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Bishop Drennan says report shows good safeguarding of children in Galway Diocese

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The Bishop of Galway Martin Drennan says a report to be officially published later today shows good safeguarding practice in the diocese and is a very significant day for the church.

The report is one of six nationwide to be issued by the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church.

It examines files from 1975 to 2010 and has been three months in the making with the main field work completed in January.

The report finds good safeguarding practice in place, very committed personnel in parishes and also praises the leadership of priests.

It also notes that more records should be kept.

The report also refers to three priests against whom allegations have been made who are still in ministry.

Speaking on Galway Talks Bishop Drennan said the concerns expressed were not of sufficient nature to warrant their removal from ministry.

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Death announced of former Bishop of Galway

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Dr Martin Drennan.

The death has occurred of the former Bishop of Galway, Kilmacduagh and Kilfenora Martin Drennan, six years after he announced his retirement on health grounds. He was aged 78.

The Galway Diocesan Office confirmed the death this (Saturday) afternoon of the Bishop and Apostolic Administrator Emeritus, who oversaw the Diocese for eleven years.

Born on January 2, 1944 in Piltown, County Kilkenny, he studied for the priesthood at Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth, from where he was ordained to the priesthood in 1968. His brother Michael is also a priest.

Following his ordination, he continued his studies in Rome where he was awarded a Licentiate in both sacred theology and sacred scripture. He returned to Rome in 1980 to become spiritual director at the Pontifical Irish College for the next five years.

He became a lecturer in sacred scripture at Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth, where he continued to teach until his appointment as Auxiliary Bishop of Dublin in 1997 with responsibility for East Wicklow and South Dublin.

Following the retirement of Bishop James McLoughlin, Bishop Drennan was appointed Bishop of Galway and Kilmacduagh and Apostolic Administrator of Kilfenora and he was installed on July 3, 2005 in Galway Cathedral.

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Gardai seeking the public’s help in the search for missing Clonbur Man

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Gardai have launched an appeal for information regarding a missing Galway man.

Michael Harte, who is 66 and from Clonbur, has been missing since Thursday last.

He is described as being 5′ 9″ in height, of slim build with short grey hair.

When last seen, Michael was wearing blue jeans, a blue jumper, a tan/khaki padded jacket, and tan boots.

Michael is also understood to have access to a black Renault Megane with a 02 C registration.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Clifden Garda Station on 095 22500, the Garda confidential line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda station.

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Druid Theatre Co-Founder and Artistic Director to be named a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Ambassador to Ireland

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Druid Theatre Co-Founder and Artistic Director Garry Hynes, will be named a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by French Ambassador to Ireland Mr Vincent Guérend during a ceremony at the Résidence de France on Tuesday next.

The honour is being bestowed on Ms Hynes in recognition of her significant work in the arts and the promotion of France-Ireland relations.

This award recognises the contribution of Garry Hynes’ work to the cultural influence of France in Ireland and beyond and was established in 1957.

It is awarded by the French Ministry of Culture to recognize eminent artists, writers, and scholars for their efforts in promoting the awareness and enrichment of France’s cultural heritage throughout the world.

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