Wednesday 22 October 2014

'Holy bikers' take Gospel out on two wheels

Published 07/08/2014 | 02:30

Rev Andrew McCroskery of St Batholomew's, Dublin, and Rev Nigel Kirkpatrick of St Dorothea's, Belfast, arrive at St Fin Barre's Cathedral, Cork, yesterday. Photo: Provision

HOLY smoke - two motorcycle-obsessed Irish clerics have taken the Gospel out on to the motorway.

The 'Prayery Bikers' - Rev Nigel Kirkpatrick and Rev Andrew McCroskery - are undertaking a 2,400km trip around Ireland to visit all 30 Church of Ireland cathedrals and raise badly needed funds for charity.

In a none-too-subtle subtle message to 'Hells Angels' bikers, the duo are proudly wearing leather jackets emblazoned with a crucifix and the logo 'Jesus Forever'.

Rev McCroskery is the Rector of St Bartholomew's and Christ Church in Dublin, while Rev Kirkpatrick is the Rector of St Dorothea's, Gilnahirk, in Belfast. Both men are lifelong motorcycle fans and decided the odyssey represented the perfect way to unite various parishes and dioceses while raising money for a worthy cause.

They arrived in Cork, where they were accorded a special reception at St Fin Barre's Cathedral.

Their epic trip will end next Sunday, August 10, when they arrive back at St Anne's Cathedral in Belfast.

All the monies raised by their trek will go towards the United Society for the Propagation of the Gospel, which has a number of major projects underway in Swaziland.

"In the 300th anniversary year of the United Society we felt that riding motorcycles across the country, visiting every cathedral, would be a novel way to honour their work and the very crucial projects in Swaziland," Rev Kirkpatrick explained.

Irish Independent

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