Stormy, wet weather in County Cork on Palm Sunday gave donkeys a rest this year
Very stormy, windy, wet weather on the south coast meant that the usual outdoor Palm Sunday processions couldn’t go ahead this year as usual. In Clonakilty and Carrigaline parishes the much–loved participation of donkeys didn’t happen this year. In Carrigaline, the rector, the Reverend Elaine Murray, said: ‘A very wet Billy the Donkey, who had come to church specially for the procession, was disappointed.’
In Clonakilty, the Kilgarriffe Union of Parishes Facebook page announced ‘Good News and Bad News’. Announcing that the family friendly Palm Sunday Service was going ahead, the bad news was that ‘due to bad weather our donkey procession has been cancelled.’
Palms abounded all over the Diocese as usual to commemorate the entry of Jesus into Jerusalem at the start of the week now called Holy Week.
Carrigaline Union of Parishes had a United Service in St Mary’s Church, Carrigaline, for Palm Sunday. Unfortunately as there was a Code Orange weather warning, no palm procession was possible and a very wet Billy the Donkey, who had come to church specially for the procession, was disappointed.
The congregation held up their palm crosses indoors to be blessed and the Service continued as normal. There was a dramatised reading of Saint Matthew’s Passion Gospel by the parish drama group.
The congregation left under the palm branches held aloft by the children of the parish. Afterwards, in Carrigaline, parishioners joined in a ‘famine’ lunch in the Parish Hall organised by the Mothers’ Union.