Diocese of Limerick launches heritage website

 The Diocese of Limerick has launched an innovative website and CD ROM which contains the history of each of its parishes. The site records the churches, graveyards, shrines, a list of the priests who served in the parishes over the years, and other significant people and events. The work was undertaken by Lisa O'Connor and Matt Tobin, students in Mary Immaculate College. They visited all the parishes, sought out the information and took all the photographs. The project began as a Jubilee 2000 project. Launching the site, the Bishop of Limerick, Dr Donal Murray said: "It is very important in times when things are difficult and challenging for the Church, that we are aware of the struggles and the pain that were faced by the generations that went before us. Every parish in the Diocese even the newest one, have a local history to be proud of. The Bishop continued: "Limerick people, and perhaps especially those who are living abroad, will find the site of great interest, full of information and local lore. It will be an invaluable resource for schools and parishes in providing a foundation for creating an interest in the faith history of the area. Bishop Murray congratulated Lisa and Matt and also Charlie Healy, who played a very important part in bringing the project to a conclusion. The website can be accessed at www.limerickdioceseheritage.org and the CD ROM can be purchased at the Abbey Bookstore, Augustinian Church, O'Connell Street, Limerick, The Limerick Diocesan Pastoral Centre, Denmark Street and the Limerick Diocesan Office, 66 O'Connell Street. The CD-ROM costs 15 Euros and all profits will go towards the St Johns Cathedral Restoration Fund. Source: Irish Bishops Conference Media Office, Maynooth

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