Author: Diarmuid

How Covid-19 is affecting every day life and the Church

With another month of lock down on the Horizon for Ireland people are having to adapt in the long term to this new way of life. With gyms, bars, barbers, beauticians and every other non essential business closed it is really going to put strain on the economy. Not only are people anxious about what is ahead in terms of the economy but main peoples mental health is also at risk.

Mass Online:

Not only are non essential businesses closed but this weekend if Easter Sunday and the churches are closed all around the country. Practising catholics will be forced to watch Mass online if they want to celebrate the holiday here on their local Diocese website. For Dublin parishioners that is here.

How, and why, to watch Mass online during coronavirus

How To Stay Healthy:

It is important to get out of the house each day even if it is just for a local walk. Staying in and watching the news does no one any good and can further lead to anxiety. You can even go one step further and get some exerecise bands or dumbbells to do some strength training which will make you feel good and help your mental health. Dublin website mestech.ie are offering free shipping on various home gym equipment so you can get a few bits from there which will keep you active.

Start a new hobby:

You can also start a new hobby such as playing guitar or doing an online course. Now is a great time as if you don’t do it now when will you!? Take advantage of the extra time you may have and use it to better yourself. You can view some cool online courses at Udemy and they have a huge range.

Use this time to be positive and get the most out of it rather than focusing on the negatives and remember this lock down is only for a small period :).

Electric Scooters are still not legal on Irish roads – Parish News

Despite the buzz all around the media electric scooters are still not legal to use on Irish roads. Although you would not think it driving around the streets of Dublin, electric scooters are still technically not legal unless of course they have tax, insurance and the rider has a driving license. None of this is the case we would guess with most electric scooter riders.

CEO of Escooter Ireland has said that sales have increased up to 20% this year compared with the same time last year of both their electric scooter for adults and their kids electric scooter ranges despite the scooters remaining illegal. With that said they do admit that the fact that there is so much uncertainty around these laws means that people are hesitant to buy and understandably so.

Technically the electric scooter falls under the mechanically propelled vehicle laws which means they are governed the same as any motor vehicle. Although sellers of these scooters point to the fact that they need a push off from the rider to begin the journey thus making them not full under this MPV law. In this case it is the fact that the technology is new and the government are trying to use out dated laws to govern something that only came onto Irish roads in the last 2/3 years.

It is estimated there are over 2,000 electric scooters already on Dublin’s streets so despite all of this and the warning sent out by the government people are still taking the risk. Many point to the fact that they save a lot of money and are good for the environment as opposed to other modes of transport.

Here at our local Parish and in the surrounding area it is quite hilly so there is not much use for them here which is probably why we do not see many of them here. In any case we thought it was an interesting topic and it came up in conversation recently.

Parish Placenames Project

The launch of the Parish Placenames Project will take place at St. Mary’s Church, Carlow on Saturday, 2 April 2016 after the celebration of the Eucharist at 7.30pm, as part of the Pan-Celtic Festival.

The Parish Placenames Project is an ambitious project to create a bilingual listing of all of parishes of the Church of Ireland.  Through the cooperation of the Representative Church Body (RCB) the bilingual listing – with explanations of the Irish terms – will be incorporated into the Church of Ireland Directory.

The work will be carried out in a staged process, on a diocese by diocese basis.  It is intended that the listing will act as a resource for parishes which may like to include the Irish name of the parish on the website, notice-board, newsletter, etc.  The first ‘testing ground’ for this project is the Diocese of Cashel, Ferns and Ossory and the first consultation draft will be distributed after the service.   It is intended as a modest first attempt and feedback in encouraged.