Cumann Gaelach na hEaglaise hosted a multi–lingual service to mark St Patrick’s Day in the United Dioceses of Cork, Cloyne and Ross. This Service has been a feature of St Patrick’s Days in Cork since 2012. This year the Service was hosted in Saint Mary’s Church, Carrigaline where the rector is Canon Elaine Murray.
While mainly in the Irish language, the provision of a bilingual edition of the Book of Common Prayer and a bilingual element allowed those with little or no Irish to participate in and follow the service. The celebrant was the Rev. Tony Murphy.
The popularity of the service over a number of years prompted the organisers to make it a Diocesan–wide Service rotating around the Diocese in a four–year cycle. In 2019, the service was held in Fanlobbus Union and arrangements were fully made in 2020 to hold a service in Douglas. This service was cancelled due to the Coronavirus pandemic and along with all other Services, it has not been possible to hold a regular Service in Irish this year.
To mark the connection with St Patrick’s homeland in Wales, this year the Rev. Meurig Williams, Rector of Mallow Union of Parishes, was invited to do a reading and prayer in Welsh. Also participating were the Rev. Hazel Minion and Michelle Woodworth.