Preaching the word of the Elim Pentecostal Church and healing the sick in Limerick.

Yorkshire Evangelist George Canty believes he can heal the sick and has come to Limerick on a crusade to spread the word of the Elim Pentecostal Church.

The opening night of the crusade attracted over three hundred people including all twenty members of the local Pentecostal Church in Limerick. The majority of attendees were Roman Catholic. 

The service opened with local Elim Minister Paddy McMahon performing some gospel songs before Yorkshire Evangelist George Canty began to spell out his message. 

These signs shall follow them that believe. They shall lay hands on the sick and the sick shall recover and because I believe that I've come just to do that. 

After the preaching came the "laying on of hands" where George Canty performs a healing ceremony on the sick. 

After the ceremony George Canty denied that he was working by auto-suggestion with a captive audience in an emotionally charged atmosphere. He says that the audience is positive to his preaching and this is what brings about positive results. 

They're a free-will audience that come and listen to me. I tell them what the bible says about healing and about what Christ would do and about the gift of healing in the church and they listen and accept it. Now, unless there is that positive response, you're not going to get positive results. 

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 19 August 1983. The reporter is Michael Walsh.