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RTÉ airs daily Mass during COVID-19 pandemic

By Katie Ascough - 20 March, 2020

St Eunan’s and St Columba’s Cathedral, Letterkenny

According to RTÉ, in response to Covid-19 related restrictions on public gatherings, Mass will be aired every weekday at 10:30 a.m. from St Eunan’s and St Columba’s Cathedral in Letterkenny on RTÉ News Now.

RTÉ has said that the broadcasts will continue at least until 29 March, when current public health measures will be reviewed by the government.

Mass will be followed each day by a short religious message from representatives of Ireland’s other faith communities and Christian denominations.

RTÉ’s Head of Religious Content, Roger Childs, said: “We are aware that, either through self-isolation or government restrictions, many people are unable to come together to worship at precisely the time when they feel most in need of community, comfort, encouragement and prayer.

“Facilitated by the web-streaming service churchservices.tv, the Bishop of Raphoe, Dr Alan McGuckian, and Cathedral Administrator, Monsignor Kevin Gillespie, have kindly agreed to celebrate a Mass every weekday morning, which RTÉ is very happy to share with viewers, as part of our commitment to public service during the current emergency. We want people of all faiths to know that RTÉ is with them in spirit.”

RTÉ will also continue to broadcast a range of Christian worship every Sunday at 11 a.m. on RTÉ One Television, RTÉ Radio 1 Extra/LW252 and on RTÉ Raidio na Gaeltachta in Irish.

RTÉ News Now can be accessed on Saorview (channel 21), Sky (521), Virgin Media (200), Eir (517) as well as via the RTÉ Player, the RTÉ News Now app and via RTÉ.ie/news.

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