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Have there been synods in Ireland in the past?

Have there been synods in Ireland in the past? Although there were earlier synods held in Ireland, perhaps the most well-known of the medieval synods were those of Cashel (1101), Ráith Bressail (1111) and Kells-Mellifont (1152). These laid the foundations for both the reform of the Church in Ireland – asserting papal and episcopal authority […]

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A 10 point checklist for those managing parish and diocesan social media accounts

A 10 point checklist for those managing parish and diocesan social media accounts This is a quick 10 point checklist for those managing parish social media accounts:  1. Ponder before you post. Think before you Tweet. Think inspiration before sharing on Instagram 2. You are what you share – be careful how you represent yourself […]

Social Media FAQs: How do I know what social media exists in the name of my parish/diocese?

How do I know what social media exists in the name of my parish/diocese? This can be a bit of a mine field. There are so many different groups within a parish and a diocese and many of them will have gone ahead and set up social media profiles. Issues can arise when someone moves […]

Social Media FAQs: How do I get more followers on social media?

How do I get more followers on social media? The answer is if you build it, they will come! [Thanks to Field of Dreams for that quote] Managing parish and diocesan social media is not like building a house or writing a book. You put all the effort and energy into the build or the […]

Social Media FAQ: Should I link my Parish Facebook and Twitter accounts? 

Should I link my parish Facebook and Twitter accounts?  The answer is definitely no! While it might seem like a time saver, the effect on those just following your parish on Twitter can be negative. While you continue to happily post on Facebook with your lovely glossy image and text, your followers over on Twitter […]

Christmas Message from Bishop Noel Treanor

“Christmas at Home” December 2020 Behold, the angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary your wife into your home.” Matthew 1:20 On 8th December 2020, Pope Francis issued an Apostolic Letter “With a Father’s Heart”[1], dedicating the year ahead under […]

Christmas 2020 Message from Bishop Paul Dempsey, Bishop of Achonry

I heard an eminent medical person on the radio last week raising concerns about the rising number of Covid cases.  He suggested Christmas should be postponed until spring.  As a medic his first concern is the health and wellbeing of people.  However, it illustrates that for many, Christmas has become a mere holiday period rather […]

 Christmas 2020 message by Archbishop Michael Neary, Archbishop of Tuam

Our priests have responded very generously to the challenge of the pandemic, providing every opportunity to address the faith and sacramental requirements of parishioners. In the last 27 years people of the Archdiocese of Tuam have donated almost €10m to Trócaire. It has been a difficult time for everyone.  For bereaved families, for families with […]

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin welcomes establishment of new special school in South Dublin

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin expressed his satisfaction that he has been able to facilitate the opening of a new special school in the Crumlin area that will offer urgently needed places to 36 children with autism and general learning disabilities.  There has been a serious shortage of special school places in South Dublin despite the opening […]

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