Ireland and the Classical Liturgical Movement

Glenstal National Liturgical Congress 1954: Dom Gregory Barry, “The Liturgical Congress”, The Furrow 5 (Feb., 1954) 112-114. URL:

Glenstal  National Liturgical Congress 1967


Ireland: Blessed Columba Marmion

Frank O’Leary, The Nineteenth Glenstal Liturgical Congress, 1972

Blessed Columba Marmion

THE Catholic Church in Ireland owes a great debt to the Benedictines of Glenstal Abbey, Murroe, Co. Limerick, who, for fourteen years in succession, have sponsored a liturgical congress for the clergy. Without such a forum for discussion and the publicity which resulted, the few who pioneered the liturgical apostolate in Ireland would have had no opportunity to disseminate their ideas; and if these ideas had not spread, the country as a ‘whole would have been totally unprepared for the liturgical changes that followed the Council’s promulgation of the constitution on the sacred liturgy.

The fact that Ireland has taken to the “new liturgy” so well is due, beyond all reasonable doubt, to the influence of the Glenstal congresses of the past: priests have come to them in ever increasing numbers, with the result that almost every diocese and religious order in the country has some priests whose ideas on liturgy are well above the rudimentary level. These have been able to give a sound lead when, at last, the Council’s decisions gave them the liberty to put into practice the ideals which they had learned to appreciate at Glenstal. At each year’s congress the majority of the participants have been there before, but always there are some new faces and the numbers have continued to grow.

Cyprian Love, Glenstal Abbey, Music and the Liturgical Movement (Studies in World Christianity 12:2) 2006, 126-141

Kylemore Abbey, Galway