Monday, 10 December 2018

Sunday, 2 December 2018

A retreat at Mount Melleray

The retreat was my first visit to Mount Melleray.  After a long drive from Dublin my first glimpse came as somewhat of a surprise, seeing it from a distance nestled on the side of the

Describe the daily programme - Early Mass celebrated by Fr. Gregory - Solemn Reqiuem Masses - Conferences - Stations of the Cross - Benediction

Fr. Winterton, Cong. Orat.

Tour of the Abbey

On Friday afternoon, while confessions were being heard in the People's Church, the other retreatants had a talk from a member of the Community about the life and spirituality of the Cistercians, as they do every year. Fr. Denis Luke spoke about the Rule of St. Benedict. Afterwards, he took them on a tour of the Abbey Church and farm yard, including the famous miraculous bin of Mount Melleray.

Tuesday, 20 November 2018

Back on the Rails Part VI - Cork to Charleville NEEDS WORK!

The principal railway station of Cork is Kent or Ceannt Station on the Lower Glanmore Road, named after Tomás Ceannt of Castlelyons, one of the signatories of the 1916 Declaration. 

It is now a terminus, where trains to Dublin, Cobh and Midleton depart.  Originally, it has been the terminus of the Cork-Dublin line of the Great Southern and Western Railway, and the Cork-Youghal-Queenstown line of the Cork and Youghal Railway Company.  The present station had been a great leap forward, designed for the merger of the two lines when it opened in 1893, to allow trains to run direct from Dublin to Youghal.  (and two steps back!)  The line reached from Dublin as far as Blackpool by 1849 but did not reach the Lee until 1855 when the Blackpool railway tunnel was completed. 

Locomotive Display in Ceannt Station

Statue of Our Lady of Lourdes in Ceannt Station

Almost immediately on leaving the Station we pass under Lower Glanmire Road.  Here is the first remembrance of Fr. Prout, St. Patrick's Church on the Lower Glanmore Road, which he was instrumental in building.  As I pass it and St. Anne's (Anglican) Church, Shandon, I say a prayer for Fr. Prout.

Once under the road, we enter the tunnel.  At over 1,200m, it is twice the length of the nearby Jack Lynch road tunnel under the Lee (which took two-thirds of the time to construct with modern machinery).  This railway tunnel is a marvel of Victorian engineering.  As the line emerges at Blackpool, the view of old Cork down the valley towards Fairhill is slowly being obscured by 'progress' but you can still see the colourful terraces and the towers of St. Anne's, Shandon, and the North Cathedral.  The train and N20 will keep close company as far as Charleville, reinforcing my point about the historical significance of geography.  We have passed directly from the Diocese of Cork (and Ross) into the Diocese of Cloyne.

A little further out of the City, the train line passes the former stations at Rathpeacon and Blarney - Blarney once had two railway connections - and a few miles further on, we pass Waterloo, where Fr. Matt Horgan built the famous Round Tower.  The train line now follows the valley of the River Martin as far as the former station at Mourne Abbey and the River Clyda to the outskirts of Mallow, where both meet the River Blackwater. 

Moving north of Mallow, we pass the euphoniously named New-Two-Pot-House and on to Buttevant, where the worst rail disaster took place on 1st August, 1980.  Buttevant's historic pedigree is everywhere to be seen.  Buttevant Friary is in the grounds of the Parish Church - a rare enough phenomenon given the acquisitive instinct and sticky fingeredness of the reformed and once established ecclesial community.

Very little remains of Buttevant Barracks

Ballybeg Friary

River Awbeg
Charleville, just at the border with County Limerick.

Saturday, 28 July 2018

Pilgrimage to Borris, County Carlow

Members and friends of the Catholic Heritage Association joined together this afternoon for a Pilgrimage to Borris, County Carlow, and a Traditional Latin Mass in the beautiful Church of the Sacred Heart, at the foot of Mount Leinster, in the valley of the River Barrow eight miles upstream from Graiguenamanagh and next to Borris House, seat of the McMorrough Kavanaghs, the ancient Gaelic Kings of Leinster.  The Mass celebrated was that of the day, the feast of Saints Nazarius and Celsus, Martyrs; Victor I, Pope and Martyr; and Innocent I, Pope and Confessor.

Reports of previous Traditional Latin Masses organised by the Association to Borris can be found here: 2012, 2013, 2014.

Unfortunately, Buildings of Ireland has only a short account of the Church here.

The Parish website can be found here and the link to the webcam of the Church can be found here.

Saturday, 21 July 2018

Traditional Latin Mass Pilgrimage to Strokestown

A warm welcome awaited us today in Strokestown, Co. Roscommon, the home place of the late Fr. Flanagan, our first Chaplain, today for a Traditional Latin Mass for the repose of his soul in the Parish Church of the Immaculate Conception, a towering beacon in stone standing guard over the town, on the feast of St. Lawrence of Brindisi.  Our grateful thanks to the Priests and People of Strokestown for their many kindnesses.

Buildings of Ireland has a full description of the Church here.
The online Dictionary of Irish Architects has a note of the Church here.
Reports of previous pilgrimages can be found here (2013) and here (2014)

Tuesday, 3 July 2018

Latin Mass in Strokestown, Co. Roscommon

We are returning to Strokestown, Co. Roscommon, on Saturday, 21st July, 2018, for a visit to the graveyard followed by a Traditional Latin Mass in the Parish Church of the Immaculate Conception at 2 p.m.

Latin Mass in Ballyhea - Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel

The next Traditional Latin Mass in St. Mary's Church, Ballyhea, Co. Cork, will be on the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, 16th July, at 12 noon.

Come and pray with us!

Monday, 2 July 2018

Pilgrimage to Kilcock, County Kildare

Members and friends of the Catholic Heritage Association joined together last Saturday for a Traditional Latin Mass for the repose of the soul of one of our founder members.

Reports of previous Traditional Latin Masses organised by the Association in Kilcock can be found here: 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2017.

The Patroness of the Parish is St. Coca. You can find out more about her here.

St. Ninian of Scotland began his career in Cloncurry, also in the Parish. You can find out about his connection with Kilcock here.

Buildings of Ireland gives a detailed description of the Church of St. Coca here.

Thursday, 28 June 2018

Killeigh (Walsh)

The following is from Fr. Thomas Walsh's History of the Irish Hierarchy, published in New York in 1854, chapter l, at p. 512:

Killeigh in the barony of Geashill. St. Sinchell founded this monastery for canons of St. Augustine. See Clane Co Kildare.

AD 849 died Reaghtawry abbot of Killeigh

June 28th eighteenth of Elizabeth this monastery with three messuages one hundred and twenty four acres of arable land twenty four of pasture three of meadow and four of underwood and three messuages six cottages twenty acres of arable land and seven of pasture in the town of Donfeigh in the county with the tithes were granted for ever in capite to John Lee at the yearly rent of 45s 6d.

May 16th 1578 this abbey with all its temporal possessions was granted to Gerald, Earl of Kildare, and his heirs at the yearly rent of 33s 4d with an obligation of maintaining one able horseman.

A nunnery for canonesses of St. Augustine existed here. Its erection is attributed to the Warrens but before the English settled in Ireland. This establishment was in existence. They may have repaired it Gray Friary. This house was erected in the reign of King Edward I by an O Connor as some suppose.

AD 1303 Donald O Bruin guardian of this monastery was made bishop of Clonmacnoise.

At the general suppression this abbey was granted to John Alee. Killeigh was formerly a place of note and its religious houses were amply endowed particularly the monastery of the canons regular.

Monday, 25 June 2018

First Pilgrimage to Tullamore

It would a joyful privilege for members and friends of the Catholic Heritage Association to be joined by so many people from Tullamore and the surrounding Parishes for our first pilgrimage to the Church of the Assumption, Tullamore, Co. Offaly, last Saturday.

The Parish website gives an excellent history of the Catholic Heritage of Tullamore, on the occasion of the recent centenary of the Church, here, with a survey of the Church building here.  Buildings of Ireland, as ever, has a thorough appraisal of the Church itself here.  Archiseek has another excellent piece here.

Our good friends at Tullamore Parish have posted some photos of the Mass on their excellent Parish website here. Mary with her loving Son, bless us each and every one!

Sunday, 24 June 2018

Latin Mass Pilgrimage to Kilcock, Co. Kildare

We are returning to St. Coca's Church, Kilcock, Co. Kildare, on Saturday, 30th June, for a Traditional Latin Mass at 12 noon.

Come and Pray!

Saturday, 23 June 2018

Latin Mass in Ballyhea - Feast of Saints Peter and Paul

The next Mass in St. Mary's Church, Ballyhea, Co. Cork, will be on the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul, 29th June, at 12 noon.

Come and pray with us!