Istanbul – Christianity


Having spent the last two years in Saudi Arabia, it is interesting to see the symbols of Christian history (past & present) in Istanbul. No other religious practice or places of religious worship, other than those of the Islamic faith, are permitted in Saudi Arabia. Turkey has mosques and churches and synagogues for all to worship as they please.  Read More

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Morning Crossers
Hope all full of the joys. MB is back in Saudi Arabian desert, dressed once more like Omar Sharif. Read More

Weekly Photo Challenge: Window


Bottom section of one of the stained glass windows at St John’s Church, Knockainey, South West Ireland. In honour of deceased wife, husband and son.

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Ireland Photo Of The Day Nr 11 – Our crib has a chicken, a goat and a pig


Possibly not historically correct!

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Ireland Photos Of The Day Nr 9 – The baptism of baby Ava


Baptism of baby Ava M, age 7 weeks, at Bruff Church on 28 December 2013.

Holy water & the oil of Chrism.

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Black & Tan Raid at Caherguillamore, HX, South West Ireland


On 27th December 1920, the British Black & Tan military forces http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_and_Tans were tipped off that an IRA fund raising dance was taking place at Caherguillamore House in the county of Limerick, South West Ireland. The Tans carried out a raid on the event and in the process killed 5 IRA members. Each year on the Sunday before Christmas, an anniversary Mass and after-Mass commemoration ceremony takes place at Grange Church, where the 5 victims are buried in a single plot. Many relatives of the deceased still live locally.

This year was no different.

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Ireland Photos Of The Day 5 – Christmas Eve Midnight Mass


Patrickswell Church, HX, Limerick. 24 December 2013.

Prayers for Syria, Gaza & Sudan. And the story from the Great War (WW1) of the football match of 1915 on the Western Front between the Germans & the Allied forces. Cigarettes & wine shared, family photos shown, hymns sung. 3-2 football victory to the Germans, allegedly. And hours later the slaughter started again.

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Ireland Photo Of The Day Nr 3 – Christmas Carol Service


Grange Church: Christmas carol service. 22 December 2013.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Community


The HX community celebrate sunrise mass on the shores of local Lough Gur lake on 1st January 2010. After mass, the kids walk on the frozen lake while the adults tuck into the hot breakfast.

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Photo Of The Day – Redemptorists Church, Limerick


http://www.redemptoristslimerick.ie/who-we-are/redemptorists-in-limerick/

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Monday Mono – New Church


New Church (In Gaelic – Teampall Nua)
There is an old church ruin called ‘New Church’ (or ‘Teampall Nua’ in the Irish Gaelic language) back in HX, next to Lough Gur lake (check out loughgur.com).

Teampall Nua was built in 1679 and replaced an older chapel which was used by the local Earls of Desmond. It is still referred to as New Church (or by its Gaelic name) to this day. It was endowed with a chalice and patten which bear the inscription:

The guift of the Right Honourable Rachel Countess Dowager of Bath to her chappel att Loughgur in the Kingdom of Ireland Anno Domini 1679” 

The famous Irish poet/harpist Thomas O’ Connellan, who died in 1698 in nearby Bourchiers Castle, is buried here in an unmarked grave, as is Owen Bresnan (1847-1912), local poet and historian.

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