Wednesday, 19 December 2018

Tallaght (Walsh) EDIT

c. xliv p. 437-8

Tallaght in the barony of Newcastle and five miles from Dublin St Maelruan was abbot and bishop of Tallaght Is reckoned among the learned men of his age and probably was the first among the authors of the Martyrology of Tallaght Among his disciples for several years was Aengus the great Hagiologist St Maelruan died on the 7th of July AD 788 Here another bishop resided within five miles of Dublin AD 824 Saint Aengus was abbot This celebrated saint was of an illustrious family descended from the ancient princes of Dalaradia in Ulster His father was Aengaven son of Hoblen hence Aengus is distinguished by that surname He embraced the monastic state in the convent of Clonenagh under the holy abbot Moetlagen and made great progress in piety and learning He was accustomed to spend a great part of the day in a lonesome spot not far distant from the monastery called after him Diseart Aengus where he was engaged in reading the Psalms and in constant prayer His reputation for sanctity becoming very great he wished to withdraw to some place in which he would be unknown Having heard of the strict and exemplary discipline with which St Maelruan governed his monastery he resolved to put himself under his instruction and guidance When arrived at the monastery of Tallaght Aengus concealed his name and his rank in the Church and requested to be received as a novice It is said that he was employed seven years in the most laborious avocations and his humility and the austerity of his life were so remarkable that he was called Celle Dhia ie the servant or companion of God At length his rank and acquirements were discovered by St Maelruan in consequence of his having assisted one of the school boys of the monastery in preparing his task at which he had been either dull or negligent and who was afraid of being punished by St Maelruan The boy hid himself in the barn where Aengus was working and who taking compassion on the youth assisted him so well that he was enabled to recite his task to the satisfaction of his master Surprised at the change of his pupil Maelruan pressed him to tell how it came to pass and compelled him to relate the whole circumstance although Aengus desired him to be silent on the matter Maelruan who had hitherto considered Aengus as an illiterate rustic repaired to the barn and embracing him complained of having concealed his name and expressed his deep regret for the humble and abject manner with which he had been treated Aengus prostrating himself at the feet of the holy abbot begged pardon for what he had done Henceforth he was regarded with the greatest consideration and it is probable that he remained at Tallaght until Maelrnan's death in 788 He must then have succeeded to the abbacy of Tallaght He became afterwards the abbot of Clonenagh He was also raised to the episcopal rank without leaving the monasteries which he governed Aengus died on the 11th of March but in what year is not recorded and was buried at Clonenagh Besides the martyrology of Tallaght he composed another work on the saints of Ireland divided into five small books the first containing the names of three hundred and forty five bishops two hundred and ninety nine priests and abbots and seventy eight deacons the second entitled the Homonymous or saints of the same name as Colman &c the third the book of sons and daughters giving an account of holy persons born of the same parents the fourth giving the mater nal genealogy of about two hundred and ten Irish saints and the fifth a collection of litanies in which are invoked groups of saints among whom are included several foreigners who died in Ireland In this litany he specifies the very places in which they are interred and as it may be new as well as interesting on this side of the Atlantic the reader is presented with it in the Latin language SS Romanos qui jacent in Achadh Galma in Ybh Echia in auzilium mourn in toco per Jesum Christum etc SS Romanos de Lettir Erca invoco in auxilium meum etc SS Romanos qui cum Cursecha filia Brochani jacent in Achadh Dalrach invoco in auxilium meum etc SS Romanos de Cluainne Chuinne invoco etc SS Peregrinos de Cluaine mbhor etc SS Romanos qui cum Aido jacent in Cluan Darthada etc SS Conchennacios qui cum Sancto Manchano jacent in Leth mor etc SS Duodecim Conchennacios qui cum utroque Sinchello jacent in Kill Achadh SS Septem Monachos Aegyptios qui jacent in Disert Ulidh SS Peregrinos qui cum Sancto Mochua jacent in Domnach Ressen SS Peregrinos de Balach forchedail etc SS Peregrinos de Cuil ochtair etc SS Peregrinos de Imlcac mor etc SS Peregrinos socios sancti Sinchelli invoco etc SS Peregrinos Romanos qui in centum quinquaginta cymbis sive scaphis advecti comitati sunt SS Eliam Natalem Nemanum et Corcnutanum invoco etc SS centum quinquaginta Peregrinos Romanos et Italos qui comitati sunt sanctum Abbanum in Hiberniam etc SS Gallos de Saliduic invoco etc SS Gallos de Magh Salach invoco etc SS Saxones ie Anglos deRigair invoco etc SS Saxones de Cluain mhuicedha etc SS Peregrinos de Inis puinc etc SS duodecim Peregrinos de Lethglais mor SS centum quinquaginta Peregrinos in Gair mic Magla etc SS quinquaginta Monachos de Britannia socios fllii Mainani in Glenloire invoco in auxilium meum etc SS quinque Peregrinos de Suidhe coeil etc SS 150 Discipulos Sancti Manchani Magistri invoco etc SS 510 qui ex partibus transmarinia venerunt cum Sancto Boethio Episcopo decemque virgines cos comitantcs invoco SS duodecim socios sancti Riochi transmarinos invoco etc In addition to the evidence which this litany supplies of the ancient fame and sanctity of Ireland and of the esteem and veneration with which the natives of other countries regarded our isle as the asylum of piety and learning and hospitality there are all over the country monumental inscriptions which evidently demonstrate the truth which the litany of Aengus unfolds And although Ireland converted myriads in the sister isle and afforded hospitality to her princes and to her ascetics still England and England alone and wherever she has planted the false tenets of her heretical doctrines the name of Ireland and of Irishmen is despised While all over the continent of Europe Ireland and her people are revered and respected English Roman Italian Gallic and even Egyptian saints seven in number are recounted in the litany of Aengus Another work of his a poetical one comprises the history of the Old Testament which he put into the form of prayers and praises to God AD 889 died St Dichull There was an abbot of Louth of this name of whom St Patrick is said to have prophesied AD 937 died Laidgene comorb of Ferns and Tamlacht AD 964 died Cronmalius professor of this abbey AD 1125 died Maelsuthumius another professor

Wednesday, 12 December 2018

Allen's Hospital (Walsh) EDIT

c. xliv p. 429.

Allen's Hospital Walter archbishop of Dublin about the year 1500 granted a space of ground on which to build a stone house for ten poor men June 8th 1504 John Allen then dean of St Patrick's cathedral founded this hospital for sick poor to be chosen from the families of Allen Barret Begge Hill Dillon and Rodier in the diocese of Dublin and Meath and to be good and faithful catholics of good fame and honest conversation the dean assigned lands for their support and maintenance and further endowed the hospital with a messuage in the town of Duleek county of Meath The founder died January the 2d 1505

Hospital of St Stephen (Walsh) EDIT

c. xliv p. 428.

Hospital of St Stephen was situated in the south suburbs of the city and Mercer's charitable hospital has been erected on the site thereof January 30th 1344 a license was granted to Geoffrey de St Michael guardian of St Stephen's permitting him to go to foreign countries for the space of two years Nothing more known of the establishment Steyne Hospital Henry de Loundres archbishop of Dublin about the year 1220 founded this hospital in honor of God and St James in this place so called near the city of Dublin He endowed it with the lands of Kilmachurry Kilmalmahnock Slewardach and the church of Delgeny

The abbey of Carmelite or White friars (Walsh) EDIT

c. xliv p. 428.

The abbey of Carmelite or White friars In the year 1278 the Carmelite friars represented to King Edward I that by several grants of Roger Owen James de Bermingham and Nicholas Bacuir they had procured a habitation for themselves with certain tenements and other possessions within the city of Dublin and that they proposed to erect thereon a church the king by writ dated the 6th of November commanded the bailiffs and citizens of Dublin to permit the friars to inhabit the said place and build their church without let or hindrance The citizens obstinately opposed the friars shewing the many inconveniences that would arise from their petition Being thus defeated the Carmelites applied With more success to Sir Robert Bagot knight chief justice of the king's bench who built a monastery for them in the parish of St Peter in the south suburbs of the city on a site which he purchased from the abbey of Baltinglass in the county of Wicklow AD 1320 John Sugdaeus provincial of the Carmelite friars in Ireland held a chapter of the order AD 1333 the parliament sat in a hall of this monastery Among its benefactors were Richard II Henry IV and Henry VI from whom this house obtained a grant of 100 annually to be paid out of the customs of the city of Dublin William Kelly was the last prior and in the thirty fourth of Henry Vlil this convent with eleven acres nine houses gardens and orchards was granted to Nicholas Stanehurst at the annual rent of 2s 6d It was afterwards conceded by Elizabeth to Francis Aungier created baron of Longford in June 1621 The Carmelites have again established themselves in the metropolis of Ireland

Saturday, 14 July 2018

Latin Mass in Saint Joseph's, Berkeley Road

This morning the monthly 2nd Saturday Sodality of Our Lady Exercises and Traditional Latin Mass took place in St. Joseph's Church, Berkeley Road, Dublin 7.



The Traditional Latin Mass was offered for the feast of Saint Bonaventure. Traditional Hymns and Mass IX of Our Lady accompanied the Mass, which was preceded by the recitation of the Most Holy Rosary in Latin, the Memorare, Pope Leo XIII's Prayer to Saint Joseph and the Litany of Our Lady. After Mass Matins of the Little Office of the Immaculate Conception and the traditional Sodality Prayers for sick and deceased Sodality members, for Priests and the Act of Consecration of St. John Berchmans, an early member of the Sodality, were recited.

The Monthly Patron - a custom going back to the earliest days of the Sodality in Rome - was St. John Marie Baptist Vianney - and the monthly 'billet' giving a date to go to Mass and Holy Communion in reparation to the Sacred Heart of Jesus was distributed to each Sodalist present.

 The Church is in a beautiful neo-gothic style with most of its original features remaining. The Dictionary of Irish Architects describes the original features of the Church. Archiseek includes further pictures. Buildings of Ireland has a detailed architectural description. Dublin City Council's website includes an early picture of the Church from the North.

















You can attend these traditional devotions ever 2nd Saturday of the month at 11.30 a.m in the Chapel of Our Lady in the South Aisle of the Church, although the Sacred Heart Altar and High Altar are also used on special feasts.  The warm and generous hospitality of the Carmelite Community and the Parish Community of St. Joseph's is warmly appreciated by all involved in the Sodality and the Traditional Latin Mass.

Come and Pray!

Saturday, 7 July 2018

11th Anniversary of Summorum Pontificum

Today we celebrated the 11th Anniverary of the issuing of Pope Benedict XVI's decree Summorum Pontificum with a Traditional Latin Mass in Blessed Cardinal Newman's University Church on St. Stephen's Green, Dublin 2.  It was also the 11th Anniversary of the first monthly First Saturday Traditional Latin Mass there.  The text came through from a friend in Rome that the long-awaited Summorum Pontificum had been published.  However, the Sodality of Our Lady, meeting monthly in University Church since 2003, had already received the gracious permission of the Archbishop of Dublin for a monthly Traditional Latin Mass even before Pope Benedict XVI's decree.  Today was a day to give thanks to God for many blessings received and the kindness of many friends over the years!





Thursday, 29 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!

Tuesday, 6 March 2018

Grace Dieu (Walsh)

From Fr. Walsh's History of the Irish Hierarchy With the Monasteries of Each County, Biographical Notices of the Irish Saints, Prelates, and Religious, 1854, c. xliv p. 430.

Grace Dieu in the barony of Balruddery and three miles north of Swords.

About the year 1190 John Comyn archbishop of Dublin removed thither the nunnery of Lusk and dedicated it to the Virgin Mary. He filled it with regular canonesses of St. Augustine and granted it an endowment. Henry de Loundres, Archbishop of Dublin, added to it the parish church of Ballymaddon with the chapel thereunto belonging instead of the parish church of St. Audeon, given by Archbishop Comyn.

Felicia anchoritess of Ballymaddon claimed an annual rent charge payable by the prioress of Grace Dieu.

AD 1531 this nunnery paid 3 6s 8d proxies to the archbishop of Dublin.

The extensive possessions of this nunnery were granted forever to Patrick Barnwell, Esq. at the annual rent of 4 8 6d Irish money. The grant was renewed on the 8th of January the first of Edward VI.

In October 1577 the prioress was seized of a messuage and eighteen acres of land with divers buildings. Towards the south of said buildings the prioress and nuns with the chaplain had a small dwelling and celebrated the divine offices in the parish church of Portrane, all of which were held by Isabella Walsh by a demise from the prioress before the dissolution. Many Catholics obtained grants of property belonging to the monasteries which they religiously reserved for the use of their inmates.

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Monastery of St Francis (Walsh)

From Fr. Walsh's History of the Irish Hierarchy With the Monasteries of Each County, Biographical Notices of the Irish Saints, Prelates, and Religious, 1854,c. xliv p. 427.


Monastery of St. Francis was erected in the year 1235, Ralph le Porter having given the site in that part of the city now called Francis street and King Henry III patronizing the building.

AD 1293 King Edward I granted a pension of thirty five marcs yearly to the Franciscans of Dublin, Waterford, Cork, Limerick and Drogheda.

AD 1308 John le Decer mayor of Dublin built a chapel in this monastery in honor of the Virgin Mary.

AD 1309 Roger de Heton guardian of the order in Dublin and Walter de Prendergast lecturer of the same were witnesses against the knights Templar. A provincial chapter was held in this year in the monastery of St. Francis.

AD 1332 died their generous benefactor John le Decer and was interred in this monastery.

In the twenty fourth of Henry VIII the convent with its appurtenances, four houses in Francis street and six acres of meadow near Clondalkin, was granted to Thomas Stephens to be held in capite forever at the annual rent of 2s Irish.

The Franciscans are again established in Dublin and have erected a splendid church on Merchant's quay.

Monastery of Witeschan

From Walsh's History of the Irish Hierarchy With the Monasteries of Each County, Biographical Notices of the Irish Saints, Prelates, and Religious, 1854, c. xliv p. 421

Monastery of Witeschan of which there is but slight mention made. It was situate in the west part of Dublin passing from the cathedral of St. Patrick through the Coombe to the pool of the house of St. Thomas the Martyr. There was an order of friars de penitentia who were also called the sac friars. Their origin was in the year 1245 and their arrival in Ireland took place in 1268. The order did not long survive it was condemned in England in 1307 and its houses passed into other hands and in 1311 the council of Vienne condemned the Order everywhere. This monastery of Witeschan may have been of that Order.

Friday, 17 November 2017

Radio Maria Broadcast

The Catholic Heritage Hour on Radio Maria Ireland has been broadcast for almost a year at 3.20 p.m. on Fridays, with speech programmes and a Holy Mass in the Gregorian Rite alternating from week to week.  This week, the Holy Mass was a Requiem for deceased members and friends of the Catholic Heritage Association.  At least one Mass organised by the Association each year is offered for deceased members, generally many more than that, and at least one Mass organised by the Association each quarter is offered for living members, generally more, with the rest offered for various intentions, the Pope, the Holy Souls, deceased Priests, the intentions of an individual.  Our Association is a family of prayer.





Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Pilgrimage to Rome 2017 (6) - Mass for All Saints

To celebrate the Feast of All Saints one couldn't do better than to be in Rome, surrounded by so many of the relics of the Saints, and upon the ground which so many of them have trod... except perhaps to be in the Roman Church dedicated to All the Saints (or almost so), the Pantheon, which was dedicated to Santa Maria ad Martyres. We had visited the Pantheon on Day 1 of our Pilgrimage, on the eve of All Saints, but include the pictures here.




























Mass for the Feast of All Saints in the Basilica of Sant'Eustachio in Campo Marzio On the Feast of All Saints itself, we came to the Basilica of Sant'Eustachio, only feet away from the Pantheon, for the celebration of Holy Mass and to explore our Catholic heritage in Rome a little further. Although called Sant'Eustachio in Campo Marzio, it is actually in the Rione or District of Sant'Eustachio. Saint Eustachio himself was one of those brave Roman Soldier converts and martyrs. His symbol, the stag with a cross in its antlers, is to be seen all over the Basilica. He is also one of the Fourteen Holy Helpers, to which there was much devotion in the Middle Ages, and well worth recalling on the Feast of All Saints. The Church was founded, perhaps during the reign of Pope St. Gregory the Great, and is certainly mentioned in the reign of Pope Gregory II as a Diaconia, a Deacon's Church or center for Corporal Works of Mercy, and that work continues today with the poor of the area dining in the loggia of the Church each day. The only obvious remnant of the Medieval structure is the impressive campanile. The interior is decorated in a gentle French baroque style.