Sunday, July 24, 2011

Mass on Sliabh Bhui

I attended an unusual mass on Sliabh Bhui near Askamore, Co Wexford - it was near the top of the hill. My brother Joe and I walked up the hill and arrived just as mass was starting. The main reason for going was that Dad was singing in the choir. In the picture below he is third from the right. Second left is the Bishop of Ferns (with purple hat), Denis Brennan, who celebrated mass. In the background is the town of Carnew near where I grew up, and in the distance you can see the Wicklow mountains:

It was the first time in several years that a mass was celebrated on Sliabh Bhui - the locals hope that it will be an annual event. I felt like I was intruding a bit as nearly everybody was local. Nevertheless, it was a good experience and the first time I have attended mass on a mountain. Mum, Dad, Joe, and I stopped for a thirst-quenching pint in Jim Byrne's pub in Carnew afterwards.

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