Tony Curran explains the purpose of Catholic Comment, why he got involved as a speaker and his sense of the need for lay catholics to find their voice.
Interview with Tony Curran conducted by Bill Kemmy
source – www.catholiccomment.ie
Catholic Comment is a new organisation which has been formed to prepare a team of lay people to speak confidently and clearly about the Catholic faith in the media.
Catholic Comment is faithful to the mission and teachings of the Catholic Church.
In matters of controversy, we will always seek to be fully informed and fair to all parties. We will not get involved in internal Church disputes.
We want to promote better understanding of the teaching of the Church, its wisdom and heritage.
Tony, from Firhouse in Dublin, is married to Marie and has three children and three grandchildren. He works in the construction industry, and is a keen musician, a songwriter and a student of Theology at the Priory Institute, Tallaght.
Kathleen is originally from McLean, Virginia, USA. She completed a Masters in Comparative Literature at Trinity College Dublin and is now researching for a PhD in English at NUI Galway.
Robbie graduated from NUI Galway with a B.Sc. and an M.Sc. in Science before completing a Medical Degree in UCD. While enjoying the student life in Galway he made a decision to become a catholic. He’s currently a junior Doctor in Dublin who enjoys a ramble in the Wicklow mountains when time allows.
Wendy is a graduate of journalism and visual media. She is currently working in marketing and is also involved with running the Temple Bar TradFest. Wendy has a twice-weekly radio programme on Spirit Radio.
Karl is 29 years old and comes from Wicklow. He is a graduate of Trinity College, currently working in Finance and he also regularly contributes to programmes on Spirit Radio.
Kevin is a primary school principal from Co Roscommon. He is 29 years old. He is actively involved in parish choirs and is particularly interested in music.
Gavin is from Sligo and is now living in Dublin. He is 31 years old and is engaged to Olivia. Gavin works as a panel beater and has also trained as a psychotherapist.
Martin lives in Ballina, Co Mayo and is married with three young children. He is a secondary school teacher of Religion, English and Economics.
Paddy lives in Kanturk, County Cork and is married with four adult children. Paddy is an engineer and also holds an MBA.
Lorcán is a 26 year old barrister from Galway City who lives and works in Dublin. He is a graduate of the National University of Ireland, Galway with a BA & LLB and the Honourable Society of the King’s Inns.
Catriona, from Galway, is a mother working part time as a Parish Pastoral Worker in Dublin. She is a qualified Chaplain and has previously worked as a Manangement Consultant with Deloitte and as a Secondary School Teacher.
Maura Garrihy is 22 years old and is from Ennistymon, Co Clare. She has just completed a degree in Theology and Business at NUI Maynooth and is currently public relations manager for Elation Ministries.
Gene completed a degree in Chemistry and French and a Master of Science by research before entering the field of education. Originally from Laois, she now works as a primary school teacher in the South Dublin area.
Joseph is 27 years old and is from Longford town. He studied for his BA degree and Masters at NUI Galway before moving to Dublin. He is currently researching for a PhD in Modern Irish History at Trinity College Dublin.
Michael graduated as an architect in 1981 after studying at the University of Virginia and at UCD. He obtained a masters degree in Regional and Urban Planning in 1984. He has worked mainly in the private sector as an architect in practice. He lives with his wife and son in Corrofin, Co. Clare.