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Archbishop of Tuam says Church becoming increasingly marginalised, weakened and despised

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The church in Ireland is becoming increasingly marginalised, weakened and despised in our society.
That’s according to Archbishhop of Tuam Michael Neary, who this morning delivered his Reek Sunday homily at the summit of Croagh Patrick.
He spoke of the need for the church to return to penance and prayer and take stock of its place – and the message it seeks to deliver – in the modern world.

In his homily, Archbishop Neary made reference to the slow, silent decline of faith in Ireland, and how many feel they are ‘strangers in a strange land’.
He said that pilgrimages – like that on Croagh Patrick this morning – offer an opportunity to take stock and discover new heart.
He acknowledged that the Church today is – as it was in the Roman Empire – small, peripheral, suspect and despised in the face of a brilliant, glittering and self-assured society.
Archbishop Neary said it would be easy to avoid the long, hard personal journey that is needed and spend all of our remaining energy on desperately vying for attention in our modern culture.
However, he offered that before we speak, we must have something to say – and the church in Ireland is being called to return to penance and prayer.
He suggested it’s best work could yet to be done – and acknowledged this work will be carried out by a smaller Church that has been politically, socially and financially weakened.
He said the Church must get used to preaching on street corners and making the gospel heard over the constant noise of the public arena.
He closed his homily by stating that if the Church in Ireland has one mission – it is to subvert the ‘closed shop’ that is the Western World and startle it with a renewed message of the generosity and hospitality of god.

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Two men charged following the discovery of a cannabis grow house in Aughrim

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Two men in their 30s have been charged following the discovery of a cannabis grow house in County Galway.

Members of the Galway Divisional Drug Unit carried out a planned search of a home in Aughrim yesterday evening.

They discovered a grow house containing cannabis plants with an estimated street value of 146 thousand euro, and 20 thousand euro worth of cannabis herb.

Both men are due to appear before a special sitting of Galway District Court this evening.

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Plans lodged for minor housing development in Kilcolgan

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Plans have been lodged for a minor housing development in Kilcolgan.

The project, led by Joe McGrath, would see four two-storey detached homes built at a site on the L8563.

Planners are due to make a decision in March

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No prospect of development work on N59 in near future

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There is no further prospect of major development work on the N59 road between Maam Cross and Oughterard in the immediate future.

Development permission for this 15-kilometre section was given a decade ago, but talks and studies continue as to how the project should be completed.

The N59 in Connemara has often been described as the worst road in its category in Ireland.

Two lengthy public hearings took place in 2013 following which Bord Pleanála gave permission for the development of the 15-kilometer section of the N. 59 between Maam Cross and Oughterard.

However, there was a condition – work could not go ahead until the National Parks and Wildlife Service would be satisfied with the methods to be used by the Galway County Council in the construction process. This arose because of environmental issues.

A six-kilometre section east of Maam Cross passed the test some years ago and this upgraded road has attracted high praise from engineering organisations and a welcome in Connemara.

Now, ten years on from the planning process and permission, the remaining 9 kilometres between Maam Cross and Oughterard remain untouched while talks and studies continue.

The latest news on this long-running saga is that further ground studies and archaeological studies will take place in the coming months.

That is the situation a decade down the road.

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