But Fr Joe Power insisted no more than 20 people have attended services in St Brigid’s in Kilrush, Co Wexford.
Under Level 5 restrictions, masses can be held online and churches can remain open only for private prayer.
Fr Power said: “From the word go, I was told we could leave the church doors open for private prayer and participation and that’s what I’ve done, I’ve adhered to the law. It seems to me there was a crank or maybe cranks, but they maintain that there were huge crowds coming to mass and that is totally untrue.
“Last weekend as a result of the complaint, I had to keep the doors of the church closed during mass.
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