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Fr Thomas O’Mahony celebrates Mass outside in Skryne, Co Meath. Picture: Arthur Carron

Fr Thomas O’Mahony celebrates Mass outside in Skryne, Co Meath. Picture: Arthur Carron

Fr Thomas O’Mahony celebrates Mass outside in Skryne, Co Meath. Picture: Arthur Carron

Parishioners congregated outside a Meath church yesterday to celebrate the parish's first-ever drive-in service.

Under the third phase of the Government's road-map to reopening society, churches can hold services indoors provided the congregation is limited to 50 people.

But at the Church of St Colmcille, Skryne, Co Meath, parishioners have found a new way to celebrate weekend Masses that allows for larger congregations.

Fr Thomas O'Mahony said the open-air Masses are the only way the church could accommodate a larger crowd.

"We purchased two gazebos and we upgraded the sound system in both Skyrne and Rathfeigh churches," explained Fr O'Mahony.

"The system enables us to broadcast Mass in wet weather and parishioners can tune in on the car radios in the church car parks.

"Alternatively, outdoor speakers allow parishioners to attend Mass by sitting on deckchairs on the lawn.'

However, the service is slightly different to what church-goers are used to as there are no readers, altar servers or choir, and communion is handed out with the help of tweezers.

Meanwhile, in Co Kerry a priest has installed a confessional-type Perspex box to keep his congregation safe while receiving communion at the altar.

Dominican Superior of the Holy Cross Church in Tralee, Fr Joe O'Brien, said he came up with the idea after seeing shops install Perspex screens.

Irish Independent