Catholic Bishops of Ireland Statement on Explosion and Pope Francis Sends Letter of Condolence to Victims of explosion in Cresslough

On October 7, 2022, an explosion at a gas station and beside an apartment building in Creeslough, County Donegal, in Ireland killed at least 10 people. Pope Francis sent a letter of blessings and solidarity.

Highland Radio, published the letter: “While entrusting the deceased to the merciful love of almighty God, his holiness implores the divine blessings of consolation and healing upon the injured, the displaced, and the families coping with pain of loss.” “As a pledge of strength and peace in the Lord, the Holy Father sends his blessing to all the people in Ireland.” 


Statement of Bishop McGuckian

Yesterday was the darkest day in Donegal.  It was with utter disbelief that I heard the news of the devastating explosion at a filling station in Cresslough. 

I am deeply saddened at the loss of life and at the extent of injuries caused.

In the wake of this heart-breaking human tragedy, I am asking all parishes in the Diocese of Raphoe to come together to pray at Mass this weekend, so that people can offer comfort and support to each other and to all who are suffering.  God always walks with us, in light and in dark, so let us embrace the power of prayer at this time of need and He will be there for us.

Last night I went to Cresslough to offer pastoral support.  I met and prayed with family members who are in terrible shock and pain.  In order to offer a supportive presence today, I will be in Cresslough with Bishop Andrew Forster, Church of Ireland Bishop of Derry and Raphoe, to meet and pray with bereaved family members, friends and neighbours of the deceased and injured.


I have witnessed at first hand the immediate reaction of the local community to the tragedy who, in their bravery, took risks at the site to help others even to the detriment of their own safety.  I wish to commend the first responders, and the emergency services of Donegal and Derry, for their high level of professional cooperation and rapid response.