Recalling 1932

Parishioner Kathleen (Kitty) Bunyan was among the veterans attending the International Eucharistic Congress Gathering and Remembering 1932 event in Dublin on Monday 23rd April. In this photograph, Kitty - from Clareville Road - shows the veil she wore at the Congress Procession when she lived in Borrisoleigh, Co. Tipperary.

Kitty Bunyan

Kitty recalled how her grandfather was convicted in 1867 of being a founder member of the Fenians but escaped before he could be transported to Van Diemen’s Land. She spent half a crown on a mantilla to wear to the Phoenix Park Mass when her first wage was just 10 shillings a week. The manifestation of the faith was what she remembered most about the week. “I want Ireland to remain Gaelic and Catholic and I will fight until I die for that,” she said, to applause.

(from an article in The Irish Times 24/4/12. Photograph: Cyril Byrne)


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The only survivor of a shipwreck washed up on a small, uninhabited island. He prayed feverishly for God to rescue him, and every day he scanned the horizon for help, but none seemed forthcoming. Exhausted, he eventually managed to build a little hut out of driftwood to protect him from the elements, and to store his few possessions. But then one day, after scavenging for food, he arrived home to find his little hut in flames, the smoke rolling up to the sky. The worst had happened; everything was lost. He was stung with grief and anger. "God, how could you do this to me!" he cried.
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