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“You didn’t know Ignatius was Irish?”

Loyola Productions has just brought out a film to commemorate the first Jesuits, AMDG – A World is Not Enough. Paul Campbell describes the project and notes that the actor who plays St. Ignatius, Sean Mahon, hails from Dublin! Sean Mahon, the actor who plays St. Ignatius in Loyola Productions’ A.M.D.G. – A World Is Not Enough, hails from Dublin ...

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Jubilee year off to a great start

The Jubilee Year celebrations for St Francis Xavier began last Saturday with an impressive and well-attended Mass in Gardiner Street. Pat Coyle describes the atmosphere and the highlights. St Francis Xavier Church, Gardiner St. looked beautiful for the Jubilee Mass to mark the 500th Anniversary of the Saint on Saturday, 3rd November, his feast day. Hundreds of candles flickered all ...

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The making of a saint

November 4, 2005 The making of a saint The story of the recently canonised Alberto Hurtado SJ by Fergus O’Donoghue SJ Alberto Hurtado and his wife Ana Cruchaga were a poor and very united couple, living in the town of Vina del Mar in Chile, when their first child was born on 22 January 1901 and was named after his father. His brother Miguel was born two years later, but Alberto was only four when his father died. Ana had to sell the family property to pay debts and moved her little family to the capital, Santiago. They lived with relatives and had to move often. At the age of eight

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“Just a lad of eighteen summers”

November 1, 2005 "Just a lad of eighteen summers" Kevin Barry exhibition in Belvedere by Oliver Murphy Last Tuesday, November 1, was the 85th anniversary of the execution of Kevin Barry. Belvedere College marked the day by opening an exhibition to the public from 11.00 am until 4.00 pm. The exhibition reveals much about Kevin Barry - and raises questions about how he should be remembered. Kevin Barry’s family were from Tombeagh, Hacketstown, in Carlow, near the Wicklow border, an area steeped in the folk memories of the United Irishmen and 1798. Kevin’s aunt Kathleen had established a dairy in Fleet Street, in Dublin’s

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Two for the road

John Dunne was present for a double-bash to send off John Humphreys before he moved over to Galway to take up his new post as rector of St. Ignatius. Double farewell parties were held to help John Humphreys beam himself over as Rector of St. Ignatius in Galway for his second coming. In Loyola House, a modest gathering of 23 ...

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The Republic and values

Though “Rip-off Republic” may not have touched on some of the greatest offending institutions in Ireland today, Eddie Hobbs used the programme effectively to point out some pretty grim facts about Ireland. Eugene Quinn admires Hobbs for raising the question of the nation’s set of values. In the final program of ‘Rip Off Republic’, Eddie Hobbs concluded that a measure ...

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How will they come home to New Orleans?

Edmond Grace remembers a black musician he met in New Orleans in 1991, a man proud to be from that great city. Edmond ponders how Hurricane Katrina might have affected him and those he lived among. When he heard I was from Ireland, he started to play ‘Danny Boy’ in a manner which said as much about his own native ...

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Did you not say the fighting was over?

Tom Leyden reflects on the incendary situation in Northern Ireland these past months and sees the need for dialogue and sensible leadership. My friend Paolo from Naples came to visit me here in Belfast on July 28. A sunless and wet Thursday. But there was a mood of celebration in the city. Earlier in the day the IRA had made ...

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One goal, many journeys, enjoy yours!

As leader of the Irish Magis group, Gerry Clarke has a unique perspective on those heady August days which culminated with the World Youth Day gathering in Marienfeld, Cologne, for Mass with Pope Benedict. Many moments stand out for me as I reflect on the two weeks I spent at the Magis World Youth Day pilgrimage this summer. I’d like ...

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Jesuits serve up theology on NUI menu

Dr Brian Grogan SJ, President of the Milltown Institute, assesses the significance of Milltown being formally inaugurated as a Recognised College of the National University of Ireland on October 5th. The Chancellor of the NUI, Dr Garret Fitzgerald, led the ceremony. This will be a proud and long desired moment in Milltown’s history. From its inception in 1968, the Institute ...

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