MEATH – THE DISAPPEARED – DOWN AND CONNOR – THE REAPPEARED.

MEATH.

THE DIOCESE OF MEATH SEEMS TO HAVE, LIKE DOWN AND CONNOR, LOST A PRIEST IN THE FIRST YEARS OF HIS MINISTRY – FATHER ROBERT MC GIVNEY – ORDAINED IN 2015.

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Here is Bob in a 2 inch collar, immaculate black suit, and shiny leather shoes on a farm holding a lamb.

Here he is blessing a yew and her lambs on the same farm:

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Bob has also issued a public invitation to all the local farmers to bring their animals to the car park of Mullingar Cathedral to be blessed!

Has Bob made any arrangements for the cleaning of the cathedral car park after all the midland animals have used it as their toilet 🙂

I wonder if the administrator of the cathedral and the new bishop Tom Dennihan gone out in their rubber boots, water hose and shovels to clean it all up? Mind you they could give the dropping to the blue rinse ladies of Mullingar to make their roses grow.

A nice romantic idea – but what about the practicalities?

Anyone, now we hear that Bob has left the cathedral and the diocese after three years from ordination?

What is happening that such newly ordained priests are finding out so quickly that they are not suited to priesthood.

You see the seminary is great fun with all the lads.

But the big bad world of priestly ministry etc – and celibacy – is very different!

Bob was pictured at World Youth Day with Gorgeous and other Maynooth ones.


THE DOWN AND CONNOR REAPPEARED

Great news! The Dean of Belfast and the former Director of Students in Moore House, London has come out of hiding – Dean Hugh Kennedy’

He was spotted this very week in Lourdes dressed from head to toe in all kinds of sartorial splendour.

Here he is – pictured with other “minor prelates” of the RC Church in a Lourdes procession:

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The Dean’s many fans and supporters will be so pleased to know that he left his hermitage on the North Coast and is on parade in the South of France in regal purple and red.

92 thoughts on “MEATH – THE DISAPPEARED – DOWN AND CONNOR – THE REAPPEARED.

  1. Pat, you should report the Kennedy picture to the Safeguarding Office.
    All joking aside, Kennedy is suspended from ministry and he is accused of a sexual crime against a young man.
    He is not allowed to present himself in clerical attire or to minister at present.
    The man is clearly out of his tree to be parading himself around in Lourdes in such a manner.

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    1. These interviews with these guys make me nauseous. Utterly cringeworthy. The Conor McCarthy one was the same. Good grief. And who is that clown doing the interviewing?

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      1. They should put the interviewer’s name on it. These videos are a hostage to fortune.

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      2. This is a classic of the genre. A few Missing in Actions in it.

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      3. This is the video with MIAs. Is the long haired one c/o bishop’s house yet?
        https://www.icatholic.ie/the-priesthood/

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  2. Bucky, what a waste of space you are! A lazy, frilly laced moronic bishop with nothing useful to do. Living in an ivory tower, living off the goodness of others but living a life of mockery of Christ. Whatever about the young priests leaving, they certainly knew not to find a pathway to Larne! That would have been hell! They’d have lost all integrity and morals and – God in the process. Go and look at yourself in the mirror and try then to find your soul.

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    1. Fly On Th Wall 7th May 2019 — 5:32 pm

      12 32 ahem! What a wonderful comment Is a Hic Hiccup justified hi

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  3. Pat, if only you had his good looks! Bet you’re jealous. God bless him…

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  4. The Stamullen incident between a former Meath Deacon with Stephen Wilson. Wilson has compermised so many in Maynooth and including a Chruch of Ireland Dean in Enniskillen.

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    1. Is Stephen Wilson still in seminary?

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      1. That’s revolting, however it will set me free to roam around maynooth.

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      2. I thought he was manning the trolleys on Ryanair. I cannot keep up with the comings and goings on this blog. What is extraordinary is that so many of the characters named are still either in some sort of “ministry” ( my arse! ) or still not entirely disconnected with Maynooth.

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    2. Early-morning naming of your nemesis?

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  5. Pat , Kevin McElory is joinning Meath Diocese. Bishop Tom likes him and his physique , wink wink.

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  6. Noel sees fit to turn one of his recently ordained priests into a desk man, residing on the Malone Road, and another one is in Rome at the Biblical Institute. This is madness at a time when Noel gives gloomy sermons about priestless parishes being just around the corner.
    Clerical appointments 2018:
    Rev Dominic McGrattan – having completed postgraduate studies at the Catholic University of Leuven, to assist at the Living Church Office and to reside and assist part time at St Brigid’s, Belfast.
    Rev Andrew Black – Chaplain in Belfast City Hospital, to pursue post-graduate studies at the Pontifical Biblical Institute, Rome.

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    1. God forbid that a priest might develop his biblical knowledge to share with others.

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      1. What he did in the seminary should have been sufficient. Why don’t we send all young priests off for an agreeable time in the Biblicum?

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  7. Fly on Th Wall 7th May 2019 — 8:13 am

    Begorra he could be on to something with thanimals but the suit don’t suit thoccasion. As for the Disneyland parade in France. What poor igits are paying for it hi

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    1. Mornin fly hi,
      begorra a latter day Francis
      of Assiti roamin around
      plus frilly frocks on parade in France. Ooh la la !
      Viva le fraternite.
      Bye fly hi.

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  8. Ciaran Dallett is an attractive guy in the eyes of some. Many women love their men rough and chunky……and that’s how he is. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

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    1. 🤣🤣🤣😂😂😂

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  9. Pat, are you going to report “the Dean” to Down & Connor Safeguarding? They need to hear from you this morning and to receive this photo.
    Why hound Lothario Dallat relentlessly (who isn’t accused of any crime) and make a big joke of Kennedy, who is accused of a sexual crime against a young male? I’m sure the young man who had occasion to report Kennedy isn’t laughing.
    To be fair to Dallat, he probably does feel some remorse and shame at his behaviour, even if it was just because he was rumbled.
    But Kennedy? No way! He sees himself as a “poor martyred innocent victim”. Him mincing around in Lourdes, all dressed up in his Order of Malta costume that allows him to be mistaken for a “prelate”, is indicative of how seriously crazy he is!
    You should also ring the Knights of Malta, Pat, asking them why a suspended priest, under police investigation for sexual offence, is able to march around Lourdes under their watch? What does it say for their safeguarding policies?
    The media will be interested in this one too, Pat. Go after it. Put a stop to the gallop of this self-styled “Dean”.

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    1. From past experience I have zero confidence in the D&C safeguarding office.

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    2. No use telling the Order of Malta. He is on pilgrimage with them in Lourdes from 1-8 May. He is in a procession with other priest chaplains of the OMs, who are often confused with the Knights of Malta but the Knights would be a bit below the salt for the Dean.

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  10. Recently ordained priests are like lambs to the slaughter

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  11. Who wears full clericals out on the farm? What would you wear pat? I wear my worn out cassock or my kappa tracksuit from the 1990s.
    -South Dublin Priest

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    1. At the very least I would wear my wellies.

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      1. 9.46: The thought of pink wellies – you!! yuk!! Stay with the high heels…..

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  12. Oh, such Joy to see Dean Kennedy reappear. We could have such fun regaling ourselves with his antics ! Anyhow, I suppose a bit of harmless fun dressing up and parading through the Lourdes carnival won’t do anybody too much harm.
    I suppose his Bishop might just be asking what he’s up to ? I thought he was furloughed at present and supposed to keep a low profile, perhaps even under some sort of interdict about celebrating Mass etc. and presenting himself as a clergyman, including dressing up as one ?
    It goes to the other character, McGivney, mentioned in today’s blog. Nobody knows what is happening. This is more of the Church burying its head, keeping quiet, hoping nobody notices, praying that it will all go away, rather than just being upfront, honest and transparent. The people for whom McGivney was ordained and who paid for his many years in the seminary and university (us !), should be informed of the situation and whether he is still in ministry or has left. Likewise with Dean Kennedy. We should have been told by D&C what his situation is and what his status is. Instead, we are left to wonder and think and imagine. The Church really does need to get with proper information flow. That does not mean that we need to be told all the salacious detail, but the generality of what is happening should be given in a calm and informed way so that we, the People of God, know what is happening in our Church. The Dallat situation discussed over the last few days is another example of atrocious handling of the reality of a situation by the Church. They really do need to get some people in to handle all of this rather than having some idiot untrained priest taking care of it. And a real professional would tell them that whatever the short term pain,it is always best to be open, transparent and honest earlier rather than later, than just to hope that people don’t notice or hope that the thing will go away, because it doesn’t. It comes back to bite you in the arse !

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    1. Not to mention all the gifts he probably received from friends and family on ordination. Will he give them back? Willie heckers like.

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      1. Do divorced lay people give back their wedding presents or refund parents for the cost of the wedding? Thought not.

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  13. I’m sure Tom Deenihan wont need rubber boots… sure his residence is in Bantry, West Cork.

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    1. His roots may be there but his beaming face and affable presence are well known in the Mullingar area!

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      1. @11.39
        His roots are in Cork City, Blackpool. His house is in Bantry.

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    2. Our Tom loves Kevin McElory. Maybe McElory can have a sleep over party with Bishop Tom.

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  14. I never understood why they didn’t make the Dean of Belfast a mitred Dean, like a mitred Abbot.

    I hope he didn’t go missing in action in Lourdes. Didn’t his Mia in London during that ill-fated choir trip lead to his first suspension?

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    1. The Safeguarding person in St Peter’s Parish, who was also involved with the boys choir, is said to have resigned over the London hotel affair. It would be interesting to get her story.
      Had the “Dean” and his beau been teachers they would have been sacked on the spot.

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      1. Now there in lies a story that needs to be explored.
        Nigella and Dean: Boxer shorts , hotel corridors and drunk queens !

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      2. A good point made – however , I’d responsible for safeguarding … then why resign ? Surely you are obliged and duty bound to expose and make those involved accountable?! Do Not resign and run away leaving the murky world of the Cathedral in the hands of those publicly having lovers’ tiffs !!

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      3. The Dean of Belfast, a boys’ choir and a London hotel! Streuth! The mind boggles! No wonder Elsie turned her nose up at the offer of his services. Not that Westminster is exactly squeaky clean ….

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  15. And congratulations to Fr Michael Router, newly appointed Auxiliary Bishop for Armagh!

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    1. No disrespect to father Michael Router but this is shocking news.
      When you consider the Size of Armagh and + Martin needs an Auxiliary yet Down and Connor is larger so it makes you wonder what for…..
      There is dioceses awaiting Bishops and really Bishop Boyce is still doing Confirmations because + Martin is busy.
      it says in the summer so maybe + Martin is not being a Cardinal in June so maybe October then.

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    2. Canon Matt Hep 7th May 2019 — 3:04 pm

      I was promised that job

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      1. Timmy’s Wife 7th May 2019 — 3:49 pm

        So was my Timmy!

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  16. Kennedy’s antics in Lourdes must be brought to the attention of Noel Treanor and D&C Safeguarding:

    http://www.downandconnorsafeguarding.com.cp-1.webhostbox.net/report-a-concern/

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    1. In that link the person to contact is a Philip O’Hara. One of the victims I recently helped asked O’Hara to arrange a meeting for her with Noel Treanor. Treanor refused to meet her!!!

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      1. Pope Francis has made it very clear they have to meet the victims and that is a fact so Treanor has not got the message.

        Tell your victim to write to the Papal Nuncio and Rome but have a copy of his refusal in case he says he knows nothing about it.

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    2. The Curate’s Cuz 7th May 2019 — 2:52 pm

      The Down and Connor Safeguarding Officer is a company man even though he is obliged to work to a higher standard as a registered safeguarding professional. Do what the cuz does and don’t rely on him – refer every safeguarding issue/concern directly to the police and social services and always seek advice from the police if you are not sure a referral is appropriate. The diocese will (hopefully) take things more seriously when they are informed by the civil authorities as opposed to one of the subordinate ‘worker bees’.

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  17. I don’t think his disappearance will be a result of a breach of celibacy rules, Bp Pat. After all, the penalty for infringement nowadays can range from a chaplaincy appointment through to a standing ovation.
    No, Bishop, I imagine it’s more likely he has met someone special; a nice lady or a man, although there’s an 80 percent chance of the latter

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    1. A sheep farmer perhaps.

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    2. He is big into football and GAA, so more likely to be straight.

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      1. Rory Coyle was secretary of Armagh GAA!

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  18. I enjoy reading about the disappeared, Bp Pat, and the resulting speculation on the comments.

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  19. Kennedy’s carry on in Lourdes is a two-finger salute to Noel Treanor and to Down and Connor Safeguarding.

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  20. I wonder how much of the Kennedy Bakery inheritance is left, after all the fine dining, vintage wines, travel to the hotspots of Europe, assorted clerical clobber, gifts, and maintaining the plush apartment in Portrush overlooking the Atlantic? Even when he was hanging about Westminster Cathedral it was at his own expense. He received neither accommodation nor stipend from Westminster diocese.

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    1. He has a large detached house in Portrush, not an apartment, I think. I also think the inheritance was large enough to do him for life.

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  21. A hell of a lot of priests not in any kind of active ministry let alone busy in a parish. I am out of the loop, but what has Dr Kennedy been doing since the PSNI decided not to prosecute back in 2012? Is there something else not out in the open? What was he supposed to have been doing at More House? It is a hall of residence with plenty of Catholic churches in the area – though none I’d choose viz. The Oratory and Cadogan St – so there is no job for a chaplain. As for that Knights of Malta nonsense … I am sick to the back teeth of the lack of accountability in dioceses. There is a huge amount of trumpeting when some queen gets himself ordained, and then a few years down the line he is mysteriously “absent”, ℅ Cathedral House, or “further studies”. In no other organization would that kind of evasion be possible, yet in the Church it is par for the course – look no further that “Father Daniel’s ( Seward ) absence at the Oxford Oratory. There will be a whole load of Newman bull-shit coming up but the reality is a different story.

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    1. In December 2016, Kennedy was suspended again from ministry on account of a complaint of sexual assault against a young man which was (is?) the subject of a PSNI investigation.
      He was removed from More House in London at that time and stepped aside from all ministry while the complaint was considered.
      The status of this complaint is unknown but, as far as anyone is aware, Kennedy has not been exonerated. So by appearing in his costume at the parade in Lourdes he is in breach of his suspension.

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      1. Thank you for the public service announcement. As with Dallat at the girls’ school, it should ( but doesn’t, given what we know about how the Church operates ) beggar belief that Treanor should have permitted a chaplaincy job for Dr Kennedy, or that Nichols should have approved his faculties in Westminster. As for the Knights of Malta, a certain type of clergyman is drawn like a bee to honey to all that nonsense – snobbery, fantasies about lost empires and chivalric orders, as well as the typical queen who is given unrivalled possibilities for dressing up pretending to be a prelate. Sounds like anyone we know?

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  22. Farmer’s Son 7th May 2019 — 2:02 pm

    That’s a ewe, not a yew… clearly need to develop your smell of the sheep!

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  23. Just curious. Is that a set of sacerdotal arms at the bottom of the young priest’s stole? Has that become a trend in Ireland a la Father Z as over here in the states amongst certain types?

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    1. That is the Meath Diocesan Stole with Michael Smith’s Coat of Arms. Smith wears the matching Chasuble.

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      1. Many thanks for that information! I thought the colors were black but I should have considered the number of tassels as well.

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  24. Take a look at Galway sometime Pat. The number ordained in the last twenty or so years that are now in ministry elsewhere or missing in action is astonishing. The number under fifty-five who just could not take the parade of incompetent leaders and skullduggery is very telling. Off the top of my head, in the last five years, one forcibly laicised, one ‘encouraged’ to seek laicisation which he did, one protesting his innocence even though he’s as guilty as sin, one in ministry in Florida, two in ministry in the UK, and three just upped and left.

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    1. It would be good to have names, dates etc

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      1. 1. Fr. F L, forcibly laicised, circa 2013
        2. Fr. O R, ‘encouraged’ to seek laicisation, circa 2013, the lad never recovered from his naked calendar shoot
        3. Ex-member of religious congregation (begins with R), 2018, protesting his innocence and flaunting around, but his fingers are grubbier than a truckers bottom
        4. Ex-Army/ Renmore man, protesting his innocence, 2016/15
        5. Fr. M O’M,, cracked up in Galway, thriving and happy in Florida as a priest, 2012
        6. Fr. D O’M, viciously bullied, the subject of nasty and untrue lies by, among others, the ex-‘R’ mentioned above, left last year, thriving and happy in the UK as a priest, 2018
        7. Fr. P O’D, became enamoured with orthodoxy, disillusioned in Galway, left two years ago, thriving in the Society of St. Peter in the UK, 2018
        8. 9. and 10. Fr’s. A McG, A B, D C, left the ministry in the last five years
        11, 12 and 13, three who have been in limbo for years

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    2. Clogher is just as bad. The Mia could nearly fill St Macartin’s Cathedral.

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      1. Same everywhere in the UK. The once mighty Archdiocese of Liverpool in meltdown along with all the northern dioceses with no seminary now between them. Only Westminster ( despite or rather because of being a moral cesspit ) holds its end up owing to an influx of ex Anglicans and other dodgy types attracted by all expenses paid housing + benefits. Same maybe true of less glamorous Southwark, and cushy areas such as Arundel and Brighton also picking up ( as it were! ) ex Anglicans. Southern regions of Brum Archdiocese between Oxford and London also popular but I doubt you get many takers for the Black Country. What an absolute shower!

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  25. Oh, it’s so nice to have Dean Kennedy back in the frame. His antics never cease to amuse. He has brought us so much glee and joy over the years. He is like the gift that never stops giving.

    If only it wasn’t so serious, breaching safeguarding limitations on his ministry. I think he might be in a deal of trouble over this.

    Has anybody written to the Bishop, the Safeguarding Office, the Order of Malta etc., and asked for an explanation as to why he is cavorting around in Lourdes all dressed up ?

    Maybe the newspapers might have to take an interest in order for anybody in D&C to take an interest and take some action ? I’m sure the media are having a quiet look.

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  26. Wee Timmy spotted this afternoon in Louis Copeland, high class tailors in Dublin purchasing two suits. There could be something in these rumours about Dublin.

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    1. Two suits there might set you back 3 – 4 grand?

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      1. I’m sceptical about the whole story for that reason alone!

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    2. The New Archbishop of Dublin is a serving Bishop and too be announced soon.
      Timmy may get an Auxiliary’s job.
      It is shocking Armagh has got an Auxiliary when you think Down and Connor is much larger and the archbishop of Armagh is younger and suppose to be fit in health.

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      1. I’m off to check the latest odds on Kieran O’Reilly, so. With maybe Denis Nulty as his replacement in Cashel…

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  27. Maybe someone is winding us up 🙂

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    1. Timbo is so humble he’d be more likely to be see seen thumbing through the ranks of the Oxfam shop looking for a matching black jacket and trousers. Even his ordination mitre will probably be a hand me down.

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  28. D &C won’t give too hoots. They think they are a people set apart. Treanor and that muppet O’Hagan couldn’t care less what anyone says. It’s all about ensuring that the loot keeps flowing in. Christ doesn’t come into it. That branch of the Catholic Church is as corrupt as hell. Deviousness and lies go with their territory. They have an 11th commandment. “Thou shalt not do anything that would impede or diminish our coffers”. Bloody mafia they are

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  29. Bishop Pat it’s time for a special blog on the west : the Galway the clonfert the tuam

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    1. And maybe you can tell us why you left as well Alan?

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    2. Leave Tuam alone the poor guy only has two years left as Archbishop and his friend in Clonfert is waiting to go as soon as possible.

      Anyhow there is a chance Clonfert maybe become part of tum as they amalgamate diocese and in the case of Dromore dissolve.

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      1. Yes and Fintan Monahan will happily step in as the new Archbishop after Neary retires.

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      2. Gerry @ 9:21 Tuam would be blessed to have Bishop Monahan.

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  30. Fr Bob has the means to put readers’ minds at rest, Bp Pat. I hope it’s not fraud.

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    1. Fraud? What do you mean?

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  31. I’m sure the VGs in Armagh wont be happy that they have been passed over for Auxiliary – someone from Kilmore and yet Kilmore is vacant –

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    1. The Wounded Healer was also Kilmore!

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      1. Has Armagh not had enough cast offs from Cavan already? Brady from Cavan wasn’t exactly a success story was he? Cavan Priests don’t have a great pedigree! Look at Paul Prior! Look at the Cavan influence in places like the Birmingham Archdiocese of old. They were referred to there in Brum as the “Cavan Mafia”. This is a totally wrong move. How would a Cavan man understand the complexities of the Northern situation given the Brexit scenario and the political landscape there. Totally out of touch and totally far removed from reality appointment.

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    2. Kilmore is up for amalgamation as well so maybe that is how it has not been filled.
      Yes unusual for an Auxiliary to come from another diocese after all the Archbishop has a BIG say on his Auxiliary bit shocking.

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  32. I take it “Dean of Belfast” was a title he invented for himself as Cathedral Administrator, or was it just a joke?There is a type of cleric who lives for titles and tat. On the website of St Magnus the Martyr, London Bridge, the Anglican vicar styles himself as Cardinal Rector! Definitely one up on the lady bishop, who is unlikely to be invited there.

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    1. Fr Hugh Kennedy self-styled himself the Dean of St Peter’s Cathedral, Belfast. As you probably know, the title of dean is usually associated with Anglican cathedrals and a few GB cathedrals use it, but it’s unknown in Ireland.
      In St Paul’s cathedral two of the minor canons are called cardinals lol.

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