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 Dr. John Buckley, Bishop of Cork and Rosswith schoolgirls from the Secred Heart Secondary School, Clonakilty at the careers fair


With ordinations and trainee uptake on the floor Bishop John Buckley and other representatives of the Diocese of Cork and Ross showed up at a careers’ fair in Cork’s Rochestown Hotel, run by the Institute of Guidance Councillors.

From the Cork Evening Echo:

Teenagers at the fair expressed their concerns about the priesthood, like the lack of women and the celibacy vow, but Bishop Buckley said that he was not sure what impact changes to Church policy would have.

“Celibacy is a regulation of the Church,” Bishop Buckley said. “Certainly, in the years ahead, people might look at that, and I wouldn’t see any difficulty, if they see that it’s absolutely necessary. But whether it would help increase the number of vocations, I’m not sure.

“Other denominations, which allow ministers to marry, are seeing a shortage of vocations,” Bishop Buckley said.

Speaking at the fair, one girl said that the Church should consider allowing women priests, if it really wants to connect with people.

“If a woman became a priest, I would have no problem in confiding in her, or anything like that.I think a lot of girls, maybe, would be more comfortable in confiding in a woman than a male priest,” she said.

Bishop Buckley says celibacy is not the problem (David Linnane, Cork Evening Echo)

Pic via Cork Evening Echo


With their silky skills.

Ahmed Soda (top), age 11, and his family moved to Belfast late last year, fleeing the war in Syria.

In January, Ahmed tried out for football at local club Patrick Sarsfields, and despite some early jitters, has settled into the game helping the club break a dry spell in local under-12 silverware.

Ahmed, from the besieged city of Aleppo, also picked up a hurley for the first time in June, and is a natural, according to coaches.

Send him back.

Earlier: Dan Boyle: Who Are We And Who Are They?


Design legends Jessica Helfand and Michael Bierut this year became co-instructors of Yale School of Management’s first design course, and in keeping with the times, have begun a new podcast to accompany the course, making interviews and guest lectures from the course available to the public.

Looking at the intersection between design, creativity and business, the podcast, monikered The Design of Business/The Business of Design, will interview creative people from all over the spectrum on design, with the idea of widening students’ and new designers’ frame of reference.

The Design of Business/The Business of Design


A study on the FBI’s facial recognition technology, a database for which has been building for quite some time, shows that approximately 117m American adults are now on the list, according to a study released by Georgetown University.

Minority Report edges ever closer, according to Wired:

Perhaps the most dystopian aspect of the report is its findings that real-time facial recognition—identifying people in public as they pass a live-feed video camera—is increasing in popularity among police departments. The researchers found that five departments in major cities like Los Angeles and Chicago either already use real-time face recognition, own the technology to do it, or want to buy it. That pervasive surveillance raises similar concerns to image databases, but significantly expands questions about expectation of privacy and the ability for police to perform this new form of surveillance en masse and in secret.




Some super-reality from documentarian Adam Curtis to kick off your Monday morning, commentating on the falseties of modernity.

An excerpt from last night’s feature-length feature, available on BBC iPlayer for those of us using proxies.

Grab a quick tay.

Sez the Grauniad:

He argues that an army of technocrats, complacent radicals and Faustian internet entrepreneurs have conspired to create an unreal world; one whose familiar and often comforting details blind us to its total inauthenticity.

Not wishing to undersell the concept, Curtis begins the film with a shot of a torch shining limply into a thicket, so that viewers find themselves literally unable to see the wood for the trees.

There ye are now.



Eoin O’Faogáin, writing in the Bogman’s Cannon, addresses the experiences of three generations of women in his family in relation to the church and women’s rights in Ireland.

On Saturday, over 25 thousand people across every imaginable demographic came out in Dublin to march for the right to bodily autonomy. They came out demand an end to a legislative legacy that deems 50% of our citizens as second-class and exports 4,000 women a year across the sea. They came out to reject the continued narrative of shame that exists around abortion. They came out to drag us into the 21st century.

The desperation in the tone of voice of the Catholic Church and its coalition of martyrs is obvious. It reached farcical levels during last year’s marriage equality campaign and continues today in the debate around the 8th amendment. A video published over the weekend makes direct comparisons between women accessing abortion and Hitler.

The arguments coming from the Sherlocks, the “Pro-Life” Campaign, IONA and Youth Defence are increasingly erratic. But of course they are.

These are institutions who have been afforded a lifetime of silent obedience. In that context, how frightening it must be to see public opinion turn away from you so sharply, so profoundly. How frightening it must be that people have found the courage to share their lived experiences and refuse to be shamed.

Repeal the Faith

Photo: Ellen Russell


Last Saturday.

At the Rise and Repeal march in Dublin.

By Mark Malone, who sez:

Here’s a wee edit of Saturday’s abortions rights march as it rounded the corner at Merrion Square. I filmed for close to an hour and a half as tens of thousands of people passed. Here’s what it looks like sped up into three minutes…

Music: SISSYSail and Rail

Abortion Rights Campaign

Previously: Unbowed