Fr. Murtha Where To Now !!!. The priests reach dry land with the help of boatmen Brian McGinley and John Brennan
THE MASS ROCK IN THE GLEN Sang by Fr. Murtha
In a lonely mountain valley In the hills of Donegal, Lies one of Ireland’s hallowed spots, Deserted and unknown.
But few who write historic tales, Or wield the poet’s pen, Can say with pride - they knelt beside,
The Mass Rock in the glen.
Our priests like wolves were hunted down, O God ‘twas surely hard.
That from the right to worship Thee, Thy children were debarred.
But still they proudly bore, Thy cross Those simple mountain men - Were proud to share Thy Calvary,
By the Mass Rock in the glen.
No more on top of Croagh Hill The sentinel stands guard.
Our ancient foes, the foreign yoghs, Have gone to their reward. And he who worships God in peace, May bless the fearless men, Who held the faith for Ireland By the Mass Rock in the glen.
God Bless the glens of Ireland, Every rock and mountain pass ‘twas those game glens,
that under God, Preserved for us, the Mass.
And if the day should come again, When Ireland calls for men, She will not find them wanting,
By the Mass Rock in the glen.
Written by Deirdre Kearney grandfather Felix Kearney of Omagh Co Tyrone.
IRELAND’S PENAL DAYS Read by Fr.McDevit
The Irish parliament sitting in Dublin, comprised almost entirely of a small group of wealthy,
land-owning members of the established church, passed severe far reaching penal laws applicable only to Catholics,
Presbyterians, Quakers and other religious denominations in Ireland.
Briefly, some of the laws stated that everyone must pay tithes to the established church, but only members of the church could vote, engage in politics or purchase land. The purpose in passing the laws was to ensure and maintain the position of power and privilege that they and their followers enjoyed.
Additional laws were passed forbidding Catholics to teach or practice their religion. These were intended to eliminate the faith from the country but the law had the completely opposite affect. At that time, before famine and mass emigration played havoc, Ireland’s population was almost twice today’s four million and a very, very large majority of these were Catholic and determined to hold firm to the faith which they loved and cherished. Various ways and means were adopted to defy the laws. Teachers taught the pupils in the open, at the sides of lanes and roadways. They were known as ‘Hedge Schools’, and many Irish scholars had their primary education at one of these ‘Schools’
Priests were outlawed and hunted and moved in secret around the country to perform their religious duties. Mass was celebrated in barns and buildings, sometimes lent by Protestant sympathisers who were also victims of the laws and very active in their opposition to them. The most famous of all the places where Mass was celebrated were the ‘Mass Rocks’. These were located in remote valleys and on hillsides to allow worshippers to disperse quickly and avoid capture in the event of discovery by forces of the Crown.
As Pope Pius XI reminds us at the opening of the Eucharistic Congress in Dublin in 1932.
“WE MUST NEVER FORGET THE MASS ROCKS”
The Penal Laws
were passed from 1698 to 1715 they were repealed
from 1783 to 1829. The Penal Laws enacted or re-enacted
in the new era succeeding the sege of Limerick when
underthe pledged faith and honor of the English crown, the
Irish Catholics were not to be "protected in the free and
unfettered exercise of their religion" Provided among
other things that: The Irish Catholic
He was forbidden the exercise of religon.
He was fobidden to receive education.
He was fobidden to enter a profession.
He was fobidden tohold a public office.
He was fobidden to engage in trade or commers.
He was fobidden to live in a corporate town or within five miles thereof.
He was fobidden to own a horse of greater than five pounds.
He was fobidden to to purchase land.
He was fobidden to accept a mortgage on land in security of a loan.
He was fobidden to to vote.keep ant arms for his protection.
He was fobidden to hold a life annuity.
He was fobidden to buy land from a Protestant.
He was fobidden to receive a gift of land from a Protestant.
He was fobidden to inherit land from a Protestant.
He was fobidden to rent land that was with more than thirty shillings a year.
He was fobidden to to reap from his land any profit exceeding a third of the rent.
He could not be a guardian to a child.
He could no when dying, leave his infant children under Catholic guardianship.
He could not attend Catholic worship.
He could not himself educate his child.
He could not send his child to a Catholic teacher.
He could not employ a Catholic teacher to come over to his child.
He could not send his child abroad to receive education.
The priest was banned and hunted with bloodhounds. More History
Massrock Artists Impression by Jimmy Brady
Anton McFadden & Fr. Colm Lavelle 1993 --------------- Maris Peters 2012.
John & Maureen McFadden 2009. Fr. Mike Mc Devitt 2015.