The Archbishop of Dublin, Dr Diarmuid Martin, has informed the Archdioceses to suspend celebrating public Sunday and Weekday masses from Wednesday 25th March 2020 until further notice.
The Parish Church is closed until Easter Sunday 12th April.
Government Mandate to the Irish Nation on Friday evening 27th March 2020: Stay at home!
COVID-19 Support Line for Older People
ALONE has launched a national support line and additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to the outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Professional staff are available to answer queries and give advice and reassurance where necessary. The support line is open Monday to Friday, 8am-8pm, by calling 0818 222 024. Hours may be extended to meet the demand.
This following poem was written around in the mid 1850s – about 10 years after the famine. It is quite apt for this current Covid-19 curfew too!
The author, Kathleen O’Meara, also known under her pen name Grace Ramsay (1839 – 10 November 1888), was an Irish-French Catholic writer and biographer during the late Victorian era.
And the people stayed home.
And read books, and listened, and rested, and exercised, and made art, and played games, and learned new ways of being, and were still. And listened more deeply. Some meditated, some prayed, some danced. Some met their shadows. And the people began to think differently.
And the people healed. And, in the absence of people living in ignorant, dangerous, mindless, and heartless ways, the earth began to heal.
And when the danger passed, and the people joined together again, they grieved their losses, and made new choices, and dreamed new images, and created new ways to live and heal the earth fully, as they had been healed.