After the dismaying news I read in an excellent article about Ireland’s rampant anti-Catholicism [yes, I know, unbelievable and very sad for any of us who knew the ‘old Ireland’] and that included the news of the felling of the Carrauntoohil cross that I also mentioned on this post last week, I thought that some good news for a change would be welcome! A new cross has now been reinstated on the mountain peak, thanks to the help of many volunteers fulfilling the desire of the overwhelming majority of the Irish population. Could this be a sign that many are starting to realise that without adherence to the True Faith and the Cross of Christ, Ireland (and indeed, the rest of the Europe too), is doomed to a future of nihilism and despair?
IT WAS done without fuss and quietly but a group of dedicated local people have reinstated the steel cross at the summit of Carrauntoohil.
A total of 34 volunteers started their ascent at 5.30am, climbing the 1,039 metres to the summit of the country’s tallest mountain lugging with them a generator that weighed 70kg to power the welders and other equipment they brought with them to complete the feat.
Among them was Piaras Kelly of Kerry Climbing, one of the first people to have come across the damaged cross last weekend.
Local people had vowed it would be replaced sooner rather than later and decided in the end that it had to be done before Christmas.
Mr Kelly said they deliberately kept it quiet to do the job without any fuss.
“It wasn’t too difficult. There was plenty of help and we got it done quietly.”
Overseeing the operation was Mike O’Shea, whose great-grandfather James Cahill had put up the original wooden cross in 1951 ahead of the 1954 Marian Year.
The landmark cross was cut from its base, possibly with an angle grinder, some time between Friday and Saturday morning last.