THE YOUGHAL RNLI held their annual open day last Sunday 5th August 2012. The family fun day began with the traditional blessing of the boats by Fr. Patrick Winkle at 12 midday followed by a laying of a wreath for those who have died at sea. The Lifeboat station and the Atlantic 75 class lifeboat were on show for the day and the voluntary lifeboat crew members were also on hand to show the public around and answer any questions. Barty Murphy entertained the crowds with ‘Barty’s Disco Roadshow’.
Noreen Varney PRO of the Youghal RNLI thanked everyone for coming to the open day and thanked Fr Patrick Winkle for blessing the boats which included local fishing boats, sailing boats, pleasure and angling boats and the local Aquatrek sailing dingies.
Noreen said, “On behalf of the RNLI I would like to say thank you to everyone for supporting us. The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around Ireland and the UK
In 2011 the RNLI Lifeboats in Ireland launched 980 times to a variety of callouts. 905 people were rescued over the course of the year by volunteer lifeboat crews who spent over 9,826 hours on service at sea. So far this year Youghal RNLI have been called out on service 12 times.
All our boats and equipment are expensive and without the help and support of the public and especially the people of Youghal who have always been extremely generous to us through the years we could not operate. Youghal’s Lifeboat Station is one of the oldest stations in Ireland as it dates back to 1839. The first lifeboat was funded by Youghal’s townspeople at a cost of £76 to build and put into service. The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (R.N.L.I) took over the running of Youghal’s Lifeboat in 1857.
In 2012 the RNLI launched a new lifejackets for lifesavers campaign which will see every lifeboat station in Ireland take delivery of new specially designed lifejackets in September. The lifejackets have been commissioned by the RNLI for search and rescue work. The cost of providing the lifejackets for all 43 stations in Ireland is estimated at €160,000.
Again I thank you for coming and I hope you all enjoy the rest of the day.”
THE EUCHARISTIC CONGRESS PILGRIMAGE BELL was welcomed into the Parish of Youghal on Monday last, December 26th and remained in the Parish until Tuesday December 27th. All those living in the Parish of Youghal, Killeagh and Ballymacoda and surrounding areas joined in one or more of the following scheduled events, which were all well attended and very successful.
On Monday, December 26th a Reception for the Bell was held at 12.30pm in Our Lady of Lourdes Church, The Strand, followed immediately by Mass for St Stephen’s Day. That evening at 5.30pm Evening Prayer and Carols was held. At 8.30pm prayers with the Icons and Night Prayer saw the first day come to a close.
Tuesday, December 27th commenced at 9.30am with a recitation of the Rosary in Our Lady of Lourdes Church, followed at 10am by the celebration of Mass. After Mass the congregation walked with the Bell and Icons into the town and arrived at St Mary’s Parish Church before noon, where prayers were said and carols sung.
The Bell and Icons were handed over to the Dioceses of Waterford and Lismore at the Stone Bridge in Youghal. Despite the cold, a very large group of people from the Parish of Youghal came out to escort them on the journey from the Parish Church and into the welcoming hands of Fr. Paul Waldron, Diocese of Waterford and Lismore, Fr. Gerard O’Connor, PP, Aglish and Fr. Michael Cullinan, PP, Lismore.
Carols were sung by the Clashmore Choir, and people got the opportunity to personally ring the Congress Bell. Gardaí from the Parish of Youghal and West Waterford were on hand to ensure the safety of the ‘pilgrims’ and keep the traffic flowing freely.
The organisation and arrangements made by the people of the Parish of Youghal, and in particular the enormous amount of work put in by Fr. Patrick Winkle, are to be lauded. The Congress Bell and Icons paid just a quick visit to Youghal, but their presence was felt by all who came along during the two days to view and ring the Bell which, in June 2012, will be a VIP at the International Eucharistic Congress in Dublin.
The Bell, handed over at the Stone Bridge in Youghal, will remain in the Diocese of Waterford, visiting twenty two Parishes, until January 8th next when it will leave Waterford by yet another bridge, the Edmond Rice Bridge, and will travel into the Diocese of Ossery.
The theme of the next International Eucharistic Congress is “The Eucharist: Communion with Christ and with one another.” The Congress will be held in Dublin from 10 June – 17 June 2012. Further details available at www.iec2012.ie
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Archive Material from 1932 Eucharistic Congress
a video produced by Province 5 TV for the Diocesan Eucharistic Congress “Come and See” which includes a video interview with Joan Coughlan from Summerhill. She shares her childhood memories of listening to the radio broadcast for the week of celebrations.
Pathé news footage also features some of the Church and Civil celebrations;
A video of Navan’s Corpus Christi Procession is also included
For further information click on this link: www.youghalcatholicparish.com
Click on image below to see the Eucharistic Congress Bell handing over at the old Youghal Stone Bridge – Photos: YoughalOnline.com