Bronx Irish language mass


The Old Order of the Hibernians will join with Gaelic societies, Irish community groups and parishioners in the strongly Irish area of ​​Woodlawn-McLean Avenue in hosting an Irish language mass this Saturday, October 2 at 2:30 p.m.

Bro. Brendan Fitzgerald will celebrate Mass in Gaelic, followed by a brief installation ceremony for the newly elected officers of the Bronx County HAA. This year, Mass will include a special remembrance of the ten Irish who sacrificed their lives during the 1981 hunger strike.

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Last year, under the leadership of AOH National President Danny O’Connell, the Bronx AOH Irish Language Mass became a national HAE event viewed by Hibernians across the United States and Ireland via Facebook. of St. Barnabas and AOH youtube.

Over 7,000 people attended Mass, many of whom saw Mass in Gaelic for the first time at

Irish-English translations of the liturgy will be available this Saturday so that everyone can read the prayers in English while hearing the mass said in Irish. A special musical program will be provided by the Dawn Doherty Academy of Irish music and Sean Ruane.

Each year, the Bronx County Irish Language Mass at St. Barnabas is dedicated to all those who have kept the Irish language and culture alive. To symbolize this theme, the AOH flyer depicts a mass rock where Gaelic speakers have gathered in secret to hear illegal masses said by illegal priests in defiance of English criminal laws.

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This year’s Irish Mass will include a special remembrance of the ten Irish who sacrificed their lives in the hunger strike that ended forty years ago on October 3, 1981. It is particularly fitting to remember that one part of their heritage was the revival of the Irish language which these men inspired.

Mass will be held in the Main Church on Martha Avenue near East 241st Street, followed by a brief Bronx County Officer Installation Ceremony, chaired by New York State President John Manning .

Bronx County HAA President Martin Galvin said: “The Irish Language Mass, or Gaelic Mass, at St. Barnabas has become an important annual event on the HAA National Calendar. Last year over 7,000 people watched Mass on facebook or youtube AOH.

“This year, as Mass coincides with the anniversary of the end of the 1981 hunger strike, it is important to include a special remembrance of the ten Irish who died and their legacy. The late Cardinal O’Fiaich, who was the primate of all of Ireland, frequently used the Mass Rock as a symbol of their plight, advocating for them.

“The Irish language is an important and indestructible part of our Irish heritage. The measures to eliminate the Irish language began even before criminal laws to eliminate the Catholic religion in Ireland. Ireland’s most expensive landmarks include Mass Rocks, where Gaelic speakers risked death or imprisonment Even today, a simple Irish language law is still denied to six nationalists in the county.

“As an organization formed to promote Irish ideals, culture, history and national freedom, we cannot think of any more appropriate way for HAA members to honor Irish heritage than a Mass Irish embodying all of these themes. “

“There has been a great response every year from AOH officers, Gaelic clubs, community groups and individuals who would just like to hear Mass said in the language of our ancestors. Saint Barnabas is fortunate to have a pastor like Father Fitzgerald who can say mass in Gaelic. “

“Mass will be held at St. Barnabas Main Church, on Martha Avenue at East 241st Street, near Bronx River Parkway, Deegan Expressway, or Metro-North Railroad. Everyone is welcome.”

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