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Those who Suffered for the Catholic faith in Ireland in the 16th-18th Centuries

April 9th, 2013 (Feast of St. Mary of Egypt)

In Today's Catholic World has been in contact with True Catholics in Ireland practically since it's inception. The Irish are some of the kindest people in the world. Nothing good ever comes easy ... Irishmen have been persecuted for centuries, and as a result (traditionally) their Faith has only shined brighter.

So, for all our True Catholic readers, we are posting an excellent book entitled: "Memorials of Those who Suffered for the Catholic faith in Ireland in the 16th, 17th and 18th Centuries". This compelling, hard-to-put-down book details the heroic Catholic martyrs of Ireland during the satanic English persecution. It was published by the Catholic Book Company Burns & Oates in 1868.

Irish Catholics attending a catacomb type Mass in the midst of the Protestant English persecution

Ancient Irish Litany Of The Ever Blessed Mother Of God In The Original Irish:

Believed to have been in use in the Eighth Century. Lately recovered from oblivion. With Translations In English And Latin HIS HOLINESS PIUS IX., OF BLESSED MEMORY, HAS GRANTED A SPECIAL INDULGENCE TO ALL THE FAITHFUL OF IRELAND WHO SHALL DEVOUTLY RECITE IT. NY: Robert Coddixgton, Publisher c. 1880, Imprimatur (Download text, with Gaelic)

Click image to enlarge: Two Irish Catholics praying at St. Declan's Holy Well in Ardmore, County Waterford


Ancient Prayer


(Translated from the Irish of the Eighth Century.)

Mary, greatest of Marys,
Most great of women,
Queen of the angels,
Mistress of the heavens,
Woman full and replete with the grace of the Holy Spirit,
Blessed and most blessed,
Mother of eternal glory,
Mother of the heavenly and earthly Church,
Mother of love and indulgence,
Mother of the golden light,
Honor of the sky,
Harbinger of peace,
Gate of heaven,
Golden casket,
Couch of love and mercy,
Temple of the Divinity,
Beauty of virgins,
Mistress of the tribes,
Fountain of the gardens,
Cleansing of sins,
Washing of souls,
Mother of orphans,
Breast of the infants,
Refuge of the wretched,
Star of the sea,
Handmaid of God,
Mother of Christ,
Abode of the Godhead,
Graceful as the dove,
Serene like the moon,
Resplendent like the sun,
Destruction of Eve's disgrace,
Regeneration of life,
Perfection of women,
Chief of the virgins,
Garden enclosed,
Fountain sealed,
Mother of God,
Perpetual Virgin,
Holy Virgin,
Prudent Virgin,
Serene Virgin,
Chaste Virgin,
Temple of the Living God,
Throne of the Eternal King,
Sanctuary of the Holy Spirit,
Virgin of the root of Jesse,
Cedar of Mount Lebanon,
Cypress of Mount Sion,
Crimson rose in the land of Jacob,
Fruitful like the olive,
Blooming like the palm,
Glorious son-bearer,
Light of Nazareth,
Glory of Jerusalem,
Beauty of the world,
Noblest born of the Christian people,
Queen of life,
Ladder of Heaven,

Hear the petition of the poor; spurn not the wounds and the groans of the miserable.

Let our devotion and our sighs be carried through thee to the presence of the Creator, for we are not ourselves worthy of being heard because of our evil deserts.

O powerful Mistress of heaven and earth, wipe out our trespasses and our sins.

Destroy our wickedness and depravity.

Raise the fallen, the debilitated, and the fettered. Loose the condemned. Repair through thyself the transgressions of our immorality and our vices. Bestow upon us through thyself the blossoms and ornaments of good actions and virtues. Appease for us the Judge by thy prayers and thy supplications. Allow us not, for mercy's sake, to be carried off from thee among the spoils of our enemies. Allow not our souls to be condemned, but take us to thyself for ever under thy protection.

We, moreover, beseech and pray thee, holy Mary, to obtain, through thy potent supplication, before thy only Son, that is, Jesus Christ, the son of the living God, that God may defend us from all straits and temptations.

Obtain also for us from the God of Creation the forgiveness and remission of all our sins and trespasses, and that we may receive from Him further, through thy intercession, the everlasting habitation of the heavenly kingdom, through all eternity, in the presence of the saints and the saintly virgins of the world; which may we deserve, may we enjoy, in saecula saeculorum. Amen.

Blessed be St. Peter, Prince of the Apostles!

The Papal Restoration Staff

View Illustrated Life Story of St. Colman Mac Duagh

Saint Colman Mac Duagh (560-632 A.D.), is one of Ireland's most beloved saints.
View the illustrated life story of this holy Irish bishop and monk by clicking here.

Prayer to St. Colman Mac Duagh

(Pater noster)

Pater noster, qui es in caelis, sanctificetur Nomen Tuum. Adveniat regnum Tuum, fiat voluntas Tua, sicut in caelo et in terra. Panem nostrum quotidianum da nobis hodie, et dimitte nobis debita nostra, sicut et nos dimittimus debitoribus nostris, et ne nos inducas in tentationem, sed libera nos a malo. Amen.


(Ave Maria)

Ave Maria, gratia plena, Dominus tecum; Benedicta tu in mulieribus et benedictus fructus ventris tui, Iesus. Sancta Maria, Mater Dei, ora pro nobis peccatoribus, nunc et in hora mortis nostrae. Amen.


(Gloria Patri)

Gloria Patri, et Filio, et Spiritui Sancto, sicut erat in principio, et nunc et'semper, et in saecula saeculorum. Amen.


Related Link: Ireland's Holy Mountain (Croagh Patrick)

Sanctus Colomanus, ora pro nobis!

Apparition of Our Lady of Knock (Ireland) on 1879

On a raining Thursday evening on the 21st of August 1879, at about the hour of eight o'clock, The Blessed Virgin Mary clothed in white robes with a brilliant crown on her head, St. Joseph, and St. John the Evangelist appeared in a blaze of Heavenly light at the south gable of the Church of St. John the Baptist in Knock, Ireland. Behind them and a little to the left of St. John was an altar. On the altar was a cross and a lamb with adoring angels.

The Apparition was seen by fifteen people whose ages ranged from six years to seventy-five and included men, women, adolescents and children. The witnesses watched the Apparition in pouring rain for two hours, while they (the witnesses) recited the Most Holy Rosary. 

Our Lady of Knock, Queen of Ireland,

Ora Pro Nobis!

Pilgrims (1880's) at the site of the Church approved apparition of the Blessed Virgin May at Knock, Ireland

The Emerald Isle: Beautiful Scenery of Connemara (Video)

The TCW Staff 17.03.2021 13:22

Wishing all True Catholics a holy and happy St. Patrick's Day!

Dennis Keefe 26.10.2020 10:35

Thanks for posting the book, "Memorials of Those who Suffered for the Catholic faith in Ireland in the 16th, 17th and 18th Centuries". We need to pray for Ireland!

Lucy S. 18.03.2020 01:56

Holy St.Patrick pray for us on this your glorious feast day. Our Lady of Knock
pray for us.


Today, Oct 29th, is the glorious feast day of St. Colman Mac Duagh (560-632 A.D.), Irish bishop and monk. To learn more about this great Saint, see:

Daniel 17.03.2018 12:40

We owe so much to St. Patrick, what a blessed day today!

Ron lech 07.02.2018 19:00

Found site by Providence God Bless

Marie 12.10.2017 16:03

Beautiful! Would love to go there. Makes one think of the beauty of Heaven,
our true home.

John Nicolas 28.04.2017 23:07

I ve been there too. Some great memories I have, thx

EDITOR OF TCW 28.04.2017 13:45

Video Posted: "The Emerald Isle: Beautiful Scenery of Connemara". (Note: my wife and I had the great opportunity to spend some time in this beautiful part of Ireland... highly recommend to all.


October 29th is the feast day of St. Colman Mac Duagh of Ireland (d. 632). To read the interesting life story of this holy Saint, go to:


"Allow not our souls to be condemned, but take us to thyself forever under thy protection." (From the, "Ancient Irish Litany Of The Ever Blessed Mother Of God") NOTE: Posted Above


Today is the Glorious Feast of the Apostle of Ireland. St. Patrick, Ora Pro Nobis!

LIam Keyes 08.03.2016 21:26

Our Lady of Knock, Pray for me and my Family.

Gerri Braggs 10.06.2015 01:37

I pray that Ireland be once again called "The Land of Saints". The Ireland I was born into truly followed the teachings of Christ. Let it be so again!

julie 08.06.2015 14:50

just came across this site and want to be on the list of those receiving

Maria Strickland 23.01.2015 00:12

Sancta Maria, Mater Dei, ora pro nobis!!!!

Ridire Gaelach 12.12.2014 00:41

Just stumbled on this site, and the 8th century Irish Liturgy. I have downloaded this and will now study same.

Joell Hedges 13.05.2014 18:09

A good rule for such a time as this would be to say the Rosary AND the St. Michael prayer daily. A one, two punch, so to speak.

Papal Restoration Staff Member 17.03.2014 10:51

May all true (uncompromising) Catholics in Ireland and everywhere have a blessed St. Patrick's Day!

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