Christmas Fast by Clergymen raised €37,160
It was the great clerical giveaway as Fr. Jim Fegan and Reverend Arthur Minion handed over the financial fruits of their Christmas fast to deserving causes.
The pair fasted for four days in rain and wind outside St. Iberius Church in the lead-up to Christmas Eve.
They raised €37,160 in donations from a generous Wexford public.
Last week, Fr. Fegan and Reverend Minion held a small thanksgiving service in St. Iberius Church which was attended by representatives of the recipient organisations.
The lion's hare of the money m €20,160 was presented to the Wexford branch of the St. Vincent de Paul Society with Ozanam House hostel for homeless men receiving €6,000; Wexford Women's Refuge, €3,000; Irish Cancer Research, €1,000; Wexford Hospice Homecare, €1,000 and victims of the Philippines typhoon, €6,000.
During the thanksgiving service, prayers were said for all those who donated money and also for the volunteers who work with the organisations,.
'Arthur and I both say we can stand there all day but without the generosity of the people of Wexford, it wouldn't happen.'
'It's a fantastic amountof money when you consider the current financial climate and the awful weather during this year's fast when footfall on the Main Street was very low.'
'Once again the genersosity of local people was magnamimous,' said Fr. Fegan.