Hungry work as clerics raise over €46,000!
Six local charities will benefit from funds raised by Rev Arthur Minion and Fr Aodhán Marken as part of their four-day fast in the run-up to Christmas.
While a final figure has not been confirmed, it is estimated that over €46,000 was raised.
Rev Minion was taking part in his seventh fast while Fr Marken was embarking on his fourth.
Rev Minion thanked the people of Wexford who, he said, had been extremely generous as always, pointing out that they'd had some donations of €200 and €300, as well as a cheque for €2,000.
The weather, he added, played a big part in how the event went.
'The first and second day, we had great weather and the donations were excellent. But the third day and Christmas Eve morning were wet days and the donations were down because people were hurrying from A to B as quickly as they could.'
The fast concluded with a well-attended service in St Iberius Church on Christmas Eve. The nine lessons were read by representatives from the benefiting charities as well as the Mayor, Cllr Tony Dempsey, Labour Party leader Brendan Howlin, and Garda Chief Superintendent Patrick McMenamin.
Music also played a part in the event with two solo pieces; Cllr George Lawlor sang 'A Child Is Born', accompanied by his daughter Ruth, while Aoife Clancy Caulfield sang 'O Holy Night', accompanied by organist John O'Brien.
Following the service, Rev Minion and Fr Aodhán enjoyed a mixed grill, whipped up by Rosanne Byrne, at the Presbytery.
Over the course of the four days, the two clerics received great support. Church of Ireland Bishop Michael Burrows dropped by on day one while Bishop Denis Brennan visited on Christmas Eve and stayed chatting to them for so long that people thought he was fasting with them!
Rev Minion said: 'We want to thank the people of Wexford for their generous donations; the support they give us every year is wonderful.'