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The Knock Shrine’s New York Connection

On Saturday 21 August 2021, the 142 Anniversary of the Apparition at Knock, will be celebrated in County Mayo, and in New York City. The story of one of the world’s most famous Marian Shrines began in 1879 at 8 o’clock on a Thursday evening, August 21, 1879, when the Blessed Virgin Mary, St. Joseph, and John the Evangelist appeared on the south gable end of a church in the rural village of...

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Famine Commemorations Around the World

The drive to commemorate the Great Famine and the global legacy of Irish immigration is swelling to massive proportions. Along with the new Irish Immigration postage stamp launched both in Ireland and the U.S. this year, and the increasing number of Irish Famine Curriculum Bills appearing before state legislatures, monuments commemorating the Famine and the Irish Diaspora are springing up...

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Boston Irish Fight Today’s Famines

After building a $1 million memorial park last year to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Irish Famine, Boston’s Irish community is turning its attention toward people suffering from contemporary famines throughout the world. A proposed Irish Famine Institute that blends social activism and academic research is currently in the planning stages in Boston. Organizers want to create a...

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A New Life for an Old Castle

Take a long look and it’s easy to imagine yourself in the heart of some Irish Camelot. Overlooking the rolling green countryside between Gort and Galway city, Cloghan Castle is one of the finest examples of the restoration of Ireland’s numerous castles and old houses. For centuries this 12th century Norman fortress stood in ruins — like many other historic sites in Ireland....

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Hibernia People

Il Papa Meets Il Bono “Holy Father, this is Mr. Bono — he’s a pop singer.” With these words the U2 lead singer was introduced to Pope John Paul II at the Vatican in September. Bono and former Boomtown Rats frontman Bob Geldof met with the pope as part of a campaign the two celebrities are promoting to wipe out the Third World Debt. “The pope’s everyday courage...

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