Biker priest holds motorcyclists Mass

Fr Gerard Sweeney, Burt CC
Fr Gerard Sweeney, Burt CC

This Sunday an Inishowen priest will be swapping his dog collar for a helmet as he celebrates the first ever mass for motorcyclists held in the peninsula at 1 p.m.

Fr Gerard Sweeney, CC, from St Aengus’s Church in Burt has been a keen biker for 17 years and after holding a special mass in Omagh a number of bikers from the North West asked him to hold another ceremony.

“One man from Strabane in particular was very keen for me to hold another Mass which I was more than happy to do if there was a bit of interest so hopefully now a few bikers will join us,” Fr Sweeney told the Journal yesterday.

A key part of the Mass will focus on remembering bikers who have died on the roads in the past 12 months.

“There have been quite a few road deaths this year, so it is important that we remember them by having a minute silence. That’s why a lot of people wanted to do it. Then after I will bless the bikes should people wish.”

As well as blessing and remembrance service, the bikers also plan to hold a collection for the RLNI before heading off on a ride around Buncrana and Ned’s Point. Fr Sweeney also stressed the mass is open to bikers of all denominations.