Donegal priest gives surreal sermon on communion supplies lorry that damaged Russian Embassy gates
"I wouldn't have minded to have been in the cab of Wisley's lorry when it went through those gates."
A priest in Donegal has gone viral following a surreal sermon on the topic of the lorry that drove through Russian Embassy gates on Monday (7 March).
Father John Walsh, a priest based in Buncrana, spoke about the event during mass earlier this week.
Fr Walsh in Buncrana not mincing his words about the Russian Embassy lorry! pic.twitter.com/cr2YKgoyV5
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"I couldn't help noticing on television last evening an incident that occurred in Dublin yesterday," Father Walsh said.
"We live in absolutely wretched times, but I got a bit of a thrill yesterday when I saw Wisley's lorry being backed through the gates of the Russian Embassy.
"Wisley's lorry is here in Buncrana once a month. It delivers ecclesiastical goods to us, for example, the hosts used in mass this morning.
"50 years ago, I was at the burning of the British embassy in Dublin after Bloody Sunday.
"I have no regrets about that.
"I was speaking to my brother in law, and he there, unknown to me as I didn't know him at the time, and he had no regrets about being there.
"I wouldn't have minded to have been in the cab of Wisley's lorry when it went through those gates.
"May God bless you, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit," Father Walsh concluded.
Russian officials have called on Ireland to apologise for the incident, and for taxpayers to foot the repair bill.
In a strongly-worded statement, Russia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs "emphasised the inadmissibility of the frank inaction of law enforcement agencies in Ireland, when such actions are committed in the presence of policemen".
The ministry also declared the "urgent need" for the Irish government to take "comprehensive measures to eliminate security threats" to the Embassy, once more citing the Vienna Convention of 1961.
In addition to an apology from the leadership of Ireland, the ministry has demanded "full compensation for the damage caused" and for an "objective investigation" to punish the perpetrators involved.