Oíche Fhéile Pádraig at St Anne’s Church, Shandon

The Rev. Meghan Farr, Priest-in-Charge of St Anne’s Church, Shandon, writes:

As a continuation of our year of 300th anniversary celebrations, St. Anne’s, Shandon is delighted to host Cumann Gaelach na hEaglaise for an Irish language service of Holy Communion for St. Patrick’s Day. The service will take place on the Eve of St. Patrick’s Day, Thursday, 16th March at 7.30 pm. The Monkstown Chamber Choir will lead the music for the service and Dr Pádraig Ó Riain will be the guest preacher. All are welcome to attend regardless of level of Irish—a bilingual service sheet will be provided.

Risteárd Mac Annraoi, parishioner at St Anne’s Church, writes:

For over a hundred years Cumann Gaelach na hÉaglaise has been promoting the use of Irish in the life of the church and community – in particular in the Church of Ireland. In recent years in Cork its members have organised a monthly church service in Irish at St Fin Barre’s Cathedral.

As part of its work Cumann Gaelach na hEaglaise has held a service in Irish near to or on Lá ‘le Phádraig – St Patrick’s Day. This has usually attracted support from the wider church in Cork. Services in previous years have been held in different parishes, for example in Dunmanway, Midleton, and Carrigaline. The aim is to hold the service in a different Cork parish each year. This year the annual Irish-language service is to be held at N. Áine Seandún – St Anne’s Church, Shandon, and this is the first time that the Patrick’s Day service will be held there.

If you have any queries please contact the Rev. Meghan Farr.

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