Elphin Primary Schools Introduction to Bishop Kevin Doran
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Interview with Bishop Kevin Doran
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Homily of Kevin Doran, Bishop of Elphin at Knock Novena – August 17th 2014

 

Some 20 years ago, a significant change took place in Rome. It was not of universal significance, but it was important enough for a small group of Irish seminarians. They were, for the first time, allowed home for Christmas. One of the more entrepreneurial students set about block booking flights, in the hope of getting his own flight free. He had just one concern. "Do you think it will be ok with the bishops" he asked me." I told him I thought the bishops might have more to do than to be worrying about the flight plans of seminarians. "Well, I was just thinking" he said, "….the whole future of the Irish Church …. on one airplane".

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Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann, 17 Lúnasa, 2014

 

I mo bhliain dheireanach sa chliarscoil, chuaigh grúpa beag againn ón Róimh go dtí an tSairdín ar feadh cúpla lá i ndiaidh na Nollag. Bhí triúr den ghrúpa a sheinn ceol, agus mar sin bhí giotár, bodhrán agus feadóg stáin sa charr linn. Lá amháin, tar éis am lóin, ag bialann beag cois farraige, chuala na daoine áitiúla cuid againn ag labhairt agus d'iarr siad orainn arbh as an Ghearmáin sinn. Ar chúis éigin, nuair a dúirt muid leo gur Éireannaigh a bhí ionainn, bhraith siad an gá le leithscéal a ghabháil agus sheol siad buidéal fíona an-deas chugainn. Sin an t-am a chuaigh na buachaillí amach go dtí an carr chun na huirlisí ceoil a fháil. Tar éis Fleadh Cheoil ‘impromptu’ ar an trá, d'iarr na Sairdínigh orainn na huirlisí a thabhairt dóibh ar iasacht. Tar éis cúpla sreang anseo is ansiúd a athrú le cur in oiriúint dá stíl cheoil féin, as go brách leo ar feadh leathuair a’ chloig eile!

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Homily of Kevin Doran, Bishop of Elphin for National Fleadh Cheoil, 17th August 2014

As Gaeilge

In my final year in seminary, a small group of us went from Rome to Sardinia for a few days after Christmas. Three members of the group were musicians, so we had a guitar, a bodhrán and a tin-whistle in the car with us. One day, after lunch at a little restaurant by the sea, a few local people heard us speaking and asked if we were German. For some reason, when we said we were Irish, they felt the need to apologise and sent us over a bottle of very nice wine. That was when the lad’s went out to the car to get the musical instruments. After an impromptu fleadh cheoil on the beach, the Sardinians asked to borrow the instruments. The loosened the guitar strings to suit their particular style of music, and off we went again for another half hour.

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