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SHORTAGE OF PRIESTS = PRIESTLESS FUNERALS AND MAYBE WEDDINGS, EVENTUALLY

FR DUFFY

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New propo0sals on the restructuring of parishes in the Archdiocese of Dublin will buy the church between five and ten years at most because the situation is “critical”, a senior priest has warned.

Fr Aquinas Duffy, parish priest of Cabinteely, who is also Vicar Forane for up to 15 parishes in the Bray Deanery in Dublin, made his comments after it emerged that a total of 34 priests in the diocese have died since February 2020, the youngest of whom was just 52.

Anybody who works in parishes can see the structures are collapsing around us. The time for talk is over; concrete action needs to be taken,” he said. “This crisis has been coming for many years, but Covid has pushed us further over the cliff.”

He said the new move to appoint a parish priest to multiple parishes would put huge pressure on priests.

As part of its plans for radical change to offset the impact of a declining and ageing clergy, the Archdiocese of Dublin’s new strategy, “Building Hope”, has asked parishioners to identify nearby parishes with whom they can share resources in terms of finances, personnel and volunteers

PRIESTLESS FUNERALS

According to Fr Duffy, the future will see major changes such as priestless funerals, with parishes relying increasingly on lay-led liturgies.

PAT SAYS

The RC archbishop of Dublin has plenty of properties to sell.

But he has no priests and seminarians!

The Church was not founded to be a big estate agency.

It was founded to be a spiritual society.

They have plenty of money.

But few priests, no seminarians and a quickly disappearing congregation.

So what’s the point anymore?

Most Catholics do no attend Mass or church regularly anymore.

They do continue to use churches and priests for Christenings, weddings and funerals.

But that’s it because they believe. It’s only because that’s traditional and they have not found an alternative.

But the Christenings are not acts of faith. They are really just a way of naming their child so they can have a bit party.

Their weddings are not acts of faith either. They are there for the nice gothic building and their photographs of it.

The funerals are not acts of faith either. Its just that they don’t want to bury their granny in the back garden.

So the situation has devevelooed whereby priests turn a blind eye to lack of faith. The couples get the nice pics and Father gets a few quid.

By all means get your finances right.

But if the priority is not Faith and Spirituality ans Pastoral Care does the RCC ot become just another financial institution?

SEAMUS TANSEY FUNERAL TODAY AT 3 PM

SEAMUS RESTING IN THE ORATORY SINCE MONDAY.

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Music will be performed by well known members of the Irish Traditional Music Community including Michael Flatley who was a student of Seamus.

297 replies on “SHORTAGE OF PRIESTS = PRIESTLESS FUNERALS AND MAYBE WEDDINGS, EVENTUALLY”

Always. The problem is financial. What recommendations would uou make?

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That’s amazing, Pat, good on him. You’d bettet be careful though, cos when Darcy here’s this he’ll turn up to concelebrate.

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That was 1986 and we started off in my sitting / dining room.

If I won the lottery I would build a small church to leave to my people.

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Pat, are you having public Sunday Masses in the Oratory that people can attend in person, or is it still online only?

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Each to their own Pat but personally I find the style of the oratory rather gaudy and cluttered. I’m an interior designer by trafe and I woukd gladly offer you my services for free to help make it a little more tasteful? In return you could say mass for my late grandmother

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In the 1970s and 80s, the nuns and priests in charge of catechetical programmes for schools told us that apologetics were “sterile” and that the Faith should be “caught, not taught”.
That worked out well, didn’t it?

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Bishops must know that, on the rare occasions that they ordain a new priest, the reasonable assumption is that the new priest will serve one or two years in his first parish, apparently happily, before suddenly having a crisis, discovering himself, coming out of the closet and packing in ministry after four or five years.

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Pat, absolutely spot on about priests conniving in the faithless baptism, First Holy Communion, Confirmation, wedding and funeral charade. Rites of passge done for granny’s sake. Almost sacrilegious, in fact.

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David McWilliams has previously written about the bouncy castle Catholics. They will attend church for baptism, First Communion, Confirmation and weddings. Christmas Eve and Easter Sunday morning as well.
If bouncy castle Catholics can please be reminded that our churches are open between Christmas and Easter. They are also open between Easter and Christmas!
Pax

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9.20 seamusviii, will you be providing bouncy castles for bouncy castle Catholics if they attend church between Christmas and the next Christmas ? Hope you were watching them in the Antibodies.

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They are losing the bouncy castle Catholics too. My son’s primary school recently put up old Confirmation photos. In 1989, 21 pupils from the school were confirmed. This year, 8 were confirmed. Only 1 of the 8 children has been seen at Sunday Mass subsequently.

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It must be depressing for priests to realise that they have become funeral officiants, mainly. Funerals and weddings are the only times they see a crowd at church, and when they comment here about how busy they are, the busyness seems to consist in having to do three or four funerals a week.

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Well what do you expect when we have bouncy collared clerics…in the priesthood one year …gone the next!

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We are encouraged to welcome all visitors like Christ. The preparation for the sacraments and the sacraments themselves present an opportunity to meet with these people.
“A sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seeds fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured them. Other seeds fell on rocky ground, where they did not have much soil, and immediately they sprang up, since they had no depth of soil, …”.
There are examples of thriving parishes thank God! 🙏

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Don’t panic, Maynooth is producing lay BATheol students, up from the country, who’ll replace the priests. No sacraments, mind you, but you can’t have everything, and what they don’t know about animating a parish and being Church isn’t worth talking about.

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Pat, you have, sadly, chosen to interpret realities in church and priesthood in a very shallow, cynical way. If you say that those who present for baptisms, sacraments, wedfings and funerals have no real faith or that no faith is present, that is a a negative judgment. I am presuming that those who come to you are not any more full of faith than those who ask our support and presence. If that was true, then your oratory should be overflowing. I believe in maximising each moment as an encounter with Christ for all who come for such celebrations. I’ve had many people express their gratitude for the words spoken, the depth of preparation, rhe sense of empathy and kindness towards all, irrespective of who they are. We are in a wasteland of a kind but we make the best of moments given to say something encouraging, affirming and reassuring to all who are listening. Life has changed considerably for society. Faith and its expression is easier to desert than ever before. People make distinctions between religious faith and spirituality. They feel freer to choose their own way to God. It is not correct to say that priests turn a blind eye to the absence of faith in people. We, along with parish teams do much preparation with sacramental celebration: we have a funeral ministry team, bereavement support group and the priests meet families 2 or 3 times before a funeral. I think Pat you find the same reality: now we take people where they’re at and work with God’s spirit and with trust and respect with those who seek our help. It’s a little too cynical to dismiss financial concerns. Finances ate necessary but I believe most of us focus on the evangelizing aspect of our ministry as best we can at these pivotal moments. You never know how far words of kindness, empathy and compassion will travel to the heart of another who is open to receiving a message. Pat, I suggest you read, when available, the findings of the BUILDING HOPE INITIATIVE. There you’ll find the people of God speaking along with priests and money doesn’t feature. So, let’s not create fantasies and lies about issues that are not the focal point. Pat, I’m sure you have witnessed a huge falling off in religious practise. We offer the best we can – hopefully- and trust God will enliven those who desire more. Its nit always the fault of the priest…

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6.24: Pat, the accusation of argument ad hominem is flung about too much and is rarely contextualized properly. I simply stated that I believe you were a little cynical and shallow in your analysis and i asked, justifiably, as part of debate, if those whom you look after for various celebrations have any deeper or better faith than those who avail of our ceremonies and rites of passage. Also, I believe most priests try to wirk with people “where they’re at” in their lives. We are in very changed times and this presents an “evangelisation” challenge. I’m sure you’re aware of such challenges. I did not engage in contrarian commentary, just engaging in debate. Perhaps you might reread my comment of 11.53.

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11:53: “in a very shallow, cynical way.”
9:04: “I simply stated that I believe you were a little cynical and shallow in your analysis…”
11:53, you came out strong yourself to be fair before midnight. You’ve changed your tone overnight from “very” to “little”.
Your argument itself is very accurate of the modern day reality and challenges.

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11.53pm sounds like an Anglican vicar who says that his encounters with the rites of passge attendees are making an impact. Sorry to break the news, but you won’t see those people again until they attend the next funeral ir wedding. It’s over, Fathers. You received a great inheritance and you ran it into the ground, on your watch. Your predecessor PPs must be spinning in their graves.

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9.10 and 9.55: Thank you for your responses to my comments at 11.53am. I well understand the crisis were in re: faith and practice, rituals and people’s responses. The point I am making is, that in the face of apathy, indifference, lack of faith, the crisis in our Church and priesthood, the challenge is, not to moan about or judge people in any way but to speak with kindness of heart to them, to reaffirm their faith if possible and to encourage. Yes, we may never see families between one rite of passage to another but we must make the best of any faith encounter we have with people. I’m sure our predecesdors are turning in their graves – yours included – not just about loss of religious faith and various scandals – but also at the breakdown of the moral and religious fabric of our society with its individualism and the “my body, my life, my choice philosophy and ideology”!!

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Except in the case of the ‘catholic’ church where people have to keep bringing up its recent past because they’ve ‘moved on’. 🤣

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+Pat, do you mean to say Dublin Archdiocese doesn’t have a single seminarian at all??
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Quite separately, when a parish house is sold we need to ensure the funds remain in the parish itself, not the diocese. For the diocese to take such funds is misappropriation.

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As you know it takes seven years and the last year must now be spent in a Parish with the changes.
Scotland has 12 over the next seven years which is shocking as Archbishop Tartaglia said he needs at least four a year well September will see the last for seven years unless single mature men come forward and can be done in four years.
No one is coming forward even for the Diaconate.
The Spiritual Director of Scots College is not being replaced by another Priest as one of the current leacutures Priest have to do it as well.

Scotland is crying for Leadership and strong Leadership at that.

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Holy Goat, why would that be misappropriation? I can see why there might be moral, pastoral, etc, reasons for that. But surely the basic legal entity here would be the diocese?

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They were always bound to. A liberal society where you can be gay and have many employment choices is bound to dry up the supply of self hating closet cases who were always the key demographic.
In many ways gay liberation has caused the crisis in the priesthood and it’s great to see. 🌈

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@8.43am

Exactly so. No need to hide under a chasuble any more. Greater prosperity and student grants has also dried up the culchie “going to Maynooth for a free degree” demographic.

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They were the summers of love, in fact. You need only look at what’s happened to the ordination class of 2015, as well as the strange goings on in 2016.

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27% of the ordination class of 2015 are already MIA and one is due in court again shortly (Fr Aidan McCann, CC Keady).

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Things clergy hate:
Lay people who are enthusiastic about their faith – see them as threat, bitch about them and undermine them.
The thought that they are dispensable and lay people can do things they can do.
Permanent Deacons
Hard work
Not being the centre of attention- it’s always all about them.
The Bible – they intimidate easily if you are a lay person who reads the Bible.
They loathe lay people with degrees, masters or PhDs in theology
Their bishops – they bitch about them all day long
Prayer meetings
New initiatives which they commit to destroying.

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Permanent deacons and lay pastoral workers are prime examples of “moving deckchairs on the Titanic”. Replacing one cadre with another (and parishes losing access to most sacraments in the process) is no solution when everybody under the age of 60 is lapsed and all young Irish people hate the Church, despite or because of 15 or 16 years of Catholic school education.

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Permanent deacons serve a very useful purpose and are often a great asset to priests Some priests are hostile towards them as are laity but they should be used more effectively by bishops. There should be more permanent deacons running parishes on their own. That is the answer.

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Indeed so, Pat. I really don’t know what they are for and their growth is pure clericalism. They love their dalmatics and collars and rush to get their IDs changed to include the title “Rev” 🤣

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They should not wear collars and look like priests. An album and stole is more than sufficient. I agree. A new DAD’S ARMY

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Vatican II’s teaching on the role of the laity has, paradoxically, led to a certain clericalisation of the laity (eg permanent deacons) and bishops have often given the impression that the way to implement the decree on the laity is to build up as large a bureaucracy as possible and set up innumerable committees and commissions, for example the current synodal process. Indeed, at times it seems that human organisation has made the Spirit redundant

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10.24 the Deacons and key laity are primarily from the professional and well connected classes bringing a wealth of much appreciated business management skills to parishes, skills that clergy are not trained in.

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If you want an insight into the current state of the Irish RCC, look at the social media posts from the Irish Church Music Association gathering in Maynooth. Spot the man and spot the under-60.

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I love the way 8:25 leapt in to confirm 8:42’s very accurate comment.
They also hate any Christian church.

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And yet in the midst of this priest shortage (and so a eucharistic shortage) one unremarked upon development from yesterday’s blog was that the Diocesan Chapter of Down and Connor is being restored by + Noel to the full complement of Canons.

No priests but plenty of Canons. Three cheers for pastoral planning .

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Pat, Tony Devlin let’s his Deacon, Robbie (70 yo) wear a collar and be called ‘father’ by lay people. It’s a disgrace

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Noel and Tony never fell out, they must have concluded it was better for him to stay put. He always gets roasted on this blog but he’s very understanding and works with us.

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Thinking about the comment above about it taking seven years to train and many comments recently about so many priests dropping out quickly, the whole trouble and expense could be saved by testing their arousal to pictures of naked men using Penile plethysmography. Those attracted to men could then just not start training at all and save all the trouble, expense and scandal.
You may say that there would be no priests but since you’re saying that anyway this would actually be a significant saving in resources.
So everyone who says there are no constructive suggestions on this blog can shut up.

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Fr Jerry Carey doesn’t get crabs, he stays in his car when he attends the beach to do his business. You really should subscribe to a newspaper, it’s all there. He’ll be back to assist Fr Tom Fitzpatrick in Doora Barefield in due course when his conviction is spent and we will be showing him all the things you says about him.

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The priest in our parish has not lived in the parochial house for years. Bishop Buckley, you are aware of who it is, and the fact he lives with a ‘friend’ up the road is damning his relationship with parishioners.

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Why would Treanor cover the costs of a parochial house that is not in use? Who is this invalid priest?

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Maria pipe down luv, sure all you do is cause trouble to everyone. Pat this woman is even banned from the local shop because of her nasty behaviour. I dare you to deny it maria! And I should know. Im her sister!

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@9.44 Maria, get a life – few care who priest is living with, less would mind if Fr Selfish disappeared altogether & himself & Twink got themselves proper jobs & not have time to be gossiping & shagging all day & the empty house could be sold to refund church victims or help the homeless.

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I estimate that there are between 50 and 60 Irish diocesan priests doing non-jobs outside their own Irish diocese. Recall them and also force the desk priests into parishes, even though they’ll scream and scream until they are sick.

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We have a priest in our parish in W&L who belongs to Meath diocese. Apparently it was agreed between Bishop Tom and Bishop Phonsie that he would relocate to W&L for 3Years. No reason was given by him except that he felt like a change of diocese. I thought it strange as they are supposed to be very short of priests in Meath and there was no shortage in our parish as we already had two priests and two retired helping out.

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9.24
Most “desk” Priests are in parishes and have their own parishes or doing supply.
As for Canons it is just a title ans some clergy love titles and as Pope Frances cut back on the Monsignor (must be over 60) title they are desperate to be Canons so keep them happy
Some Archbishops and Bishops need to come out of first gear and into fourth at least or they will be lost and bankrupt.

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They should, Eugene is a smarmy git. Cute as a button but very hard to like. He attends parties often in Holywood.

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Eugene used to be PP of Ballyclare and Chancellor.

I have not met Eugene much. But he was always polite.

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How much does Ciaran Feeney pay to D&C diocese to have that eye sore of a caravan parked on the Presbytery grounds?

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Ciaran is never in the damn parish, is always down in Castlewellan or away on holiday with his, erm, ‘sister’.

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Seminarian Matthew Newell (Clogher) has been disciplined by Maynooth University. What a chequered past this man has.
Look forward to scandals when he is ordained.

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Pat do you know Stuart McGovern from your time in Waterford? How was this man accepted into Maynooth?

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I would like to greet Fr McGuckien and hope he has a wonderful time with us up in Portstewart.
I’m sure he knows the local saying, “you’ll come for a day, and stay a lifetime”

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What is Kevin like? He would need to be kind and gentle as we are not wanting another aggressive angry priest like our previous 3.

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Kevin may be great at numbers but when it comes to interpersonal skills – has as much ability as allows him to be on the spectrum.

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Any dog needs exercised or stimulated or they will stray or be aggressive – even with its own owner. Sometimes walking ones dog is not enough and they require affection and quality time on top of this.

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11.02
You should be ashamed to stand and watch the poor dogs why not telephone RSPCA out of concern for the dogs surely that is a moral duty.

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I’m really struggling with my husbands bisexuality. Can he or is he capable of being loyal to me when he wants all the sweets in the shop?

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The Killaloe appointments must be coming at this stage. GF could return in triumph?

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Are you going to the pride event next month? Why don’t clergy have their own float? You can be gay and celibate. Gay&Celivate Organistion.

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Imagine Fr Des Wilson or Fr Chris Topher were alive today. They would not be putting up with the half of this. Cowards our priests are, they put up and shut up. Thank god for Pat Buckley.

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11.34, Correct, the Roman Catholics post fake news on this blog = diversion tactics. Their usual modus operandi.

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@11.35 Robert Nugents son knows all about the voyeuristic clericals & their catlicks on the social media & poor lady in shopping centre couldn’t even do her private toilet business in peace without that Fr Aidan McCann out & about & his eyes out on stalks & is only one of many facing what he truly has earned & deserves.

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Michelle O’Neill is my hero, shacked up with a married man in west belfast and in favour of abortion ip to the point of labour

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Anon at 11.37pm
Did you know that Michelle o Neill has deaf 1st cousins?
I didn’t know that until 4 weeks ago re her and deaf cousins.

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And what possible relevance does that have to anything or anyone? Good gracious, man, get over yourself.

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DP at 4.11pm
The relevance these deaf cousins knew that MON is going out with a married man in Belfast. I thought she was married but they said ‘yes’ and divorced.
There were some famous names especially in the drug world in Ireland as they have one thing in common was- their deaf siblings. Deaf siblings were advised by their drug toting fathers or brothers to leave Ireland for their own sake which they did. Their brothers were shot dead in cold daylight many years ago. They did return for funeral as they were totally exposed cos other gangsters found out that their rival siblings were totally deaf as they left them alone. After the funeral, they never returned to Ireland since then.
We were advised to avoid them nor to date them as well. Just at arms length distance. But in St Joseph’s, teachers or CBS, couldn’t beat them up cos their fathers or brothers were renowned drug dealers in drugs world. Teachers couldn’t touch them with a bargepole.
There was a well known RA criminal aa well who visited their deaf son at the border cos ruc were looking for him. Again teachers couldn’t touch him, otherwise CBS superior would get unexpected visitor call as a warning was mentioned.

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11.37 She is eligible for the Elysee Palace so or even for the Papacy in much of its non-homosexual history.

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Hi Bishop, hope you enjoyed the public holiday yesterday. I was in the PD from noon and can not remember getting home. Holidays are for all. Keep up the good work exposing our troubled clerics.

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It’s a lovely day today to be on the beach reading my bible, a great friend of mine, Ronan, taught me how to ‘live in the moment’ and that’s what we should all do.

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I would love to see a charity boxing event where priests and bishops are pitted against each other depending on Diocese.
What a great way for ya all to channel all that anger and sexual frustration you have, on each other rather than lay people.

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Gabriel Lyons will be glad to see the back of Thomas McGlynn but he is in for one hell of a journey with Paddy Devlin. Them two have never got on, and Gabriel has a deaf sister so they have things in common.

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Anon at 11.47am
Interesting re Gabriel lyons deaf sister. Her name is 🤷‍♀️
Thought I had seen or thought that Gabriel lyons name before or sounded familiar respectively , where was it?

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God love his parents, a deaf daughter and a son with Asperger’s. Who is the patron saint of disabled people? Must be Peter the rock with him having his ear chopped off.

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Ryan McAleer and Emlyn McGinn had consensual sexual contact and claims from people on this blog that it was illegal and not wanted is tantamount to libel.

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11.54 That may well have occurred( I have no knowledge of what you claim) but Emyln Mc Ginn dropped/molested/assaulted Ryan Mc Aleer at a pub in Rome when Ryan was a seminarian for Armagh Archdiocese and E. Mc Ginn a priest od stated diocese. William Mulvihill

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12.40 Poper Gropers in Rome & worldwide leaving lifelong trauma in their wake. Zero conscience or moral compass.

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You seem @11.54 to be totally fine with the fact that if this occurred consensually, it was fine for two priests to do so. Very telling. Might you be from the hills of Tyrone ⚪️🔴

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I have lost so much sleep over the Roe V Wade case – my heart bleeds for all those women having to have back street abortions or ordering dangerous abortion pills on the internet.

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If I got pregnant with the world as it is I’d have it aborted as an act of kindness. Luckily I’ve got the coil in since my last one.

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3.00: Your use of the wird “it” to describe an unborn child is unfortunate. The little child is not a disposable “it” for you to throw away or destroy so cruelly.

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11.58: Such nonsense. I am thankful that the lives of luttle babies will be more valued, protected and saved. Its abiut time we see beyond that most selfish of a mantea: “my body, my chouce”. It is responsible for the murder of thousands of innocent babies and also for a very destructive narrative about the true meaning of “womanhood” and sexuality. God save the little babies from slaughter. Abortion is a multi billion dollar industry. A perversion of human decency and morality.

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God help us – Leo Varadkar has said that he intends to bring in legislation to allow the gays to get married in our Catholic Churches. Surely this will not happen?

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11.59 Best Irish Prime Minister since the time of Charles Haughey ( huge social conscience for struggling people) and Garret Fitzgerald ( integrity by lemniscate). WM Good on him if he tries. God bless him as the Taoiseach s Office awaits its rightful occupant. The little assassination attempt failed ( to quote Father John Quinlan to Fr. Malachy Conlon at James Lennon s funeral in St. Peters Cemetary Drogheda.) WM

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I always suspected that you were a Blueshirt, Bileen, you and Enda McDonagh together.

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Thank God, if it causes all the clergy to seek asylum in the US and actually cleans Ireland of that scourge.

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Nobody in the chapel house again, I am sick of running up and down that road to get baptism certificates and neither priest nor secretary answer the door. Yet priest is standing twitching the curtains like an odd ball.

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12.02: Trisha: how many children do you have? At the frequency you trot up and down the roadway to the presbytery for baptism certs, you must have a dozen or more!! Get a grip, auld one!!

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I have nine children and another on the way. What’s your problem? And before you even ask, four fathers if you must know. But I will tell you one thing- I have all my kids baptised and they live as good Catholics, and I will let nobody say otherwise.

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‘They live as good Catholics ‘?
I’d be ashamed to say that about my children, who incidentally aren’t baptised. Apparently there’s a bit in the service where the priest acts you what you want from the church and I didn’t want my husband to say what he had planned.

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12.02 Trisha, who don’t you ask one of your Baby Daddies to call to the priests house. He’ll have better luck than you do, guaranteed 😉 😉

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I’m puzzled by the notion that the way to deal with the problem of ageing priests is to recruit equally ageing retired headmasters and others of that class as permanent deacons.

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On 11 October 1962, St John XXIII formally opened the Second Vatican Council. Its avowed purpose was to “really succeed in bringing men, families and nations to the appreciation of supernatural values”. While this would require some “timely changes” to “keep up to date with the changing conditions of this modern world, and of modern living”, John declared that the Church must “never for an instant lose sight of that sacred patrimony of truth inherited from the Fathers”. Though not oblivious to the crises threatening humanity “at the threshold of a new age”, the future saint’s optimism was both palpable and – as it soon proved – contagious: “For with the opening of this Council a new day is dawning on the Church, bathing her in radiant splendour.”

Lol.

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Where is Fr Keenan and his side kick Delia? Last I saw them was in February in Portglenone, but surely they aren’t living down there.

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12.26 it’s off the Richter scale down Southern Ireland. Irish Bishops must be cursing the scourge of social media dating apps, Grinder, Facebook & the like. They just can’t keep a lid on the truth of what goes on any more – it’s not like the old days.

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2.50 If I start on the present Incumbent in Cashel, we shall be here for quite some time. WM

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I am from Galway and applied for diaconate in Tuam diocese. I went for interview to the parochial House in Ballyhaunis and when I walked up the drive I heard the PP roaring inside, saying what do you want, get back to where you come from. This man is a header. He interviewed me but I felt very uneasy after the incident. Tuam diocese is no different from other dioceses corrupted. This priest wants to close the church down. I never felt so bad as I did that day, he made me feel unwelcome. I always wanted to be a priest and serve the church but I was shocked at his attitude. I discovered recently that he hired 3 married men one from Poland. I am a single man. Bishop Duffy , the sly Cavan man appointed him to senior position in the diocese. Duffy is only a few weeks in the job. He hasn’t a clue. There is also another lad who was made a priest in 2019/2020 he was cc in westport but the decided to go to join a group in Switzerland. He is supposedly a twink.

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12.43 if you can’t offer them sex or money, you are surplus to requirements. When they want a shag, you’ll find they not so bothered about where the willing party comes from and they are not at all keen for them to go home either. It’s all relative. You had a narrow escape. Be grateful.

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John @ 12.43pm July 13th, 2022 .On behalf of Ballyhaunis Parochial House can you please provide the name of the PP in Ballyhaunis you heard roaring inside in the Parochial House on the day of your interview. Also the following information is required, your full name, address, e-mail, contact details, full date and time of your interview and name of PP who interviewed you.This comment is going to be taken further so we need you to provide all the above information as quickly as possible John. Please supply what information you have, on bishop buckley’s blog today,. I am looking into this matter immediately as we have never had any complaints about any of our PPs in Ballyhaunis. John we await receiving the information requested, immediately, and want you to know that we take a comment like this very seriously and appreciate your assistance. Thank you.

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I will not give such information to you. It is not your task to investigate. It is up to newly appointed Duffy to find out for himself. The only ones I answer to is irish civil Law. “The truth will set us free”. Mise le meas, John

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John @ 10.38am July 14th, 2022 -As you have refused to give the information requested, this matter will be looked into further, here in Ballyhaunis and action will, in due course, where necessary, be taken.

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My 12 year old son has announced that he’s no longer going to Mass, because he said it’s boring. For the last few Sunday’s he’s been pretending to be sick, to avoid it.
I have to say that I agree with him. It’s much too long, with four or five hymns, three sermons (one at the start, the actual homily, and final words just before the blessing at the end). It takes over an hour and the Novus Ordo is a torrent of words from start to finish, so to a child it must seem like being at an hour-long lecture aimed at adults.
I’m not going to force him to go.

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LOL. If you know enough to call it the novus ordo you know there aren’t three ‘sermons’. Come off it, ‘father’.

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12.53
You must be going to a LMB service as The Holy Mass in the RCC on a Sunday is about 45 Minutes and 20 on weekdays.
The Holy Father Francis said last week that homilies should be 8 – 10 minutes and at the most 4 Hymns.
Novus Ordo – The Joy of the Gospel

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@ 5:47pm

Have you been on the drink again? For a start how would you know how long a poly service takes, you’ve not been for years
. Novus Ordo – The Spawn of Satan

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Chris Quinn betrayed so many in Maynooth. In the end he ran off with a pregnant German Student. I do hope he will pay his child welfare allowance.

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8.30
Well seen you do not know I am there Daily yes Daily.
On Friday I will remember Charles. 6th Anniversary.

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In addition to Ennis Bingo Hall issue, the proceeds of the sale of 5 acres of land at St Flannans College in Ennis is going to the Diocese of Killaloe and not to the school.

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Seeing as how all young priests leave after 4-5 years to run off with other men, would it help the vocations crisis if we stopped pretending it’s a lifelong commitment, but instead get people to sign up for 5 years, renewable, a bit like a short service commission in the British Army? Obviously we would have to shorten the formation period to make it more proportionate to the length of years that are typically served.

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We have a young man with Down Syndrome who serves at mass and is as dedicated as possible. One day he was found in the sacristy saying mass with incredible devotion and utmost sincerity. I am sure Jesus would be happy with him standing in his persona at the altar. Catechists could provide homilies etc.

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Ryan McAleer, Emlyn McGinn , Thomas McHugh and Stephen Wilson all miss the wild ride in Rome, meaning moving between Chariots and Appollion Sauna establishments. Thomas never partakes just watches the action. Emlyn is just scary in the BDSM room. with Ryan in the leather chair.

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3.19pm – Creepy stalker alert. So glad this stalker was booted out. Imagine someone who writes shit like that also thought that he should be a priest.

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3.19: No doubt you privided the “openings” for those perverts in the Appolonian to have their sexual enjoyment. You, sir, are a horrible pervert.

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Anon at 7.52: That type at 3.19 is definitely a closet perve…but engages sexually in the dark holes…

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Cardinal Hume used to say: seemingly with some threat, if not menace: ‘No priests – No Eucharist.’
Surely tantamount to saying; ‘No priests – no Catholicism.’
What a ridiculous notion and at the very heart of clericalism.
The notion of a singular male, publicly celibate (privately, who knows) being the fount of all sacramental grace is an anathema and if it isn’t it should be.
They say that the church is divine in nature and like a cork, if submerged, pops up to the surface again.
Except, rampant homosexuality, industrial strength child abuse and institutional denial and cover up have all contributed to a demise similar to the Fall of the Roman Civilisation or in this case The Fall of Roman Catholicism.
It’s reached a Tipping Point and is in an institutional free fall or nose dive from which it can’t recover.
Prognosis? 10 years worst case – 50 years best case – yes maybe even 100 years, it is a big ship.
But a century is but a day in the broad sweep of history – zero vocations, zero Mass Attendance and you’ve reached Ground Zero!!
Hume, of unhappy memory (homosexual and arch cover upperer) had a point but it wasn’t subtle enough;
No Priests – No Eucharist- No Church.
What too cynical for you?

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Just wait till you see what I do to any kiddy fiddling priest who comes near me on my death bed.

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5.31 He was holding David Brough s hand( Dublin, Arklow at the moment). That is all he needed. WM

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4.18 Well qualified to select the homosexual, active or repressed for appointment as bishop, after the ok from Mrs. Tighe. His Disgrace Dermot Martin. The power of association. WM

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4.50: Pat, ignore the horrible cynic at 4.38. You should stop printing the comments of such morons. I trust that the funeral mass went well for your good friend, Seamus.

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Bishop Pat you asked for and recieved nothing surely you did not ask for at a Funeral.
The Mass was excellent and Folk Mass are the thing not call so much now Folk Mass just people with musical instruments.
I was delighted to watch you enjoy the Joy of the Gospel as I thought it would be to modern for you 🙂
Sad you turned on Joan jumping the gun you did the final commital then had entertainment it was excellent.
You are a CATHOLIC at heart just need you to say at the end let us bless the Lord Amen.
Surely thats a mistake at 4.50 you did not ask for and got nothing at least our funerals are FREE.

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Bishop Pay you say above @ 4.50 you asked for and recieved nothing did they refuse you a stole fee.

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The matter was not even for consideration. Seamus was a loyal friend and parishioner

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4.38 Disgusting comment Father, wash your mouth out with soap and water. You remind us of a former clergyman who had a very special poise & eye twinkle for the old dears with large bank balances & dead families. He clearly found the combination most appealing.

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Vatican II is a total failure: A glorification of the ” Order of Bishops.” The concept never existed before the unscholarly dreamt it up in the hippy Episcopal 60’s. Sorry Bishop Pat. WM

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William you are yesterdays man so let us get on with spreading the Joy of the Gospel in your day it would be your all going to hell, money or peoples sex life.
Pope Francis and his successor will lead the Church and produce more fruits from Vatican two.
Bishops are workers in the vineyard it is just that some Bishops have their nose up their arse.
Families are not huge in 2022 and I heard Bishop Pat say he is one of 17 well in 2022 it is usually two.

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5.58 Don’t give me the time of day. Enjoy your self satisfied assurances. WM

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@ 5:58pm

Are you for real? Granny Fanny will lead the Church and produce more fruits from Vat. II unless you’ve got your nose up your arse and not noticed that it’s produced no fruits. That oul melt will lea you down his synodal path all the way to perdition.

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Paul Tighe is a queer old fish to be sure.
Very full of himself – like Stephen Wright in the Afternoon in Birmingham – “Did I mention that I trained as a barrister?’
What’s his playbook or game plan? Cardinal? Fat, opulent apartment in the Vatican? Or does he eventually return to whence he came?
And who has he given great pleasure to on his ascent? His parents I’m sure – but wonder who else has revived pleasure from Tighes ascent up the clerical greasy pole?

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Pat you have won the lottery. You have Eduardo. You love each other and live with one another. You have both made a wonderful life with each other. I on the other hand am lonely. I have been left on the shelf and I am only 47. I am happy for you.

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5.48 I am open to dining with any person who is open to friendship. No one should be lonely. WM presumably you are not a priest.

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7.40: Bill dearie, you’d need to have a personality transformation before any man or woman took you on!! You present as a most unhappy, disgruntled, nasty and sour man. You rarely have anything good to say about anyone. Imagine wakening up to your sad, lonely, demented disposition every morning!! My God – nightmare..Try a little happiness for once..

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7.40: Bill, sure you’re no stranger to priests!! Everywhere in the world you’ve travelled you seem to have encountered many a cleric – ontologically of course!!! Or maybe I’m wrong.

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Fr Tom Laydan needs to lay off the drink or if he is going on the rip needs to better control his social media posts.

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8.22 The best person I have ever met in my life is both a priest and a very well adjusted man. He is Australian. He helped me to grow up. I could never repay him. Without Wax, Bill.

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I have researched Ryan. He is a changed man since I had impression s of him. Does nor enjoy my assent to how he has been living. ( Damaged by others).
WM

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Mr Mulvihill, you should pay close attention to what is unfolding with the said cleric and how Armagh treat him – royally. Yet the mask always slips.

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We have been on the Glenstal retreat and can highly recommend an alternative at Sunyata Buddhist retreat in nearby County Clare. We will be back.

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Ye up the Anti, I shall up the temperature: Paul Callam ( Dublin) and Gregory Carville ( Armagh). Let’s see where you would like me to attend. WM

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William
Paul Callan is a yesterday’s man is he back from Sabbatical yet has Archbishop Farrell appointed him as yet to a parish.
The secret list of Dublin clergy appointments has not reached their web site yet so bad for the Comms team highly paid and under worked as it has got worse under Peter Henry.

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8.27 Thank you for updating the Blog. I do mot know the man but it gives me solace to know he is yesterdays man. I have no doubt he used Gregory Carville, a very decent and good fellow in my view. William Mulvihill

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Paul Callen ran to Dirmuid every day to give the auld reptile info on what Dermot Farrell was doing. Callen was being loyal to a corpse.

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Bishop Pat, was an excellent funeral mass for Seamus. You struck the right balance and welcoming to all. I loved the flute duet with Micheal Flatley, who was looking well. Your joke about the travellers criticising the size of your chapel made me howl.

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9.13 Nulty’s ability to vet laity is even more dismal than his ability to vet clerical appointment. Car crash religion – akin to drink drivers

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Did Diarmuid Martin ghost you Buckley? You seem to have soured to him. He is probably annoyed over the Tighe and Callan comments. Two pets of his.

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Armagh Clerical Changes – look out for the parishes of:
• Pomeroy – will current fame-thirsty PP stay?
• Dungannon – will former Primary Advisor be boomeranged in again (Anyone for a pint?!)?
• Magherafelt – will King Gates swap his almighty Kingdom?
• Clonfeacle – will Adm 😏 be back in time from holidays with the cabincrew Grindr gang to see the clerical changes?
• Kildress/Dunamore – will the PP make it out of the mirror in time for Mass?
• Clonoe – will PP’s Hotel/Parochial House finally run out of rooms?

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Beautiful funeral mass for Seamus Tansey this afternoon Bishop Pat. You all did him proud. Rest in peace.

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Did Diarmuid Martin ghost you Buckley? You seem to have soured to him. He is probably annoyed over the Tighe and Callan comments. Two pets of his.

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