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Clergyman who kept his cool

By Nuala McKeever

I loved the reaction of a priest in Co Cork whose parishioners suffered burns last Wednesday from the ashes he put on their foreheads during Mass. He abandoned the service and the faithful washed off the offending ashes in the sacristy.

Later, Father Eugene revealed that some had gone to hospital but no-one was too bad.

"As far as I know," he said, in a lovely, unscientific, let's-not-get-carried-away-here, stop-trying-to-make-a-story-out-of-nothing kind of a way, "they just treated themselves with some cream".

There's the man y'want in a crisis!

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