The Calvary of Ireland

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"There thou liest, O Rock of the Mass, most splendid of Ireland's treasures:
an imperishable monument, telling of Ireland's sorrow and of Ireland's glory!
For thou, O holy Rock of the Mass, art the Calvary of Ireland."
(W.J. Lockington, S.J., The Soul of Ireland)

Elena Maria Vidal has an excellent entry entitled "Mass Rocks and Hedge Schools." My Grandmother Kirby told me about the Hedge Schools when I was a boy. She, being at school in Kiltoghert, Co. Leitrim, Ireland, circa 1909, attended Irish language classes after official school hours. The transmission of Irish culture and language was still, at that time, a non-official and "private" endeavour.

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Thank you, Father Mark, O.Cist.. (You need to straighten out a friend of yours who lives in the mid-west and whose initials are T.N. I had to scold him for saying that Saint Patrick's day is "not Catholic.")

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Dom Mark Daniel Kirby is Conventual Prior of Silverstream Priory in Stamullen, County Meath, Ireland. The ecclesial mandate of his Benedictine community is the adoration of the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar in a spirit of reparation, and in intercession for the sanctification of priests.

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