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Missionary Spotlight – Western Ireland
July 2009
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Missionary Spotlight – Western Ireland

Western Ireland   Mayo is the Irish Republic’s third largest county and well known for its beautiful scenery, rolling hills and rugged coast line. The county is home to Ireland’s ‘holy mountain’ and its premier Marian shrine.   According to tradition, the mountain just outside Westport is where Saint Patrick spent 40 days and nights fasting before evangelising the region. It is also said that from here he cast out all the snakes of Ireland!      The sleepy village of Knock swiftly rose to fame in 1879 when fourteen people claimed to have seen an apparition of the Virgin Mary on the gable of the...

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December 2004
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Green shoots in the Emerald Isle

After several years without a ministry visit there, evangelist and author John Blanchard recently spoke at four separate meetings in the Republic of Ireland. He began with a Saturday night evangelistic apologetics meeting in Springhill Court Hotel, Kilkenny. The suite was comfortably full and there was rapt attention to the message. John told Evangelical Times that the Question and Answer session was the liveliest he had known for a long time. It was an added joy for him to meet two people converted to Christ by reading one of his evangelistic books. The Sunday was spent at Kilkenny Presbyterian Church. Twenty years ago it was...

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Is Ireland Catholic?
November 2003
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Is Ireland Catholic?

  To ask this question would once have been as redundant as asking ‘Is the pope Catholic?’ Yet this was the question investigated recently on prime Irish TV time, by the national broadcaster’s RTE One. The programme — subtitled ‘Ireland’s curious relationship with religion’ — presented the findings of a survey of religious views specially commissioned by RTE. Analysing the survey — undertaken by the TNS/MRBI Market Research Bureau of Ireland — the programme (broadcast on 25 September) gave a very different picture of Ireland’s relationship with Catholicism from previously ‘received wisdom’. It examined attendance at mass, acceptance of traditional dogmas, esteem for the Catholic...

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April 1999
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Missionary Spotlight – Fact File – Irish Republic

Fact File – Irish Republic Eire became the Republic of Ireland, fully independent of Britain and the Commonwealth exactly 50 years ago, on Easter Monday, 18 April 1949.   Territory – Over 27,000 square miles, four fifths of the island of Ireland.   Environment – Mild and moist climate, due to the warm Atlantic Gulf Stream. The resulting green (‘Emerald Isle’) countryside has lakes, bogs, hills and mountains, as well as rolling farmlands. 10% of the land is covered by peat bogs, peat being a traditional source of fuel.   Population – 5 million. Emigration over the last 150 years has numbered several millions, especially...

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MISSIONARY SPOTLIGHT-Church planting in Ireland
April 1999
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MISSIONARY SPOTLIGHT-Church planting in Ireland

Ireland has a population of just over 5.1 million people, and 3.8 million of these are Roman Catholics. Catholicism has for centuries played a major role in Irish life. It has had a strong influence on children’s education, with many priests, brothers and nuns becoming teachers. Nuns have been involved in caring professions like nursing. The Catholic hierarchy has greatly influenced the shape of Irish society, although this influence has waned over the past fifteen years, due to the secularisation of society and a number of well-publicised sex scandals involving Catholic priests and bishops. Nonetheless, Catholicism is still the pervasive backdrop to evangelical missionary work...

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MISSIONARY SPOTLIGHT-WATERFORD
April 1999
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MISSIONARY SPOTLIGHT-WATERFORD

Waterford Baptist Church is one of the oldest Baptist churches in Ireland, established in 1650, with the first known pastor being a Mr Foster. The church has fluctuated in membership over the years. During the ministry of Pastor Peter Brown (1746-1757) 115 names appeared on the church roll, but by 1805 this had been reduced to 38 names. On its tercentenary only a handful of people were attending, and it was thought by many that the church should be closed and the property sold. However the ‘handful’ looked for better days and continued to meet faithfully together. It is to these (humanly speaking), who continued...

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MISSIONARY SPOTLIGHT- IRELAND
April 1999
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MISSIONARY SPOTLIGHT- IRELAND

Jesus summoned his disciples to reach every nation with the gospel. Yet, down the centuries, while some areas have been open to that gospel, others have remained closed. Thus Belgium, Quebec and Ireland have all remained firmly wedded to the traditions of Rome. This does not excuse us from reaching these places, but it does commit us to try to understand why such communities stubbornly resist the ‘evangel’. Early history Christian history in Ireland began with Patrick in the fifth century. Captured in Britain by Irish pirates and deported to Ireland, he came to trust in his parents’ Saviour while in slavery. Escaping from his...

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Ireland and the Second Reformation
December 1998
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Ireland and the Second Reformation

  In earlier articles we visited Lutterworth, Prague and Leicester to learn more of the work of John Wycliffe and the Lollards. This time we recall a movement of the Spirit in the west of Ireland in the nineteenth century. The focal point was Achill Island in Co. Mayo, which many visit for the scenery and the fishing, but was then the scene of a remarkable spiritual awakening which came to be known as the Second Reformation. My wife and I spent our honeymoon there fifty years back, when it was a delight to visit the church in the tiny village of Dugort where Edward...

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