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Papal visit

If you're not so inclined to venture down to the Pope's mass in Phoenix Park next weekend, this may be of interest. 

Phibsboro pub The Back Page is playing host to a range of activities and events on the day for anyone who would rather sink a pint than a Eucharistic wafer. 

Best of all, the entire day is Father Ted themed. 

'If you aren't down with that sort of thing and want to avoid the pope (live) in Croke Park, come join us for all things Father Ted.'

There will be Father Ted re-runs streaming all day, a quiz on the show, and a My Lovely Horse karaoke competition. 

If you're a fan of fancy dress, there will be free drink for those who go all out.

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'Fancy dress encouraged for this one folks, we've already got Father Damo and Father Jose Hernandez costumes in the works.'

There is set to be a tea tasting competition, as well as some friendly Priest Bingo. 

Grab your best vestment…



In response to the papal visit this weekend, those impacted by the discovery made at the Tuam Mother and Babies Home will gather in peaceful vigil. 

Survivors of the home and relatives of infants found on the grounds will host their vigil at the same time as the papal Mass in Phoenix Park.

The vigil will be held in Galway on August 26th. 

'Pope Francis needs to make a public statement saying he is sorry for what was done in the name of the church in the past, rather than meeting victims in private,' Historian Catherine Corless told The Irish Times.

Ms Corless worked tirelessly to trace the death certificates of 796 who resided at the Tuam site.

'I cannot see what the problem is with a public statement of apology.'

Last year, significant numbers of human remains were found in what appeared to be a septic waste unit at the site. 

'These remains involved a number of individuals with age-at-death ranges from approximately 35 foetal weeks to 2-3 years,” said The Mother and Baby Homes Commission of Investigation.

'Radiocarbon dating of the samples recovered suggest that the remains date from the timeframe relevant to the operation of the Mother and Baby Home. The homes ran from 1925 to 1961.'

The site had been undergoing excavations to investigate sub surface anomalies that were considered worthy of investigation.

Feature image: Niall Carson.