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Poll: Are you abstaining from meat this Good Friday?

Under Catholic tradition, many people abstain from alcohol and eating meat on Good Friday. Will you be among them?

Will you be sticking to fish and chips tomorrow?
Will you be sticking to fish and chips tomorrow?
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WHILE THE BAN on alcohol sales tends to be the aspect of Good Friday that attracts a lot of public commentary, another aspect of the religious holiday is that Catholics are traditionally forbidden from eating meat.

While some interpret church dogma as strictly forbidding the consumption of meat on any Friday, most modern Catholics simply choose to ‘fast’ on Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent, and on Good Friday – the day on which Jesus Christ was thought to have been crucified.

In the 2011 census, 84 per cent of people indicated that they were Catholic – a total of 3.86 million. It is evident from attendance at regular Church services, however, that not all of Ireland’s Catholics strictly observe all the rites of Catholicism.

So, today we’re asking: Are you planning on abstaining from meat tomorrow?

Poll Results:

Maybe - I may, I may not (2822)
No, I'm definitely eating meat (2800)
I don't feel it applies to me (2598)
Yes, definitely abstaining (1739)

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Gavan Reilly

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