On Sunday, 25th September, the Patronal Festival of Saint Fin Barre of Cork, the Bishop of Cork, the Right Reverend Dr Paul Colton, presided at a celebration of the Eucharist in Saint Fin Barre’s Cathedral, Cork. The preacher was the Dean of Dublin, the Very Reverend Dermot Dunne, who spoke about the function of a cathedral as a place of welcome, worship and witness.
During the Service the Bishop, having been petitioned by the Dean of Cork (the Very Reverend Nigel Dunne), consecrated a newly made solid silver ciborium which is a gift to the Cathedral made possible by a bequest by the late Miss Audrey Ross. The ciborium, used in the administration of the sacrament, was crafted by local Cork silversmith Sean Carroll. Cathedral parishioner, Ruth O’Mahony, assisted with the design which incorporates resonances of the art of the Cathedral architect, William Burges. Throughout her lifetime, Miss Audrey Ross attended the cathedral faithfully, including the weekday and saints’ day celebrations of the Eucharist.