NewsLocal News80 years on, Dolly O’Brien is reacquainted with Congress BellBy admin – November 10, 2011 550 ‘It was like nothing I’d ever seen in Limerick – thousands and thousands of people with different accents….MARIE HOBBINS meets Dublin Road lady who attended Eucharistic Congress in 1932Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up ON Monday evening last, a Limerick lady who has lived all her married life on the Dublin Road, accompanied the Diocesan Administrator, Fr Tony Mullins to St John’s Cathedral, where they officially welcomed to Limerick city the National Eucharistic Congress Bell. The bell, which has been on a pilgrimage from diocese to diocese since last St Patrick’s Day, as part of the build-up to next year’s Eucharistic Congress, arrived in the city from the neighbouring diocese of Cashel and Emly.There to welcome it, Dolly O’Brien of the Dublin Road, accompanied by members of her family, renewed her acquaintance with the bell, which she first saw when as a 12-year-old, she was brought to Dublin by her “big brother” to witness one of the biggest ecclesiastical events that Ireland has ever hosted.That was in 1932, when intense religious fervour was at its height in IrelandPeople from every city, town, village in the country made their way by train, car, bike or horse and cart to Dublin to take part in the open air ceremonies which were attended by high-ranking clergy from the Vatican and bishops, priests and religious orders.‘I remember being woken up very early – it was still dark and even though I was jaded because I’d been too excited to sleep the night before, I was up in a jiffy,” she told the Limerick Post.“I have a vivid memory of being told by my mother not to let go of my brother, Pa-Joe’s hand, and I can also recall walking up to the station to get the train – the streets were packed with people all making their way to get the train”.Dolly said she has no memory of what exactly she was wearing, except that it was a “nice dress and coat.“I do remember though, that we had a picnic with us and we had to find a place to sit down and eat it when we got to Dublin – there were thousands of people all doing the same thing.“It was like nothing I’d ever seen in Limerick – thousands and thousands of people with different accents. “There were processions and everyone was singing hymns and there were thousands of priests and nuns and a lovely scent of incense”.Dolly’s big moment came when her brother, Pa-Joe lifted her up to kiss the Congress Bell as it was passing through the streets of Dublin and on Monday night, the mother of 10 children, grandmother and great-grandmother, whose husband, Tom O’Brien died in the 1960s, had the honour of again ringing the Bell on its first visit to the Diocese of Limerick.Fr Alphonsus Cullinan, Diocesan Delegate for the International Eucharistic Congress, which takes place next June in Dublin, said it was an ideal opportunity for the people of Limerick to begin preparations for, and understanding of what the Eucharistic Congress means.‘“The Bell is a key symbol for the Eucharistic Congress. It begins preparations and raises awareness for the Congress, which will be the biggest celebration of our faith on this island since Pope John Paul II visited here in 1979.“The Congress will attract thousands from abroad and tens of thousands of Irish people so everyone in the Catholic Faith needs to understand the unique experience that’s ahead of us. The Eucharistic Congress Bell’s arrival here will help spread that message and understanding. “As such, its stay here is an invitation to the Eucharistic Congress and we would urge as many people as possible to visit it as it is taken around the diocese”.After St. John’s, the Bell went north of the river on Tuesday to St. Munchin’s Holy Rosary, Cratloe/Parteen Pastoral Area where it was also presented at the Grotto in Cratloe, built to mark the Eucharistic Congress in Ireland in 1932.On Wednesday, November 16, it crosses into the Kerry Diocese. Email Twitter Print WhatsApp Facebook Linkedin Previous articleHuman remains reburied at St John’s SquareNext articleWest Limerick farmer to be imprisoned indefinitely admin Advertisement
Voluminous rhyolitic volcanism along the palaeo-Pacific margin of Gondwana was marked by three principal episodes of magmatism. The first of these ( V1) is essentially coincident with the main episode of Karoo–Ferrar magmatism at ∼184 Ma. A younger ( V2) episode occurred at ∼168 Ma, and a third episode ( V3) occurred in the interval 157–153 Ma. We evaluate the origin of V1 and V2 rhyolites from the Antarctic Peninsula using major and trace element and isotopic (Sr, Nd, O) data. An isotopically uniform (87Sr/86Sri ∼0·707; εNdi ∼ −3) andesite–dacite magma was generated as a result of anatexis of ‘Grenvillian age’ hydrous mafic lower crust, linked to earlier, arc-related underplating. The lower-crustal partial melts would have mixed with fractionated components of the mafic underplate, followed by subsequent storage and homogenization. Early Jurassic ( V1) rocks of the southern Antarctic Peninsula are interpreted as melts of upper-crustal paragneiss, which have mixed with the isotopically uniform magma in upper-crustal magma chambers. The V2 rhyolites are the result of assimilation–fractional crystallization of the isotopically uniform magma. This occurred in upper-crustal magma chambers involving assimilants with similar isotopic composition to that of the magma. A continental margin setting was crucial in developing hydrous, readily fusible lower crust. Lower-crustal anatexis was in response to mafic underplating associated with the Discovery–Shona–Bouvet group of plumes, thought to be responsible for the Karoo magmatic province. The progression (old to young) of volcanism from NE to SW in Patagonia and south to north in the Antarctic Peninsula is consistent with migration away from the mantle plumes towards the proto-Pacific margin of Gondwana during rifting and break-up.