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Sunday, December 11, 2016
Prize for Irish journal with overseas links
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¬†Ballybrown Parish Journal, in Limerick, has scooped first prize in this year's parish newsletter competition, run by the Irish Bishops Commission for Emigrants. Second prize went to Knockmore-Rathduff Parish, Co Mayo and third prize went to Marshallstown-Castledockrell parish, Co Wexford. The competition is run annually for parish newsletters, journals and magazines which link their community with their people abroad. This year the IECE received twenty-seven entries of outstandingly high quality. The competition, which is sponsored by An Post, was judged by author Maeve Binchy who commented: "I want to say how much I enjoyed my look at Irish life and marvelled at the depth and warmth of the parish as a place where people belong." The winning parishes were presented with their prizes at a special gathering in the IECE Headquarters in Maynooth, Co Kildare, on Wednesday night. The coveted first prize of §1,000 and the runner-up prizes were presented by Catherine Dunne author of The Unconsidered People and Fr Alan Hilliard, Director of the Bishops' Commission for Emigrants. Catherine Dunne restated the need for this country to honour it's debt to its emigrants. She reinforced her point by stating that "in 1961 the entire education budget for primary and post-primary education was the equivalent of £14 million. That year alone £13.5 million was returned as emigrant remittances. Their contribution that year educated us". Fr. Alan Hilliard encouraged the efforts made by local communities to harness the local spirit in parish journals and newsletters. Many of these publications find their way to people abroad who enjoy catching up on their community of The competition is held on an annual basis. Entries for next year should be sent to IECE, Columba Centre, Maynooth, Co Kildare on or before 31st October 2004. The Irish Bishops' Conferences services for emigrants and prisoners overseas is based in Maynooth and has permanent chaplaincies in the UK, USA (New York; Boston; Chicago; San Francisco; Philadelphia), Australia and Germany. Source: Irish Bishops Conferene Media Office
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