FATHER MICHAEL KEANE was ordained a priest for the archdiocese of Tuam.

He had a wonderful approach to pastoral ministry.

His strategy was to go to a parish and study the particular needs of the people there and then begin to practically address them.

Early on he noticed that one of the big problems of the West of Ireland was lonely bachelors and spinsters living in isolated places with very little opportunity to meet friends, partners and future husbands and wives.

So Michael set up the Knock Marriage Bureau to address these issues. The bureau had great success and led to something like 500 marriages.

Father Keane’s trouble with the church started when he inherited a fortune on the death of a relative.

The archbishop Joseph Walsh wanted Michael to give the money to the diocese and told Michael: “A man with that kind of money would get a mitre”.

Michael refused and his fate was sealed.

Walsh made it impossible for Michael Keane to work in Tuam and Michael, with the agreement of Walsh and Dermot Ryan of Dublin moved to work in Templeogue in Dublin.

Unfortunately in Templeogue Michael met a difficult parish priest who carried stories to the cold and aloof Dermot Ryan.


In any event Ryan wanted Michael out of Dublin. Michael refused to go and squatted in the presbytery.

Ryan, with his normal thickness, brought the matter to the court and obtained an eviction. The Garda carried Michael, Molly his long time housekeeper and all their belongings out of the house and dumped them on the street.

The eviction had a profound, life-changing effect on Michael and Molly. Both devout Catholics being thrown out on the street by the archbishop and the Garda.

Fortunately, with Michael’s money, he was able to buy another house in the parish where he lived until Molly died.

After his eviction and sacking Michael became involved in protesting against the Church on various matters including optional celibacy. He and I were in many protests together.

Michael, my mother Jo and myself

After Molly died, Michael retired to his native Mayo where he lived with a nephew.

He had good health for a while. But when it failed he went to a nursing hime where he died.

At some stage before this he had a reconcilitary Mass with the Church presided over by the auxiliary bishop of Dublin, Eamon Walsh.

There was no fulsome apology offered but Michael wanted to be reconciled with them.

His funeral Mass was celebrated by Michael Neary of Tuam where all Michael suffered was glossed over – in typical Roman fashion.

For some reason Michael never wanted to do anything against Roman canon law?

He didn’t run a coach and horses through it as I happily have 😁

I must say death bed reconciliations with Rome always make me feel very queasy.

Even my beloved Oscar Wilde succumbed.

It is my firm intention not to go there 🥳



Recently I was standing in a queue at the checkout of a large Tesco store near where I live.

I noticed in front of me a parish priest of Down and Connor was further up the queue – a man I had been friends with years ago.

Not only had we been friends and each others confessors, we were also members of the same Jesus Caritas movement of priests (meeting under the inspiration of Brother Charles de Foucauld) – priests who meet for a day every month to pray, contemplate, share thoughts and a meal.

Brother Charles

Now in Tesco, this priest was behaving like a cornered animal. He was looking everywhere except in my direction. He took off and put back on his specs a hundred times. He dropped things out of his bag and put them back in. He was sweating and panicking.

And when he had paid for his groceries he ran for the doors.

Why this strange behaviour?

Why not just say “Hello Pat” or “Buckley don’t come hear me”. But no. He sweated, panicked and ran.

Fr Michael Keane

It reminded of an expression that Fr Michael Keane of the Knock Marriage Bureau used to use: “If you see a pig with two heads say nothing”.

I remember having a similar experience at a conference organised by the ACP – The Association of Priests.

There were hundreds of priests there from all over Ireland. I was with an Oratory priest and his wife.

Everyone ignored me, went the opposite way when they saw me coming and treated me as if even looking at me would cause something terrible to hapoen to them.

The only one who spoke to me that day was the Jesuit Alan McGuckian who is now the bishop of Raphoe.


When I waa a curate in Kilkeel one of my parishioners owned a fish processing factory and invited ne to visit.

The fish arrived on the assembly line and were first beheaded. Then they were gutted and finally had their spines removed.

This is what happens in seminaries and priesthood.

First of all they remove your head / brain.

Then they remove your guts.

Finally, they remove your spine.

And then you’re ready – a properly, FILLETED PRIEST with no brain, no guts and no spine.


The following is a footnote from a book entitled, Doctor Johnson and the Law and Other Essays on Johnson

In a book entitled, “Doctor Johnson and the Law and Other Essays on Johnson” by Tom Bingham, (who was a judge of the House of Lords and widely considered to be the best jurist of his age) in the introduction by Robin de Wilde there is a wonderful footnote:

“I have always enjoyed the observation by Sydney Smith, the nineteenth-century Divine, who, when he was asked whether he believed in the Apostolic Succession, said that he did, on the grounds that: ‘it was the only explanation for the then Bishop of Exeter being related to Judas Iscariot’.”




Yesterday I received a shocking eight page letter from a group of Ennis residents and parishioners about the level of Church, school and business corruption in Ennus and Kilaloe.

Many names and addresses were given to me in this letter. For obvious reasons, I will proceed cautiously about publishing names and personal details.

The central allegations are as follows:

1. Fintan Monahan is a relatively new bishop and very weak and a couple of hard men senior priests are really running the diocese and Fintan in unable to assert himself.

2. Ger Fitzgerald and Jerry Carey are friends and with others a lot of inappropriate behavious is being covered up.

3. Fintan, senior priests and others have imposed silence on the local newspapers and that’s why the Ger and Jerry scandals have not been properly covered by the Clare newspapers.

4. Journalists and newspapers owners are complicit.

5. Local high profile and well connected lay men are sponsoring Killaloe diocese and are being appointed to church school boards.

6. Ger Fitzgerald is supported by strong Sinn Fein people and many know if his liaisons with several ladies.

7. Jerry Carey has sexual history and not necessarily with girls and this history has been covered up.

8. Parents are afraid to speak out against these matters as they fear their children will be targeted in school.

9. Former bishop Willy Walsh felt powerless against these clerical and lay forces.

10. Parishions think that Ger and Jerry will be foisted on the people of new parishes soon and because of the media black out these parishioners will be unaware of the dangers they present.



Pat 1976

Yesterday, June 6 th was the 45th anniversary of my ordination in the cathedral in Waterford on June 6th 1976 by Bishop Michael Russell.

Michael Russell

I can’t believe where the time has gone.

I am very grateful to God for the grace and strength he has given me always, but especially these 45 years. I could not possibly have persevered without God.

By any means, I have not lived the life of an ordinary priest.

I’ve had great times and joys and great challenges.


1. My ordination day.

2. My mother Jo, my dad Jim, my sisters Margaret and Clare and my brother John.

3. My aunts and uncles especially Phylis and Joan.

4. (My grandmother Kate.

5. The people of St Cadocs, Llanrumney Cardiff as deacon Summer 1975.

6. My partner Eddie.

7. The people of the parish of Bridgend Wales as curate 1976 – 1977.

8. The people of Briton Ferry, Swansea, Wales 1977 – 1978 as curate.

9. The people of St Peter’s Cathedral Belfast as curate 1978 – 1983.

10. The people of Kilkeel parish 1983 – 1984 especially Mary Murphy.

11. The people of Larne parish as curate 1984 – 1986.

12. The people of the Oratory, Larne as priest and bishop – 1986 – present 2021.

13. All the couples I’ve married. All the wonderful people whose funerals I’ve celebrated.

14. The people who have allowed me to minister to them over the years – the sick, the prisoners, the homeless, the gay people, and all those who have accepted from me counselling, support and love.


Canon John Pierce PP Dublin. RIP

Father Joe Collins CC Dublin. RIP

Archbishop McQuaid. Dublin. RIP

Father John Hyde SJ. RIP

Monsignor John Shine, Waterford. RIP

Father Tony Hayes, Rosminian, Waterford. RIP

Canon Philip Dywer PP. Cardiff. RIP

Canon Eddie Mullins PP Cardiff. RIP

Monsignor Patrick Mulally VG Belfast. RIP

Father Jimmy McCabe CC Cathedral Belfast. RIP

Father Des Wilson. Belfast. RIP

Father Paddy McVeigh PP Larne. RIP

Canon Walter Larkin. PP Kilkeel. RIP

Father Michael Keane. Mayo. RIP

Father Tony McCarthy. Dublin.


Archbishop John Murphy. Cardiff. RIP

Father Bernard Driscoll. Bridgend. RIP.

Canon Patrick Creed. Cardiff. RIP.

Bishop Cahal Daly. Belfast. RIP

Bishop Paddy Walsh. Belfast.

Father / Bishop John McAreavey. Canon lawyer.

Father Vincent McKinley. Cathedral. Belfast. RIP.

Father Joe McGurnaghan. Cathedral. Belfast. RIP.

Canon Sean Rogan. Belfast.



The good ones win 😁. Sorry Magna!


Everyone’s life is a mixture of joys and sorrows, successes and failures, dreams and nightmares.

Mine has been like that too.

But overall I have been very happy, very fulfilled and very blessed and fortunate.

In life, to survive is a great achievement.

And to survive and never to have lost your faith, hope, optomism and joy is an even greater achievement.

I think that my life can be summed up in Ernest Hemingway’s mighty quote:

“The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong at the broken places. But those that will not break it kills. It kills the very good and the very gentle and the very brave impartially”.

I have been “broken” but not destroyed. I am a bit like the horse that needs to be “broken” in order to function. But such a horse retains its indomitable spirit to the point where the rider knows not to push it past a certain point. Otherwise the horse’s primal spirit bursts forth and then it is the rider who will be in trouble.

And there is a very important distinction between been “broken” and “destroyed”.

Our brokeness is actually a great strength. It glues us to the broken Christ and also creates within us a great compassion for broken others.

There’s an awful lot to be said for life’s “cracked cups”.



Pat and mother Jo – May 1998

Jo lived with me in Larne for the last 16 of her life.

She was always a very mild woman.

But I noticed in her last couple of years she was very forthright and didn’t take any prisoners.

Am I following in her steps 😇

Part One 11 minutes.

Part Two 7 minutes.




Farrell and Dermo

Tel 837 3732 Fax 836 9796

3 June 2021

Dear Parishioner,

In the last fifteen months, we have been unable to do the things we normally do to express our faith
and our solidarity with each other. This is not to say that the life of prayer and charity have ceased,
but life’s usual patterns have been disrupted, as have the deep practices that nourish our faith,
empower our social solidarity, and animate the mission of the Church towards the poor and
disadvantaged. Along with the countries of the developed world, our country has been fortunate that
people have been supported during the significant economic upheaval and hardship of the pandemic.
Even in our grief and loss, we have much to be thankful for.
Communities and parishes have shown resilience and imagination in their responses to the challenges
of the pandemic. For many this has revealed new ways of collaboration and involvement. We also
have to acknowledge that certain aspects of Church life have been severely impacted. One of these is
parish finances, and while we eagerly long for a return to the life that we knew, we also have to act to
ensure that our parishes have the financial minimum they need to survive.
The necessary restriction of public worship has profoundly affected the two essential Sunday Mass
collections on which parish funds depend. The first collection—as you know—supports clergy
ministering throughout the diocese as well as sick and retired priests and priests working in other
ministries throughout the diocese. The second collection—the ‘Share’ collection—supports diocesan
services to parishes especially disadvantaged parishes. In the last financial year, the clergy collection
decreased by 54% and the ‘Share’ collection decreased by 65%. This year the situation is even more
grave—with a decrease of 80% and 86% respectively for the first quarter (January to March 2021
That this would have happened, given the character of the necessary lockdowns, is not surprising. I am
grateful to all who have continued to give so generously in the past 15 months.
This generosity cannot be expected to address the deeper financial challenges which the Archdiocese
faces. I have therefore approved the proposal to hold a new Summer Dues collection to support priests
of the diocese. This initiative will follow the pattern of the Christmas and Easter dues collections giving
parishioners an opportunity to contribute to the income that supports priests.
The Summer Offering collection will be launched on the weekend of the 20th June. In making this
appeal, I ask you to remember that the greatest resource of the Church is its people—both laity and
clergy —working hand-in-hand. The age profile of the priest is rapidly increasing, and there are few
vocations to priesthood and religious life. Yet the priests we have in the diocese continue to serve
quietly week-in-week-out while more is being asked of fewer and fewer. The ministry and mission of
our Church cannot continue without this humble, generous service.
I thank you for continuing to support our parishes and the clergy who work among you. Your
generosity to this new initiative of Summer Dues will provide much needed practical and moral
support for priests working quietly and effectively at the heart of every local community of faith.
While great strides have been made in getting the virus under control, there is still a way to go before
our country and other nations are out of the woods. We are facing the summer with its the brighter
mornings and long evenings. May the change of pace that summer brings provide a break from the
darkness of the difficult winter we have endured. May the Holy Spirit lift our hearts, and renew our
hope so that in ‘our common home’ we may share the life for which God created us (see Gen 1:3 1,2:18, and John 10:10).

Dermot Farrell

Archbishop of Dublin.


The Irish people now have a once in a lifetime opportunity to break the back of the RCC in Ireland and its disastrous control of Ireland since at least 1922.

Starve them of money!

Cahal Daly once told his fellow bishops at Maynooth: “Starve Buckley of the oxygen of publicity” 😁

Now we have this unrivalled opportunity to starve the RCC of the oxygen of finance and money.

It is interesting to hear that in Dublin their finances are down by 54% to 86%.

For Ireland’s sake it needs to be down by 100%

In my opinion, anyone contributing to the RCC is contributing to an evil project.

I support seven charities and I’ve made sure none of them are Roman Catholic. I support secular charities that look after the homeless, the provision of fresh water in third world countries, animal welfare and cancer research and treatment.

Any organisation that has done and is doing evil is unworthy of the generosity of ordinary people.

Of course you will always have the blind Catholics who think they are buying their way into heaven by giving money to the RCC and its reps.


One Bang Ger




Marie Collins

MARIE COLLINS, the child abuse survivor and campaigner has spoken out about the total inadequacy and shortcomings of the new Vatican penalties for the abuse of children and vulnerable adults by clerics.

Marie condemned the Vatican for not including a NO ZERO TOLERANCE and NO MANDATORY REPORTING.

She went on to say that the Vatican still saw women and children as being “TEMPTRESSES”.

According to the new rules an offending priest CAN be punished.

But it still left to the local bishop to punish or not and decide the punishment.

This says Marie Collins amounts to NO CHANGE.

It also excuses priests who offended IN THE HEAT OF PASSION!

The document also equates CHILD ABUSE with ADULTERY!

Apparently the bishops of England and Wales asked the Vatican not to use tgis language.

TheVatican ignored them!

The Vatican excused it as TRADITIONAL LANGUAGE!

Collins said:

“As a survivor of abuse as a child it bothers me that I’m still being lumped in under ” thou shalt not commit adultery”.


There is only one way to sort the Vatican out:

1. Italy must renounce the 1929 Mussolini concard with the Vatican and bring it back under Italian and European law.

2. The international community should regard the Vatican as a rogue state and as an axis of evil.

3. Interpol and the Hague should investigate the Vatican as a criminal abuser of human rights and the rights of the child.

4. Take the pope out of the Vatican in handcuffs and march him and others off to be put on trial in a similar way to the Nazis in 1945.



Drugs called antiretrovirals are a virtual “cure” for HIV / AIDS – turning the once terminal illness into a chronic health matter.

There are peoole in their 80s with HIV livng perfectly normal lives today.

These people, like others, will die of heart disease, strokes or cancer.

Sadly, many, including health professionals are ignorant of the vast progress made in this area.


A look at where we are 40 years into the HIV epidemic.

May 17, 2021By Liz Highleyman POZ

1981: The first medical report of AIDS is published in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.
1983: French researchers discover the retrovirus that causes AIDS.
1985: The first HIV antibody test is approved.
1987: The FDA approves the first antiretroviral drug, AZT (Retrovir).
1992: The FDA implements an accelerated approval process for experimental drugs.
1994: The ACTG 076 study shows that AZT prevents mother-to-child HIV transmission.

1995: The FDA approves the first protease inhibitor, Invirase (saquinavir).
1996: The first HIV viral load test is approved.
1996: The FDA approves the first NNRTI, Viramune (nelfinavir).
1997: The FDA approves Combivir (AZT plus lamivudine), the first coformulation of two HIV drugs.

1998: The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) issues its first antiretroviral treatment guidelines.
2001: The FDA approves tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (TDF), the first nucleotide reverse transcriptase inhibitor.
2002: The Global Fund is launched to provide HIV treatment to low-income countries.
2003: The United States launches the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPAR) to fight HIV in low-income countries.
2006:The FDA approves Atripla, the first single-tablet regimen.
2006: The SMART study shows that treatment interruptions lead to worse outcomes.
2007: The FDA approves the first integrase inhibitor, Isentress (raltegravir).
2010: The iPrEx study shows that Truvada (TDF/emtricitabine) reduces HIV risk for gay and bi men.
2011: The HPTN 052 trial shows that antiretroviral treatment reduces the risk of HIV transmission.
2012: DHHS guidelines recommend HIV treatment for all.
2012: The FDA approves Truvada for pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP).
2015: The START trial shows the benefits of early HIV treatment.
2015: The World Health Organization recommends universal treatment for people living with HIV.
2018: The FDA approves Trogarzo (ibalizumab) for people with multidrug-resistant HIV.
2020: The FDA approves the first HIV attachment inhibitor, Rukobia (fostemsavir).
2021: The FDA approves Cabenuva (cabotegravir/rilpivirine), the first long-acting injectable regimen.


There can be little doubt that the drugs used to treat HIV have advanced enormously over the past 25 years. What some may not realize is just how much antiretroviral therapy has improved since 1996, when the first triple-drug therapy changed the very course of the AIDS pandemic.

Most importantly, with optimal treatment, a person newly infected with HIV can expect to enjoy a normal to near-normal life expectancy. According to research published in the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, a 20-year-old who tests positive for HIV today could very well live into their 70s and beyond.

Antiretroviral drugs are one of the major scientific breakthroughs of modern medicine, transforming a disease that one thought to be a death sentence into a chronically managed condition.


Recently one of the HIV doctors in N. Ireland told that 25% of people with it dont know they have it.

That’s sad and serious.

Those people are a danger to themselves and a danger to others.

Everyone should get checked.

And if you are UNDECTABLE (meaning that the tests cannot fetect any HIV in your blood) you are also UNTRANSMITTABLE (unable to pass HIV on to others) which is wonderful.



John McAreavey – The “Disgraced” Bishop of Dromore

BORIS JOHNSON was able to be married in a full Roman Catholic marriage in Westminster Cathedral because the RC does not recognise the marriages of a baptised Catholic outside a Catholic church.

Johnson was baptised a Catholic but later joined the Church of England and was confirmed there.

This is all “How many angels can fit on the head of a needle” claptrap.

The RC did not get much involved in marriages until the 12 th century.

And when it did get involved it did so to control men and women and their sex life and bodies.

A typical nonsense of canon law is called the Petrine Privilege.


Petrine privilege, also known as the privilege of the faith or favor of the faith, is a ground recognized in Catholic canon law allowing for dissolution by the Pope of a valid natural marriage between a baptized and a non-baptized person for the sake of the salvation of the soul of someone who is thus enabled to marry in the Church.

In essence, it is an extension to marriages between a baptised and a non-baptized person of the logic of the Pauline privilege, the latter being dissolution of a marriage between two non-baptized persons to enable one of them, on becoming a Christian, to enter a Christian marriage.

According to Canon 1150 of the 1983 Code of Canon Law, the privilege of the faith “possesses the favor of law.” In other words, whenever it is possible that the privilege is applicable, the law favors its granting. Nevertheless, dissolution of a marriage in favor of the faith, which is seen as having a biblical precedent in Jews putting away their non-Jewish wives recounted in Ezra 10:1–14, is rarely used.


Boris does not strike me as a man who is overly interested in religion at all.

I imagine he went through the Catholic ceremony for his partner’s sake as she takes her religion more seriously.

Mind you, I don’t think either of them will be practising the RC method of contraception – THE RHYTHM METHOD 🤯

As my father used to say “Where would you get a jazz band at three in the morning”. 🤣


When I meet couples who want to marry and have a “complication” like a divorce I tell them not to waste their time on annulments.

I advise them to look after all their responsibilities from the first marriage, especially with regard to children.

I then tell them to get a civil divorce and advise them that they can marry “in the eyes of God” and in the eyes of the law of the land.

I tell them it does not matter a jot what a pope or bishop or priest thinks.

Its what God thinks that matters.

And, as God is LOVE he is very pleased with every genuine expression of love between his children – whether that is someone who made a mistake before – or two men or two women who love each other.

And why should supposedly celibate men, who spend their evenings in gay saunas, dictate to genuine couples grappling with the challenges of life, family, finances etc?