoiseach from 1994 to 1997. He was also the EU Ambassador to the United States and held various other leadership and ministerial roles throughout his career.

The next day, Knock will host Archbishop Rino Fisichella, President of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelisation in the Vatican.

He has served as President of the Pontifical Academy for Life and as President of the International Council for Catechesis since 2013.

Previously, he taught fundamental theology for 20 years at the Pontifical Gregorian University. He also served as an Auxiliary Bishop of Rome, Rector of the Pontifical Lateran University and in various curial positions.

He will speak on the theme, “Mary in the life of the Church”.

On Friday, 16th August, Olive Foley, wife of the late Anthony Foley, the Munster rugby coach who died suddenly in his sleep at the age of 42 in 2016, will speak on “Family and Faith”. The mother of two is an ambassador for the Children’s Grief Centre in Limerick, which offers support services for children who have lost a loved one.

Other speakers lined up for the Novena, which continues until 22nd August, are Bishop Alan McGuckian of Raphoe who will speak on “What Knock means to me” on Saturday 17th August at 3pm.

Irish geologist, botanist, author and broadcaster Dr John Feehan will also speak on Saturday 17th August at 12pm and 8pm on “God in Creation – learning to read the other Book of Revelation”.

Dr Feehan was a senior lecturer in the School of Agriculture and Food Science at University College Dublin, where he taught for 20 years up to his retirement in 2012.

In recent years he has devoted his attention more particularly to the interface between religion and science.  His book on creation spirituality, The Singing Heart of the World, won a Nautilus Book Award in 2013.

Sunday, 18th August is a special family day at Knock Shrine which begins at 12 noon. Activities will include drumming, kite design, face painting and games.

At the 3pm Novena, Bishop Kevin Doran of Elphin will speak on “A joy that lies ahead of us.”

At the 8pm Novena, Msgr John Armitage, Rector of the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham, will speak on “Mary and the reality of family life”.

RTÉ Journalist Carole Coleman is set to addresses the Novena at 3pm and 8pm on Monday, 19th August. A former Washington correspondent for RTÉ, she is currently a presenter and reporter on This Week on RTÉ Radio One. She will speak on “Motherhood, media and me”.

Former leader of the Green Party, Rev Trevor Sargent, will speak on the theme, Faith in Action on Tuesday 20th August. Rev Sargent served as Minister of State for Food and Horticulture from 2007 to 2010 and as leader of the Green Party from 2001 to 2007. He was ordained for the Church of Ireland in 2018 and serves the parishes of the Waterford Union.

Wednesday, 21st August marks the 140th anniversary of the apparition and a special day of celebration is planned with Archbishop Michael Neary of Tuam. The theme for the day is “The message of the Knock apparition, then and now”.

At 12pm a seminar will be held on the theme “19th Century Mayo – place, people and the Knock apparition” and it will be given by Nollaig Ó Muraíle and Tom Neary.

Mr Ó Muraíle is an Irish scholar. He published an acclaimed edition of Dubhaltach Mac Fhirbhisigh’s Leabhar na nGenealach in 2004. He was admitted to the Royal Irish Academy in 2009.

Mr Neary served as head steward of The Knock Shrine Society for many years and is the author of many books and publications on the Knock apparition.

The Knock village model will be unveiled at the seminar. The village recreation depicts Knock village as it was in 1879. The model is filled with miniature details of the old church, the houses the witnesses lived in, schools, people, animals, roads, pathways and farmland. It offers a fascinating insight into village life in Knock and into the historical and social context of the Knock apparition.

At 3pm, a new processional statue of Our Lady of Knock which was carved by Stuflesser Ortesei in Italy will also be unveiled, while at 7pm “Witnesses’ walk – meeting heaven at harvest time” will celebrate and commemorate the apparition witnesses by following in their footsteps as they made their way to the gable of the parish church on that wet August evening in 1879.

The final day of the Novena will see renowned Jesuit social justice and homeless campaigner Fr Peter McVerry speak on the theme, “Following the dream of Jesus”.

In 2017, the Peter McVerry Trust worked with over 4,900 vulnerable youths. As a social activist, Fr Peter is a strong advocate for those who have no voice in society.

He has written widely on issues relating to young homeless people such as accommodation, drugs, juvenile justice, the Gardaí, prisons and education.

Thanks to Sarah Mac Donald  of our news staff

Celtic Pilgrimage 2019 @ Based in Teach Bhride Education and Spirituality Centre, Tullow, Co. Carlow
Jul 22 – Aug 1 all-day
Celtic Pilgrimage 2019 @ Based in Teach Bhride Education and Spirituality Centre, Tullow, Co. Carlow

Let the Celtic landscape speak to you – Celtic Spirit

Experience the beauty of the ancient landscape of Ireland, touch its sacredness and stand in its richness and solitude; be present,
mindful, open, attentive…

Walk in the footsteps of the Celtic mystics and saints and allow their spirit of courage and trust give you strength and healing.
Hear the stories that shaped their lives and journeys. Listen to the music and songs that moved them to dream, fired their
passionate longings and brought them to stillness. Imagine and reflect by megalithic tombs and high crosses where they found
meaning, comfort and peace. Be silent on the sacred pathways that will give you space to awaken to the dreams and longings of your own heart. Enjoy relaxing times by the fire with a ‘drop of cheer’ as well as special evenings in the company of local
musicians, singers, dancers and storytellers.


Hilary Musgrave and Monica Brown will facilitate this 10 day pilgrimage that will take you to Glendalough, Newgrange, The Boyne Valley, The Hill of Slane, Jerpoint Abbey, St Brigid’s Centre Kildare Town, Kilkenny City and County Carlow, visiting ancient ruins and old burial sites, high crosses, holy wells, medieval cities and sacred places. Through music, song, story and myth, imagery and scripture  – storytelling, Hilary and Monica will invite you to listen to your own story in this Celtic Landscape where you can come home to yourself and to your God.


Accompanying us on the journey through the Celtic Landscape will be Irish story tellers, Celtic singers, historians and Irish dancers.
Mary Minihan – Solas Bhride, Kildare,
Mary Teresa McCormack – Iontas, Co Tipperary,
Niamh Brennan – writer, Co Waterford,
Tony O’Dwyer – Co Wexford,
Stefan – Co Tipperary.


Date: Monday 22nd of July – Thursday 1st of August 2019
Venue: Based in Teach Bhride Education and Spirituality Centre, Tullow, Co. Carlow.
Cost: From €1,850 (Euro) …Cost includes: courtesy coach from Dublin city centre – to and from venue – accommodation and all meals; all pilgrimage travel; entrance fees to sites and presenters fees.

HIV survivors – Retreat Weekend – Douai Abbey-England -2-4/8 @ Douai Abbey
Aug 2 – Aug 4 all-day

A retreat weekend for those who are HIV+ is held every year at Douai Abbey on the first weekend of August. This year the retreat is open to anyone from Ireland

The cost is £20 (Non refundable deposit ) +a donation according to your means. IrishBookings accepted until 20th July.

Limited financial assistance is available to cover travel expenses.

c/f  [email protected]

Online prayers: Matins and Lauds (Morning Prayer)
Aug 14 @ 6:35 am – Aug 17 @ 7:35 am
Feast of the Assumption of B.V.M. – Online Mass @ St. Eunan's Cathedral, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal
Aug 15 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Solemn Conventual Mass of the Assumption @ Glenstal Abbey (Benedictine Monks)
Aug 15 @ 12:10 pm – 1:10 pm
Sunday Mass online: St. Anne’s, Bailieborough, Co. Cavan
Aug 18 @ 10:00 am – 10:45 am
Online daily mass @ St. Joseph and St. Benildus, Waterford
Aug 21 @ 7:30 am – 8:00 am
‘Seek Beauty; Find Truth’ – Young Adult Catholic Conference – Dublin – Aug 31-1 Sept. @ All Hallows' College,
Aug 31 @ 9:45 am – Sep 1 @ 4:15 pm


Join the Legion of Mary for our two day Young Adult Catholic Conference in All Hallows College from Saturday 31st August to Sunday 1st September. This year’s theme “Seek Beauty, Find Truth; Mary guide our hearts” looks to evangelize our young people through the beauty of our church.

The best evangelical strategy, according to Saint John Paul II, tells us that“Leaning on God, they continue to reach out, always and everywhere, for all that is beautiful, good, and true”. With this in mind the ultimate goal of the conference is to bear witness to the truth which leads us to the timeless beauty of the Catholic Church offered to every soul.

Through a vast selection of speeches and workshops over the weekend the conference hopes to inspire our young people on topics such as Catholic femininity and masculinity, truth in post-modern society, understanding the beauty of the Eucharist and exploring Catholic art.

Join us in spreading the joy and beauty of our Catholic Faith and bring the hope and truth of Christ to our modern world. The conference, through the grace of our Blessed Mother Mary, hopes to raise up young daughters and sons to become the next generations of Catholic leaders, that our Church so desperately needs.

Holy Mass, Adoration and the Sacrament of Reconciliation will be available allowing people to witness the beauty of our faith on a personal level. There will be numerous opportunities to socialize and interact with other young Catholics throughout the weekend (ensure to bring your runners!!).

Help us proclaim the truth and beauty of the Catholic faith which will lead souls to the knowledge and love of Christ.

Weekend programme available on our website

(Strictly 18-40 years )


Novena to Our Lady of the Sacred Heart @ Sacred Hear Church in Cork
Aug 31 @ 10:00 am – Sep 8 @ 9:00 pm

Masses take place daily at 10:00 am and 8:00 pm.

Convent Caminos – @ OLA Sisters, Ballintemple,
Sep 14 all-day

There are many meanings of ‘Camino’ – one of them is ‘journey’. On Saturday 14th September 2019 journey with us on the Convent Camino and experience a glimpse of Convent Life through the eyes of four different religious Congregations in Cork.

Starting at 10am in the OLA Sisters, Ballintemple, followed by visiting Ursuline Convent, Blackrock; Poor Clare Monastery and Sisters of Bon Secours, College Road.

Booking essential for catering purposes.

For more information and booking contact: Anne-Marie at [email protected] or Sr Karen 087 7910785. Transport provided if required for our journey.

Online Sunday Vigil Mass Folk Group @ St. Pius X Church ST. PIUS X, TEMPLEOGUE, DUBLIN
Sep 21 @ 7:00 pm – 7:45 pm

St. Pius X Church, Templeogue, Dublin 



Online Mass in Irish – Rathfarnham @ Church of the Annunciation, Rathfarnham
Sep 22 @ 8:30 am – 9:15 am

Sunday Mass in Irish



Lectio Divina intro with Fr Joe Ralph, OP, Newry, Sat 28.Sept. @ Dromantine Retreat and Conference Centre
Sep 28 all-day

Lectio Divina introduction

to the Ancient Church practice


Fr Joe Ralph, OP,

The Transformation Game @ Resurrexit
Sep 28 @ 10:15 am – 12:05 pm

                                    THE TRANSFORMATION GAME

Are you searching for a new direction or a deeper meaning in your life? Is there a personal or spiritual issue that you would like to explore? This one day workshop offers you the opportunity to engage in a deep spiritual
exploration in a safe environment. The workshop invites you to identify your gifts and strengths. You will learn ways of drawing creatively on your intuitive abilities and of confronting blocks that hinder your spiritual
development. Hopefully, it will help you to develop trust in yourself, in others, in the movements and inspirations of the Spirit, and in the flow of life. It can help you to discover a Providence at work in your everyday life. The whole process is grace-filled and can lead to deep spiritual growth. The experience can at times be quiet intense, yet it also has an air of lightness, ease and humour.

Fr Donal Dorr will facilitate this day on Saturday September 28th.
He is well known as a writer, lecturer, and facilitator.
For many years he has been exploring spirituality and experiential learning. He is the author of books on various aspects of holistic spirituality. His most recent book is The Pope Francis Agenda. As this is a one day work shop it is essential that participants complete the full day. It would be disruptive for the group if some people want to leave early and really awkward if some want to come later.


Starting at 10.15 am sharp and finishing at 5.45pm.
With 50 minute for lunch break.Please bring your lunch.
Teas and coffees provided.
Suggested investment €15 (Concessions available.) Booking is essential for this workshop.
Contact Eileen on 087-2592525.


Novena in Ballyfermot, Our Lady of the Assumption @ Church of Our Lady of the Assumption
Oct 4 – Oct 12 all-day


Novena Masses: 10 am and 7 pm weekdays / Sundays: 9:30 and 11 am.

What does it mean to be a Christian –
Oct 7 @ 11:33 am – 12:33 pm


1.   Saturday 5th October

Workshop 1
Working together to care for our common home

Our planet is threatened by human induced climate change. Can we ignore it?

Explore the options with Dr Ciara Murphy and Fr. Brian Grogan SJ and our response to human-induced climate change.

· Learn about the major challenges

· Be converted to care for the earth

· Explore practical steps

This workshop opens with some quality input by
Fr. Brian Grogan:  has been a retreat director, spiritual guide, speaker and writer for many years.His latest book Finding God in a Leaf – The Mysticism of Laudato Si explores a way of opening our spirit to nature and responding interiorly to the challenge to keep it safe for the next generations.
Dr. Ciara Murphy.Ciara Murphy is Environmental Policy Advocate with the Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice. She works on influencing policy change at a national level as well as focusing on local initiatives. Ciara holds a BSc. in Environmental Biology and a PhD. in Environmental Microbiology which have equipped her with a broad knowledge on environmental and biodiversity issues.

Then you are invited to meditate on the issues and pool our wisdom.


2. Saturday 19th October
Accompanying the Young in the creation of a hope-filled future (download brochure)

Saturday 19th October

During this workshop we will look at how young people engage with faith; what interests them and empowers them in their search for God.

The workshop will generate ideas as to how we, as church can facilitate that search and discern paths for future development in parish and faith community.

Saturday 12th Oct

Registration 9.30-10

Optional soup & sandwiches at 1 pm

Our Speakers

Padraig Swan

Director of Faith and Service Programmes at Belvedere College SJ

Padraig has been leading the pastoral team at Belvedere College since he moved from the Jesuit Centre for Young Adults in Gardiner Street. He coordinates faith programmes and service projects at home and abroad as well as accompanying the boys in their faith development.

3. Saturday 26th October
Walking with people in poverty in a mission of reconciliation and justice (download brochure)

4. Saturday 2nd November
Showing the way to God through prayer and discernment (download brochure


What can I expect?

The morning begins with solid input from our speakers followed by coffee and then a chance to deepen a question or a text in a simple prayer exercise and finally discuss our findings before a simple soup & sandwiches lunch for those who wish it.


9.30 – 10.00 Registration
10 – 11 Talk
11 – 11.30 Tea/Coffee
11.30 – 12.15 Workshop 1
12.15 – 1.00 Workshop 2
1.00 Soup & Sandwiches (optional)

A voluntary contribution would be appreciated.

Conversations in Ennismore @ Ennismore Retreat Centre
Oct 7 @ 7:30 pm – Dec 16 @ 9:15 pm

Conversations in Ennismore, Cork, is a weekly forum hosted in the Dominican Retreat House, each Monday from 7.30pm – 9.15pm. The Conversations host a series of Conversations in theology, spirituality, psychology, current issues, minority voices, scripture. Here you will see our Conversations for 2019-2020.

All are welcome. Donation of €10.00 per Conversation.

Mondays 7.30pm – 9.15pm Donation: €10.00 info: 021.4502520 [email protected]

Oct 7th – Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction John Cummins, Psychotherapist
Oct 14th – Stress: friend or foe? Patrick Sheehan, Psychotherapist
Oct 21st – What René Girard would say to Mr Trump! Michael Kirwin, SJ, TCD
Nov 4th – Ethical Formation: being formed for the Good Life. Archie Byrne, OP Ennismore
Nov 11th – Is Democracy under threat? Ian Hughes, Environmental Research Institute, UCC
Nov 18th – Immigrants: Gift or threat? Piaras MacEinri, Dept. of Geography UCC
Nov 25th – Invasion by democratic untruth: the fallacy of universalism Arpad Szakolczai, Dept. of Sociology UCC
Dec 2nd – Does God Feel? Wilfrid Harrington, OP, Priory Institute
Dec 9th – Salvation through Christ alone? Conor McDonough, OP, St. Saviour’s, Dublin
Dec 16th – JRR Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings: a Christian epic? Philip Cremin, Dept. of Humanities WIT

(We will resume our Monday night’s Conversations in Ennismore on January 6th 2020)

Solemn Novena to St Gerard Majella @ St. Joseph's Redemptorist Church
Oct 8 – Oct 16 all-day
Climate Change Symposium @ Bush Hotel
Oct 12 @ 10:00 am – 3:30 pm
Climate Change Symposium @ Bush Hotel | Carrick-On-Shannon | County Leitrim | Ireland

Our third annual climate change symposium will explore the key issues for Ireland, nationally and locally. With presentations from Hildegarde Naughton, TD, Michael Ewing, The Environmental Pillar; Ben Malone, Biodiversity Data Centre Ireland and Damian Jackson, Irish Council of Churches. There will be opportunities to discuss with others and to get involved with local climate action groups. Vegetarian lunch provided. All welcome.

Harmony in our relationships @ Resurrexit
Oct 12 @ 10:30 am – 4:30 pm

This workshop will lead us on an exploratory journey to discover the psychological building blocks which are needed to be put in place, in order to have harmonious
Facilitated by Joey Feeley
Saturday 12th October, 10.30am to 4.30pm
Tea and coffee served from 10am.
Investment € 40 ( concessions available)
Please bring your lunch, cooking facilities available,
bar food 9 minute drive.