Wexford parish priest caught up in Nepal earthquake
Published 25/04/2015 | 21:12
NORTH Wexford parish priest, Fr. Thomas Dalton, is among eleven Irish people trapped in Nepal following the devastating earthquake.
Fr. Dalton, parish priest in Riverchapel, is among a group that arrive in Nepal only hours before the earthquake having set off from Ireland to Kathmandu in Nepal on Friday morning.
Also caught up in the group is well-known Wexford business woman, Catherine Jordan, and her partner, along with her son.
Ms Jordan runs the successful Westgate Design Centre and Restaurant on North Main Street in Wexford town, while local nurse, Mary Moran, from Barntown, who works in Wexford General Hospital is also among the group of Irish people.
Fr. Dalton is also well known in Wexford town where he served as a curate for many years, before taking up residency as Parish Priest in Rathangan, in South Wexford, prior to his appointment in Riverchapel where he has served for a number of years.
They arrived at their destination shortly before the 7.9 magnitude earthquake struck at 11.41 local time on Saturday morning (5.56a.m. Irish time).
Ms Jordan's son, Leonard, confirmed that the group are lucky to be alive.
'The group are in Kathmandu at the moment. The main thing is they are safe and well but very frightened,' Leonard side.
'I received a text from our mother before 8a.m. this morning (Saturday) saying they were lucky to be alive,' he said.
The Irish group are making contact with the local embassy in an effort to try and make arrangement to leave the stricken area but with no flights it is not yet known if they will be able to get out.
One local resident in Riverchapel said texts had been received from Fr. Dalton and it is very dangerous there are the moment.
'They are stuck there and are looking to get out. It's believed the group had just landed and were close to the Airport in Kathmandu when the quake struck. They were planning to begin their Everest climb on Sunday but now it's total devastation.
Local parishioners were attending the Saturday evening vigil Mass in Riverchapel and prayed for the safe return of the Wexford group and also for the hundreds who have lost their lives in the devastating earthquake.