A Kildare school has written to parents to apologise after a small number of pupils received burns on their foreheads after being given blessed ashes last week for Ash Wednesday.
Well-known and popular Parish Priest Fr Paul Dempsey, who appeared on the Late Late Show with Ryan Tubridy in the past, administered the ashes.
The school has written to parents saying it has “deep regret” for “any distress that has been caused”.
The letter said: “Blessed ashes were distributed to those who wished to receive them in the oratory and a number of students and staff received burns as a result.
"Once we became aware of the problem, we immediately ceased the distribution of the blessed ashes and we administered First Aid."
According to Fr Dempsey, the ashes are produced from the burning of Palm tree branches that are left over after Palm Sunday ceremonies.
During Mass on Ash Wednesday the ashes are blessed and Holy Water is added to them. They are then placed on the forehead of the recipient. This process has been followed for years and was no different this year, according to Fr Dempsey.
Fr Dempsey also said that no other school where the ashes were administered reported an adverse reaction.
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