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Church bells to be rung across the Archdiocese of Tuam on Saint Patrick’s Day in support of Irish people at home and abroad affected by the coronavirus

Archbishop Michael Neary has asked for church bells to be rung throughout the Archdiocese of Tuam at 11.00 am today, Saint Patrick’s Day.

Archbishop Neary said, “while many businesses and services are closed in the interests of public health, and while the regular weekday and weekend Masses with congregations are not being celebrated, church buildings remain open and people are welcome to come to pray.

“The ringing of church bells in unison across the country on our national saint’s day is a simple reminder that the Church stands with and supports the people during this public health emergency.

“Our initiative for Saint Patrick’s Day has in mind the many Irish men and women around the world who are affected by this pandemic and who may be worried and concerned about parents, family members and friends at home.  As the bells ring out let them carry a warm greeting to our sisters and brothers abroad.  At this difficult time, I assure them of my thoughts and prayers on the feast day of our national patron”, Archbishop Neary said.

Dóchas linn naomh Pádraig, aspal mór na hÉireann

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Archbishop Michael Neary is Archbishop of Tuam.

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