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Beannacht na Cásca Oraibh!

Beannacht na Cásca Oraibh!

A Happy Easter to Every One from St Michael’s Parish, Inchcicore

O give me faith,
That I may be
Alive when April’s
Dances in every
Whitethorn tree.

By Patrick Kavanagh

Mac na hÓige Slán – The Son of the Virgin is Safe

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Mac na hÓige Slán – The Son of the Virgin is Safe A popular tradition in Ireland is that when the cock crows on Easter Sunday morning it says; Mac na hÓige Slán – The Son of the Virgin is … Continue reading

Sun-dancing in the Sky: Easter Sunday Morning

Sun-dancing in the Sky: Easter Sunday Morning

It was widely held in the Gaelic tradition that the Sun danced in the sky Easter Sunday morning. Various methods were employed to experience it. A 19th century account collected from Barbara Mc Phie of Dreimsdale Scotland by antiquarian Alexander Carmichael tells of her experience; ‘The glorious gold-bright sun was after rising on the crests of the great hills, and it was changing colour- green, purple, red, blood red, white, intense-white, and gold-white like the glory of the God of the elements to the children of men. It was dancing up and down in exultation at the joyous resurrection of the beloved Saviour of victory. To be thus privileged, a person must ascend to the top of the highest hill before sunrise, and believe that the God who makes the small blade of grass to grow is the same God who makes the large massive sun to move’ ( trans. From Scots Gallic).

“All in the April Evening” by Irish writer Katherine Tynan

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All in the April Evening By Katherine Tynan All in the April evening April airs were abroad; The sheep with their little lambs Passed me by on the road. The sheep with their little lambs Passed me by on the … Continue reading

Poems for Good Friday


A Rí na hAoine
A Rí na hAoinedo shín do ghéaga ar an gcrois,
A Thiarna, ó dfhulaing tú na mílte ‘s na céadta loit,
Sínimid síos faoin dhídean do scéithe anocht;
Go scara tú orainn toradh an chrainn ar ar do chéasadh do Chorp
( Traditional Irish)
O King of Friday who lay spread-eagled on the cross
O Lord who suffered uncountable wounds
We lay ourselves under your protection today/tonight;
May you let us share in the fruits of the tree of your Passion.

I see his blood upon the rose
And in the stars the glory of his eyes,
His body gleams amid eternal snows,
His tears fall from the skies.
I see his face in every flower;
The thunder and the singing of the birds
Are but his voice-and carven by his power
Rocks are his written words.
All pathways by his feet are worn,
His strong heart stirs the ever beating sea,
His crown of thorns is twined with every thorn,
His cross is every tree.
(by Joseph Mary Plunkett)

Géag Uaigneach gach crann
Scartha leis an uile,
Íbirtchrot gach crann anocht
I bhfianise na cruinne
Ís é a dhínit a loime.
Samhail a bheirim do gach crann
Páischrann an chéasta,
Fior ar gach crann a chím,
Géadscartha clíréabhta
Tréighthe ag an duine.
( le Máirtín Ó Direáin)

Bare-branched each tree
Cut off from the universe,
Each tree like a victim tonight,
The round world in witness,
It’s nakedness is its exaltation.
I imagine each tree
Is the passion-tree of the crucifixion,
I see a figure on each tree,
Spread-eagled and pierced in the side,
Abandoned by man.

Morning Prayer for Good Friday


Knock Shrine Morning Prayer for Good Friday

Morning Prayer for Holy Thursday from Knock Shrine

Knock Shrine Morning Prayer for Holy Thursday

Solas Chríost Linn

Solas Chríost Linn



Fr Louis recommends the text below for our Easter 2020 reflection. It is an inspiring homily given by Fr Michael Murphy PP Roundfort, Claremorris, Mayo. His theme is ‘We are not acting [The Passion] anymore we are living it!’
It is a theme which has reverberated around our own Parish at St Michael’s over the past few weeks especially since Helen Scott spoke so eloquently on the same theme at our last mass together on the Feast of the Annuciation March 25th.

Click here to read the homily:

We are not acting anymore – we are living it!

A Celebration for Healing and Reconciliation Lent 2020

Dia Dhaoibh a chairde, Hello to all in the Parish of St Michael’s!

As a community we are laid low as we have never been before. We are forced to live lives of sacrifice and penitence. We have had to let go of the joys and consolation of physical communion with each other and with those whom we love. In various ways we are being deprived of all we felt we could depend upon: health, work, freedom, pleasure, company…

We are in a desert place.

We thank God as a faith community that we can say in God and Jesus Christ we trust.

Psalm 23 reminds us:

The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want,
He makes me lie down in green pastures,
He leads me beside still waters,
He restores my soul….
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil, for You are with me.

We have decided to post our Lenten Celebration for Healing and Reconciliation for you. We hope you may find it helpful in your prayer life this Passion week. It can be prayed alone or with each other –on line – or with your household – while maintaining a safe distance of course!

As we pray, we hold each other in our hearts, and we remember especially, those who are
ill and those who have died from Coronavirus and their families – around the world.
We ask your protection Lord on each of us, and our families, this Lent and Easter time 2020.

Solas Chríost Linn / May the Light of Christ Guide and Guard us on our way.

Click on the link below to download A CELEBRATION for HEALING and RECONCILIATION – Lent 2020:

Celebration for Healing and Reconciliation Lent 2020