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Archbishop John McDowell preaches at Youghal anniversary service

Archbishop John McDowell preached at a special Diocesan Service of Thanksgiving at St Mary’s Collegiate Church, in the heart of Youghal, Co. Cork, on Sunday afternoon.  This is one of the oldest parish churches still in use in Ireland which this year is celebrating 802 years of continuous worship, stretching right back to its foundation in 1220.  The service was led by Dr Paul Colton, Bishop of Cork, Cloyne and Ross.

Some photos of the magnificent building can be viewed below, including its 11th Century roof.


Archbishop McDowell and Bishop Colton planted a tree after the service to mark the occasion.

As part of the visit, the Primate, Bishop Colton and Fiona Finn of the One Foundation  met with Ukrainian families who are living at Kingston College, Mitchelstown, as part of a resettlement housing programme supported by the Diocese of Cork, Cloyne and Ross.

Canon Andrew Orr gives a tour of St Mary’s in this video filmed and released by the diocese in the summer of 2021:

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