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Mayday Celebration (01.05.2013)

Fr Damian O'Reilly lighting the candle of RemembranceMayday, the 1st May is International Workers Day and the feast day of Saint Joseph the Worker, Patron Saint of the Young Christian Workers Movement (YCW). In recognition of this important day YCW celebrated its annual May Day Mass in St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral in Dublin on May 1st 2013. The main celebrant was Fr Eoin McCrystal, National Chaplain to the YCW Movement in Ireland. The theme of the Mass was the dignity of work and the worker. During this celebration we especially remembered those who have lost their lives during the course of their work and lit the candle of remembrance.

At the Mass Fr. Eoin prayed for all those who had lost their lives in the Rana Plaza disaster in Bangladesh. This was made all the more poignant as the Mass was celebrated during the centenary year of the Lockout which saw many Dublin workers take to the streets to demand better working conditions. Here is a link to Fr Eoin’s homily:

The BandIt was a colourful celebration thanks to the great music led by members of the Youth 2000 Leinster area and the participation of members of YCW, SIPTU, Office of Evangelisation, VLM, Magis Ireland and the presence of other organisations.

We had a lively cuppa after the celebration.

Vicky of YCW explaining away

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