Page 8, 26th April 1985

26th April 1985
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Page 8, 26th April 1985 — A joyous occasion THE RECEPTION at Archbishop's House, Westminster, on

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A joyous occasion THE RECEPTION at Archbishop's House, Westminster, on

the occasion of Low Week, is always a joyous occasion, and a splendid chance to renew acquaintance with old friends. Cardinal Basil Hume OSB, Archbishop of Westminster is the perfect English host, greeting each guest personally.

I sought the genial company of Illtyd Harrington, illustrious .Chairman of the GLC ('Red Ken' was in Cuba having an audience with Castro). Not many know that llItyd is one of the saviour's of England's neglected waterways.

1 talked with the Irish Ambassador, Noel Dorr, just back from a holiday in his native Mayo. Before being appointed Ambassador to the Court of St James he was Ireland's Ambassador to the United


He heads an immensely successful and hard working diplomatic mission, and his press and information service Heard at Mass, impatient mother to small boy asking perfectly normal question. "Why can't you just shut up and believe like everybody else!" headed by Patrick Hennessy, who returns to Dublin this year, is recognised as the best in the London Diplomatic List.

It was such a pleasure to tail. with John Branagan KCSG. former Vice-Chairman of the 1.CC, and still active in GLC affairs after nearly 50 years of devoted service.

We recalled Catholic Worker days, when Bob Walsh was editor, and Fr Rochford parish priest in Poplar, Pat Fagan, Jo Shine, Pat Tolhurst from Stoneyhurst, and Peter Beesley from Downside.

Peter is now Benedictine monk. in those days we sold the Catholic Worker not only at church doors but at British Union of Fascist and Communist Party of Great Britain public meetings.

The Blackshirts, led by Sir Oswald Mosley, were a particularly vicious lot who fancied themselves as Nazi stormtroopers. They terrorised the Jewish community in North London.

New York taxi driver's greeting to English Bishop visitor: "Hi ya! Father, How's the saving business? Have a nice day!"

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