On Sunday, 27th June next a Diocesan Service will be held in Saint Fin Barre’s Cathedral, Cork, with ecumenical participation, to mark the upcoming Centenary (on 11th July) of the Truce and the End of the War of Independence in Ireland.
Announcing the Service, the Bishop, Dr Paul Colton, said that the Service was part of the Cork, Cloyne and Ross Diocesan Centenaries Commemoration and Reconciliation Project which has been ongoing in the Diocese since 2012 and continues until 2023.
‘We also wanted to avoid clashing with possible civic or official commemorations on 11th July itself’ said Bishop Colton, ‘which is why we have chosen the earlier date.’.
Because of current pandemic restrictions attendance at the Service is limited to 50 people only and is by invitation only. The attendance will be led by the new Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr Colm Kelleher together with representatives of the City Council, as well as representatives of State and civic life in this region.
Bishop Paul Colton will be joined by the Most Reverend Dr Fintan Gavin, Bishop of Cork and Ross, as well as representatives of the Protestant churches in Cork, and of the Society of Friends.