Corpus Christi Procession

The Feast of Corpus Christi was traditionally celebrated in Cardonagh by a grand procession, as it was in many towns throughout the country.

The Blessed Sacrament was carried by the clergy, who walked under a specially embroidered canopy, often borne by lay people, escorted by members of the defence forces. Young girls felt honoured to become flower-strewers, whose role it was to strew flower petals on the ground at the head of the procession, walking backwards to do so, dressed in their Holy Communion dresses.

The Cardonagh Brass Band accompanied the followers as they sang hymns on their way through the town. Girls guides, school children and other members of the local community formed the procession, with members of the Children of Mary dressed in their outfit of blue cloak and white veil.

The town was decorated with bunting for the occasion. Shops and businesses dressed their windows with little altars, adorned with flowers, holy pictures and holy statues.

At the main altar, the faithful would kneel in the street for the Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. There were two altar sites in Carn. The first was the Market House in the Diamond. Following the demolition of the Market House, the altar was moved to the Arch.

The tradition of the Corpus Christi Procession eventually died out in Carndonagh, with the last procession taking place in the 1990s.

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