A huge turnout in Cork city to see the Eucharistic procession marking the Feast of Corpus Christi.

The annual Cork city Eucharistic procession marking the Feast of Corpus Christi is a tradition that goes back to 1926.

The pattern has changed very little over the decades.

Fine weather sees hundreds of people lining the footpaths along the route in the hope of getting a good vantage point.

The procession headed by flag bearers leaves Saint Mary's Cathedral at 3.00 pm. Taking part are members of Cork Corporation lead by the Lord Mayor of Cork Gerald Goldberg, units of the Defence Forces, the Scout Association of Ireland as well as priests and brothers from religious orders in the city.

Under a canopy Dr Cornelius Lucey, Bishop of Cork and Ross carries the Blessed Sacrament in the monstrance,

Flanked by a guard of Army officers with drawn swords.

There are several bands in the procession and the marchers sing hymns are they move towards the specially erected altar at Daunt's Square on Grand Parade. Among those present at Daunt’s Square are Minister for Labour Gene Fitzgerald and Minister of State for Finance Pearse Wyse.

An estimated 30,000 people were assembled throughout the occasion.

It concludes with with open air benediction and raising of the sacred host by Dr Lucey to a trumpet salute by the Southern Command.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 29 May 1978. The reporter is Tom MacSweeney.