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At the handover (from left), back; Canon Arthur Minion, Joe Ryan, Wexford Women's Refuge, Fr Aodhan Marken and Brian MacGonagle, St Vincent de Paul; front: Peter Hudson, Syrian Refugee Crisis, Catherine Malone and Alma Hynes, South East Radiotherapy Trust, Ben Doyle, St Vincent de Paul, Joe Costello, Wexford Hospice Homecare, Larry Cuddihy, Ozanam House, Paddy Redmond, Hope Cancer Support Centre and Georgina Shortt, St Iberius Church.
At the handover (from left), back; Canon Arthur Minion, Joe Ryan, Wexford Women's Refuge, Fr Aodhan Marken and Brian MacGonagle, St Vincent de Paul; front: Peter Hudson, Syrian Refugee Crisis, Catherine Malone and Alma Hynes, South East Radiotherapy Trust, Ben Doyle, St Vincent de Paul, Joe Costello, Wexford Hospice Homecare, Larry Cuddihy, Ozanam House, Paddy Redmond, Hope Cancer Support Centre and Georgina Shortt, St Iberius Church.

TWO Wexford priests who raised a staggering €48,500 after going without food in the run-up to Christmas handed over the fruits of their labours last week.

The sum is the largest raised in the annual four-day fast by a priest of the Wexford Parish and his Church of Ireland counterpart which has raised hundreds of thousands of euro since it was first started by the late Canon Norman Ruddock in 1991.

Fr Aodhan Marken and Canon Arthur Minion, who braved the cold and the damp during their fast outside St Iberius Church, presented €20,000 to St Vincent de Paul, Wexford, €7,000 each to Ozanem Men's Hostel, Wexford Women's Refuge and Wexford Hospice Homecare, €2,000 to South East Radiotherapty Trust, €1,000 to Hope Cancer Support Centre and €4,500 to the Syrian Refugee Crisis.

The cash for Syrian was split between the Bishop's Appeal for Syrian Refugees, which received €3,000, and the Deise Trust Syrian Support Refugee Support Group in Clonee, which was given the balance.

Following the latest fast, Canon Minion said it was tough, but not too tough. 'You do feel the hunger pangs but it's entirely doable,' he told this newspaper. He said he was hugely impressed by the generosity of Wexford people since he started doing the fast five years ago.

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