Focolare Little Town
If you are able to keep alive a verdant branch in your heart in the hour of darkness, then the Lord will come and send a bird to sing on that branch at the day’s dawning. (Irish proverb)
A land rich in history with deep Christian roots that go all the way back to the earliest centuries after Christ (432), the island was evangelized through the efforts of St. Patrick. Known for its ancient Celtic traditions and its national and traditional song, with U2 and Riverdance, its great literary stars including four Nobel Prize winners, Ireland has also had some sorrowful pages among the leaves of its recent history:the drama of the independence’s war, the violence between Catholics and Protestants and the still open wounds of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church.