Former Bishop Séamus Hegarty laid to rest in Derry

first_imgThe funeral mass for former Catholic Bishop Séamus Hegarty took place in St Eugene’s Cathedral in Derry this afternoon (Monday).The attendance included Archbishop Eamon Martin, Donegal TD Pat the Cope Gallagher, representatives from local schools, as well as people from all walks of society.Les Cheann Comhairle Pat The Cope Gallagher attending the funeral of the late Bishop Hegarty. (North West Newspix)Archbishop Eamon Martin attending the funeral of the late Bishop Hegarty. (North West Newspix)Dr Séamus Hegarty, who was 79, was born in January 1940 in Kilcar, Co Donegal. He received his early education in Kilcar National School, Saint Eunan’s College, Letterkenny, and Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth, which he attended from 1959 to 1966.He graduated in Celtic Studies and was fluent in Irish, English and German. He was ordained to the priesthood at Saint Patrick’s College in June 1966.He taught in Saint Eunan’s College and Colaiste na Croise Naofa, Falcarragh, where he later became President (1971-1981).Prior to his appointment as bishop, he served as curate in Stranorlar. Hegarty was later appointed as Bishop of the Diocese of Raphoe in February 1982. His episcopal ordination took place at Saint Eunan’s Cathedral, Letterkenny, in March 1982.Following the resignation of Bishop Edward Daly on 26 October 1993, Bishop Hegarty was appointed Bishop of the Diocese of Derry in October 1994 and was installed at Saint Eugene’s Cathedral in November 1994.The remains of Bishop Hegarty is carried from St Eugene’s Cathedral, Derry to his last resting place in the ground of the Cathedral.(North West Newspix)In his homily, Bishop Donal Mc Keown revealed that Dr Hegarty had suffered over the last eight years since his retirement in 2011 with dementia.Describing the illness as ‘a cruel affliction’ and how ‘much of the person has died long before the heart ceases to beat’.Bishop McKeown told mourners the former clergyman, severed under ‘very challenging years North and South, partly connected with the Troubles, where – like many church people – he used all possible channels to stop killing and to build bridges.’ Bishop McKeown said: “He had a deep sense of commitment to Irish emigrants.  Many had to leave this island because of unemployment and other reasons.  Some ended up in dire poverty abroad and he worked tirelessly to support the emigrant chaplaincies around the world.“He had a passion for education and many of the excellent schools in Derry diocese were built in his time.“From personal experience, he knew how fragile and precious human life is and was very strongly committed to the pro-life movement.”Bishop Donal McKeown who was the main celebrant at the funeral of the late Bishop Hegarty. (North West Newspix)The Derry Bishop also reflected on Hegarty’s serving years that ‘were also heavily marked by the revelations of child sexual abuse’. He added: “Terrible crimes had been inflicted on young people across this country and around the world – and, for a range of reasons, grave errors were made in responding to the wave of allegations.“That has all left a legacy of pain, alienation and mistrust.  The Diocese of Raphoe and Derry were no different from anywhere else.“He knew as well as any that we come before God, never boasting of our achievements nor crushed by our failures but trusting in the Cross of Christ.“Only the often-uncomfortable truth can set any of us free.”Priests from the Diocese of Derry carried the remains of Bishop Hegarty on his final, short journey.His remains were laid to rest in the cathedral grounds.Former Bishop Séamus Hegarty laid to rest in Derry was last modified: September 25th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Bishop Seamus Hegartycatholic churchDerrydonegalkilcarRaphoeseamus hegartylast_img read more

Extra-time: Exeter 0 Brentford 0

first_imgExeter 0 Brentford 0Brentford dominated the second half but were unable to find a way through as their EFL Cup first-round clash went to extra-time.There was an injury concern for the Bees early on when Alan McCormack limped off, to be replaced by Ryan Woods.The game was largely devoid of goalmouth action until late in the first half, when Philipp Hofmann headed a corner wide of the far post and Josh Clarke drew a comfortable save from Exeter keeper Bobby Olejnik.Woods went closest to breaking the deadlock on 64 minutes as he fired just past the post, while at the other end Exeter substitute David Wheeler volleyed over and Ollie Watkins’ shot from 25 yards was saved by Jack Bonham in the Bees goal.The hosts named 15-year-old Ethan Ampadu, son of former Leyton Orient man Kwame, in their starting line-up, and the Grecians’ youngest-ever player looked very composed.But Brentford made most of the running as the game went on and Emmanuel Ledesma, making his competitive debut after signing on non-contract terms earlier in the day, saw a free-kick saved by Olejnik, while Sam Saunders shot into the side netting.However, despite five minutes of second-half stoppage time, neither side could find a winner, forcing extra-time.Brentford: Bonham; Holldack, Dean, Egan, Field; Yennaris, McCormack (Woods 12); Clarke, Saunders, Ledesma; Hofmann (Hogan 76). Subs: Bentley, Elder, Cole, Kerschbaumer, Shaibu.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Solar Thermal Is Really, Really Dead

first_img Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details. Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in Back in early 2012, in an article called “Solar Thermal Is Dead,” I announced that “it’s now cheaper to heat water with a photovoltaic array than solar thermal collectors.”Now that almost three years have passed, it’s worth revisiting the topic. In the years since that article was written, the cost to install a photovoltaic (PV) system has dropped significantly. Moreover, I’ve come across monitoring data that allow for a more accurate estimate of the amount of electricity needed to heat water with electric resistance elements or a heat pump.First, I’ll present my assumptions.In my earlier article, I estimated that a residential solar thermal system with two 4′ by 8′ collectors and a solar storage tank with a capacity in the range of 80 to 120 gallons costs between $8,000 to $10,000 to install. I stand by that estimate.Of course, some contractors can beat this price, while others will charge significantly more. (In a recent comment posted on GBA, an Ohio-based solar contractor named Daniel Young estimated that the solar thermal system I describe would cost $16,250.) For the purposes of the comparisons made in this article, I’ll assume that the installed cost of a residential solar thermal system is $9,000.My calculations are based on a PV system cost of $3.74/watt. The figure comes from a the “Solar Market Insight Report 2014 Q2” published by the Solar Energy Industries Association.Some GBA readers have received quotes of $3.50/watt for a PV system, while others are still paying $4.00/watt or more. One thing’s for sure: prices for PV are still dropping.The price comparisons made in this article do not include any incentives, rebates, or tax credits.The easiest way to figure out how many kWh will be produced each year by a PV system is to use a free online… center_img This article is only available to GBA Prime Memberslast_img read more

The Promise of AeroBarrier for Air Sealing Homes

first_imgAir seal needed at eave prior to AeroBarrier process. Photo courtesy of U.C. Davis Western Cooling Efficiency Center.Thermal bypass rough cut insulation and perimeter spray foam sealed prior to AeroBarrier process. Photo courtesy of U.C. Davis Western Cooling Efficiency Center.You can use AeroBarrier before cavity insulation is installed (essentially completing an exterior air barrier) or after drywall (essentially completing an interior air barrier); in either case requiring pretty limited protection of finished surfaces.The real beauty to me of the AeroBarrier approach is that it is real-time performance-based. The blower door testing and results is built into the AeroBarrier process.AeroBarrier in existing buildingsIf an existing building is between occupants, there will be protection of more finished surfaces required—and the bigger thermal bypasses still need to be at least “rough” sealed—but that does not seem like that much of a jump from AeroBarrier post-drywall in new construction.Paul Springer, manager of business development for AeroBarrier, connected me to Mitchell Spence of Redfish Builders, the leading AeroBarrier partner doing existing homes. Springer stated that about 10% of the AeroBarrier partners nationwide work on existing buildings but they do this completely on their own. Springer also noted: “We do have a new grant from the DOE in which we are going to be applying AeroBarrier in finished spaces (non-occupied) to understand the benefits.”“About 10% of our air sealing business currently is AeroBarrier in existing homes,” says Spence. “The key for us managing the liability of damage to contents is our partnership with a painting company. They know how to rigorously and efficiently seal everything from clothing to furniture to floor coverings and we know how to seal the building.”Spence feels the other key to his AeroBarrier work is his background in high performance building at Redfish. It’s his knowledge of the building process and business partnerships with trade contractors and other builders that means AeroBarrier work on new production homes, new custom homes, existing homes, and multi-family projects.Spence has tuned his air sealing of existing buildings with AeroBarrier. “I pretty routinely suit up with respiratory protection to first target my Retrotec fogger  at suspected leaky areas and then relocate the AeroBarrier spray heads to target those leaks. I also use “first sweep” during AeroBarrier air sealing, brushing off aerosol that is going after surface leaks encouraging aerosol sealing a bit deeper into existing building assemblies.” Spence also noted that quite a bit of the prep for holes and cracks larger than ½-inch gets addressed with closed-cell backer rod, which costs about $100 for a 500 foot roll off of Amazon.The following images are various types of prep completed by Mitchell Spence’s painting contractor in occupied existing projects.Painter prep in rec room Photo: Mitchell SpenceNote how the carpet has been pulled back from exterior walls and the bed fully sealed. Photo: Mitchell SpenceSealing off all fixtures in a bathroom. Photo: Mitchell SpenceMasking off kitchen appliances and cabinetry. Photo from CEE report: Using and Aerosol Sealant to Reduce Multifamily Envelope Leakage.Spence is a big advocate of AeroBarrier for multi-family air sealing. “We can do unit-by-unit AeroBarrier work, not only sealing the building enclosure but between units. This has big indoor air quality and sound transmission benefits,” says Spence.Using two duct blaster fans to pressurize an existing MF unit to 100 Pa for AeroBarrier air sealing. Photo from CEE report: Using and Aerosol Sealant to Reduce Multifamily Envelope Leakage.From early work on aerosol sealing of multi-family units comparing the labor for new construction, existing, and existing occupied. Chart from CEE report: Using and Aerosol Sealant to Reduce Multifamily Envelope Leakage.Tested results. Chart from CEE report: Using and Aerosol Sealant to Reduce Multifamily Envelope Leakage.How AeroBarrier in existing buildings could be a game changerIncreasingly, as I do assessments and investigations of existing buildings, performance concerns of the building owners are rooted in air leakage, from comfort complaints to more serious moisture issues. And those same clients often have questions and concerns regarding spray foam as pretty much the only game in town for seriously improving the airtightness of existing buildings.I think that AeroBarrier in existing buildings can give spray foam a real run for its money in many of the 100+ million existing dwelling units we have in the US. An aggressive and elastic yet largely benign acrylic aerosol (see AeroBarrier MSDS) could be just what our existing building stock needs to safely improve the toughest aspect of existing building performance: airtightness.But how much does it cost?Spence told me that for occupied homes AeroBarrier runs between $3 and $4.25 per square foot of building but it makes a big difference what type of building. “Large custom homes can be up to $7 per square foot including both prep and AeroBarrier process,” says Spence.What do you think?Peter Yost is GBA’s technical director. He is also the founder of a consulting company in Brattleboro, Vermont, called Building-Wright. He routinely consults on the design and construction of both new homes and retrofit projects. He has been building, researching, teaching, writing, and consulting on high-performance homes for more than twenty years, and he’s been recognized as NAHB Educator of the Year. Do you have a building science puzzle? Contact Pete here. AeroBarrier has been in the building news quite a bit lately:GBA – Aeroseal rolls out air sealing technology for houses Fine Homebuilding – New technology improves airtightnessJournal of Light Construction – A game-changer for airtight constructionHow AeroBarrier WorksAeroBarrier is an innovative and sophisticated system for air sealing buildings. During installation, a proprietary synthetic acrylic is aerosolized while the home is under pressure developed by a blower door. As the air leaks through the building enclosure, the latex aerosol sticks and builds up on pretty much any crack up to about ½-inch.AeroBarrier is installed using a system of equipment seen here in a fully outfitted construction trailer. Photo courtesy of AeroBarrier.During installation, the AeroBarrier system is controlled by software that keeps track of blower door pressure, pressure delivered at aerosol heads, temperature, and relative humidity inside and outside the building. Photo courtesy of AeroBarrier.AeroBarrier aerosol head fired up to seal leaks using positive pressure delivered by blower door. Photo courtesy of AeroBarrier.Blower door outfitted with an inline heater to ensure that proper temperature is maintained inside the building during the air sealing aerosol process. Photo courtesy of AeroBarrier.In this AeroBarrier project, an exterior 6-inch exhaust duct was outfitted with a taped-in mesh to show how the aerosol fills in and seals. Photo courtesy of AeroBarrier.The mesh sealed after AeroBarrier installation. Photo courtesy of AeroBarrier.In under 2 hours, a home can move from leaky to pretty much whatever level of air sealing you are prepared to pay for.You do, of course, need to prep the building, air sealing pathways larger than ½-inch, but following the Energy Star Thermal Bypass Checklist heavy hitters is straightforward.last_img read more