A country lesson for our city cousins

VISITING my native Kerry recently I was delighted to see the crowds attending Mass in that wonderful county.

On Saturday evening, Holy Cross Church in Kenmare was full and, better still, the majority were from the younger generation.

On Sunday morning, travelling back to good old Dublin, I noticed Kilgarvan, Glenflesk, Rathmore, and Mallow had parking problems outside all their churches.

I felt a great sense of satisfaction as I recalled stories about our ancestors risking their lives by Mass rocks during the terrible Penal era.

Our city cousins in Dublin, Limerick, Cork and Galway can see that religion is as strong as ever in the country areas. If our urban friends paid more attention to their religion, perhaps we would have a happier and more peaceful society.

I am sure all the country parishes are just as good as those that I witnessed on the Cork-Kerry border.

Mairead Tuohy Duffy,

26, Thomastown Road,

Killiney,

Co Dublin.

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