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A joint statement by the Archbishops and the Bishop of Derry & Raphoe

A joint statement by the Archbishops and the Bishop of Derry & Raphoe

A Joint Statement from the Archbishop of Armagh, the Most Revd John McDowell; the Archbishop of Dublin, the Most Revd Dr Michael Jackson; and the Bishop of Derry and Raphoe, the Right Revd Andrew Forster, following the tragedy in the village of Creeslough, in County Donegal, in which 10 people lost their lives.

“On behalf of Church of Ireland people across this island, we wish to express our sympathy to all who have been bereaved as a result of the tragedy in Creeslough, in County Donegal. Our hearts also go out to those who have been injured and to their families, along with the assurance of our prayers in the weeks to come. May all who have been affected in any way by the tragedy know the presence of the God of all comfort very near to them.”


Archbishop Michael Jackson has written a prayer for use by all who want to pray for the community of Creeslough and those affected by Friday’s tragedy:

Almighty and All–loving God, we cry to you from the darkness of grief and from the depth of bereavement.

We seek your compassion and your embrace for the community of Creeslough and for individuals and families most directly affected by Friday’s tragedy.

We ask your blessing on all who give comfort and on all who provide support in a time when words alone struggle to give voice to sorrow.

This we ask in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.



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