Mass-goers in Limerick prayed outside a city-centre church this morning after the government-imposed closure of religious services took effect yesterday.

Protests also took place at cathedrals in Kilkenny, Enniscorthy and Carlow today in opposition to the government’s closure of religious services as part of the current lockdown restrictions. The Limerick gathering took place outside the city’s Sacred Heart church as Mass continued inside its closed doors.

The protests, at which people sang hymns and prayed the rosary, follow similar gatherings in Donegal and Dublin on St. Stephen’s, the first day of the restrictions.

Religious services will now move online, with protesters expressing their dissatisfaction that they will once again be prohibited from attending Mass in-person.

Hairdressers, pubs and restaurants were all forced to close indefinitely on Christmas Eve, whilst inter-county travel is now banned, except for essential journeys and those returning home.