Launch of Second Edition of New Dawn

l-r: Tony Doherty, Sr Mary Corr, Ann Walshe, Rev Ray Flaherty.

New dawn- 2nd edition launched by journalist Jim Carney

Well known journalist, broadcaster and sports commentator Jim Carney, of the Tuam Herald, last week launched the second edition of the Tuam Diocesan Pastoral Council’s magazine- New Dawn. (Photos Courtesy of Fr. Stephen Farragher)

Speaking at the launch in the Árd Rí House hotel, Tuam, Mr Carney praised the new issue for its range and scope, the diversity of its contents, the emphasis on people and their daily lives and interests, and the positive note it struck at a time when people needed to be lifted and inspired.

“It is a relief and wonderfully refreshing to pick up a magazine that is not about celebrity gossip,” he added. “This is a very different, more genuine, more meaningful expression of the phrase ‘The West’s Got Talent.’

“Ultimately, what’s to be found on the pages of this magazine is what an unnamed philosopher once described as the joy of the everyday.”

New Dawn is published by the Tuam Diocesan Pastoral Council and is edited by Fr Fintan Monahan. The magazine is published quarterly and is a response to concerns expressed by members of the laity who identified the need for an improved communications structure to keep people informed on what is happening within the church.

The hope is that New Dawn will highlight the people and the clergy who work to ensure that the Church remains a meaningful part of the lives and ethos of the people of the diocese. It is also intended that the magazine will be a forum for the laity and clergy to make their views known.

This second edition has a series of interesting articles on a number of the many pilgrimage sites in the region including of course the annual Reek Sunday pilgrimage, the Máméan Mass and the Inchagoil annual pilgrimage.

The recently appointed Diocesan Youth Director, Trish O’Brien sets out her hopes and ambitions in her new role and there are also reflections on the International Eucharistic Congress in articles by Brian Crowley and Fr Pat Farragher.

Louisburgh native Fr Leo Morahan is featured in a special article marking his 60 years of service to the Church and there is also a feature on the celebrations in Louisburgh to make the 150th anniversary of the building of St Patrick’s.

The changes taking place in parish structures is captured in an interesting article by Breda Keaveney on how the four parishes of Dunmore, Glenamaddy, Kilkerrin/Clonberne and Williamstown have “clustered” in response to the findings of the 2009 Report “The future serving of the parishes of the archdiocese of Tuam.”

The Moore hurling connection is also topical as Galway continue their quest for the Liam McCarthy Cup,  there is a feature on a Mayo priest, now ministering in Galway who guided Mayo to All-Ireland football glory in the past, while there is also information on the Knock Novena, the safeguarding of children and the services provided by the Family Life Centre in Castlebar.

The 44 page edition is liberally sprinkled with interesting parish news snippets, photographs and Irish language articles and also includes some poetry and a crossword, representing excellent value at €3.  Galway company, Media West, John Fallon and Declan Rooney co-ordinate this handsome quarterly production of the Tuam Archdiocese Diocesan Pastoral Council.

New Dawn was published and distributed last weekend and will be available in all parishes throughout the Archdiocese this weekend and next.   The next production is due again before Christmas.