A priest in Co Donegal said there has been a "big demand" since he started making ashes available for parishioners to take home and use on Ash Wednesday.

Under Level 5 Covid-19 restrictions, masses are being held online only.

Clonmany Parish Priest Fr Brian Brady said he teamed up with a local Centra to deliver takeaway ashes.

So far, he explained, around 200 containers of ashes have been picked up and they are looking around for more because of demand from parishioners. 

Speaking on RTÉ's Morning Ireland, he said people can have a prayer service in their own home before putting the ashes on their foreheads.

Fr Brady said he had resigned himself to "an ashes-less Ash Wednesday" but the idea caught on with him.

"It seems to have caught on with the parishioners because we have left out the little containers and they all seem to be gone," he added.

Ashes in sealed containers are also available for collections at local churches - St Mary's Church, Clonmany;  St Michael's Church, Urris and The Oratory of the Assumption in Ballyliffin.