Pilgrimage to Eucharistic Cross on Cruach na nÉan

Hundreds of pilgrims are expected to climb Scalp Mountain for Mass at the Eucharistic Cross on Cruach na nÉan.

Fr McGoldrick, Parish Priest, Fahan, Inch and Burt said climbers will assemble at the Mallore Stone, at 3.00pm, on Sunday, May 6.

He said: “The Eucharistic Cross on Scalp Mountain was erected for the 1932 Eucharistic Congress. Sunday’s pilgrimage is part of our parish’s preparation for the Eucharistic Congress taking place in Dublin, in June. We will begin with prayers at the Mallore Stone at 3.00pm and Mass will be celebrated at the top of the hill at Cruach na nÉan, at 4.00pm.

“For those who are unfamiliar with the route, Mallore Stone is beside the circular concrete reservoir, visible from the main road. Pilgrims are asked to make their own way to this point. I am hopeful of a good turnout on Sunday. Our last pilgrimage, five years ago was very successful.”

Fr McGoldrick said he was looking for volunteers to help with traffic control and parking on Sunday.

He said: “There are also some precautions which I am asking participants to bear in mind. If people are in any doubt about health and safety matters, please seek medical advice. Climbers should also bring a large stick for balance, as the ground may be uneven and slippery. Strong walking shoes or wellingtons should also be worn. If climbers are bringing refreshments, we would ask them to take any litter home or use the bins provided.

“Sunday should be a great occasion. I hope the weather is kind to us.”

Fr McGoldrick can be contacted on 0749360151.