Thousands turn out at Rath Cemetery for annual mass
THOUSANDS turned out at Rath Cemetery last Wednesday evening to take part in the annual mass that is held at the graveyard.
Despite the weather, which had taken a muggy and misty turn ahead of the ceremony, visitors were not put off and an estimated 5,000 people attended the mass.
Bishop of Kerry Ray Browne led the ceremony and he was joined by 17 other clergymen from Tralee and the surrounding parishes as he said Mass from the People's Altar in the heart of the cemetery, which was in excellent condition thanks to the efforts of the Rathass Cemetery Committee, the FAS Community Employment team led by Joe Moynihan, local undertakers and the families of those buried in the cemetery. Volunteers had been working all week to prepare the cemetery which was adorned in colourful bunting and flowers. The People's altar looked particularly impressive surrounded as it was by over 9,000 flowers that have been planted by the volunteer members of the Cemetery Committee over the last year.
The committee, which is led by Chairman Billy Locke, said they and Bishop Browne were absolutely delighted with the turnout and thanked all the volunteers and supporters, including the many local businesses who made the mass possible.
After mass, people visited the graves of relatives and friends.