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A very special evening to honour the canonisation of John Henry Newman

The evening is being organised by The Irish Institute for Pastoral Studies, The Department of Theology and Religious Studies, Mary Immaculate College in association with The parish community of Ballybrown Patrickswell

John Henry Newman’s canonisation provides us with an opportunity to mark this occasion in Limerick and in particular Ballybrown, as Newman has very real links with the locality. Newman was a close friend of William Monsell, (Lord Emly), the Anglo-Irish landowner who resided at Tervoe, Clarina. Newman visited Limerick twice in his life and on the first occasion, he stayed in Tervoe House from 3rd to 9th August 1852. It was there that he completed The Idea of a University, and the altar on which he celebrated Mass is now located in the parish church of Ballybrown.

We have invited Bishop Fintan Monahan and our own local historian, Matthew Potter to present a very special evening.


Venue: Parish Resource Centre and Parish Church Ballybrown.

Date: Wednesday 23rd October.

Time: 7p.m.
“Tracing the Historical Connections” Matthew Potter, Dr. Matthew Potter is curator of Limerick Museum and is author of ‘William Monsell of Tervoe, 1812–1894: Catholic Unionist, Anglo Irishman’

A homily on “A Perfect Peace: Newman, Saint for out Time” by Bishop Fintan Monahan Bishop Fintan is Bishop of Killaloe and is author of ‘A Perfect Peace: Newman, Saint for Our Time’ Mass, with the Ballybrown choir will be celebrated on the ‘Newman Altar’ by Bishop Fintan

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