#1: Forbidden Faith
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In this episode we will learn about a time when catholic worship in Ireland was restricted and at times even forbidden. We’ll hear how the faithful gathered in the secrecy of the countryside, at the risk of severe punishment, even death, to celebrate Mass together. We’ll discover how, as the repression waned, a period of church-building began that would lead to the construction of a cathedral.

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Guest contributor profile

Anthony Russell is an historian, playwright and retired academic who has worked on higher education projects from Denmark to Burma. Anthony was the creator and director of the exhibition ‘Thomas D’Arcy McGee: Irish Rebel – Canadian Patriot’ in Ottawa, Canada, and Carlingford, Ireland. Anthony is the author of Merrion Press’s Between Two Flags: John Mitchel and Jenny Verner. He is a co-editor of and contributor to Irish Academic Press’s new book John Mitchel, Ulster and aspects of the Great Irish Famine. His play 'The Trial of P. H. Pearse in the Court of History' has been performed in Canada and at 'Féile an Phobail 2017'.


This episode was produced and presented by Mark G. Byrne. It was written by Anthony Russell, with additional content adapted from the works of the Reverend Edward Campbell by Mark G. Byrne. 


Original music ‘Piano Trio in G 1. Allegro Moderato’ composed specially for this series by Kevin Canavan. ©2022 Kevin Canavan. All Rights Reserved. Soundcloud.com/kevycanavan 

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Cathedral Chronicles is produced by a team of volunteers with the cooperation of Newry Cathedral Parish and the Diocese of Dromore. Neither Newry Cathedral Parish nor the Diocese of Dromore claims ownership of, or responsibility for, the content of this podcast. ©2022 Mark G. Byrne. All Rights Reserved.

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