A UNIQUE moment in the history of the parish of Knocklong and Glenbrohane saw four priests gather together to celebrate their platinum, golden and silver jubilees in the church where they have either served or worshipped.
The four priests who have served 170 years in the priesthood between them marked the significant milestones in the company of family and friends at Knocklong church.
Monsignor John Moloney a native of Knocklong returned to the altar where he served as a boy, for the special mass which was con-celebrated by the four jubilarians.
Fr John Ryan, AP (associate pastor) of Knocklong and Glenbrohane was marking his golden jubilee. A native of Rearcross, Fr Ryan has been based in Knocklong since 1988.
Fr Willie Hennessy was the chief celebrant of the mass which was con-celebrated by Monsignor Moloney, Fr Ryan and Fr O’Donnell.
The Kilteely native was ordained in Thurles in 1986 before serving in Newry in County Down for two years during the height of the troubles.
Glenbrohane native Fr Jimmy O’Donnell who was celebrating his silver jubilee (25 years) was ordained in St Patrick’s College in Thurles in 1986 and is presently the chaplain in LIT Thurles where he has been based for the last 13 years.
*A full version of this story was published in the print edition of the Limerick Leader, dated November 12, 2011