- Jesuit schoolboys Ed Byrne (Clongowes, pictured) and Gonzaga’s James Fitzpatrick worked hard for Ireland’s rugby Under-18s against England. Ed scored a sweet try under the posts. James’s tackling and tactical kicking were superb. It was not enough. With ten minutes to go, Ireland led 12-10, but they ran out of puff and went on to lose 12-29. Pity.
- On the next two Sundays, the RTE Radio Mass will be from Corpus Christi Parish, Moyross, Limerick, where Tony O’Riordan SJ is acting PP. His initiative aims to present the good aspects of Moyross to a wider community, and has found a healthy response from the parishioners. Tony will be celebrant on 16 January and Fr. Frank O’Connor, in charge of Ecumenism in the diocese, will lead on 23 January, which falls in the Church Unity Octave.
- On 10 January, RTE’s Nationwide [just over one minute into programme] featured two Belvederian Young Scientists, Owen Killian and Lukas Grange, who have devised a heart defibrillator that could fit in your pocket, powered by a smart phone. With their teacher, Stephen Carey, they acknowledged that there are many technical problems to be solved; but the Mater cardiologist Joe Galvin enthused that the idea is brilliant, and if it can be brought to production, it could revolutionise heart care. Our next issue will report on how they fared among the Young Scientists.
- Peter Hannan SJ and Eileen O’Brien have put together a series of six sessions on Movies that Matter: The Inner Journey, which will run in Manresa, Dollymount every fortnight, starting on Wednesday 19 January (from 7.30 to 10 pm). Films to be shown in full are: City Slickers; Shirley Valentine; Cinema Paradiso; Dead Poets Society; All or Nothing; and Awakenings. There is no set cost; attendants may contribute at their own discretion. For details, visit www.manresa.ie.
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17-21 January: Visitation of Milltown