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Cycling priest's tour now a charity calendar

Wednesday, 18th November, 2020 9:12am

Story by Jacqueline Hogge
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Cycling priest's tour now a charity calendar

Father Ray Flaherty with Patrick and Pat Joyce who sponsored the calendar. Photo: Ray Ryan

Cycling priest's tour now a charity calendar

Father Ray Flaherty with Patrick and Pat Joyce who sponsored the calendar. Photo: Ray Ryan

A HEADFORD priest is hoping his summer tour of the parish can help generate funds for a roof restoration project on St Mary’s Church in the town.

Fr Ray Flaherty PP gained national media attention last May when he decided to tour the parish on his bicycle, blessing homes during the first lockdown that forced churches to close in a bid to curb the spread of Covid-19.

Hundreds of homes from Claran to Cloughanover, and Inchequin to Headford town, were visited, with families erecting small altars and shrines to acknowledge Fr Ray’s efforts that was captured on camera by parish secretary Una Conway.

Fr Ray and Una have now put all the photos together to create a Headford and Claran Parish Calendar 2021 that went on sale in recent days.

Read the full story in this week's edition of The Tuam Herald, on sale in shops and online www.tuamherald.ie

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