Here is some new via e-mail.
Here it is with my emphases and comments.
The TLM resumed to-day at noon in St. Colman’s Cathedral, Cobh, Co. Cork after more than forty years. The Mass was celebrated by Bishop John Magee of Cloyne. He clearly knows how to celebrate the TLM and how to celebrate it well. Indeed, he celebrated pie, attente ac devote. [What an excellent compliment!]
The Mass was low Mass – a small disappointmnet given that a day of the Easter Octave would have called for something more solemn and in accord with the liturgical importance of the day. Curiously, the bishop celebrated ad orientem but at the temporary altar in front of E.W. Pugin’s magnificent High Altar. Perhaps as a motive for this oddity one might cite the bishop’s recent knee operation which seems to preclude him from climbing up and down the steps of the High Altar. [Brick by brick! If this has started in Cobh at the ironing board altar, can the high altar be far behind?]
It probably came as a HUGE surprise to the Cathedral administration to find that over 90% of the central nave was full with a scattering of people in the side aisles. This would represent a figure of between 400-500 people -or the average attendance at one of the Sunday morning Masses. Clearly, several people had taken time off to attend Mass as they drifted away after Holy Communion so as to be back to work by the end of the lunch break.
The music was the weak point of the celebration. Clearly, the Maestro is not used [Given time...] to executing the classical repetoire and seems wholly unaware of the changes that take place in it during the various liturgical seasons. Refrains of "quia peccavimus tibi" were hardly the thing just after Lent; someone forgot to mention that it is the Regina Coeli that is sung in Eastertide and not the Salve Regina; and the Missa Orbis Factor is also sung for Easter and prescribed for today. The Victimae Paschali was sung well enough. All in all, the choir here has a whole lot of ground to recuperate. [And is to be praise for coming, like the people, on a work day and doing their best!]
All that said, the TLM in Cobh Cathedral was a positive development and a step in the right direction towards normalizing its regular celebration there -which will certainly come as a very welcome development from the hum drum drib drab stuff usually available there. Also, the size and reverence of the congregation should finally put to rest the idea among some that there is no demand for the TLM in Cork. We await news of the next Mass to be celebrated in Cobh which should not be too long in the offing.