Probus Dún Laoghaire Marine
Talks's Reports
Hon Secretary's notes - 'The Papacy'
Published on 22/07/2019

Frank Sheridan (President), John Bolton, (Vice – President), Paddy McManus (Treasurer), Myles Duffy (immediate Past President),Raymond Burke, John O’ Neill, John Ryan


Apologies – Conal Harvey

The President welcomed all Members and related that one of our Members.

The President announced that with the kind assistance that a boat trip to Howth had been arranged for Thursday 22 August at 12.30pm cost one way is 19 euros. Members are responsible for their own lunches on arrival at any of the many excellent hostelries in Howth. At about 3pm there will be a visit to the museum of Vintage Radio located in the Martello tower overlooking Howh Harbour for a talk lasting around 30 minutes.

The cost of the museum ticket on the day is 5 euros and after the visit we can at our leisure take the Dart home. The President said that he was circulating the sign up sheet today which should be returned to the Secretary.

The President stated that our speaker today is Fr. Michael Collins and by disposition vocation and training he takes a more gentle approach to life than his famous namesake.

Fr. Michael’s talk is about the Papacy and papal residences. The President called on Jim Farrelly to introduce Fr. Michael.

Jim Farrelly said it was his great pleasure to introduce Fr. Michael Collins. Fr. Michael is a priest and scholar and an expert on the Papacy and the Vatican, he is an author and he has become quite a media personality particularly since the Papal visit and he is a go to person for R.T.E on the Vatican.

Fr. Michael is a Chaplin at St. Conleth’s college, he says mass regularly at the Dunne’s stores Church in Cornelscourt. He has served in several parishes in Dublin.

Fr. Michael is an author, he was born and lives in Glenageary he was educated at University College Dublin, he also studied in Rome, he lectured in Merton College in Rome.

He has written books and articles on such varied subjects as clearly the Vatican but also on literature, travel and is currently writing a biography of Cardinal Newman, who set up the Newman university in St. Stephen’s Green during the famine, the biography will deal with the setting up of the Catholic University and Cardinal Newman’s idea of education. The book also has a chapter on a legal case involving a Dominican monk who successfully sued Cardinal Newman for defamation.