“In light of their recent behaviour regarding the abortion debate and due to their long-running policy on pro-life matters I would not entertain the use of church property for any such meeting”. Fr. Eugene O’Neill, parish priest of St. Patrick’s in Coalisland, Co. Tyrone, on the banning of Sinn Fein from church property.
“For this last month the community of Greencastle have being holding an evening Rosary and vigil near the old Mass Rock of Crocknaboy Hill.
Early in the month the community awoke to find a statue of Our Lady of Ireland sited on the Mass Rock. It was gifted they say by people from Belfast who carried it across the rugged hills to the old rock.
The community of Greencastle are locked in a bitter dispute with gold prospectors from Toronto and government officials who want to open a mine and cynanide plant over the old Mass Rock.
Last night was the last night of the rosary. A lone piper played the large crowd to the Mullydoo Road.
The area is steeped in custom and history and few doubt that the will of the community will win out in the battle to save their community from destruction”.