Sunday 25 June 2017

Lise Hand: An ecumenical matter as men of the cloth get their feet dirty

DR DIARMUID Martin looked like a chap way, way outside his comfort zone. The Archbishop of Dublin was somewhat gingerly pulling on a pair of black wellies prior to a stroll around the ploughing fields.

In fact, they weren't strictly wellies at all, but more like rubber biker boots. (Perhaps it was a homage to the first reference to motorbikes in the Bible: "The roar of Moses's Triumph is heard in the hills.")

This was the Dublin-born prelate's very first visit to the homage to all things rural which is the Ploughing Championships, and he admitted to being a total novice.

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