Last weekend, the Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland, the Most Rev. John McDowell, preached at the Celebratory Service of the 800th Anniversary of Saint Mary’s Collegiate Church, Youghal. As part of his visit, the Bishop of Cork, Cloyne and Ross, the Right Rev. Dr Paul Colton, also showed the Archbishop around Kingston College in Mitchelstown, where recently six houses have been renovated to accommodate Ukrainian families, and they went to Cloyne Cathedral, which marked the first time any Archbishop of Armagh has visited there.
At Kingston College, Bishop Paul Colton and Archbishop John McDowell met Fiona Finn, General Manager of The One Foundation who have donated €200,000.00 to the project, as well as the architects and builders involved. Bishop Paul and Archbishop John visited each of the families and talked to them about their experiences and how that have settled in at Kingston College.
Later during the day, the Bishop and the Archbishop travelled to Cloyne to visit the Cathedral Church of Saint Colman. This visit marked an historic event, as Archbishop John McDowell is the first Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland to visit Cloyne Cathedral. He was welcomed by the Dean of Cloyne, the Very Rev. Susan Green, members of the congregation, and members of the Friends of Cloyne Cathedral. At the end of his visit, the Archbishop was presented with a book on sustainability by Cloyne parishioner Alan Navratil, The Global Imperatives A Primer for Sustainability.
The Dean of Cloyne, the Very Rev. Susan Green, said:
We were delighted to have Archbishop John McDowell visit Cloyne Cathedral. He was interested in all of the varied and long history of the Cathedral and already knew much about Bishop Berkeley. He was delighted to meet the small group of parishioners and Friends of Cloyne who had gathered for the occasion. The Archbishop and myself have both served our curacies in the parish of Antrim in Conor Diocese and it was pleasant to share these memories too.