GATHERING OF THE CLAN: A lovely happy event took place on Saturday October 19 when a family of sisters, brothers, husbands, wives and cousins gathered in the Perry Hotel for a great family reunion. One hundred and twenty members of the Carroll Clan came together, some meeting for the first time in years.
This gathering was the idea of Lorraine Ryan, daughter of Noel and Pat Ryan, nee Carroll, of Canon Breen Park, Thomondgate. Lorraine had heard about the great family reunions her late grandfather, Myles Carroll had organised many years ago and she decided it was time to re-enact those great occasions again. She set the ball rolling and got in touch with as many family members as she could, getting them to pass on the word. Flights were booked and accommodation sorted and people travelled from London and many parts of England as well as from all over Ireland. In all one hundred and twenty Carrolls arrived in Limerick, comprising four generations of cousins some of whom had never met before. The busy weekend was spent visiting, talking, recounting stories and catching up.
Unfortunately the Australian branch of the family were unable to attend the reunion, but had met up with some of the cousins at a family wedding in Thailand earlier in the year. They now have plans to visit Limerick in the New Year, and no doubt will be back for the next reunion.
The late grandfather Myles Carroll was a Dublin man who married and reared his family in Carey’s Road. He obviously instilled a great pride in the Carroll name among his family.
On Saturday October 19 when the Clan gathered in the Pery Hotel for the function they were thrilled to see the venue nicely decorated with many family photos which had been collected, begged and borrowed during the previous months, with the Carroll family Crest being prominently displayed.
Following a lovely leisurely meal the hotel’s resident DJ provided music which kept the young cousins dancing together while getting to know each other and making friends. But for some it was a time to talk and reminisce, remember departed family, and childhood events.
No doubt from time to time more reunions will be planned carrying on the tradition which began with Grandad Myles Carroll many years ago.
BEREAVEMENT MASS: The annual Bereavement Mass will take place in St Munchin’s Church on Thursday November 21 at 7.30 pm. At this special Mass parishioners will be invited to present candles at the altar in remembrance of those who died within the past twelve months.
HOLY SOULS ENVELOPES: Remembering our Dead – Envelopes for the remembrance of the Holy Souls are available in both St Lelia’s and St Munchin’s Church. You will find them at the door of the Church, please take one and fill in the list of those deceased whom you would like to be remembered at Masses on the Feast of All Souls November 2. They will be prayed for at one Mass each weekend during the month of November and on each First Friday throughout the year.
MOUNT ST LAURENCE CEMETERY: Each Sunday throughout the month of November different parishes gather in Mount St Laurence Cemetery to pray for the deceased. On Sunday November 24 it will be the turn of St Munchin’s / St Lelia’s to facilitate the prayers. We invite people from all parishes to come and join us at 3 pm. as we remember and pray for our deceased loved ones.
RECENT WEDDING: The marriage took place in St Munchin’s Church of Aoife Shanahan daughter of Eileen and Gabriel Shanahan, Stenson Park, to Gary Hogan son of Dee and Joe Hogan, Roscrea, Co Tipperary.
Canon Donal McNamara PP St Munchin’s was the celebrant. Jean Wallace was the soloist and harpist throughout the ceremony.
Aoife’s twin sister Aisling Shanahan was chief bridesmaid. She was also attended by her sister Niamh Shanahan and her friends Anna Murphy and Michelle Shaw. The groomsmen were Fionn Shanahan brother of the bride, Joe Hogan father of the groom, and friends James Maher and Noel Moya. Floral bouquets and arrangements were created by Roisin Lawler from Interflora, Cecil Street, and the ladies make-up was by “Lily Pink”, Shelbourne Road.
Eileen Shanahan mother of the bride read the first Lesson, and Mary Hogan cousin of the groom read the second. The prayers of the faithful were delivered by Joe Hogan, Aisling Shanahan, Michelle Shaw and Aidan Ryan. The offertory gifts were brought to the Altar by Eileen Shanahan and Dee Hogan mothers of the bride and groom.
The wedding reception was held in the Strand Hotel where approximately one hundred and fifty guests were entertained by musicians “Sticky Fingers”.
The bride and groom spent their honeymoon in Portugal.
BAPTISM PREPARATION: Because Monday October 28 is a bank holiday, the next baptism preparation meeting will take place on Monday November 4 in St Munchin’s Temperance Hall. Parents and godparents who wish to have children christened during the month of November, are asked to attend this meeting at 7.30 pm.
FEAST OF ALL SAINTS: Masses for the Feast of All Saints are as follows: two vigil Masses on Thursday October 3l – 6 pm in St Munchin’s and 7 pm in St Lelia’s. Friday November 1 – 9.30 am in St Munchin’s and 10.15 in St Lelia’s.
Saturday November 2 Feast of All Souls – Mass at 9.30 am in St Munchin’s and 10.15 in St Lelia’s.
ALZHEIMER SOCIETY: The Limerick branch of the Alzheimer Society of Ireland will hold their monthly Carer’s Meeting at the Day Care Centre, Kilmurry Court, Garryowen on Wednesday November 6 from 3 pm to 4 pm. All are welcome. Information may be obtained from 061-313456.
The Alzheimer Society holds a weekly Social Club for people with dementia, and their carers, on Tuesdays from 11 am to 1 pm at the Woodfield House Hotel, Ennis Road.
BEREAVEMENT SESSIONS: Bereavement sessions will be held in Corpus Christi Church, Moyross on November 4, 5, and 6 at 7 pm.
Mass and bereavement support with visiting guest Speaker. All are welcome to attend.
CONDOLENCES: We offer our sincere sympathy to the families of the following parishioners who died recently - CHRISTOPHER KEANE, Shelbourne Road and formerly of Knockalisheen Rd Ballynanty. Father of the late Geraldine. He is survived by his wife Rose, sons Tom, Ray, Christy and John, daughter Mary, brothers Tony and Patrick, son-in-law, daughters in-law, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and extended family. Funeral was from Crosses Funeral Home to St Lelia’s Church. Burial took place in Ballycannon Cemetery following requiem Mass in St Lelia’s on Friday. PHYLLIS SLATER, nee Power, O’Dwyer Villas, Thomondgate and late of Park Nursing Home. Wife of the late Jimmy. She is survived by her sons James, Mark, Keith and Robert, daughters-in-law, grandchildren, extended family, neighbours and friends. Her remains were received into St Munchin’s Church on Sunday evening and burial took place in Mount St Oliver Cemetery following Requiem Mass in St Munchin’s Church. SHEILA REAL, nee Kiely, deValera Park, Thomondgate. Regretted by her husband Paddy, daughters Mary T, Emma and Judith, sisters Noreen Flynn, Rita McGarry, Breda Frawley, son-in-law Declan, grandchildren and great- grandson. Funeral took place on Sunday evening from Thompsons Funeral Home to St Munchin’s Church. Sheila was laid to rest on Monday in Castlemungret Cemetery following Requiem Mass in St Munchin’s Church.