Eamon Casey March 15, 2017Posted by irishelectionliterature in Uncategorized.
Looked at this footage today as a reminder of the death of Eamon Casey. The self satisfaction, smugness and I suppose the hatred of the members of the Audience and indeed Gay Byrne to Annie Murphy is incredible. A narrative that she was telling lies, that she had enticed the poor Bishop and so on.
I was trying to explain his popularity and charisma . He was a bit of a rogue but all within the confines of The Church. A regular on the Late Late and of course outspoken too on many issues to do with US Foreign Policy.
When the Annie Murphy story broke, it sent the country into shock. I know we had great fun at home slagging my parents. I’m adopted and we joked that Bishop Casey could be my father. There was denial but most of all a sense of betrayal by many Catholics who had idolised him. It certainly accelerated the decline of the Church here .