Irish woman to give college's closing address
Published 17/09/2010 | 05:00
AN IRISH woman will today address Pope Benedict XVI on behalf of her English university, writes Majella O'Sullivan.
Elaine Cahill, right, will deliver the closing address when the pontiff visits St Mary's University in Twickenham as part of his four-day visit to the UK.
The 21-year-old from Castleisland, Co Kerry, was asked by the college chaplain to participate in the ceremony at the Catholic university where she graduated in July with a degree in sports science.
"I'm still shocked I was chosen but once I got over the initial news, I realised it was a great honour and a once in a lifetime opportunity," she told the Irish Independent. "It's only about three lines I have to say, so it's short and sweet but nonetheless nerve-wracking. I'm going to thank him for visiting the UK and tell him we're going to keep him in our prayers and ask him to remember us in his."
The occasion is all the more poignant as it coincides with the 10th anniversary of Elaine's uncle's death.