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Ireland    CATHOLIC MASS CELEBRATED IN DUBLIN'S PROTESTANT CATHEDRAL
The first Mass since Tudor times was celebrated at St Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin on Sunday.
    Mass was last celebrated at the nearby Christ Church Cathedral in 1690, prior to the Battle of the Boyne.
    Last Sunday's Mass followed a request from 23 French Catholic tourists who apparently had no knowledge they were making history. They made their request to the cathedral authorities through their tour company.
    The Mass was celebrated in the cathedral's Lady Chapel by a priest travelling with the group.
    Dean Robert MacCarthy of St Patrick's last night expressed his delight at the event and at being able to make the cathedral available to such pilgrims.
    Last November, the Catholic Archbishop of Dublin, Dr Desmond Connell, declined an offer to have the Catholic Mass celebrated in the Cathedral for tourists.
   
Irish Times
   
17 Aug 00



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