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Frontline workers honoured at special service


Feel the Pinch performing ‘Streets of Arklow'

Feel the Pinch performing ‘Streets of Arklow'

Feel the Pinch performing ‘Streets of Arklow'

Arklow showed its appreciation for those working on the frontline during the pandemic with a special service to honour their contributions.

The socially distant service was held in St Mary and Peter's Church and celebrated the role of healthcare workers, volunteers and others in helping the community in recent weeks.

Fr Pádraig Ó Cochláin opened the tribute by welcoming all those watching the service on the parish's webcam and listening on the parish radio.

'We are here this evening to appreciate, to thank, to savour, to celebrate the triumph of goodness and community,' he said during his address.

Many local musicians also performed including Feel the Pinch, Bri-Elle Finn, Naoimh, Amy and Leah Penston and Stephen Smith and Tommy Byrne of the Arklow Silver Band.

During the tribute, the Irish, EU, papal, provincial flags were presented to the altar. Nurse Deirdre Breslin brought the Red Cross flag, which represents the health service, to the altar. The gardai, Irish army, National Ambulance Service and local shops were also represented at the service.

Gillian Byrne recited a poem, 'In its Purest Essence' written for the occasion by Erica Mills.

Fr David Brough and Rev Kevin Conroy gave a blessing during the celebration while Fr Michael Murtagh read a reflection about the impact of Covid-19 on people's lives.

'Frontline workers have helped us to realise we are all children of the universe,' Fr Michael Murtagh said.

'People are amazing. I've seen such kindness in people since lockdown began.'

It is hoped that a recording of the service can be made available in the near future.

Wicklow People