Hundreds gather at special Mass
Hundreds gathered in St Aidan's Cathedral yesterday morning (Monday) for the Easter Monday Mass of Remembrance.
Members of Enniscorthy Historical Re-Enactment Society in military garb formed a solemn guard of honour outside the Cathedral from early morning. Chief celebrant Bishop Denis Brennan welcomed everyone to the Mass including Minister Brendan Howlin, Minister Paul Kehoe, elected representatives and the relatives of those who had fought in 1916.
The Mass was concelebrated by Monsignor Lory Kehoe, Monsignor Denis Lennon, Fr Mal Sinnott, Fr James Kehoe and Fr Billy Swan. It was particularly fitting to have Monsignor Kehoe there as he is the son of Micheál Kehoe, leader of the Fianna Éireann contingent during the Rising, who later went on to serve as President of the G.A.A.
During the Mass Bishop Brennan prayed for peace and reconciliation in North and South Ireland and said 'having experienced what Michael O'Hanrahan called the red road of war on so many occasions we pray for the precious gift of peace'. Bishop Brennan said that St Aidan's Cathedral had an unlikely connection to one of the leaders of the 1916 Rising, Padraig Pearse, saying that the panels of the altar in St Aidan's had been sculpted by Padraig Pearse's father James.
Sean Doyle, President of the County Wexford 1916 Centenary Commemorative Committee read the first reading, a reading from the Acts of the Apostles, while Cllr Tony Demspey, chairman of Wexford County Council, performed the Salm Le Freagra (Responsorial Psalm) in Irish. Prayers of the faithful were read by Cllr Keith Doyle, Paddy Murphy, Martin Whelan, Niamh Crowhurst, Fiona Nolan and Padraig O'Gorman during which they prayed for Ireland, for those who had died in the Rising, for peace and fraternity, the leaders of the country and for the people of Enniscorthy.
Members of Scoil Rince Aisling, Enniscorthy carried the gifts in the Offertory Procession. Following communion Bridget O'Brien did the communion reflection performing a poignant reading of the Joseph Mary Plunkett poem, I See His Blood Upon the Rose.