WEDDING BELLS ARCHBISHOPS HOUSE

Pat- I’m sure aware that Joe Merrick is getting married in December… to a female doctor…

DM is doing the ceremony… he’s telling people!

Not sure if it’s University Church or Donabete … he was a contemporary of Derwin & Byrne…. he’s finishing his law degree…

DMs last wedding…? Interesting… lots of in house speculation in Dublin re replacement…

DM has more or less given up… word is … it’s between classmates Kieran mc Dermott(tough and now in pro C)

Ciaran o Caroll (everyone’s favorite and best choice to renew and energize the disillusioned clergy…)

or Gareth Byrne… (an academic)….interesting times in Dublin… the inner circle needs a new leader!

JOSEPH MERRICK EUCHARISTIC CONGRESS

Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga of Tegucigalpa, Honduras, had just finished celebrating Mass in the main arena of the Royal Dublin Society. One of his altar servers was Joseph Merrick, a 25-year-old schoolteacher from Dublin.

“There is a great vibe around the campus,” he said, remarking on how it reminded him of World Youth Day in Madrid and Sydney.

“I chose to become a volunteer for the week because the church has done an awful lot for me, and this is one small way of giving something back.” He added that having attended two World Youth Day events, “It’s an opportunity to give a little back to the people who hosted me in their countries.”

Merrick is involved with a number of faith-based groups, including Youth 2000 and the Knights of the Holy Sepulcher, an order that raises money for Christians in the Holy Land. He also has been a spokesman for St. Joseph’s Young Priests Society, a lay-run organization that promotes priesthood and support for seminarians; it is Eucharist-centered.

The 25-year-old said it can be difficult to explain to his peers what his faith means to him.

“All you can do is be patient and explain as best you can to your peers why you believe this or do that”.

97 thoughts on “WEDDING BELLS ARCHBISHOPS HOUSE

  1. he bullied me

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      1. Ciaran

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  2. I think Dermos successor will be Leahy of Limerick, Ciaran O Carrol or a complete Suprize from a Religious Order but I am going for the first 2 I mentioned.

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    1. Canon Matt Hep 18th Nov 2019 — 3:56 pm

      I’m a serious candidate

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      1. For what?

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  3. Ciaran was threatened by Mullaney and his network to take on Byrne during the height of the scandal. Mullaney has powerful dangerous allies in Europe and California.

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    1. This comment makes no sense

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  4. I thought he was gay? Are you sure he’s not marrying gorgeous? People in New York thought he was a medic.

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    1. Bishop Buckley 18th Nov 2019 — 8:20 am

      How come?

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      1. Gorgeous didn’t tell his encounters that he was actually on CPE in NYC and alluded to being in the hospital as a medic. A doctor is a push maybe he was telling people he was a male nurse ?

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      2. Dr Gorgeous? Well I suppose he knows his way around the human anatomy

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      3. I bet you would love him to check out your anatomy 😉

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    2. He is most definitely not gay, if you met him this would be obvious. I knew Joe a few years back, he is a good man

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      1. Nothing obvious about his sexual orientation. I’ve met him a few times particularly at the Dublin Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes. He is a man of few words I wonder how he ever managed to pull a doctor. I wonder was it via plenty of fish.

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      2. he’s very dull and overtly pious, and likes you to know of his piety

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  5. Some of us need more context: what is so noteworthy on this blog that two people or getting married? I take it there is background.

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  6. Will Joe Merrick wear an alb on the Big Day?

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    1. Now that would be a First.

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  7. A blog that is attempting to create a story around an individual. It’s despicable. It’s unethical and totally unnecessary. Shame on you Pat.

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    1. Its called stirring shit, I don’t approve of it either. Pat you should keep it to the speculation about who will replace Dermo. I am prepared to be underwhelmed

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    2. @ 9:23
      They’ve brought the spotlight on themselves… marrying a woman indeed. A doctor too!

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  8. Fancy him marrying a woman, Bp Pat, it must be the first time in many, many years this has happened. Usually, they just disappear.

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    1. mammy wants him to marry a nice girl

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      1. @ 3:58
        Amy Turtle’s mother was exactly the same…. what a disappointment.

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  9. Ciaran O’Carroll is a vile human being. A wolf in sheep’s clothing!!!

    He has no chance of being made a bishop after his abysmal handling of the Gannon situation. He is not respected in Rome at all. He did not come to defence of that poor young man. He showed his inability to be a leader. He has no integrity!!!

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    1. Do you know what happened there?

      I cannot understand why the Irish College acted as it did.

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      1. Summary

        Ciaran protected himself and HIS reputation rather than do the RIGHT thing and clarify the situation. He allowed that young mans reputation to be completely destroyed. He also treated Byrne in the same way.

        He is a piece of work.

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      2. What was the RIGHT THING???

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      3. The guys came back drunk. Thats all

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  10. THE FAITHFUL DEPARTED
    Gorgeous, Dublin
    Derwin, Dublim
    Horny Andy, Ballymena.
    David Dyskey, Kilalloe
    Conor Gannon, Dublin
    Hickey, Kilkenny

    Will someone name the others…..

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    1. Pat you are OBCESSSED with Byrne because he is georgous.

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      1. Gorgeous is losing his gorgeousness and willose it more.

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      2. Nobody is obsessed with Michael Byrne over his looks. He has many qualities yet is cast in some kind of limbo. Whatever happened in the summer of love – was Mr Soon-to-be-Married-Man also part of that? – if there is no way of integrating Michael into a role in the Church, that is a pretty damning indictment- of the Church not Michael, as yesterday’s story demonstrated.

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      3. Everyone loses their good looks with age. Do not take so much delight in other peoples downfalls. It is immature.

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    2. Brendan Marshall
      Sean Hickey

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    3. Brendan Marshall, Moneymore

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      1. Sean Jones

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    4. 10.22: Pat Buckley – Derry Diocese – now in the wilderness.

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    5. The Wee Hippo comes to mind, Bp Pat. Whatever happened to him? I wonder.

      (Of course, you know full well what happened, Bp Pat, but you are discretion itself.)

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  11. THE IRISH COLLEGE

    Irish journalists were secretly briefed by senior clerics who were told they would not be quoted.

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    1. What do you mean Pat?

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      1. It’s to close and their training continued at the Central Station Roma Termini.

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      2. A place of spiritual nutrition.

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      3. It never did me any harm, Bp Pat.

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  12. MournemanMichael 18th Nov 2019 — 11:17 am

    “Great people talk about ideas.
    Average people talk about themselves.
    Small people talk about others.”
    John C. Maxwell: The 360Degree Leader.
    Looking at the way the blog has been developing, I wonder if Maxwell’s saying also applies to blog contributions.
    MMM

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  13. 11.17am: MMM: which category do you inhabit? All 3 or none? Give us your ideas from your pedagogical wisdom.

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  14. Ciaran O’Carroll walked over many seminarians in the Irish College. He does not like the spotlight not to be on him.

    Arrogant man

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    1. Let’s put it on him then?

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      1. Yes please. Can I ask blog members to name all the people he personally destroyed?

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      2. Destroyed or regarded as unsuitable for priesthood?

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      3. 12.50: This is outrageous intimidation and an injustice to seek gossip, speculation and whispered lies about a good person. It’s your forte Buckley: to destroy others. And you arrogant call yourself a ‘bishop’! Satan is alive and well in lazy layabouts…

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  15. Yes Pat @ 2.07pm, that’s a very important distinction to make. Some people use language and phrases too loosely when the reality is completely different to what the imply.

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    1. 12:50
      Am I getting in Fatyers little nervy, wervies 😈

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  16. Pat the next archbishop will be the Dominican !!!!!!!

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  17. Aaron Slattery
    Robert Smyth
    Michael Byrne
    Conor Gannon
    Sean Fitzpatrick
    Hugh Clifford

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    1. Is O’ Carroll not directly answerable to Diarmuud Martin?

      Surely he would have run his decisions about people’s futures before DM?

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      1. He also kicked out many post graduates and made them homeless in Rome. All because they did not agree him.

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      2. 3.41: Yes, Ciaran O Carroll is answerable to DM, not to you Buckley. Mind your own business, troublemaker and divisive figure.

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      3. No, Ciara is answerable to all of us with a genuine public interest in the premises he supervises.

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      4. Ciara O’Carroll wanted Gannon out of the college because of the negative traction he was gaining in the media.
        Instead of clarifying that the issue reported in the media was not true, he asked Gannon and Fitzpatrick to leave the college.
        DIARMUID did not have a choice in the matter.

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      5. The journalists who reported on the Gannon matters were briefed by senior clerics in Rome. I know that for a fact.

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    2. Raymond Donnelly Clogher

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  18. This is an article from the daily mail. Some catholics are numbered among those being investigated by the police including some in Ireland.
    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7579851/amp/More-300-paedophiles-arrested-worldwide-massive-child-abuse-website-taken-down.html

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    1. Bishop Buckley 18th Nov 2019 — 6:19 pm

      THE IRISH COLLEGE
      Every thing O’Carroll did was run past DM first. He would not act without consulting DM. And, of course DM has been silent on the Rome incident.
      No one is kicked out of a seminary these days for over indulging in vino on one occasion.
      But I do think that Connor Gannon and his colleague deserved the matter being clarified for them publicly.

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      1. Bp Pat, that should read:
        Everything O’Carroll did was run past Mrs Shufflebottom first. He would not act without consulting Mrs Shufflebottom. And, of course, Mrs Shufflebottom has been silent on the Rome incident.

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  19. Hugh Clifford is in Galway ? Not missing

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    1. Ciara kicked him from the college

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  20. Ciara O’Carroll has threatened us in the Irish College not to speak with you Pat. He talks about you regularly at the rectors talks.

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    1. Well not all sems have listened to Ciara!

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      1. He has also warned the post-grads in their talks.

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      2. Well he is not being very successful. I have spoken to seminarians and post grads in the recent and middle past.

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    2. 5.39: Fake, Fake, fake…and an idiot.

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    3. There is only one thing in life worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about. (Oscar Wilde)

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      1. All Ciara needs to do is check the college WIFI to see who is viewing the blog.

        You have been warned!

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      2. Some interact with the blog on their mobiles.

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      3. Ciara has a special monastery she sends ‘problem’ seminarians to. She isolates guys from the community. When they return they are told to pack their bags and go.

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  21. Coddle Martin must be unconsolable that his hand selected ex-seminarian is getting married…to a woMAN!
    Pat, will they live in the accommodation that Dermo provides free of charge to Joseph?

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    1. No reason why not if he remains an employee

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  22. Fun Fact:

    Diarmuid gave Joseph a diocesan property to live in. He also paid for his Law Degree.

    Hmmmmm

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    1. When my Dad studied for the Bar in the 80s the firm he was HR manager if, Avon, paid his fees. Some companies do that.

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      1. Why pay for some people and not for others? Does it indicate something deeper going on Pat?

        Free house, free degree and he also gets paid a lot of money.

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  23. It could be special treatment?
    It could be DM being kind?

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  24. Dermo needs to make up with Gorgeous because he is losing Joseph.

    Pat will you be the mediator?

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    1. I’m sure that DM has met and approves of the future Dr Merrick.

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      1. PS I also imagine that DM will be a friend to the couple and if babies come along DM will be an uncle.
        Many priests and bishops enjoy such relationships.

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      2. It’s not natural, Bp Pat.

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  25. 8.28: Pat, why did you and your partner never adopt children?

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  26. Pat, Brian Darcy, your arch nemesis, was main celebrant at Niall Toibin’s funeral in Mount Argus. I actually admire Brian for the stamina he has in officiating at all these funerals. I din’t like his continuing tearful appearances but it’s great that someone of his calibre (among the art, theatre and music world) is competent, respected and capable of celebrating well with people whom perhaps you and I might find challenging. I think he deserves acknowledgment for his services.

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    1. D’Arcy has more front than Blackpool beach, more faces than the Albert Clock and more gob than Rosie up in Moore Street. Basically – a prize gobshite! Isn’t it sad some eejits fall for this false piety.

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      1. Who is Rosie up in Moore Street? Is it a figure of your imagination?

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    2. He’d make a wonderful King Lear.

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  27. Ciara brings Bishop Paul Tighe out to Castel Gandolfo for retreats. They enjoy a nice bottle of vino rosso and some strawberries as they watch the sunset.

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    1. 🌅
      👨🏻‍🦰👨🏻‍🦳

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    2. Dermo and Tight are verrrry close….

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  28. I can tell you one celebrity whose funeral D’Arcy won’t officiate at. Mine !!

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  29. Hugh Clifford is a genuinely nice lad. He was simply out of his depth with the skulduggery in the Irish College. He is doing very well as PP in Kinvara.

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