Restructuring of Irish Dioceses Launch
On the evening of Friday, 30 September, Ms Marion Coy, former head of the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology, now part of Atlantic Technical University, launched the latest book from Dominican Publications. She described The Restructuring of Irish Dioceses, edited by Eugene Duffy, as ‘very thoughtful and sometimes provocative’. She recognised that boundaries are always a sensitive matter and reminded the gathering that ‘we live in a volatile world where trust is in short supply, where experience takes precedence over doctrine, where census figures on religious affiliation bear little relationship to the reality’. The full text of Ms Coy’s address will appear in the November issue of Doctrine & Life, under the title, ‘Spaces, Boundaries and Journeys’.
Fr Martin Henry, president, welcomed the attendance to St Nathy’s College, Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon, where he and the college household staff graciously hosted an enjoyable evening. On behalf of Dominican Publications, Bernard Treacy thanked the college for its generosity, and paid tribute to the many people, besides the authors, who are needed for a book to appear before the public.
Eugene Duffy was the final speaker, acknowledging the generous willingness of the authors of the various articles to be involved, and hoping that the work will contribute to a debate that is
Besides a large number of clergy from the diocese of Achonry, the attendance included three Sisters who have made notable contributions to secondary education in Ireland – Sister Canice O’Hanrahan RSM, Sister Ethna Woulfe SSL, and Sister Helena O’Donoghue RSM, herself a contributor to The Restructuring of Irish Dioceses. Also present were Monica Morley, of Mid-West Radio, and Patsy McGarry, of The Irish Times, a native of the town, and members of the Duffy family.