Celtic Connections

Join Kathy Sinnott, broadcasting from Cork in Ireland, every week from Ireland with news, views and features from Great Britain, Ireland and across Europe
Celtic Connections - 08/17/2019 - A Plea to Pray For Northern Ireland
Title: A Plea to the World To Pray For Northern Ireland Host: Kathy Sinnott and Paul MacAree with guests Fr. Marius O’Riley and Fr. Patrick Cahill According to this weeks guest, Cork priest Fr. Marius O’Riley, Ireland is on the brink of the most gravies crisis in her long history. This is the pending threat by the British Government to impose the most extreme liberalised abortion regime anywhere in Europe - and also so called same-sex marriage, on the people of Northern Ireland. This weeks show is a plea to the world to join Ireland in prayer during this years International 54 Day Rosary Novena for an end to this threat. The novena starts this Wednesday the 21st of August, the feast day of Our Lady of Knock. Find out how you can participate at: www.coastalrosaryireland.ie Part 2. Celtic Connections visits the Holy Family Mission in county Waterford Ireland. Holy Family Mission is a new community of young Irish lay people dedicated to the evangelisation of Irish youth. Co-founder and coordinator of this unique community Fr. Patrick Cahill talks about this sign of hope for Ireland - and about young people in modern day Ireland, their joys and sorrows and their hunger for the Gospel. Find out more at: www.holyfamilymission.ie
Celtic Connections - 08/10/2019 - Essential News from Britain
Title. Essential News from Britain from a Catholic Perspective Hosts: Kathy Sinnott and Paul MacAree with guest Caroline Farrow This weeks news review includes; New British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s fascinating cabinet picks / The latest British National Health Services' move to override a family’s right to save their infant daughter Tafida Raqeeb / Parents rights to protect their children from dangerous gender ideology frustrated by two British schools / Is there a Catholic view of what’s best for the United Kingdom when it comes to Brexit? Kathy’s guest news reviewer is eminent British journalist Caroline Farrow, Sky news contributor, news commentator and columnist for the Universe Catholic newspaper.
Celtic Connections - 08/03/2019 - When Boris Johnson Came to Belfast
When British Prime Minister Boris Johnson Came to Belfast Host:Kathy Sinnott and Paul MacAree with guests: Laim Gibson, Don Devaney, Fr. John Egan SAC and Micheal Downes Part 1. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson came to Belfast Northern Ireland this week to discuss Brexit with the local political parties. He came in the wake of a major crisis concerning proposed imposition of liberalised abortion and “same sex marriage’ on the population, imposed by British members of parliament. Liam Gibson, Northern Ireland political officer for the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children has an update. Part 2. Paul MacAree visits one of the most beautiful places on earth, between the showers! Fanore by the north atlantic ocean is situated by the spectacular Cliffs of Moher and the famous Burren landscape of west County Clare. Every year a group of Irish faithful holiday there for 10 days sharing adoration, the rosary and daily Mass - as well as soccer and activities for the kids. Paul talks to Fanore team leaders Don Devaney and Fr. John Egan - and he hears a new song from Irish singer songwriter and worship leader Micheal Dowens called “You are Precious in my Eyes”.
Celtic Connections - 07/27/2019 - Britain to Impose Abortion on N. Ireland
Host: Kathy Sinnott and Paul MacAree with guest Tracy Harkin Liberalised abortion and “same-sex marriage” to be imposed by Westminster government on Northern Ireland. Undemocratic, diabolical, destabilising, divisive, unprecedented. This is how northern Irish political and religious leaders are describing the current crisis invoked by British MPs. Paul MacAree talks to EWTN Ireland commentator Tracy Harkin about the nature of the crisis and the call to prayer.
Celtic Connections - 07/20/2019 - Betrayal of Unborn Children
Title: The Betrayal of Unborn Children in Northern Ireland Host: Kathy Sinnott with guests, Fr. Patrick McCafferty, Bernadette Smyth, Dr Trevor Hayes, Bishop John Keenan, Paul Kyle and Joyce Higgins In Northern Ireland the population continues to reject the culture of death - but the local government has been suspended for over 2 years. This has left the province in a vacuum which is being exploited in a move by the great majority of British MP’s in Westminster. This move has been made in cooperation of Sinn Fein, a self identified Irish republican party, who have collaborated with British MP’s to attempt to impose liberalised abortion and a “same sex marriage” regime on Northern Ireland. Such a blatant betrayal of Irish people by Irish republicans is unprecedented in Irish history. If the Northern Ireland government is not restored by 21st October, this imposition will become law. Kathy has a full report and takes a particular look at the spiritual side of this latest and most deadly attack on the unborn in Ireland. Guests include pro-life commentator Belfast priest Fr. Patrick McCafferty, Bernadette Smyth of Precious Life, Obstetrician Gynaecologist Dr. Trevor Hayes and Bishop John Keenan. Two Irish singer songwriters also share their songs on the subject, Paul Kyle and Joyce Higgins.
Celtic Connections - 07/13/2019 - An Irish Exorcist's Prophetic Word
Title. An Irish Exorcist's Prophetic Word about the Church Host: Kathy Sinnott and Paul MacAree with guest Fr. Pat Colins Ireland’s state sponsored television network is called RTE. Recently it’s flag ship show, the Late Late Show, featured an interview with an Irish exorcist. The interview lit up social media and caused no small controversy across the land. The interview was with Fr. Pat Collins who has just published a book entitled “Freedom from evil spirits”. Fr. Collins has been in public ministry for over 40 years. As well as being an exorcist he is highly respected for his ministry in healing.
Celtic Connections - 07/06/2019 - A Journey in Church History
Title: A journey in Church History through the Mysteries of the Rosary. Host: Kathy Sinnott Kathy brings us on a journey through Church history mirroring the mysteries of the rosary. Speaking at the annual conference for the Legion of Mary in Dublin, Kathy reflects on how the life, ministry and passion of Jesus also follows the journey of fallen humanity through 2000 years of joys and sorrows, wars and peace.
Celtic Connections - 06/29/2019 - Pro-life News from Britain and Ireland
Host: Kathy Sinnott and Paul MacAree with guests Sr. Maria Grace OP Part 1. Sr. Maria Grace is a Dominican sister of St. Cecilia, ministering in Limerick Ireland. Sister was a keynote speaker at the recent Catholic Woman’s Conference in Cork Ireland. Her talk is entitled “The Role of Women in the Church”. Part 2. The latest pro-life news from Britain and Ireland. Paul MacAree is joined by Bernadette Smyth, founder and director of Precious Life, Northern Ireland’s most prominent pro-life group. News includes: The recent case a which judge ordered abortion of a baby to a special needs woman against her and her parents wishes. Where Conservative Party leadership hopefuls Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt stand on life and family issues. Update on the Irish abortion situation. How prayer and christian witness closed down the Family Planning Association and Marie Stoops abortion referral agencies in N. Ireland. A call to meet and pray for protection for Northern Ireland from abortion at Stormont Government buildings Belfast.
Celtic Connections - 06/22/2019 - Children’s Adoration
Title: Children’s Adoration - Forming a New Generation of Saints Host: Kathy Sinnott and Paul MacAree with guest Antoinette Moynihan. Children of the Eucharist is a mission to enhance the faith of children by guiding them gently in quiet prayer in the presence of Jesus in the Holy Eucharist. Director Antoinette Moynihan witnesses to this fast growing Apostolate throughout Ireland and across the world. Children of the Eucharist is under the auspices of the Apostolate of Eucharistic Adoration in Ireland. www.childrenoftheeucharist.ie
Celtic Connections - 06/15/2019 - Too Busy to Pray?
Title: Too Busy to Pray? Practical Answers for Busy People. Host: Kathy Sinnott with guest Fr. Philip Kemmy Donegal priest Fr. Phillip Kemmy has a practical message about how put God first in our lives. How to be watchful that prayer doesn’t become the first casualty of in a busy life. Fr Kemmy hosted a Human Life International retreat in Donegal Ireland for women, Talitha Cumi - which means “Little girl I say to you, arise!” Mark 5:41
Celtic Connections - 06/08/2019 - How Women Can Change the World
Title: How Women can Change the World Host: Kathy Sinnott with guest Frances Hogan This week was the 75th anniversary of D Day, the day of the Normandy landings in 1944 that were pivotal to ending the second world war. President Trump came to Britain for the commemorations and made a short visit to Ireland. On the occasion Kathy reflects on the Fatima message and takes a snapshot on the values and devisions that have come to the fore in the 'free world’ today. When it comes to Ireland and Britain she has good news and bad news. Scripture scholar and EWTN host Frances Hogan talks about women in the bible who model what it means to be a woman today who can make a difference in the 'spiritual battle'.
Celtic Connections - 06/01/2019 - How to Live as Catholic Women Today
Host: Kathy Sinnott with guest Sr. Mary Donavan Part 1. Ireland’s first Women of Faith, a Catholic conference for women, was held in Cork on May 25th, the first anniversary of the abortion referendum held in Ireland last year. Kathy shares her talk at the conference entitled “How to Live as Catholic Women today” Part 2 Sr. Mary Donavan of the Servant Sisters of the Home of the Mother is a member of the Mitchelstown community in Co. Cork, one of three new communities of the Home of the Mother in Ireland. Sr. Donavan speaks at the Women of Faith conference on the roll of Our Lady.
Celtic Connections - 05/25/2019 - One Year Later
Host: Kathy Sinnott with guests Bishop John Keenan, Bishop Alphonsus Cullinan and Fr. Gabriel Harty RIP Part 1. One year ago on the May 25th a referendum was held in Ireland on the question of abortion. Two thirds of the electorate voted to remove protection for the unborn from the Irish constitution. It was a dark moment in the history of Ireland. This week we hear from three bishops reflecting on the life issue in Ireland and Britain. Bishop John Keenan from Paisley Scotland speaking at the recent national March for Life in London. Bishop Alphonsus Cullinan, diocese of Waterford and Lismore Ireland - and Bishop Stephen Robson of Dunked diocese Scotland. Part 2. Dominican priest Fr. Gabriel Harty, better known as ‘the Rosary Priest of Ireland’, passed away peacefully on May 9th. Fr Harty was well known throughout Ireland for his many writings, CDs and pamphlets always with an emphasis on the rosary. From the archives, an interview with Fr. Gabriel Harty RIP.
Celtic Connections - 05/18/2019 - Four Giants of the Church Speak
Host: Kathy Sinnott with guests: Fr. Benedict Groeschel, Fr Pat Collins, St. John Paul II, Frances Hogan and His Excellency Archbishop Jude Okolo. Celtic Connections presents four giants of the Church speaking to Ireland about the past, the present and the future of the Irish nation and the Church. In an exclusive interview obtained by Celtic Connections recorded in 2003, Fr. Benedict Groeschel CFR speaks a sobering message to the Irish. Fr Pat Collins, Irish exorcist and international Charismatic Renewal leader, has a challenging and prophetic message for Ireland given at this years Divine Mercy Conference in Dublin. In one of the most prophetic and forthright messages of his pontificate, St. John Paul II said to the Irish, “Ireland is at a point of decision in her history.” "Ireland must choose. Your choice must be clear and your decision firm!” Scripture scholar and EWTN host Frances Hogan has prayerful analysis on how the nation has taken a wrong turn and what the faithful must do in response. Also including an exclusive interview with Papal Nuncio to Ireland, Archbishop Jude Okolo. His excellency gave advise on how the faithful should reflect and learn from the current crisis in the nation and in the Church. This is an encore of the 04/13/19 show.
Celtic Connections - 05/11/2019 - Jean Vanier Founder of L’Arche die
Host: Kathy Sinnott with guest Jean Vainer L’Arche is an international network of communities for those with intellectual disabilities. It was founded in 1964 by former Navel officer Jean Vanier in Trolly France. Sadly Jean Vainer died this week at age 90. In what may be the last in-depth interview with Vainer, he talked to Kathy Sinnott about how he was led to begin L’Arche - and about his close union with Christ which opened his heart to those often forgotten people embraced by L’Arche.