TLM – County Kildare and a new blog in Ireland for the Extraordinary Form

A reader sent me this:

A new blog for an ancient Liturgy.  The first few posts are self-explanatory.  St. Conleth’s Catholic Heritage Association has been working for the provision of the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite in the Diocese of Kildare and Leighlin since 1995.  We’d be very glad if you could (a) post about the new blog and (b) link to it.

In particular, we’d be glad if you could bring to the attention of your readers the news that there will be a Walking Pilgrimage for Vocations on Saturday, 12th July, 2008, commencing at 11 a.m. in St. Brigid’s Church, Milltown, County Kildare, Ireland, with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite (Missal of Blessed John XXIII) for which the Bishop of Kildare and Leighlin has granted, under the usual conditions, the Plenary Indulgence for the Pauline Holy Year.

God bless you!

St. Conleth’s Catholic Heritage Association


"But Father! But Father!", you are surely exclaiming as you hunt through the post for the link to this new blog.

Yes, dear reader, I hunted for the link in the e-mail, too.

Lacking one, I figured someone out there could find one.

This is the Gospel method, I think: seek and ye shall find.

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Fr. Z is the guy who runs this blog. o{]:¬)
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  1. Mark M says:

    Dear Father, it is here.

    Best wishes,

  2. Imagine what St. Anthony could have done with the google…

  3. “Tony, Tony come around!
    The blog’s not linked and must be found!”

  4. Guy Power says:

    The “Twelth of July”???? That’s Orange Day! I wonder if this date was purposefully selected?

    Reminds me of a song, “The Old Orange Flute”

    …On the twelfth of July as it yearly did come
    Bob played on the flute to the sound of the drum
    You can talk of your harp, your piano or lute
    But there’s nothing could compare to the Old Orange Flute.
    But the treacherous scoundrel, he took us all in
    For he married a Papist named Bridget McGinn
    Turned Papish himself and forsook the Old Cause
    That gave us our freedom, religion and laws….

    It’s a Protestant song; but a cracking good one at that! Although Bob wants to play Catholic songs, the flute would only play “The Protestant Boys:”

    …Each Sunday at mass, to atone for past deeds,
    Bob said Paters and Aves and counted his beads
    Till one Sunday morn, at the priest’s own require
    Bob went for to play with the flutes in the choir.
    He went for to play with the flutes in the mass
    But the instrument quivered and cried.”O Alas!”
    And blow as he would, though he made a great noise,
    The flute would play only “The Protestant Boys”…..

    So the flute’s fate is established:

    …At a council of priests that was held the next day
    They decided to banish the Old Flute away;
    They couldn’t knock heresy out of its head
    So they bought Bob another to play in its stead.
    And the Old Flute was doomed, and its fate was pathetic
    ‘Twas fastened and burnt at the stake as heretic.
    As the flames rose around it, you could hear a strange noise
    ‘Twas the Old Flute still a-whistlin’ “The Protestant Boys”….

    Entire lyrics at


  5. Guy Power says:

    Hmmmmm ….. the anti-spam word (for me!) ought to be “READ all the responses before POSTING”. Please delete my superfluous entry.

  6. Tom says:

    This group seems to have adopted the aims of the Una Voce Federation. Does anybody know if they’re an affiliate?

  7. Limbo says:

    Don’t worry Guy,
    Two links are better than none.

    I nearly posted it too

  8. Christopher Sarsfield says:

    Mr. Power,

    I think the song you posted is actually a Catholic Rebel tune. I know the Clancy Brothers, The Dubliners, and the Wolfe Tones (they would die before they sang an orangemen song) have all covered it. I can see how one might get the impression, but you must remember Catholics have a sense of humour, unlike orangemen. I do not know a single orangemen band that has covered the song. May our Lady keep you forever in the blue shadow of her mantle.

    Christopher Sarsfield, who is leaving for Ireland on the Feast of St. Anthony.

  9. Guy Power says:

    Mr. Sarsfield,

    You may well be correct; the Irish have a wicked sense of humor. One night I asked a publican where his pub’s “bog” (latrine) was; he just nonchalantly told me to “Go outside and take two immediate right turns, it’s around back.” When I got there I found to my amusement that it was indeed a bog — the swampy, watery kind! The “WC” was inside!

    In the following YouTube video Tommy Makem states it’s an Orange song:

    Great “chune”, that!


  10. Joan says:

    Interesting! Immediately after posting to say that Port of Spain, Trinidad, West Indies, was visiting this blog regularly I see a message about my home diocese of Kildare and Loughlin! I was born and grew up in the Cathedral town of Carlow. Last visited there in 2005.

    Small world!!

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