Friday 28 April 2017

Most of us want to retain our traditional rituals

Pascal Finn and his granddaughter Siofra feeding the swans on O’Callaghan Strand, Limerick, with Tess Finn looking on
Pascal Finn and his granddaughter Siofra feeding the swans on O’Callaghan Strand, Limerick, with Tess Finn looking on
Liam Collins

Liam Collins

It is of course a Roman Catholic devotion, but what's wrong with that? The bells of the Angelus ring out at dawn, noon and sunset - or in the case of RTÉ, noon and six o'clock.

For most of us, the peal of the Angelus bells before the 'Six One News' is a comforting sound which reminds us we've survived another day, a quiet interlude before more bad news, war and pestilence unfold on the radio or the television screen.

But for some strange reason there are always some people trying to get rid of it, even if the prayerful part is now a tradition only observed by a few die-hard Catholics.

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