New parish priest blesses boats at Slade Harbour
In one of his first official duties as Templetown parish priest Fr Michael Doyle performed a blessing of the boats at the weekend.
Organised every year by both Hook Resident's Association and the local fishermen's association, this year's event drew a record crowd to the harbour, which has been packed with fishing vessels and rod fishermen over the summer. After a difficult season for fishing, Fr Doyle wasn't the only person in attendance praying for better weather and conditions, as well as for the safety of all fishermen who use the harbour.
Hook Resident's Association Chairperson Gary Chapman said the event has been part and parcel of the Hook community's life for many years, adding that usually a representative from the Church of Ireland would also say a prayer, but none was available this year.
More than 60 people attended on a blustery autumn day, narrowly avoiding the showers. With crab season approaching the talk at a gazebo erected in the square on the green behind the castle - was of a busy few months ahead. Everyone enjoyed tea, coffee and cake.
New Ross Standard