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Ireland to be encircled in prayer in massive Rosary celebration

Children join a large number of people to encircle Ireland with prayer last year. Picture by Bill Smyth

IRELAND will be encircled in prayer on Sunday as thousands of people join to say the Rosary on the coast.

The day of pilgrimage and prayer will take place on October 7 in 41 countries including Lebanon, Canada, Poland and Mexico.

In Ireland alone, the Rosary will be recited at more than 100 locations around the coastline.

The massive outdoor event along various coasts, borders and sacred places will mark the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary.

Locations include the water's edge at Titanic Quarter in Belfast, Ballycastle, Co Antrim, the shore of Lough Neagh, Warrenpoint Marina in Co Down and Lisfannon Beach in Inishowen, Co Donegal.

The aim is to gather "on our coasts/borders to pray the Rosary for life and faith", organisers said.

"Together we are calling on God, through the powerful intercession of Our Lady of the Rosary, to heal our wounded nations and return them to holiness."

Bishop of Elphin Kevin Doran described the event as a great gathering of Christians.

"This is a tradition which began in Ireland last year," he said.

"Rosary on the coast is not a demonstration, it's about expressing as a community our faith, our trust in Mary, mother of Jesus."

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