“Life is fragile” – says the Creeslough priest as he urges people to seek help

The community of Creeslough in Co Donegal gathered for prayer this morning to remember the 10 victims who died in Friday’s blast.

As 10 candles flickered on the altar at St Michael’s Church, Rev. John Joe Duffy welcomed the congregation to a “very different” Sunday service.

Father Duffy said the entire congregation is in a state of “unbelief” and will continue to unite in the days and months to come.

“We are praying for the 10 people who lost their lives in the tragic accident in our church. We also pray especially for the seriously injured in the hospital and all those left behind,” he said.

“We pray for all who continue to respond to this accident with our emergency services and for others who are helping at this time.

“This Sunday morning is a very different Sunday morning from other Sunday mornings. We are all in disbelief and shocked that such an accident could happen in our community, or indeed anywhere.

“It just reminds us that as we go about our daily lives, our lives are all so fragile, life is fragile and precious. If the past few days have reminded us of anything, they should remind us of the importance of family and relationships.”

Father Duffy said that while the congregation was hit by a “tsunami of grief,” it was also hit by a “tsunami of support” from people around the world.

“Not only are we as a community finding it difficult this morning, but over the coming days we have been hit by a tsunami of sadness and numbness, but most important of all is that we are there for one another,” he said.

“So many people have been affected in so many ways by this tragic accident in our community.

“Let us also recognize this morning that we have also been hit by another tsunami, a tsunami of prayer and support from around the country.

“People are praying for us and wishing us well, praying for those who have lost loved ones. The good wishes of so many people have been conveyed to us and that gives us courage.”

Father Duffy urged anyone struggling to contact the local practice and seek help.

“We thank those who support us, those who have helped us and those who have come to our community and reached out to us,” he said.

“It strengthens us in our time of sadness and heartache. I would like to say a big thank you to everyone who has helped us.

“This morning I ask God to send us more grace, more strength and more help. I challenge you this morning to also turn to the services that are offered to us through local practice and HSE.

“If you know someone who needs help, I urge you to keep in touch with the local practice.”

Father Duffy said the congregation will pray the rosary at 10pm tonight at St Michael’s Church.

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