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Mass praying of the Rosary planned for Ireland's coast

A mass praying of the Rosary will take place around Ireland's coast this Sunday. Photo by Paul McErlane
Seamus McKinney

THE rosary is to be recited at more than 250 locations around Ireland’s coastline this Sunday in a mass prayer for the restoration of the Catholic faith and protection of the unborn.

The “Rosary of the Coasts for Life and Faith” will be recited at various locations in every coastal county.

The Irish event follows a similar “Rosary at the Borders” around the 2,000-mile border of Poland last month in which thousands of people participated.

The Polish event has sparked similar mass praying of the rosary in other European countries, including Italy.

Organisers said they chose this Sunday to co-incide with the feast day of Christ the King.

A spokeswoman said: “Ireland was the first country in the world to be consecrated to Christ the King. This solemn consecration was declared in the 1940s and to date only two other countries share this great blessing.

“The feast is extremely important. Acknowledging Christ as King has relevance for the spiritual, social, cultural, legal and political life of Ireland.”

The largest number of locations selected for Sunday’s prayer is in Co Donegal where the rosary will be said in around 30 places from Inishowen to Bundoran beach.

Locations in Northern Ireland include Benone, Portstewart, Portrush, Cushendall, Carnlough, Ballycastle through to Kircubbin, Newcastle and Warrenpoint.

“We hope by the time Sunday comes, many more people will come to any of the designated beaches to share in this great nationwide event to protect life and increase faith,” the spokeswoman said

Full details of the coastal rosary gets underway at 2.30pm on Sunday with details available at coastalrosaryireland.ie.

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