A special Triduum to Our Lady of Limerick will be held in the Diocese of Limerick this May, the month of Mary. Over three days, from Thursday 25 May to Saturday 27 May, daily Masses, prayers and devotions will be offered in Saint Saviour’s Dominican Church, Glentworth Street, the site which holds the statue of Our Lady of Limerick.
Each day of the Triduum, Fr John Harris OP will celebrate Mass at 1.00pm followed by devotions to Our Lady of Limerick. On Thursday 25 May and Friday 26 May at 7.00pm, the Dominican Sisters will lead reflections, night prayer and processions to our lady.
On the final day of the Triduum, following a closing Mass and procession led by Fr John Harris OP, the church plaza will host a Family Festival with games and activities for younger parishioners. The festival will include live music, face painting and local food stalls, among other events.
The statue of Our Lady of Limerick first arrived in the city in 1640, gifted by Patrick and Eleanor Sarsfield in reparation for the martyrdom of Sir John Burke of Brittas, who was sentenced to death by Patrick’s uncle for having Mass celebrated in private. Sir John had a strong connection to the Dominican Order and each year invited the Dominicans to celebrate Mass in his ancestral home, Brittas Castle. When the Dominicans opened Saint Saviour’s Church at Perry Square in 1816 the statue was brought in procession and enthroned on its own altar surrounded by images of the Dominican saints.