FR TOM Hearne was so popular in Murroe/Boher that he got not one, but three send offs.
Killinure National School, the local choir and Murroe Community Council all held events to thank Fr Tom, as he was known locally, for his 13 years service in the parish. He has returned to his native Tipperary.
Cllr John Egan said Fr Hearne will be remembered for his outstanding work in the parish and especially as the chairman of the Board of Management of Killinure National School.
“He worked closely with the local choir who won awards and was very involved in the local drama group. He has left the parish in very good shape and we welcome Fr Loughlin Brennan,” said Cllr Egan.
A crowd of up to 200 attended the event organised by Murroe Community Council and other local organisations in the Muintir na Tire Hall
Boher Development Association and the Marian Club helped put on the event where Fr Hearne was given a memento of his time in the parish and proceeds of a collection.
Fr Tom Ryan, parish priest, said it was a wonderful night.
“People spoke very eloquently about Fr Tom and all he has achieved over the years. He addressed the crowd himself with a magnificent finishing speech.
“We worked very well together and he did a powerful lot of good work,” said Fr Ryan, who welcomes Fr Brennan.
Pat Walsh and Paddy Hourigan also gave warm tributes,
Willie Carey, one of the organisers, said Fr Hearne is a gentleman who worked tirelessly for the betterment of the parish. Mr Carey is also on the Board of Management of Killinure National School, and has seen the massive difference made by Fr Hearne at first hand.
A fundraising campaign in the locality amassed €100,000 and with a grant of €800,000 from the Department three permanent classrooms, hall, staff room and an astro turf pitch were built, as well as the refurbishment of existing rooms.
The Board of Management started the ball rolling in 2001 and last November marked the end of their journey when the extension was officially opened. Building projects took place over five years
Principal of Killinure, Carmel Power likened their success to that of a winning team. She put Fr Hearne at full back on the team as he has to marshal everybody. Fr Hearne is currently in Lourdes on the Archdiocese of Cashel and Emly’s pilgrimage,
Fr Brennan said he has been made very welcome since he arrived in the parish and looks forward to continuing Fr Hearne’s good work.