Some 500 people from the Diocese of Ossory made their way to Dublin yesterday (Tuesday) to celebrate the 50th Eucharistic Congress together.
While some are attending the full seven days of the event, many travelled up on buses for the day that the local parishes designated as Ossory Day.
And among them was Tom O’Neill from Clashwilliam, Gowran, who also attended the last Congress held in Dublin, in 1932.
Fr Martin Tobin of Clogh greeted each of the buses as they arrived in the morning, and the pilgrims were given Ossory stickers to wear for the day.
“The atmosphere is absolutely wonderful,” Fr Tobin said. Having greeted the arriving pilgrims since 8am on the day, he estimated that the numbers had doubled since Monday.
“I think it means a lot” for people to attend the event as a diocese, he said, among the pilgrims coming from 120 countries.
Diocesan spokesman Fr Dan Carroll said it was fitting that the Congress’s theme of the day was Family Day, “Exploring and Celebrating the Communion of Marriage and Family.”
“(The diocese) thought it would be a good day to be here, because we are all part of the family of the church, we are all part of a family in our parish and part of our genetic family as well,” Fr Carroll said.
“It is a celebration of community and togetherness.”