The Mass for the feast of St Laurence O’Toole was “a sign of the continuity of the mission of the Church and the way that the message of Jesus shows its relevance from one generation to the next”, said Archbishop Diarmuid Martin.
“The great challenge, now as it was then, is to create a society which will enable all of its citizens to flourish in equality in a country with an identifiably distinctive voice in Europe and in the world, an Irish republic, a sovereign independent state to use the words of the Proclamation.”
In his last letter before being executed in Kilmainham Gaol, Cmdt Michael Mallin wrote: “Joseph, my little man, be a priest, if you can.”
Previously unseen historical documents from the Dublin Diocesan Archive and material from religious orders who witnessed the Rising will be on display to the public at the Pro Cathedral until the end of the year.
'The All Ireland Behind Barbed Wire' airs on RTE Radio today and tells the story of the unique GAA football match between Kerry and Louth in Frongoch in July 1916.
Decade of Commemorations presents a vital opportunity for every part of the Church on this island, not only to remember the past, but to create and shape the future.