Summer 2018Popes, Pipes and Liam MacCarthy

As heard on Morning Ireland

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Reporter Aisling Kenny took a look back at the summer that was for Morning Ireland, hearing from people who thought it was too hot, not hot enough, the faithful who joined Francis in the Phoenix Park and a different kind of faithful, who waited 45 years to take home the Liam MacCarthy Cup. Listen back to Morning Ireland here. Share this Post

Declan O'Rourke on refusing to perform as part of Papal visit‘I feel the Catholic church is responsible for so much suffering in this country.’

As heard on liveline

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The World Meeting of Families, which coincides with the visit of Pope Francis to Ireland this August, is fast approaching and preparations are being put in place for the lineup that will entertain Croke Park on the day. Declan O’Rourke was one of those asked to perform. He joined Joe Duffy on Liveline this afternoon to tell him why he won’t be making an appearance. Declan told …

Olivia O'Leary on Pope Francis‘You can’t say that you love women if you exclude them.’

As heard on Drivetime

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Dear Francis, Before your very welcome visit here in August, I thought you might like to know what it was like in 1979. Just before Pope John Paul II came, Irish Times editor Douglas Gageby called us all into his office. “Now listen up, ye gang of lefties, women’s libbers and cynics”, he said. “This visit is historic. And this newspaper will cover it …