Each year on the first Sunday in June Cork holds its Eucharistic Procession.Our Bishop, John Buckley leads the way to the altar specially erected on high in Daunts Square between Patricks St. and the junction with the Grand Parade. In past years thousands of corkonians turned up for this event and you would be hard put to see the altar unless you came nice and early, but the numbers have been diminishing steadily. This year being a bank holiday weekend and Cork playing an important championship hurling match in Killarney further added to the crowd being down but still it was well supported. The sun shone (too hot for some) and it proved to be a lovely occasion again to attend.It only takes about 35 minutes for the benediction ceremony and homily but an hour for waiting for everyone to get in place!
It was all a little too much for this little doggie!
Seating provided for those who need outside the Queens Old Castle beside the altar.
Looking down the Grand Parade
My two grand nieces with their Father leading the way from Farranree parish (Sinead on the right in pink and if you look close you will see Aoife s left leg behind her Father!)
A first communion child all dressed up for the procession
Our polish community have formed an important part of this procession for a few years now and receive gracious applause from the crowd for making such a great effort each year.
Men,women and children turned out in large numbers!
Our Indian community providing much needed colour to the procession
Members of the army from Collins Barracks standing to attention in front of the altar.
Bishop John Buckley leaving the altar and heading up Patricks St. to the North Chapel.