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New YouTube Series Launched

Treasure Ireland – that’s the name of a new series on the YouTube channel of the Irish Dominicans. It’s premise is that this island of ours is a rich repository of Christian heritage, and that it just takes a little digging to find some precious gems.

As part of this series, presenter Conor McDonough OP, and cameraman and editor, Patrick Grant, will be travelling to all 32 counties, telling stories about people and places to inspire, entertain, and challenge the Church of today.

You can expect saints and sinners, knights and writers, ancient relics and round towers, hidden valleys and homeless shelters, disembodied heads, demon-fighting monks, pioneering scientists, and much, much more. Click on the video below to find out more, and subscribe to our channel to stay up to date.

BLOC | An Sagart Óg

Michael Carey from the Irish–language television station, TG4, recently met up with one of our brothers in St Saviour’s Priory, Dublin, to ask about his vocation.

Click play to find out!

Empire of the Cross (Documentary)

In this 30-minute documentary, Fr. Allan White, O.P., braves the scorching heat of July in the city of Rome and delivers an on-site historical exploration of the Basilica of San Clemente located at its heart. Citing the discoveries of Father Joseph Mullooly, O.P., in the mid-19th Century, he explains how the basilica, built upon the ruins of a Roman nobleman’s home, is a living example of Catholic tradition.

This documentary is produced by Blackfriars Media.

The three Marys at the foot of the cross

The song below is typical of the Irish tradition of reflection on the passion, which takes the little crowd at the foot of the Cross – and especially Christ’s Mother – as our eyes and ears on Calvary.

The singer of this sean nós sings as Mary, or rather, as the three Marys at the foot of the cross (John 19:25). Christ is so bruised that he is hardly recognisable:

Is this the little son nourished at Mary’s breast […]

And is this the little son I bore for three seasons?

We see Christ through the teared-up eyes of his mother, as the tenderness of Bethlehem meets the violence of Golgotha:

Is this the little son born in the stable […]

My son, my darling, your nose and little mouth are cut.

Throughout the song, the mournful refrain (or ‘keen’) is repeated, and its agonised syllables give musical form to the Good Friday anguish of every Christian generation. Together these assembled generations stand at Calvary, side by side with the three Marys, gazing at the Cross in Good Friday shock: óchón agus óchón ó…

This Holy Week, let us stand, sing, and grieve with them.

[The version of Caoineadh na dTrí Mhuire in the video above is taken from Hymns of Passion and Resurrection, the inaugural album of the ‘Céli Dé Collective’, under the guidance of a Dominican friar of the Irish Province. The album is due to be released on 12 April, and can be bought in record stores (Ireland), online at www.celide.ie, and on iTunes.]

Nightfever Ireland

The idea behind Nightfever is simple – open a city centre Church at night, fill it with candle-light and prayerful live music, and invite passers-by inside. It’s an opportunity to invite people to pause for a moment, to put aside their initial plan and to come into the Church to light a candle. The Church is open to all, and visitors can stay for as little or as long as they wish.
To find out when the next Nightfever is happening near you, or to set up a Nightfever event in your local Church, visit www.nightfever.org or www.facebook.com/nightfeverireland. This weekend in again in Dublin!

Dominicans in Dublin

A video containing images of the Dominican Life in our priories interwoven with street images of Dublin.