Rain holds off for annual Mass at Holy Year Cross

Despite a summer that has been one of the wettest on record, the annual Mass at the Holy Year Cross overlooking Clonmel was blessed with a fine morning on the Bank Holiday Monday.

Despite a summer that has been one of the wettest on record, the annual Mass at the Holy Year Cross overlooking Clonmel was blessed with a fine morning on the Bank Holiday Monday.

A large congregation gathered at the Cross overlooking Clonmel for the Mass, which was celebrated by Canon Brendan Crowley, Parish Priest of Ss Peter and Paul’s.

Canon Crowley welcomed all those who had gathered in faith at what he called “a beautiful place” and he spoke of the significance of the cross in people’s lives.

The Cross was erected 62 years ago at Cnoc a Chomortais, or Scrouthea Hill, on the foothills of the Comeraghs and ever since the tradition of Mass on the August Bank Holiday has endured. The Mass is organised by a local committee based at the nearby Old Bridge.

The congregation included the Mayor and members of Clonmel Borough Council, as well as Deputy Seamus Healy and Phil Prendergast, MEP. The readings were recited by the Mayor, Cllr. Billy Shoer and Deputy Healy.