Marty Morrissey made his debut appearance at the National Novena in Knock on Wednesday. The Basilica at Knock was packed to capacity and, following a short introduction from Fr Richard Gibbons, Marty came out to wide applause and looked right at home underneath the stunning apparition mosaic.
Marty opened by confessing at his being “stunned” after being asked to speak at the Novena. He was quick to highlight that he was an “ordinary Joe Soap”, just trying to do his best to live life to the full.
There were many moments of laughter and amusement, particularly when Marty encouraged each person present to say “I love you” to their neighbour. Among all the laughter, there were genuine, thought-provoking and inspiring moments of sadness, humour, joy and pride.