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Bd. OLIVER PLUNKEt JUBILEE

The Silver Jubilee of the Beatification of Blessed Oliver Plunket was observed by a special Novena, and the Cardinal Primate (vigorous and commanding as evei in his eighty:fifth year) presided at ceremonies in the martyr's town of Drogheda The Bishop of Meath preached, and Mgr. Curran, former Postulator of the Cause in Rome, gave a broadcast talk on the national radio.

Another manifestation of the real Ireland is seen in a big volume by District Justice Coyne on the shrine of Our Lady of Knock: a truly remarkable publication, just issued under the imprimatut of the Archbishop of Them. Illustrated with scores of pie.

Lures of the " Irish Lourdes " the apparitions of 1879, the pilgrimages and vigils of the sick—the work gives huadreds of testimonies to healings and spiritual favours.

And perhaps this is the most striking feature, namely. the reminder of 10,000 Masses, celebrated in honour of Our Lady of Knock in 1940, when the tidal wave of wat threatened to engulf our little lady, but was averted. There is a striking chapter on " Our Lady's Crown," whi.ch gives a list of hundreds of donors, headed by the Archbishop of the Western See, of gold — gold rings, gold watches, bracelets, coins, brooches, bangles. Gifts of gold still are pouring in; and though acceptance for the Crown is closed, the new gifts are assigned to a monstrance. This is Ireland's way of honouring its Queen and protector.

THREE ELECTIONS In the political sphere, we have three elections to think of : one of them of great consequence. For the Presidency of Ireland three candidates go for ward. Mearhile, President Hyde has inaugurated the use of a Presidential Flag—a golden harp on a ground of St. Patrick's Blue. This was ceremonially flown for the first time at the Arus in the Phoenix Park, and the President invited guests to a first view of a gallery of historical paintings. drawings, etc., which he has eStabtithed in the Presidential residence. We who were present were glad and yet grieved: glad to pay tribute to the splendid veteran grieved that he soon will lay down his high office—albeit we are assured (by the character of the three candidates) of a true patriot as his successor.

The second election concerning us is that in the Six Counties. By dint of outrageous gerrymandering, one Protestant vote is as powerful ES two Catholic votes in critical constituent:it's; so the result is a foregone conclusion — a heavy return of Patti




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