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Christchurch will open for Easter Sunday service despite 1916 parade restrictions

David Kearns

Published 04/03/2016 | 08:46

Christchurch Cathedral Credit: Church of Ireland
Christchurch Cathedral Credit: Church of Ireland

Christchurch Cathedral will be open for services Easter Sunday after assurances were secured that church goers would be able to navigate restrictions put in place for the 1916 commemorations.

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Morning mass at the Church of Ireland site had been cancelled over safety concerns but according to the Archbishop of Dublin, Dr Michael Jackson, a solution as been reached to allow clergy, staff and the congregation to pass through the outer security cordon and park in an area near the cathedral in Dublin’s city centre.

“We’ve been given an assurance that there will be parking nearby and that people will be transported, in admittedly in small numbers, to the cathedral to worship,” Dr Jackson told RTÉ’s Morning Ireland.

“At a certain point it looked like access was going to be so difficult that in fact people weren’t going to be able to get to [services]… as we’re talking about a parade that will take up to 2 and half hours to pass any given point.

“Cutting across that and traveling throughout it would have been to difficult.”

Dr Jackson confirmed that a shuttle bus would take church-goers from a designated parking site to the cathedral, where the Eucharist will be celebrated at a service at 10am.

The cathedral will then close to allow the planned 1916 parade to pass through the area before reopening to “allow pilgrims and tourists to visit”.

The Archbishop went on to say that other Easter Sunday services would be held at a parish church in Sandford, as it was not practical to have every Church of Ireland church in the city centre open on Easter given the1916 commemorations.

“The advantage of that is that continual of worship will continue… [at a site] that will be easier for people to get to.”

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