On a wing and a prayer: robin nests in church crib
HE IS the robin that has become a local star with worshippers flocking to hear him sing.
Fr Dick Dowling says a robin that has taken up residence at St Mary's Cathedral in Killarney has become a local star and people can't get enough of his performances.
"The first time I heard him I thought it was music coming from the crib but he's become a real star over Christmas.
"If there's any noise or singing in the church it seems to attract him and he's chirping away. He gave a virtuoso performance at our midnight mass on Christmas Eve but like St Augustine said, when you sing you pray twice, and he's encouraging the congregation to sing too," Fr Dowling said.
It is thought the robin made his way into the cathedral when the doors were open to bring in materials for the crib, where he has since made his home.
When parishioner Catherine Flynn realised he wasn't leaving the church, she began to leave food for him in the crib.
"He was like a little Christmas messenger for us. He was sent from above to make Christmas a little bit different in The Cathedral this year," Fr Dowling added.