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New Website Launch

In  November 2017 we will be launching a new Columbans Ireland website.
The new address will be

An Misean sa tSín - All Four Episodes Can Be Viewed Now on the TG4 Player

This fascinating, multilingual documentary, produced and directed by Peter Kelly, tells the story of Irish missionaries in China between 1920 and 1954.

Besides representatives of the Columban Fathers and the Columban Sisters, interviewed in Irish (with subtitles) and English, it also includes interviews with historians and with two young Chinese scholars giving their views of the period in question.

The documentary features rare, contemporary film footage from the times of political chaos, famine, floods and wars that characterised that 34 year period in China.

An Misean sa tSín was screened by TG4 over four weeks in March/April 2017.
All four episodes can be viewed now on the TG4 Player.
For a direct link to each episode on the player click on the links below:

An Misean sa tSín – Episode 1 - Tús (Beginnings) 
An Misean sa tSín – Episode 2 - Tubaiste (Disaster)
An Misean sa tSín – Episode 3 - Cogadh (War)
An Misean sa tSín – Episode 4 - Díbirt (Expulsion)

To see a preview of An Misean sa tSín click on the image below:

Sino-Celtic International Symposium: 14-15 December, Irish School of Ecumenics, Trinity College Dublin

Sino-Celtic International Symposium: 14-15 December, Irish School of Ecumenics, Trinity College DublinThe Columbans in association with the Irish School of Ecumenics are runiing an exciting and innovative internation symposium in Trinity College Dublin, on December 14th/15th.

Drawing together insights from Sino and Celtic perspectives speakers will address questions such as:
Do we need to move beyond "The War on Terror", and Terrorism"
Should we destroy our planet for development?
Are poverty and unemployment the price we pay for economic growth?

Speakers will be invited to relate their research of the Sino-Celtic worlds to areas that are under threat by modern day global capitalism (e.g. ecology, gender, social relations, diversity, human dignity, etc.) and explore ways and means of seeking common good of humanity.

Fr Dan Fitzgerald’s 100th Birthday

{jacomment on}Tuesday, 28th June was a very historical day in Dalgan. Fr Dan was the first Irish Columban Priest to reach 100. He was in very good form and enjoyed the day.

I had the privilege of being the main Celebrant of the Eucharist. Sean McDonagh gave an excellent Homily where he touched on the work of Fr Dan in China and of his great presence in the Parish of Nenagh, Co Tipperary. For up to 20 years Dan endeared himself to the people of Nenagh. This was very evident by the large crowd of friends who came from Nenagh for the occasion. They have been very loyal in visiting Fr Dan here in Dalgan. It was a great tribute to Dan that so many priests from the Diocese of Killaloe , particularly those who had worked with Dan in Nenagh, made the long journey to Dalgan.

Important Conference TCD, Loyola Institute

The Loyola Institute in Trinity College Dublin is organising an international conference, June 22nd-24th 2016 entitled The Role of Church in a Pluralist Society: Good Riddance or Good Influence?

"This conference is for all who are concerned about the role of the Church as we move forward into the twenty-first century.
 This conference is being organised with the aim of contributing towards the Church's interrogation of its identity and mission in contemporary society.

Has Church a distinctive voice in the Public Square? Is the Catholic Church, along with other Christian Churches, just another group fighting for a place in society, seeking to further their own interests? Or do Christian Churches have a different standing? A claim to be heard?"
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