The 29th anniversary service is being held at St Augustine’s Church, Washington Street, Cork, and will be attended by members of the legendary hurler’s family, former clubmates and friends and broadcaster Donncha Ó Dulaing.
However, the Mass is also expected to be followed around the globe by old contemporaries and admirers of the Cloyne man, who won eight All-Ireland senior hurling medals with Cork as well as a string of other club, county, provincial and personal honours.
He is generally regarded as the greatest hurler and his sudden death in 1979 caused huge shock.
According to Fr Pat Moran of St Augustine’s, when Christy Ring first came to live in Cork city he stayed in digs over the Fountain Café on Grand Parade, around the corner from the church.
“He used to go to 7.30am Mass every morning in St Augustine’s Church, before going to work,” Fr Moran said yesterday. “He gave his eighth All-Ireland medal to the Augustinians.”
That cherished medal was later added to an artistic chalice in the church, which will be used on Sunday.
Postcards featuring the chalice are being produced by the Augustinians and these will be given out on Sunday. All are invited and the Mass starts at 1pm.
St Augustine’s previously broke technological ground by broadcasting a confirmation ceremony for Polish immigrants last December.
The broadcast drew hundreds of hits, many of them from the participants’ relatives back in Poland.
Fr Piotr Galus is the Polish chaplain at St Augustine’s and the website has a section in Polish to help the many people who have settled around the Washington Street area and who work and live in the city.
The church has since put all of its Masses online, broadcast every day, with the result that they can be viewed anywhere in the world ‘live’ and played back.