Saturday, 21 July 2018

Traditional Latin Mass Pilgrimage to Strokestown

A warm welcome awaited us today in Strokestown, Co. Roscommon, the home place of the late Fr. Flanagan, our first Chaplain, today for a Traditional Latin Mass for the repose of his soul in the Parish Church of the Immaculate Conception, a towering beacon in stone standing guard over the town, on the feast of St. Lawrence of Brindisi.  Our grateful thanks to the Priests and People of Strokestown for their many kindnesses.

Buildings of Ireland has a full description of the Church here.
The online Dictionary of Irish Architects has a note of the Church here.
Reports of previous pilgrimages can be found here (2013) and here (2014)

Thursday, 31 May 2018

Latin Mass in Strokestown, Co. Roscommon

We are returning to Strokestown, Co. Roscommon, on Saturday, 21st July, 2018, for a visit to the graveyard followed by a Traditional Latin Mass in the Parish Church of the Immaculate Conception at 2 p.m.

Thursday, 3 May 2018

Saint Assicus of Elphin (Lanigan)

From Lanigan's An Ecclesiastical History of Ireland, at chaps. v and vii.

If we are to believe the Tripartite the church of Elphin was founded about this time and the place for it is said to have been given to St. Patrick by a magus called Ono. Over this church was placed Asicus who became a bishop but certainly not as early as the time we are now treating of (84) Bronus, bishop of Caissel irra, West Cashel in Co Sligo, is spoken of also in this part of our saint's history but although a disciple of St. Patrick as was also Asicus or Asacus (85) he did not become a bishop until several years after this period. (86) 

(84) It is impossible in following the history of St Patrick as given in the Lives to determine the true times of the foundation of most of our ancient sees or of the first bishops It becomes therefore necessary to treat of them under a distinct head which will be found lower down
(85) Tirechan's list ap Usher p 951
(86) Bron was bishop in St Brigid's time and died AD 511. 512 Tr Th p. 176

Asacus or as others call him Asicus is one of those whom a very old tradition acknowledges as a bishop in that early period of the Irish church He was placed at Elphin and according to some accounts as bishop (50) by St. Patrick. It is however doubtful whether he was one during the saint's life time. It is related of him that through a penitential spirit he withdrew from his diocese and retired to the mountain Sliebhliag Slieve league in Donegal where after a considerable time he was discovered by his disciples. He could not be prevailed on to return to his see but went with them to a solitary place and when dead was buried at Rath cunga (51) barony of Tyrhughin said county.

Patrick placed Asicus at Elphin. But it does not state whether he was then a bishop or not. According to the chronology of the Tripartite, Asicus would have been fixed at that place about AD 437 (see Chap v sect ix) at which time he could not have been a bishop. After some words we read in said passage "Assicus sanctus episcopus fuit faber acris Patricii" Here he is called bishop but the addition of his having worked in brass for St. Patrick would seem to indicate that his promotion did not take place until after at least the foundation of Armagh, when the saint having a permanent residence had occason to employ him. Next we may suppose that he was not made bishop of Elphin until after he had ceased to work at Armagh, as he must have resided in his diocese. The passage above referred to may, I think, be explained in the following manner. Asicus was placed at Elphin when a priest by St. Patrick, not many years after the commencement of his mission when Armagh was founded, he was summoned thither to assist in making utensils for the use of the church afterwards but whether before or after the death of the saint cannot be ascertained he became bishop of Elphin.   Next to Asacus is mentioned Bitheus concerning whose episcopacy some doubts might be entertained were he not mentioned in quotations from old documents as a bishop and contemporary with Bronus and Asacus who was his uncle (52) This last circumstance is sufficient to show that he did not beeome a bishop until after St Patrick's death for if it is doubtful whether the uncle was one at so early a period we may conclude that the nephew was not. Where his see or church was I cannot rightly discover (53) He is said to have been buried at Rath cunga (54) where his uncle's remains had been deposited.

(51) Tripart L 2 c 40 Archdall makes Rathcunga an abbey founded by St. Patrick and refers to Colgan But neither he nor the Tripartite mentions St. Patrick founder of an abbey there. At most they attribute to him the erection of a church at Rath cunga See Chap vi n But whatever was the religious house in that place it owed its origin at the earliest to the followers of Asicus.
(52) Tripart L 2 c inr Compare with ib c 39 and 43
(53) The Tripartite has L 2 c 52 St Bronius S Biteus de Caissel ira Bronius was certainly bishop of that place but do these words mean that Biteus was also bishop thereof. If so he was not appointed to it until at the earliest AD 512 the year in which Bronius died and accordingly must have been very young when a disciple of St Patrick. Or is there a transposition in the text so as that it should be read St Bronius de Caissel ira S Biteus &c
(54) Tripart L 2 c iii

Sunday, 25 March 2018

Traditional Easter Ceremonies

The Easter Ceremonies in the Gregorian Rite:

Holy Thursday

4 p.m. - Holy Mass: Silverstream Priory, Stamullen, Co. Meath
6 p.m. - Holy Mass: Sacred Heart Church, The Crescent, Limerick City
6 p.m. - Holy Mass: Ss. Peter and Paul's Church, Paul Street, Cork City
7 p.m. - Holy Mass: St. Kevin's Church, Harrington Street, Dublin 8.
7.30 p.m. - Tenebrae: Silverstream Priory, Stamullen, Co. Meath

Good Friday

12 noon - Stations of the Cross: Ss. Peter and Paul's Church, Paul Street, Cork City
3 p.m. - Liturgy of the Passion: Sacred Heart Church, The Crescent, Limerick City
3 p.m. - Liturgy of the Passion: Silverstream Priory, Stamullen, Co. Meath
5 p.m. - Liturgy of the Passion: St. Kevin's Church, Harrington Street, Dublin 8.
6 p.m. - Liturgy of the Passion: Ss. Peter and Paul's Church, Paul Street, Cork City
7 p.m. - Stations of the Cross: St. Kevin's Church, Harrington Street, Dublin 8.
7.30 p.m. - Tenebrae: Silverstream Priory, Stamullen, Co. Meath

Holy Saturday

12.30 p.m. - Tenebrae: Ss. Peter and Paul's Church, Paul Street, Cork City
8 p.m. - Easter Vigil: Silverstream Priory, Stamullen, Co. Meath
8.30 p.m. - Easter Vigil: Ss. Peter and Paul's Church, Paul Street, Cork City
9 p.m. - Easter Vigil: Sacred Heart Church, The Crescent, Limerick City
9 p.m. - Easter Vigil: St. Kevin's Church, Harrington Street, Dublin 8.

Easter Sunday

9 a.m. - Holy Mass: St. Mary's Church, Ballyhea, Co. Cork
9 a.m. - Holy Mass: St. Mary's Church, Chapel Street, Newry, Co. Down
10 a.m. - Holy Mass: St. Patrick's Church, Drumkeen, Co. Donegal
10 a.m. - Holy Mass: Silverstream Priory, Stamullen, Co. Meath
10.30 a.m. - Holy Mass: Sacred Heart Church, The Crescent, Limerick City
10.30 a.m. - Holy Mass: St. Kevin's Church, Harrington Street, Dublin 8.
12 noon - Holy Mass: Ss. Peter and Paul's Church, Paul Street, Cork City
1.30 p.m. - Holy Mass: Holy Cross Church (O.P.), Tralee, Co. Kerry
2 p.m. - Holy Mass: St. Columba's Church, Longtower, Derry City
4 p.m. - Holy Mass: St. Therese's Church, Somerton Road, Belfast City
5 p.m. - Holy Mass: St. Patrick's Church, College Road, Kilkenny City
5.30 p.m. - Holy Mass: Blessed Sacrament Chapel, Our Lady's Shrine, Knock, Co. Mayo

Beannachtaí na Cásca oraibh go léir!
A happy and holy Easter to one and all!

Monday, 22 January 2018

Clonshanville Abbey (Grose)

From Francis Grose's The Antiquities of Ireland Vol. 2 at 52:


THIS Monastery stands upon the edge of a very extensive bog the country for a great distance round being a flat. In Irish it is named Cluain sean mhil or the retreat of the old Leper. It stands in the Barony of Boyle and seven miles from the Town of that name. A legendary account ascribes the foundation of the Church to St. Patrick, an ideal personage to whom monkish writers resort when they are about to retail fables. It was erected in 1385 by Mac Dermot Roe for Dominicans. The Mac Dermots formerly had large possessions in this and the neighbouring county of Sligo, the representative of which was the late Prince of Coolavin, of whom Young in his Tour in Ireland thus speaks. Another great family in Connaught is Mac Dermot who calls himself Prince of Coolavin, he lives at Coolavin in Sligo and, though he has not above 100l a year, he will not admit his children to sit down in his presence. This was certainly the case with his father and some assured me even with the present Chief, Lord Kingsborough, Mr Ponsonby, Mr O'Hara, Mr Sandford &c. came to see him and his address was curious: "O Hara you are welcome; Sandford, I am glad to see your mother's son (his mother was an O'Brien) as to the rest of ye come in as you can."

The eastern window is entire, the Tower sixty feet high standing upon an arch and has offsets. There are no remains of cloysters. Near the Belfry is a vault the cemetery of the Frenches of French park, on the eastern wall of this vault are their arms and this inscription:

Pray for the Souls 
Of Patrick French Fitz Stephen of Galway
Burgess, who lived in this world eighty six years. 

This Monastery was granted by the Crown to William Taafe, who afterwards sold it to Lord Dillon.

Monday, 20 November 2017

Ardcarne Abbey (Walsh)

From Thomas Walsh's History of the Irish Hierarchy chapter lix, p. 622 ff:

Ardcarne, which was an ancient see is situated in the barony of Boyle. St. Beoadh, son of Olcan, was of royal descent and of a very generous disposition, he has been held in high estimation in the Irish calendars. The death of this sainted bishop occurred on the 8th of March 524. The name is a compound of Beo, animated or lively, and Aidh, Hugh.

AD 1225 died the archdeacon Dionysius O'Mulkyran
AD 1240 Gilla-na-naomh O'Dreain, dean of this abbey, died.

It is not ascertained when the monastery of Ardcarne was erected or who has been the founder. In the thirty fifth of Elizabeth it was discovered by the royal inquisitors that the abbot of Ardcarne was seized of the townland of Clonecalliagh and eight acres of land with the tithes the townland of Clonefinlaghe, two parts of a quarter of land the tithes &c., the lands of Kilfegan and Killgefin with their tithes. The good queen who did not abhor courts of inquisition while they were useful in discovering the property of the Catholic church granted this monastery and its appurtenances to Trinity College, Dublin, and this Protestant college, mainly supported by the spoils of the Catholic church, with true Protestant feeling and liberality, closes its dignities to the Catholic student unless that Catholic sacrifices his religious convictions to the Moloch of Protestant ascendancy.