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Blessing of restored shrine at Sarsfield’s Terrace, Youghal

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V. Rev. Canon William Bermingham P.P. celebrated the social distancing outdoor mass assisted by Rev. Patrick Corkery C.C. and Rev. Brendan Mallon C.C. Hymns and prayers were sung by the talented duo of Geraldine Mulcahy and Tisha Collins. The sacristan Liam Ryan was on duty and Noel Cronin of CRY104fm recording the event and provided the PA system.
The Mayor of the County of Cork Cllr. Mary Linehan Foley was in attendance along with other dignitaries. A huge crowd turned out in the autumnal evening such is the strong devotion to Mary – Queen of Heaven. The Papal flag was flying high on the newly erected flag pole and added colour to the joyous occasion.
The work of construction and the dedication and blessing of the shrine was filmed and captured for posterity by Billy Drake, a long term resident of ‘Sars’ as it is affectionately known.
At the end of the ceremony Canon Bermingham praised the huge input by the community in the renovation of the shrine. All work was done voluntarily and under the spiritual guidance of Fr. Corkery.
The statue of Our Lady is an important focal point in the area ever since the original shrine was built back in 1989. Although the statue and the lawn was well kept and maintained over the years by the late Annie Lawton, residents, and council workers, evidence of corrosion at the base was spotted during painting and cleaning a year ago and was deemed beyond restoration.
The new statue was acquired from the nearby Bayview Community House ( the former convent attached to the Cottage Hospital) and thanks to Susan Wall, Acting Director of Services, HSE South for her assistance. Thanks also to the local council for supplying all the building materials, the local clergy, and to Noel Browne Paving Centre for doing a fantastic job hoisting the statue with his lorry mounted crane on to the new plinth.
The black and gold marble plaque on the front of the plinth with the inscription ‘2020 Voluntary renovation by residents and friends of Sarsfield terrace’ was donated by Adrian Budds of Budds Memorials Youghal. The concrete paths leading to the monument were laid by the residents from the terrace and Raheen Park. The statue also got a new make-over and was meticulously repainted in the traditional blue colours of Mary.