Thousands flock to Novena - with focus on family and home
Close to 10,000 people flocked to Galway's Solemn Novena, which began yesterday.
The 36th year of the Novena will focus on the central importance of family and home.
A number of worshippers attending yesterday said that they hoped the event would address the issue of the abortion referendum.
Avril O'Halloran, from Mervue, in the city, attended the first day of the Novena with her nine-week-old daughter Evie.
"It's a family event and that's why I brought Evie. I have come every year, we were brought from when we were children ourselves."
On the issue of the referendum, she said: "I have no issue with it being discussed here, it probably should be and probably will."
Larry Sheppard (72), from Galway city, has attended the Novena every year since it began.
"I was only a boy," he joked, adding: "I think the referendum should be addressed. The clergy should speak to people about it, a lot of people want to know where they stand."
The Novena runs until next Tuesday.