Saturday, December 27, 2008

BABY news!
Congratulation to Lisa and Alan Gilroy on the birth of a baby boy, Aidan - the only question is, what position will he play on the Ballymore side in years to come……….

Congratulations to Tanya Guing and Cathal Dineen on the birth of their baby son, Cayden

Maedbh (Doyle) and Stewart Gallagher on the birth of a baby boy, Luke, their third son

Birthdays galore!
I had a lovely evening recently with Holly Pallister and family to celebrate Holly’s 30th birthday. God, where have the years gone……….. Thank you for the invite, Holly and I hope you never lose your lovely smile and sense of humour! Rose

Happy 21st Birthday to Amy Barrett who, like Laura Headon, had a mega party and a good time was had by all!

And to Tolita Fennall who celebrated her 21st birthday in The Thatch which was packed with friends and family

Get well wishes
To Meahall Murphy, Whiteleas; Seth deLabra, Dowdenstown and Gay Doyle of The Seasons. Best wishes also to Savannah Fisher of Bishophill.

Well done
To the Ladies GAA Team who won the Junior D Championship against Balyna
To the Children who recently performed in the High School Musical in the Bandhall – great show!

Wedding bells
Congratulations to Elizabeth Doyle of the Seasons who married Philip
Susan and Robbie McGee of Bishophill who recently celebrated their wedding

In Reverse print, please:

The Editors extend our deepest sympathies to the families of the following:
Sean Garvey
(Apologies to the Garvey family on this omission in our September edition).
The community was saddened to hear of the sudden death of Sean Garvey, formerly of Donode and Liffey Heights, Ballymore Eustace. He is survived by his daughter Sonia, parents Breda and Sean senior, sister Yvonne and family plus the extended family. The death of someone at such a relatively young age is always a tragedy. May he rest in peace, amen.

Peter Flanagan
Deep shock and sadness felt for the family of the late Peter Flanagan of Dowdenstown who died suddenly. Peter is survived by his wife, Peggy, a popular GP, and sons, Shane and Oisin and members of the extended family. May he rest in peace, amen

Jim Gaffney
Late of Naas, Co Kildare, Jim Gaffney (80) died after a brief illness. Jim is best known for his work as a photographer with the Leinster Leader newspaper; during his lifetime, there have been many exhibitions held to display his work with the changing streetscapes of Naas and people profiles also featuring in several historical books and newspaper editions. Jim’s mother was a Fisher from Bishophill so he had a close association with Ballymore Eustace and there was a large contingent of the Fisher family present at his removal service. I knew Jim as the most obliging, easy going staff photographer ever to work with in the Leader – and, when it came to Ballymore, he covered events, staying hours on end, to take a photograph, knowing that only one photo would appear.
Lovely man, may he rest in peace, amen. Jim is survived by his son and extended members of the family. We will feature a profile and photographs of Jim in next month’s Bugle edition with the contribution of Cllr Paddy Behan and Stan Hickey of Naas Historical Society. Rose

Eileen Gordon is back from a spell “down-under” and is in really good form. Eileen Jnr. Is quite the entrepreneur, having started a baby goods supply store to cater for the influx of new mamas and papas where they live. Eileen is obviously possessed of the Gordon sharpness in business. She also mentioned that Johnny turned fifty this year, imagine Johnny Gordon fifty, it’s hard to credit. It’s the time of big birthdays for all that sixth class of Ballymore National School. But we are safe enough as Rose only mentions the lady birthdays.
Sad to see the death of Paul Newman. A great friend of Ballymore through Barrettsown he will be greatly missed.

Lead kindly Light, amid the encircling gloom….
(Beatification process of Cardinal Newman) (+ photo)

Lead kindly Light, amid the encircling gloom,
Lead thou me on;
The night is dark and I am far from home,
Lead thou me on.
Keep thou my feet; I do not ask to see
The distant scene; one step enough for me.

I was not ever thus, nor prayed that thou
Shouldst lead me on;
I loved to choose and see my path; but now
Lead thou me on.
I loved the garish day, and, spite of fears,
Pride ruled my will; remember not past years.

So long thy power hath blessed me, sure it still
Will lead me on.
O’er moor and fen, o’er crag and torrent, till
The night is gone,
And with the morn those Angel faces smile,
Which I have loved long since, and lost awhile.

The remains of Cardinal Newman (Venerable) are to lie in state at the Birmingham Oratory on Friday, 31st October (All Souls day) and on Saturday 1st November (All Saints day). On Sunday 2nd, after a special re-interment Mass, the remains will be placed in a sarcophagus within the church. The proceedings are in preparation of an expected declaration of “Blessed” by Pope Benedict XV1 in December and a formal act of Beatification next Spring. (Photo ?)

There is an eloquence to the lines of this poem by John Henry Newman, and within them a glow of gentle warmth. There is a sense of hope too, of guidance and protection and a sureness that the journey will lead to a rising Sun, despite troubled times; for that was the way with him when the poem was first composed, and is now to us, under the current volatile economic woes that beset us “amid the encircling gloom.”
Newman was elected a Fellow of Oriel College, Oxford, in 1822, and became tutor there in 1826. In 1827, he was appointed Anglican Vicar of St. Mary’s Church, Oxford, where his Sunday sermons attracted large congregations. After a dispute with the Provost over the nature of tutorship, he resigned his position as tutor and went on a tour of southern Europe during which he fell gravely ill at Palermo. On recovery some weeks later, he embarked on an orange boat for Marseilles, but was becalmed for a week between Sardinia and Marseilles.
In that quiet solitude, between the turmoil of the past and his plans for the future, he composed The Pillar of Cloud, known to the world as Lead, kindly light, verse of particular splendour, imbueing comfort in the now, and confidence for the future. It was to remain hidden amongst his manuscripts until many years later, when a visiting friend noticed a wastepaper basket cluttered with discarded manuscripts. With Newman’s permission, he retrieved among others, The Dream of Gerontius (put to music by Elgar), and the treasure now recalled, which has long been used as an English Church hymn. But its beauty is greatest in poetic form.
On his return to England, a group was formed to fight for “the apostolical succession and the integrity of the Prayer-Book”. He published the first of a series of pamphlets called Tracts for the Times, aiming “to secure for the Church of England a definite basis of doctrine and discipline”. By these publications and by virtue of his Sunday sermons at St. Marys, Oxford, he became hugely influential. His lectures in defence of the via media vis-avis ‘the Anglican Church and “Romanism” and popular Protestantism’, raised doubts in his mind regarding the tenability of the principles of Anglican ecclesiastical authority. Eventually in 1841 he published Tract 90, to test the Thirty Nine Articles against the Roman Catholic creed, suggesting the Articles were only against exaggerations and popular errors, and not fundamental issues. It was therefore, an attempt at ecumenism. That stance caused great indignation, and publication of the Tracts came to an end. Having previously published Hurrell Froud’s Literary Remains which was a renunciation of the Reformation, Papist tendencies were suspected, and that Newman’s views and those of the Tractarians oriented towards Rome. It was a crisis.
In the interim, Newman retired to Littlemore, a sub-parish of Oxford, along with a small group of followers. In 1843, he preached his last sermon there and resigned the living at St. Marys. He was completely isolated from Oxford and deprived of the Fellowship of Oriel College.

In 1845, Newman was received into the Catholic Church and created Doctor of Divinity in Rome in 1846. He was ordained the following year and subsequently appointed to the parish of Edgbaston, Birmingham, where he would end his days. While at Egdbaston, Dr. Newman established an Oratory in Birmingham and another in London, engaged in tuition and instruction as well as assisting in local parish work, selflessly devoted to sufferers of cholera. Some hundreds of clergymen followed him, making their submission to the Church of Rome.
Meanwhile, at the request of the Irish Bishops he became the first Rector of Dublin’s newly established university in 1854.

Apologia Pro Vita Sua
In late 1863, Rev. Charles Kingsley responded to a statement by Dr. Newman in Macmillan’s Magazine, disputing on matters of Truth (Tract 20, or ‘Sermons on Subjects of the Day’). It was a virulent exchange, viz; “Fr. Newman informs us that truth for its own sake need not be, and on the whole ought not to be, a virtue of the Roman clergy.” This challenge sparked a short but intense interchange of correspondence, after which Rev. Kingsley published a pamphlet entitled ‘What, then, does Dr. Newman mean?’
Newman’s response came in classical philosophical form by way of weekly pamphlets (April 1864), in Macmillans Magazine, dwelling firstly on Kingsley’s method of disputation, and by way of apologia (defence/justification), recorded Newman’s ‘History of my Religious Opinions’ from childhood (born,1801) to 1845, with three appendices covering detailed answers to Kingsley’s accusations against him, ending with final notes on The Church of England and Oxford University. Dr. Newman gave title to the entire, in one volume as, Apologia Pro Vita Sua. To read it is a delight, but it also is to both love yet fear his logic.
In a valedictory to Dr. Newman (June 1864), Bishop Ullathorne of Birmingham noted among other illuminating goodnesses, that he had lately read a prophesy attributed to Merlin, as if recollecting that England owed so much of its literary learning to that country; and the prophesy says that after long years, Oxford will pass into Ireland – “Vada boum suo tempore transibunt in Hiberniam.”!
To his delight, his old college, Trinity, elected him Honorary Fellow in 1878, and he revisited Oxford after 32 years absence. He received his Cardinals Hat from Pope Leo X111 in 1879, and died at his Oratory in Birmingham on August 11th 1890.

Such was the impact of Newman’s writings, that the lessons or instruction of some of them have yet to be properly understood and applied. For he was a modernizer; matters of life are ever in flux and continually require new enlightenment. It is why he has been referred to as the Father of the Second Vatican Council in 1962. On Good Friday, 2001, Pope John Paul 2nd used readings and prayers composed by Cardinal Newman (the 200th anniversary of his birth), and he is recognized by Pope Benedict XV1 as an intellectual kindred soul. That he will be beatified there is little doubt. Should he be canonised, he would surely also be made a Doctor of the Church. Michael Ward.

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