CLonmel

Heading towards the Holy Year Cross Mass on Monday last were  Daisy O'Donoghue, Helen Troy and Valerie O'Callaghan.
The annual Mass at the Holy Year Cross attracted another large congregation on the Bank Holiday Monday.

The annual Mass at the Holy Year Cross attracted another large congregation on the Bank Holiday Monday.

Massgoers were blessed with fine weather at the annual Mass, which is celebrated on the same day each year.

The Cross overlooks Clonmel from Cnoc a Chomortais, or Scrouthea Hill, on the foothills of the Comeraghs.

A steady stream of pilgrims, bathed in sunshine and with a cool breeze blowing across the mountain, began to make their way to the hilltop from early morning.

The celebrant was Canon Brendan Crowley, Parish Priest of Ss Peter and Paul’s Parish.

In the course of his homily he paid tribute to the organising committee which is responsible for the upkeep of the Cross, and which organises the annual Mass, which attracts hundreds from the town and surrounding district.

He made special mention of Anthony Ryan, one of the leading members of that committee, who is ill at present.

In keeping with tradition the Mass was attended by the Mayor and members of Clonmel Borough Council.

One of the readings was recited by the Mayor, Cllr. Pat English.

Once the formalities had concluded many people stayed around to chat and enjoy the bright sunshine on the hilltop, before either making their way home or adjourning to one of the hostelries at the Old Bridge for some refreshments.

As well as the celebration of the Mass, Monday was once again a day out for all the family and an occasion enjoyed by young and old alike.