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Archbishops bless shamrock at Grangegorman

Posted: 16 March, 2016

Archbishops of Dublin, Dr. Diarmuid Martin and Dr. Michael Jackson, were welcomed to DIT Grangegorman yesterday by the President of DIT, Professor Brian Norton.

The purpose of their visit was to attend a short ceremony in St. Laurence’s Church in honour of St. Patrick’s feast day.  Organised by the DIT chaplaincy, the ceremony was attended by students and staff of DIT, patients and staff of the HSE, friends and neighbours – including Brother Kevin and Brother Brian from the Capuchin Centre; Fr. Piarais, former chaplain to Granegorman; and St. Stanislaus Kennedy.  DIT students Sarah Flynn and Ruth McCrohan provided the music, while Hilary Herlihy and Michael Wood delivered readings from the writings of St. Patrick.

Archbishop Jackson, who was visiting the campus for the first time, spoke about the significance of St. Patrick and the shamrock – the history, the legend, and the positive and negative aspects of its marketing focus around the world.   Dr. Martin and Dr. Jackson blessed pots of fresh shamrock which had been brought from the city market to be distributed to all those present.

Fr. Alan Hilliard, Co-ordinator of the DIT Chaplaincy, thanked the ARchibishops for their attendance and for their interest in initiatives that support transition to the new campus in Grangegorman.  He said ‘This ceremony highlights our rich Irish heritage which is of interest to our increasingly diverse campus population and those of Irish heritage.  The aim of the chaplaincy is to offer a space in St. Laurence’s where people from various ethnic and religious backgrounds can celebrate their various national and religious festivals in the future thus giving them a sense of being ‘at home’ in a new location’.