Prayer for reformed judicial appointment process has fallen on deaf political ears
THE Red Mass is a tradition, first observed in Paris in 1245, to mark the beginning of the new legal year.
In Ireland, the service is held in the two parish churches of the Four Courts: one is Catholic, one is Protestant and both are called St Michan's.
I love the tradition, not least for that back-to-school feel as well as the sheer pageantry of it all with the incense, judges in their morning suits and top hats and refreshments at King's Inns. I also love its solemnity, as the Holy Ghost is asked to bestow wisdom, morality and judgment upon the shoulders of the legal profession.