Thursday, March 13, 2014
A wine tasting to benefit Three Rivers Rowing Association's Juniors program, which trains Pittsburgh area youth in physical fitness and the life long sport of rowing.Pittsburgh Donnybrook
Monday, March 17, 2014
A novel event for Pittsburgh's Grand Hall -- a boxing match featuring 11 amasteur fighters from Ireland versus 11 Pittsburgh fighters.
Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
February 05, 2014
Columnist Brian O'Neill tells the story of how the Pittsburgh Donnybrook, a boxing event at Pittsburgh's Grand Hall (March 17, 2014 - St. Patrick's Day!) featuring 11 fighters from Ireland squaring off agains 11 Pittsburgh fighters, was cobbled together by a crew of Irish American Pittsburghers.
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In the Path of Progress
In the early 1970’s, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation announced that the route of the long-planned Interstate 279 feeder highway (from downtown Pittsburgh to the northern suburbs) would wind directly through the location of the St. Mary’s Church and Priory (not to mention the school and Lyceum, which were located across Nash Street and which were eventually demolished).
After exhaustive negotiations between the diocese and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and despite St. Mary’s rich history and historic landmark status, it was agreed that the state would pay $1,294,000 for the church and adjacent building, including the priory.
This left the parish in an uncertain state for nearly a decade. It continued to occupy the priory building and church as a tenant, but the flock dwindled for the doomed church. Toward the end, there were only two priests left to occupy the massive priory and the majority of parishioners were single retirees – widows and widowers.
The coup de grace came eight years after the state took control of the property. On August 31, 1981, Bishop Vincent M. Leonard issued a decree of suppression of St. Mary’s Church. Four weeks later, on Sunday, September 27, 1981, Father Bede Hasso walked into the first full house the church had seen in years and offered St. Mary’s final mass. The following day the parish, with the remainder of its fold being absorbed into Our Lady Queen of Peace parish, closed forever.