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1 Hell on 4/5/2012, 1:35 am

cathy

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Hi JB

I enjoyed your comment re hanging out in the basement Brings me back to my mother when she was alive and going a bit senile she asked here brother who is 96 this year how is free Horan now.. he was dead twenty years at this stage but my uncle answered Free is Fine He is well roasted by now .

And the lady who went to a medium as she was getting messages from her dead husband asking for cigerrates but she didnt know whether to send them up or down so the medium asked her is he asking for matches..

2 Hell on 4/5/2012, 1:33 am

cathy

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Hi JB

I enjoyed your comment re hanging out in the basement Brings me back to my mother when she was alive and going a bit senile she asked here brother who is 96 this year how is free Horan now.. he was dead twenty years at this stage but my uncle answered Free is Fine He is well roasted by now .

And the lady who went to a medium as she was getting messages from her dead husband asking for cigerrates but she didnt know whether to send them up or down so the medium asked her is he asking for matches..

3 Re: Old Irish customs on 3/5/2012, 1:21 pm

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Ah, you girls are alright, this coming from a Protestant Canadian.You know where you will be going.

side note: My brother when discussing a shady character and what this person got away with or such, always, with a shake of his head says "Oh well, God will sort everyone out at the end."


We don't do first communion similar to the Catholic Church. We have courses when you get to be about 12 or 14 that discuss our faith and they are known as Confirmation Class. After completing it you are then allowed to take part in the sacrament of communion.My faith in God has highs and lows. Presently my idea of heaven is this: When I die, if my children, wife and grandchildren remember me well, and think fondly of me then I will be in heaven. As is my Grandparents and others in my mind are.

Wow, deep thoughts from a little guy on a wednesday night.

love you all

jb

ps Any menfolk out there to post. I'm happy but my wife is nervous with me hanging out with all you Pretty
Irish Girls. Hey Marie, make your hubby post. He has before I think..


4 Re: Old Irish customs on 3/5/2012, 5:59 am

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Hi Cathy,

I'd call that woman a snob and one who has lost the true meaning of Communion as we understand it. Yes she's an ignorant snob at worst and a sadly misguided woman at best. I feel sorry for the child.

As for you going to hell.....they say that Jesus said ' there are many rooms in my Fathers house'
Well, I certainly don't want to be in any of the same rooms as the hierarchy in Rome. Guess I'd rather enjoy your company in the basement. Think it'll be full of like minded people Very Happy

Marie

5 communion hipe on 3/5/2012, 5:45 am

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HI
Just a little on communion in our town one mother ordered a particular expensive dress for her daughter and asked the shop not to get only one of these as she didnt want her daughter looking like everybody else .what would you call a woman like her ..
and the silencing of fr Brian Darcy makes me sick to think I was part of such a corrupt group of elderly senile i better stop I might go to hell ..

Cathy

6 Re: Old Irish customs on 2/5/2012, 6:11 am

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Talking about communions, I remember my uncle Bob giving me a shiny new sixpence when we came out of church. I was so excited to get it because in those days it seemed like a fortune . .

There I was skipping around the churchyard showing off my communion frock which had been made by my mother. Very boring by today's standards but I loved it and thought I was the bee' knees when all of a sudden one of my classmates bumped into me and the sixpence rolled out of my hand and down a drain. I was absolutely heart broken because it was all I had .

It was special too because Uncle Bob wasn't a catholic and in those days Catholics and Protestants didn't mix but Uncle Bob was different and I wasn't scared of him like I was of most Protestants. Looking back, all that suspicion and hostility between Christian church goers was so sad., so unnecessary and so unchristian!

I thought things were changing for the better but the Vatican's treatment of Brian Darcy and Tony Flannery to name but two churchmen of integrity, leaves me cold after the way they (the Vatican) went to such great lengths to protect priests who abused the trust of children. I'd better not start on this one now but would be interested to hear other people's views. Perhaps we needs new thread for 'healthy debate"?

One last thing before I go. The little boy who bumped into me was called Maurice Cole. Any ideas who he grew up to be.? He want into a seminary in Ireland at 17 but came out before final ordination. He went into show biz and became very famous. Sadly he died in mid-life from Aids and was reconciled to the church on his deathbed..........any ideas?

Marie

7 Re: Old Irish customs on 2/5/2012, 12:39 am

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When I made my communion many moons ago I wore the dress my sister and the sister before that wore and they were 7 and 10 years older than me so by the time i got it it was 10 years old lol and you wore it if it fitted you or not but thankfully it did fit and I looked a picture with my bob haircut lol and my sister still has the dress as good as new in the attic.

8 Re: Old Irish customs on 25/4/2012, 11:41 am

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Hi Marie

I agree with everything you have said. What a shame there isn't more emphasis on the sacrament of communion as there is on dress code.

"Keeping up with the Jones's".

I blame the parents, its one trying to outdo the other, I have seen parents having a chauffeur driven car to take their child to church for communion.

Where is going to end ??





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9 Re: Old Irish customs on 25/4/2012, 6:19 am

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Hi Patsy,

Good to see you posting again. Your clever illustrations were missed.

I grew up in Liverpool, the population of which, in those days was predominantly second generation Irish. For us, May Ist was celebrated with street processions and carrying our lady 's statue which we all walked behind dressed in our wite communion clothes( boys and girls, regardless of hair colour) . The girls had blue ribbons with a medal round their necks and the boys wore blue sashes . Every child carried a basket of petals which were strewn along the way. Each year, one child ( without any discrimination of hair colour ) was chosen to crown our Lady and that was considered a big privilege . We sang "Oh Mary we crown you with blossom today......."
Sounds as if it fulfilled a similar custom to the one you described in Roscmmon but I'm glad to say ours was a little more inclusive. !

They were indeed the good old days . I might add our communion day meant wearing clean, white clothes (simple dresses for girls which were usually hand made at home and white shirts for the boys)
unlike the orgies (can't think of a better word )of expensive bridal wear for little girls which for the most part look ridiculous and suits for the boys , followed by hotel receptions and lots of money gifted to the child . We can hardly blame the children if they measure the success of their day by how much money they got. nor can we blame them if they are not regular communicants after the big day. The more I think about what's happening to our children and grandchildren the more I'm thinking.........
Yes, Patsy, they were the good old days!

Marie

10 Old Irish customs on 23/4/2012, 9:28 am

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Hi all
It is now almost the 1st of May which brings me back to my childhood.
It was on that date I started going to school, it was the custom here to start school on that date not September.

Also on that date every household put up "A May Altar" in their front hall, that was a small table with a statue of Our Lady some candles and some flowers, we went out to the fields to get wild flowers for the altar, any flowers left over were left at your neighbour door to keep the fairy's away.

If you went out on that day and you saw anybody with red hair you were told to return home, as it would bring you bad luck if you spoke to them, if they knocked on your door you were not allowed to let them in.
Any customs where you live.
Those were the good old days


Patsy !!!!!!!!!!!

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