So the football isn’t the only thing on today

The football is on today and I am very excited about Ireland v Croatia later on. There would appear to be a huge number of Irish over in Poland which means they wont be going to the Eucharistic Congress which also starts today. I remember learning in Primary and Secondary School about the first Eucharistic Congress held in Ireland back in 1932 and how that it was such a big deal for our fledgling nation. This years one has been more then a little low key, obviously we are all far more interested in whats happening in Poland and I’m sure the Church dont want to draw too much flack from the countless number of people who have legitimate reasons to protest the gathering. But just to get a sense of how huge the event in 1932 was take a look at this picture…

The final public mass of the congress was held in Phoenix Park. 25% of the population of Ireland attended the mass and afterwards four processions left the Park to O’Connell Street where approximately 500,000 people gathered on O’Connell Bridge for the concluding blessing.

So if we beat the croats, I’m hoping to see O’Connell street just as full tonight

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