FR Blake with his popular dog Amber. Photo: Ray Ryan

Locals love Mass-going Lab

Priest's pet started going to Mass during lockdown

STAYING quiet during Mass is something that Amber, an eight-year-old black Labrador, has no problem with.

Amber’s owner is Fr Ciarán Blake, parish priest of Corofin and Belclare. Amber is stored away in the sacristy while Fr Blake is saying mass.

When Fr Blake has concluded his ceremonies, Amber emerges from the sacristy to greet whoever is gathered in the church, constantly wagging her tail as she does so.

“The kids come up to her after Mass. They love her. When I’m out walking with her the local people and their kids will stop and pet her,” explained Milltown-native Fr Blake.

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