- Joe Duffy’s Spirit Level on RTE on 7 February included a feature about Fr Joe Mallin SJ, the 94-year-old Irish Jesuit who is the son of Michael Mallin, one of the executed rebels in 1916. It showed Fr Joe walking around Kilmainham Gaol and the Garden of Remembrance as he reflected on his father’s life and faith – particularly his remark in his final letter from prison: “Joseph, my little man, be a priest if you can”.
- At the Six Nations rugby match between Ireland and Italy, the Irish side could boast six Jesuit alumni: Gordon D’Arcy and Rob Kearney (Clongowes); David Wallace and Eoin Reddan (The Crescent); Kevin McLaughlin (Gonzaga); and Cian Healy (Belvedere). Is this a record?
- A new documentary film by Jim Davis (Cineworld, 21 February, 3.30pm) will shine a searchlight on a controversial moment in recent Dublin history. In early 1982, residents of Hardwicke Street (part of Gardiner St parish) called a meeting to address the epidemic of heroin use in the flats and soon had formed a group known as Concerned Parents against Drugs. Using film, newspaper and photographic archives, Davis’s film reconstructs their rise and fall.
FR PROVINCIAL’S DIARY
11 February: Dominic Collins Visitation
12 – 14 February: EOC Provincials and Treasurers meeting in London
23 February: Cherry Orchard Visitation