In a Word . . .

. . . sorority. Patsy McGarry

Friends of the Elderly volunteer Sandra Hurst visiting Tony Dunne   in Pimlico, Dublin,  on the 40 anniversary of Friends of the Elderly. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell

‘They struggle at this time of year anyhow, with the days getting shorter’

Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin: “We have some people whose frustration with their own gay identity is leading them to be homophobic . . . The pope is clearing the air for a further discussion.” Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Idea church cannot live with gay civil unions is unacceptable, Archbishop of Dublin says

Former president Mary McAleese campaigned in favour of same-sex marriage during the 2015 referendum. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Francis suggests in documentary ‘civil union law’ should be created for gay people

One health official said the figures showed children did not spread the virus to other children in classes to any great extent. Illustration: iStock

Rate of positives in school testing running at about a third the rate in overall community

Church of Ireland Primate Archbishop John McDowell is one of four church leaders who have signed the letter, which is published in Monday’s Financial Times

Church leaders ask ‘on what foundations does our democracy stand?’ if Bill is passed

In a Word . . .

. . . Wit

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin: ‘Some of those who took part in these anti-mask demonstrations were the same groups that attempted to overturn my car when I attended an Islamic gathering in Croke Park.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Archbishop refers to attempts to overturn his car prior to Croke Park Eid event last July

Running in the Aughrim Climate Action Park are Fr Gerard Geraghty (front) Rev John Godfrey. Photograph: Gerry Stronge

‘We want local people to join us in doing 3K-a-day until the churches open again’

Bishop of Clogher Larry Duffy said in some  parishes in his cross-border diocese Mass is available in one part while not in the other.

Over half Clogher parishes in Northern Ireland, with two in both jurisdictions

Choreographer Liz Roche: among those admitted to Aosdána’s circle of 250 artists due to vacancies arising in the last year. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Association honours new members in artforms such as writing, drama, dance and film

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden: Poll shows 90 per cent of black Protestant registered voters, 70 per cent of Jews and 67 per cent of Hispanic Catholics would vote for him on November 3rd. Photograph: Chang W Lee/New York Times

US president’s support strongest among white evangelicals, Protestants and Catholics

The single-vehicle traffic collision took place at Ballyogan, Co Kilkenny. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Appeal for witnesses to incident near Graiguenamanagh, Co Kilkenny

In a Word . . .

. . . schadenfreude

Rev Dr Sahr John Yambasu became an Irish citizen in 1989.

President-designate was born in Sierra Leone, worked as taxi driver and holds doctorate

Solidarity-People Before Profit TD Gino Kenny, whose Dying with Dignity Bill faces  faces significant resistance from members of the medical profession.  ‘It is not going to be straightforward and it is difficult to know where it will go.’ Photograph: Sam Boal/

Cabinet divided on legislation which has been moved to Oireachtas Committee on Justice

Church of Ireland Primate Archbishop John McDowell (above) and Archbishop of Dublin Michael Jackson said they ‘recognised that very difficult situations and emotions can arise from the management of care towards the end of a life’.

Presbyterian Moderator ‘deeply disappointed at Dáil vote on Dying with Dignity Bill’

Doctors and nurses should never be required to assist in the deliberate ending of life, the Catholic Bishops have said. Photograph: iStock

Bishops encourage people to ‘persevere and not to lose heart’ as pandemic continues

‘The future relationship between the UK and the European Union will be the focus of debate and negotiation for many years to come’

Leaders welcome commitments to protect the Belfast Agreement

The Tánaiste said he had confidence in NPHET in relation to its public health advice but there were other considerations that needed to be taken into account. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Tánaiste says recommendation was 'landed on us' by surprise on Sunday night

Australian Cardinal George Pell arrives at his residence in Rome, Italy on September 30th. Photograph: Fabio Frustaci/EPA

Italian newspapers say documents show money paid to secure imprisonment of Australian Cardinal George Pell

 Ibec  has called for publication  of the evidence that is underpinning the latest  recommendations. File photograph: Douglas Magno/AFP via Getty

Teaching unions seek review on whether it is safe for schools to stay open amid rise in cases

Pope Francis leads his Sunday prayer from  his office overlooking Saint Peter’s Square.  Photograph: EPA/Riccardo Antimiani

Pope Francis hopes deaths may not be ‘tragedy from which we learn nothing’

I am now in the autumn of my years though, hopefully, still more September than October-coloured.
In a Word . . .

. . . autumn

Rector at St Nicholas’s, Rev Lynda Peilow, said “we are working hard also to ensure that St Nicholas’ will be around for another 700 years”. Photograph: iStock

Collegiate Church of St Nicholas in city centre was completed in 1320

Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang takes a knee in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. The Church of Ireland said  taking the knee ‘has become a symbol of protest against racial injustice and an expression of solidarity’. Photograph: Laurence Griffiths/PA Wire/NMC Pool.

Clerics say racism denies belief ‘that all are made in God’s image’

The figure includes   an unspecified number undergoing a one-year pre-seminary programme for those considering whether they have a vocation. File photograph: Getty Images

Five men ordained to Catholic priesthood in Ireland this year to date

 Albert Gubay was born in Wales of an Iraqi-Jewish father and a devout Catholic mother from Co Clare. Photograph: Eddie Kelly

Fund recipient St Vincent de Paul Society appoints Rose McGowan as president

In a Word . . .

. . . dead. Patsy McGarry

 Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin has voiced concern that some are underestimating the current public health situation in Dublin.  File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Archbishop says he is worried about parishes taking initiatives to ‘get First Communions done’

In a Word...

...myth. Patsy McGarry

Remains of the burnt-out Moria migrant camp on the Greek Aegean island of Lesbos. Photograph: Angelos Tzortzinis/AFP

Children among 36 Ireland pledged in 2018 to take from migrant camps in Greece

While numbers demanding communion by mouth  were ‘not huge, reports were fairly consistent from parishes across the country’, Fr  Liam Power said. Photograph: iStock

Bishops advised ‘there must be limits to appeasement’ in dealings with alt-right views

 Fr Tony Flannery said he was “not surprised, but disappointed and saddened” by the CDF document. Photograph: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland

‘I could not possibly have any more dealings with a body that produces such a document’

Chief executive Caoimhe de Barra said “the Covid crisis has profoundly changed Trócaire’s work. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

People in poverty ‘unable to take preventative measures such as hand washing, social distancing and remote working’

In a Word... Blessings

We are lucky to have such a rich store of proverbs in this country

Children being taught under the schools programme for Insan, a Lebanese NGO in Tyre.

Rosminian cleric working with Lebanese NGO trying to shift material to camp near Tyre

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Diarmuid Martin says public health authorities are concerned about church breaches

Church collections were ‘the main-stay of parish life’ and restrictions imposed due to the pandemic were having a drastic effect on these, he said. File photograph: Keith Heneghan/Phocus

Without collections ‘Catholic life, as we have it, would disappear’ - Fr Brendan Hoban

In a Word ... Martin

I had a dream, and it involved Martins. Lots of Martins

Catholic Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin and Church of Ireland Archbishop of Dublin and Glendalough have encouraged parishes to ring the bells at 3pm  on Saturday. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

In remembrance also of all who have died due to Covid–19 and their grieving families

The publicans were accompanied by a 30-foot a billboard featuring the Taoiseach and Tánaiste blindfolded under a caption ‘Playing a Blinder? Pubs are open across Europe. What not Here?’ Photograph: Patsy McGarry

‘He knows now in no uncertain terms what we need and where we are’

Paul Dempsey being ordained as the new Bishop of Achonry. Photograph: Catholic Communications Office/Twitter

Paul Dempsey (49) becomes new Bishop of Achonry at ceremony in Ballaghaderreen

In a Word . . .

. . . advertisement. Patsy McGarry

The site of a mass grave for children who died in the Tuam mother and baby home, Co Galway. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Topics included ‘False allegations of child abuse against the Catholic Church, including homicide’

Patrick Kavanagh took a disastrous libel action over a Leader magazine piece in 1954

Parishioners attend Sunday mass at a Greek Orthodox church in the village of Athienou, Cyprus. Photograph: Amir Makar/AFP via Getty Images

Ireland’s four main church leaders issue the call as they endorse wearing of face coverings

Archbishop of Tuam Michael Neary at Knock Shrine at the time of the  papal visit in summer 2018. File photograph: James Forde

Michael Neary: ‘All of us feel vulnerable, fragile, wonder and worry about what the future has in store’

Protesters for the Campaign to save St Mary’s Nursing Home on Merrion Road outside the High Court. File photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times.

Anxiety at moving elderly residents during pandemic and no redundancy for staff

Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Diarmuid Martin says he is ‘scared’ by stories of alleged racism among young people

Colm O’Gorman, Amnesty International Ireland’s executive director. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Colm O’Gorman of Amnesty International says Irish people must be ‘actively anti-racist’

Mary was assumed into heaven, whereas Jesus ascended under his own steam

Family members following the remains of Brendan Halligan after his funeral Mass at the Church of Holy Spirit, Ballyroan, Dublin. Photograph Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

Former Labour Party TD, Senator and general secretary also led state companies and agencies

Upwards of 42 per cent of the parents worried about their child’s mental health for the upcoming term if they did not return to school in a full-time classroom setting, with a further 41 per cent concerned about their children catching up on missed teaching. Photograph: iStock

Nearly half of parents will consider Covid-19 measures put in place before allowing children return to school

Controversy in Scotland after government reverses the downgrading of 124,000 students’ calculated grades

 Minister for Education Norma Foley: said work is continuing ‘to ensure that all students are treated fairly’. Photograph: Alan Betson

Recognising what happened in Scotland ‘may cause anxiety for Irish students’

Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin: ‘Precariousness will affect so many of the things that in the past gave us a sense of security.’

‘We will have to face and live with the challenges that the pandemic has brought’

Knock Shrine in Co Mayo will be closed next Saturday, August 15th, on what is generally one of its busiest days of the year. Photograph: Michael McLaughlin.

‘Unprecedented’ decision sees Co Mayo religious site miss out on one of year’s busiest days

In a Word ... Fans

Ever seen the largest self-supporting Mickey in the whole of the United States?

Mick Waters died after a long illness with cancer at the age of 76.

Soca began in Coventry and Birmingham before being set up in London, then Dublin

David Griffin was the main dealer in Ireland for Daihatsu and Lada cars.

Former motor racing star and car dealer remembered as a ‘gent’ and ‘great competitor’

Hugh Hunter travelled the world with Aer Lingus.

Cabra native worked in Bahrain, Frankfurt and Yemen and loved going to horseracing with his wife Betty

Tom Hennessy lived a full life on the family farm in Kilfinane.

Mad about hurling, Tom wouldn’t be the best man to go to a match with. He’d lose the head

Kathleen Swaine was described at her funeral Mass as ‘a cross between Marilyn Monroe and Sue Ellen Ewing, but smarter and more fun’.

Kathleen’s favourite thing to do was giving, and she gave to everyone

Campaigners  call on the State to step in to keep St Mary’s Nursing Home on the Merrion Rd in Dublin open. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

‘Wealthy institutions should not hide behind complex company structures to avoid their responsibilities’ claim INMO

‘Each sister is walking one hour and 15 minutes at the rate of 17 miles a minute,’ says prioress Sr Lucy (pictured right, with Sr Jacinta, left).  Photograph: Redemptoristine Sisters/Facebook

The 12 nuns plan to complete the marathon distance of walking in prayer in seven hours

John Hume’s remains will be taken to St Eugene’s Cathedral in Derry on Tuesday evening at 5pm. Photograph:Alan Betson

‘Death of one of our greatest sons’, says Catholic Primate Archbishop Eamon Martin

 Dr Ronan Glynn, Acting Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health. File image: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Over 90 per cent of cases reported on Sunday had been identified, acting CMO says

In a Word.... Patsy McGarry

St Mary’s Centre Nursing Home is one of two Sisters of Charity nursing homes in Dublin unable to pay redundancy to its staff.

Congregation has begun moving elderly residents out of three homes since early July

When the Eid celebration was announced for Croke Park  the then government roadmap for  lifting Covid-19 restrictions would have allowed for 500 particpants at all public events from July 20th. Photograph: Norman McCloskey/Inpho

Event was announced before current restrictions were extended to August 10th

Site of a mass grave for infants who died in the Tuam mother and baby home in Galway. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Digital exhibition launched to tell stories of survivors of mother and baby home in Galway

A recent seizure of cocaine by gardaí in  Portarlington, Co Laois. The HRB  found  “there is a steady increase in the number of cases presenting with problem use of cocaine as an additional drug, up from 458 in 2013 to 844 in 2019”. Photograph:  An Garda Siochana/PA

Median age of those entering alcohol treatment in 2019 was 41, almost two-thirds men

A homeless man sleeping on Kildare Street in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

‘Unprecedentedly high number’ of deaths a cause for concern, homelessness body says

There was a sharp fall in the number of people climbing Croagh Patrick on Sunday after the annual Reek Sunday pilgrimage was cancelled due to the coronavirus. Photograph: Conor McKeown

Annual August National novena at Knock is postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic

In a Word . . .

. . . memory

 John (Jack) Kelly ‘always had a story to tell, and a joke to share. He was able to take the slaggings as good as he could give them’.

Lives lost to Covid-19: Wicklow native was ‘full of mischief and a great judge of character’

Msgr James Cassin “created unity” and was “a wonderful person in so many ways”, Bishop of Ossory Dermot Farrell said at his funeral Mass.

Catholic Schools Partnership founder was ‘a builder of community, a reconciler’

The organisers of the Eid celebration at Croke Park hope 500 people will be allowed attend the event.

Organisers ask Taoiseach to allow 500 attend, as was case before restrictions extended

Gardaí will be stopping people from climbin Croagh Patrick on Reek Sunday with the pilgrimage cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Photgraph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Annual pilgrimage in Co Mayo cancelled for 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic

The Irish Muslim & Peace Integration Council is seeking a similar dispensation to the one following a request from Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin. Photograph: Norman McCloskey/Inpho

Event for 500 people was planned before Covid-19 restrictions were extended

 Sylvester Ryder   played the pubs and clubs of Dublin throughout the 1970s, 80s, 90s and up to and including the noughties

Lives lost to Covid-19: Dubliner remembered as a 'great character' and 'entertainer since he was a child'

GAA president John Horan said staging of the celebration at Croke Park fully supported the organisation’s commitment to inclusion. Photograph: Norman McCloskey/Inpho

GAA headquarters to host Eid celebration with 500-person capacity

Marie Hijaci at Dublin Airport: she is visiting a brother in Galway who is unwell but will have to spend the majority of her time here in quarantine.  Photograph: Patsy McGarry

Among visitors to arrive is a woman who will have to spend her entire holiday in quarantine

Being at Drumcree was like Gorundhog Day all over again, every year, writes Patsy McGarry

Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin welcomed new guidance issued by the Government’s Cabinet committee regarding safe activity in places of worship. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Priests agree 25% drop in personal income and voluntary redundancy scheme in place

I still love America. But I grieve for her too

Large spaces between members of the congregation at the 10am Mass on Thursday at the Church of Our Lady of Consolation in Donnycarney, Dublin. Photograph: John McElroy

Diarmuid Martin says Republic should follow Northern Ireland where the permitted attendance is based on the size of each church

 Dr Margaret Kennedy exposed abuses of intellectually disabled people at the Brothers of Charity-run residence in Kilcornan, Co Galway. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Margaret Kennedy recognised for outstanding service to victims of church-related abuse

As Rita Whelan’s condition deteriorated, the hospital staff made sure all her children got a chance to say goodbye to her over the phone.

Lives Lost to Covid-19: She left for London in 1979 and loved to reminisce about her time working at Ashford Castle

Frankie Benson was a major radio personality in the Irish community for over 40 years

Lives lost to Covid-19: Known as ‘Mr Belfast’, Benson hosted a popular radio programme in his adopted city

May Drea “adored small children and would get down on the floor to play with them”.

‘Instant mother’ to four stepdaughters was a loving and gregarious presence

Bishop-elect Martin Hayes on his appointment as Bishop of Kilmore at the Cathedral of Saint Patrick and Saint Felim, Cavan. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Journey brought Tipperary native from Silicon Valley to lead diocese which includes Co Cavan

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