As the present Level of Covid Restrictions are to be extended out until the 5th of March, the Administrator in Westport, Fr Charlie McDonnell says community and the spirit of “meitheal” in the parish remain strong and there is great hope that these difficult times will pass.

Nonetheless, the current restrictions are hitting funerals and weddings particularly, he explains . With only ten people allowed to attend a funeral Mass, it makes a sad time even more difficult for those who are grieving. Just 6 people can attend a wedding under the present restrictions.

Fr Charlie told Midwest News today that the goodness in community is reflected in an incident that occurred in the town on Friday last. A young man discovered a significant sum of cash at a local ATM machine and he brought it to the presbytery and whoever lost it, is encouraged to contact the presbytery to retrieve it.

Speaking to Midwest News this lunchtime Fr Charlie gave his view on the impact of the extended Lockdown on parishioners and public worship.

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