"Please continue to pray for all of us and especially for the patients and their families and all staff at the front line," says hospital chaplain Fr Damien O'Reilly.
"Isolation and depression, combined with a lack of a supportive environment, affects the mental health of seafarers, sometimes with tragic and heart-breaking consequences."
“At present, there are 90 priests ministering in our diocese; 27 of them are over 75. This stark figure reminds us that a radical reappraisal of what a parish community should be, how it should be organised, co-ordinated, funded and ministered, is necessary.”
“We knew there were a lot of students in dire straits,” Fr Shay Casey told Catholicireland.net. Those who receive the food have been identified as being “on the margins”.
Hospital teams invite parents and families to attend first service of its kind for Children's Units and other services that have cared for children who have died.