Tuesday, 5 June 2018

Latin Mass Pilgrimage to Tullamore

For the first time, the Catholic Heritage Association will be making a pilgrimage to historic Tullamore, Co. Offaly, on Saturday, 23rd June, with a Traditional Latin Mass celebrated in the Parish Church of the Assumption at 2.30 p.m.

Come and pray!

Thursday, 29 March 2018

Traditional Easter Ceremonies

The Easter Ceremonies in the Gregorian Rite:

Holy Thursday

4 p.m. - Holy Mass: Silverstream Priory, Stamullen, Co. Meath
6 p.m. - Holy Mass: Sacred Heart Church, The Crescent, Limerick City
6 p.m. - Holy Mass: Ss. Peter and Paul's Church, Paul Street, Cork City
7 p.m. - Holy Mass: St. Kevin's Church, Harrington Street, Dublin 8.
7.30 p.m. - Tenebrae: Silverstream Priory, Stamullen, Co. Meath

Good Friday

12 noon - Stations of the Cross: Ss. Peter and Paul's Church, Paul Street, Cork City
3 p.m. - Liturgy of the Passion: Sacred Heart Church, The Crescent, Limerick City
3 p.m. - Liturgy of the Passion: Silverstream Priory, Stamullen, Co. Meath
5 p.m. - Liturgy of the Passion: St. Kevin's Church, Harrington Street, Dublin 8.
6 p.m. - Liturgy of the Passion: Ss. Peter and Paul's Church, Paul Street, Cork City
7 p.m. - Stations of the Cross: St. Kevin's Church, Harrington Street, Dublin 8.
7.30 p.m. - Tenebrae: Silverstream Priory, Stamullen, Co. Meath

Holy Saturday

12.30 p.m. - Tenebrae: Ss. Peter and Paul's Church, Paul Street, Cork City
8 p.m. - Easter Vigil: Silverstream Priory, Stamullen, Co. Meath
8.30 p.m. - Easter Vigil: Ss. Peter and Paul's Church, Paul Street, Cork City
9 p.m. - Easter Vigil: Sacred Heart Church, The Crescent, Limerick City
9 p.m. - Easter Vigil: St. Kevin's Church, Harrington Street, Dublin 8.

Easter Sunday

9 a.m. - Holy Mass: St. Mary's Church, Ballyhea, Co. Cork
9 a.m. - Holy Mass: St. Mary's Church, Chapel Street, Newry, Co. Down
10 a.m. - Holy Mass: St. Patrick's Church, Drumkeen, Co. Donegal
10 a.m. - Holy Mass: Silverstream Priory, Stamullen, Co. Meath
10.30 a.m. - Holy Mass: Sacred Heart Church, The Crescent, Limerick City
10.30 a.m. - Holy Mass: St. Kevin's Church, Harrington Street, Dublin 8.
12 noon - Holy Mass: Ss. Peter and Paul's Church, Paul Street, Cork City
1.30 p.m. - Holy Mass: Holy Cross Church (O.P.), Tralee, Co. Kerry
2 p.m. - Holy Mass: St. Columba's Church, Longtower, Derry City
4 p.m. - Holy Mass: St. Therese's Church, Somerton Road, Belfast City
5 p.m. - Holy Mass: St. Patrick's Church, College Road, Kilkenny City
5.30 p.m. - Holy Mass: Blessed Sacrament Chapel, Our Lady's Shrine, Knock, Co. Mayo

Beannachtaí na Cásca oraibh go léir!
A happy and holy Easter to one and all!

Monday, 26 March 2018

Bective Abbey

From Thomas Walsh's History of the Irish Hierarchy:

Bective in the barony of Navan and on the river Boyne. Murchard O'Melaghlin, king of Meath, founded the Cistercian abbey of Bective in the year 1146, under the invocation of the Virgin Mary.

The reader cannot but observe that a large number, if not the greater part, of the Irish monasteries was dedicated to the Mother of God. Always devotion to the Virgin Mary has been practised in Ireland. The poor reaper of Ireland on his autumnal pilgrimage to England to earn a few pounds wherewith to pay the Irish landlord a portion of his rack rent implored Mary, the star of the sea, to protect her dear Irish boy wherever he roamed, confident of her protection the Irish emigrant betakes himself to the waters of the mighty Atlantic and when the winds of heaven agitate the vast deep threatening with destruction the bark, to whose temporary keeping English rule and landlord oppression, worse than Egyptian bondage, have consigned him, the Irish Catholic, no other hope being left, entreats Mary to supplicate her Son, whom the seas and winds obey, in his behalf.

The abbey of Bective was called de Beatitudine

AD 1340 John was abbot.
AD 1488 the abbot, James of Castlemartin, received the king's pardon for the part he had taken in the affair of Lambert Simnell.

July the 31st and thirty fourth of Henry VII, the abbot surrendered, according to the acceptation of the word (in the English use it means forced to surrender), the possessions of this abbey, amounting to twenty messuages and one thousand two hundred acres of arable and pasture land in the county of Meath, became involved in the general confiscation and yet, as the royal plunderer progressed in his sacrilegious career, new wants arose, seemingly as cruel and as tyrannic as his thirst for the blood of his faithless wives.

The abbot of Bective sat as a baron in parliament, Large ruins of Bective abbey still remain. The cloisters and tower are almost entire.

Saturday, 10 February 2018

Diocese of Clonard (Part 4)

From Fr. Anthony Cogan's The Diocese of Meath Ancient & Modern (Published: Dublin, 1862 by John F. Fowler):


548 St Finnen Abbot of Clonard Tutor of the Saints of Ireland died.
587 St Seanach Bishop of Clonard died. St Fiachrius Abbot of Clonard and also of Conwall in Donegal died March 29th between the years 582 and 652.
652 St Colman the Bishop Abbot of Clonard died on the 8th of February Same year. St Ossenius Abbot of Clonard died on the 1st of May 664. St Ultan Abbot of Clonard died this year of the plague There died very many ecclesiastics and laics in Ireland of this mortality and amongst others St Aileran the Wise who was chief professor of the schools of Clonard. He wrote the lives of St Patrick, St Brigid and St Fechin of Fore, see Ware's Writers of Ireland p 36.
700 Colman O Heirc Abbot of Clonard died.
716 Dubhduin O Frelain Bishop and Abbot of Clonard died.
726 Aelchu Abbot of Clonard died.
731 Fianamuil Abbot of Clonard died.
733 St Tola Bishop of Clonard a worthy soldier of Christ died.
740 Forannan Abbot of Clonard died.
743 Dodimog Abbot of Clonard and Kildare died.
746 The burning of half the granary of Clonard.
755 Ailgnio Prior Abbot of Clonard died.
758 Beclaitnae Abbot of Clonard died 760 Loam Abbot of Clonard died.
767 Aerlaidh of Clonard died.
771 Gaeidheal of Clonard died.
774 Fulartach Bishop of Clonard died.
778 (recte 783) Faelghus a wise man of Clonard died.
782 (recte 787) Dubhdabhoireann Abbot of Clonard died.
784 (recte 789) Clonard was burned on Easter night precisely.
788 (recte 793) Crunnmhael of Druim Inesglainn Dru miskin county Louth Abbot of Clonard died.
791 (recte 796) Clotchchu Bishop and anchorite of Clonard died.
794 (recte 799) Clonard was burned in the beginning of Summer.
800 (recte 805) Dubhdaboireann O Dubhain Abbot of Clonard died.
818 Crunnmhael Abbot of Clonard died.
824 Clemens Bishop Abbot of Clonard died.
828 Cormac Abbot of Clonard scribe and bishop died.
833 Eoghan of Monasterboice Abbot of Armagh and Clonard died.
837 Ruaidhri Prior of Clonard and abbot of other churches too died.
840 The destruction of Clonard by the foreigners.
856 Comsadh Bishop and Abbot of Clonard died.
857 A great meeting of the chieftains of Ireland was convened this year by Maelseachlainn the Monarch at Rahugh West meath. The Bishop of Armagh and Suairleach Bishop of Clonard attended for the purpose of uniting them in peace and harmony.
860 Dalach Abbot of Clonard died.
862 Conor son of Donehadh lord of Meath was drowned at Clonard by Aulave king of the Danes 868 Suairleach of Eidhnen Bishop anchorite and Abbot of Clonard doctor in divinity and in spiritual wisdom in piety and in good deeds so that his name spread all over Ireland died.
879 Aedhan Abbot of Clonard died.
881 Ailbrend successor of Finnen of Clonard died.
882 (recte 885) Cormac Bishop of Duleek and Abbot of Clonard died.
883 Clothchu Prior of Clonard died.
885 Cucongalta Abbot of Clonard died.
887 The plundering of Kildare and Clonard by the Danes.
919 Ruman Mac Cathasach Bishop of Clonard died. It was for him this quatrain was composed:-.
'Shrine of wisdom illustrious acute a man of virgin purity.
By the hosts of people assembled was he loved Human son of Cathasach the amiable.'
924 Colman Mac Ailill Abbot of Clonard and Clonmacnoise a bishop and wise doctor died. It was by him the Daimhliag cathedral church of Clonmacnoise was built he was of the tribe of Conailli Muirtheimhne.
'The tenth year a just decree joy and sorrow reigned
Colman of Cluain the joy of every tower died."

Thursday, 8 February 2018


From Thomas Walsh's History of the Irish Hierarchy:

Killeen in the barony of Skrine two miles south of Tarah gives a title to the family of Fingal Near the castle which De Lacie built AD 1180 was a church dedicated to the Virgin Mary beautifully carved and in the pointed style The east window was large and of considerable height and west of the church were two towers The ruins of many ancient tombs are still to be seen with several figures in the episcopal habit and mitres on their heads This is supposed to be the Killeen in which seven bishops are interred

Saturday, 9 December 2017

Diocese of Clonard (Part 3)

From Fr. Anthony Cogan's The Diocese of Meath Ancient & Modern (Published: Dublin, 1862 by John F. Fowler):

"According to Harris St Finian was seated at Clonard in 520. Usher places this event at 544 The most probable year seems to have been 530. Usher quotes from a registry of the diocese of Meath that St Finian got the domain of Clonard from St Kieran of Clonmacnoise. By other authorities Clonard is said to have been a desert when St Finian founded his monastery and by the untiring labours of the monks it was converted into a rich and luxuriant soil. However that may be it is certain that the monastery of Clonard became one of the greatest schools in Europe. Venerable Bede bears testimony to its learning and to the hospitality with which foreign students who crowded thither were entertained. It was frequented by youths not only from Ireland and the British Isles but even from Armorica and Germany so that the number at one time was computed at three thousand. Thus in the Office of St Finian we read:-

Trium virorum millium Sorte sit doctor humilis Verbi his fudit fluvium Ut fons emanans rivulis En hie rexit in Uteris Vise vicimus regire Hie se jungebat superis Hie transfertur egregii

Some of the greatest names in the Annals of Ireland are recorded as having studied scripture and theology under St Finian of Clonard. St Columbkill, the apostle of the Picts, St Kieran, the founder of Clonmacnoise, the Venerable Kieran of Saigar, over whose head had then passed nearly one hundred winters, the great St Brendan of Clonfert and his namesake of Birr who is characterized as a prophet and one of the leading men in the schools of Ireland, St Molua the founder of Clonfert Molua, St Canice after whom the city of Kilkenny derives its name, St Columb of Tirdaglass and numberless others were enrolled as the pupils of St Finian of Clonard.

The Four Masters call him tutor of the saints of Ireland. Sir James Ware says that his school was a sacred repository of wisdom and that he was called Finian the Wise. In a life of his quoted by Usher he is called chief among the saints of the second class and according to all ancient authorities he was a profound commentator on the Scriptures and by his learning and holiness of life elevated the literary and religious fame of his country. One of the hymns anciently sung at his festival begins thus:

Exultamus Finiano
Jubilemus diluculo
Cujus dogma fuit favo
Prcedulcius in populo

And another thus:

Kegressus in Clonardiam
Ad Cathedram
Lecture Apponit
Diligentiam Ad Studium Scripture

In a fragment of his life quoted by Sir James Ware we read:-

'In a place called Cluanaraird St Finian like the sun in the firmament enlightened the world with the rays of his virtues of wholesome doctrine and miracles For the fame of his good works invited many illustrious men from divers parts of the world to his school as to a holy repository of all wisdom partly to study the sacred Scriptures and partly to be instructed in ecclesiastical discipline.'

And in the Life of Saint Molua:-

'He came to the holy school of St Finian in his own city which stands on the borders of Leinster and of the Sept of Neill in which school a great multitude of the holy men of Ireland studied divinity under the care of St Finian.'

In O Clery's Irish Calendar the following notice is given of him:-

'St Finnen Abbot of Clonard, son of Finnlogh, son of Fintan of the Clanna Rudhraighe. He was a philosopher and an eminent divine who first founded the College of Clonard in Meath near the Boyne where there were one hundred bishops and where with great care and labour he instructed many celebrated saints among whom were the two Kierans the two Brendans the two Columbs viz. Columbkille and Columb MacCrimthain, Lasserian, son of Nadfraech, Canice Mobheus Itodanus and many others not here enumerated. His school was in quality a holy city full of wisdom and virtue according to the writer of his life and he himself obtained the name of Finnen the Wise. He died on the 12th of December in the year of our Lord 552 or according to others 563 and was buried in his own church at Clonard.'

St Finian was distinguished for his austere mode of living. His usual food was bread and herbs his drink water. On festival days he sometimes used fish and a cup of beer or whey. He slept on the bare ground having a stone as his pillow. He was attended in his last illness by St Columb of Tirdaglass and died at Clonard on the 12th of December 552.

It is a matter of uncertainty whether St Finian was Bishop or simply Abbot. Ware calls him first bishop of Clonard. In the Life of St Columb of Tir daglass quoted by Colgan he is expressly called bishop. He seems also to have been the Bishop Finian alluded to in the Life of St Colman. Mention is made too in the prayer for his Office of his episcopal dignity although there is no allusion to it in the Lessons. On the other hand the Four Masters call him simply Abbot, although they designate his successor Senachus who died in 588 as Bishop of Clonard. The Prelates of Clonard being called Comorbans or successors of Finian would lead one to infer that Finian was likewise Bishop. The Four Masters place his death at 548: 'St Finnen Abbot of Clonard tutor of the saints of Ireland died.' The most probable year of his death seems to have been 552"