Four day St Iberius fast begins in Wexford on Sunday


Published 15/12/2015 | 00:00

Fr Aodhán Marken ADM and Canon Arthur Minion.
Fr Aodhán Marken ADM and Canon Arthur Minion.

The annual St Iberius Four Day Christmas Fast is an important fixture in the Wexford calendar and this year, it will begin on Sunday (December 20) at 6 p.m.

Fr Aodhán Marken will join Rev Arthur Minion on the steps of St Iberius' Church during the four day event. Throughout the four day period, the only drinks to be consumed by participants will be water or tea and coffee without milk and sugar. A cup of Bovril for salt or a bottle of Lucozade for sugar may be taken if a person has been advised by a doctor to do so. A takeaway paper cup of soup will be available for each participant from Westgate Design Centre at 1 p.m. daily.

Last year, the fast raised €45,200 for charity. The majority of this year's funds will go towards the St Vincent de Paul, while other charities will also benefit from the efforts. A list of the beneficiaries will appear at the point of collection at St Iberius' Church during the fast. To kickstart the fundraising for this year, BNI Menapia have already donated €1500 to the cause.

The Memorial Christmas Tree of Lights will be erected on the church steps as usual and the large Christmas tree will be set up inside the church.

A notable absence from this year's event will be Fr Jim Feegan, who took part in the fast for many years. Following 27 years in the parish, Fr Fegan was transferred to Ballindaggin in May with Fr Aodhán Marken taking over his role in Wexford.

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