Special Easter Sunday ceremony at Derrynaflan

To mark the 50th International Eucharistic Congress a special ceremony will be celebrated on the famous Derrynaflan monastic site at dawn on Easter Sunday.

To mark the 50th International Eucharistic Congress a special ceremony will be celebrated on the famous Derrynaflan monastic site at dawn on Easter Sunday.

A cavalcade of buses and cars will convey hundreds of pilgrims to the ancient monastery located in the bog of Lurgoe for celebration of Mass at 6am on Sunday week, April 15. Mass has been celebrated on the island on Easter Sunday for over ten years, and this year’s liturgy is very special as the countdown begins to the Eucharistic Congress, one of the most momentous occasions in the history of our country. Over 25,000 people will participate in a series of ceremonies each day in Dublin over the seven day congress (June 10th-17th).

Preparations are being finalised in the parish of Killenaule-Moyglass for the celebration of open-air Mass beside the remains of the monastic site, and the visit of Fr Gerry Horan, Provincial of the Augustinian Order. Limerick native Fr Horan, who has strong links with Fethard, is a renowned preacher and will deliver the homily at the dawn mass. Another special feature of the celebration will be a very fitting musical contribution of students from Scoil Ruain in Killenaule.

All over the World people are preparing to travel to Dublin to participate in the International Eucharistic celebration, and in the lead up to the congress communities in parishes throughout Ireland are planning to mark the event in their own special way. Canon Liam Ryan is “thrilled” that the parish of Killenaule-Moyglass is about to host an historic event on the site famous for the discovery of the Derrynaflan Chalice. “We have been celebrating Dawn Mass on the island of the Goban Saor year after year, a beautiful Easter ceremony in a most spectacular setting in the middle of the country at daybreak” Canon Ryan said this week.