All welcome to Mass at Carraig an Aifreann

Some of the crowd that attended Mass at Carraig an Aifrinn Mass Rock last year. (Photo: John O'Connell)

Mass will be celebrated at Carraig an Aifreann, Mass Rock, in Glenville on Friday evening, May 17 continuing a centuries old tradition, which dates back to the penal days.

Mass at the hallowed spot will be preceded by the Rosary and Divine Mercy prayers at 7.30pm. Prayers will be recited at this Mass for all those studying, preparing for exams and making lifetime choices at this time.

In Penal Days, Mass was offered in Carraig an Aifreann from 1691 to 1829. People at that time who risked their lives for their faith came here in all kinds of weather. In 1920, when Mass was celebrated here again, people came from far and near in horses and carts, ponies and traps, donkeys and carts from as far away as Doneraile and Mallow to the north, Cork city and Midleton to the south and the general Fermoy area and many walked long distances in the pouring rain to continue the tradition.

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