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Friday 18 April 2014

Churches in tune for festival

UP TO 500 children from County Wexford's Church of Ireland schools gathered at Rowe Street Church for their annual Choral Festival last Friday.The event was a historic one as it marked the first time that the festival has been held in a Catholic Church.

UP TO 500 children from County Wexford's Church of Ireland schools gathered at Rowe Street Church for their annual Choral Festival last Friday.

The event was a historic one as it marked the first time that the festival has been held in a Catholic Church.

Nine schools participate in the event with pupils from Wexford, Bunclody, Carnew, Gorey, Kilnamanagh, Clonroche, Tinahealy, Ferns and Enniscorthy combining to form an impressive chorus.

Ivan Dungan, Principal of St. Iberius School N.S. in Wexford town, said it was their turn to host the festival this year, but as St. Iberius Church is too small for the large group of pupils and their families, Fr. Jim Fegan kindly offered him the use of Rowe Street Church proving that ecumenicalism is alive and well in Wexford!

Fr. Fegan preached the sermon at the service, which was attended by Bishop Michael Burrows, Dean of Ferns, the Very Rev. Leslie Forrest, Wexford Rector, Rev. Marie Jansson, Clonroche Rector, Rev. Roger Harmsworth and Enniscorthy Rector, Rev. Chris Long.

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