Clarina Aug 31

KILKEEDY ANNUAL MASS: The annual mass for our deceased relatives and friends took place at Kilkeedy Graveyard last Friday evening August 23 at 7.30pm.

KILKEEDY ANNUAL MASS: The annual mass for our deceased relatives and friends took place at Kilkeedy Graveyard last Friday evening August 23 at 7.30pm.

There was a very large attendance, upwards of three hundred people, and we were blessed with a fine dry evening. The celebrant was our Parish Priest Fr. Muiris O’Connor who will be leaving us to take up new duties in the Diocese at the end of September. We would like to thank Fr. Muiris for all his assistance over the past seven years and we wish him well in his new role. We would like to thank the Ballybrown Church Choir led by P.J. Carroll who added to the occasion greatly with their beautiful hymns. A big thank you also goes to the stewards who done a wonderful job looking after the car parking and helping the elderly make their way to the mass through the old graveyard. The fact that the main entrance was not accessible due to work being carried out on the Massey Family vault could have been an issue but the stewards done sterling work to accommodate everybody with parking and assistance. Thanks also goes to all the people who helped out in getting the graveyard ready for this annual mass, the grass cutters, the grass collectors and all the families who looked after the preparation of their own family plots, all helped to have the graveyard looking splendid for the occasion. Thanks to the reader and the Eucharistic ministers who helped on the night. It was great to see such a large turnout and we would like to thank everybody who supported the annual collection for the upkeep of the graveyard. It was also great to see our caretaker Hugh O’Neill in attendance and we wish him very speedy recovery from his recent illness. Thanks to the lads that looked after the amplification on the night, it was superb and ensured that everyone heard the proceedings in full. We are informed that the amplification was so good that the choir could be heard singing down in Newtown. A special thank you goes to Joe Purcell, Corbally for his assistance in making the altar for the occasion. Thanks also to the Ballybrown GAA Club, and Michael Byrnes, for letting us have the use of their chairs. We would also like to extend sincere thanks to our near neighbours, the Downes family for letting us have access to their electricity supply. Once again a big thank you to everyone who helped out in any way to make the occasion special.

ANNUAL FAIR: It’s that time of year again Milford Hospice Fair time. The Annual Fair will be held in the Sports Arena, UL on Sunday, September 1 and will be on from 11am to 4pm. Once again on behalf of the Cake stall we are appealing to your parishioners to support this major fundraising event by making a donation of cakes, buns, bread etc. You can bring your cakes etc. to the Ballybrown/Clarina Community Resource Centre on Sat between 1 and 5pm or you can contact Bernadette at 087 8162774 for collection. Cakes can be brought directly to the Fair before 12 on the day.

ORAL HISTORY INITIATIVE: West Limerick Resources will be running an Oral History Training Initiative this autumn. Training will consist of two elements. Participants will develop Oral History Interviewing techniques as well as examine the legal and ethical issues relevant to gathering Oral History. The second element of the training will focus on digital voice recording and editing techniques. Training will also explore how oral history can contribute to the local heritage of communities and identify suitable ways of showcasing their research. Training is expected to begin in October and to run one evening per week for 10 weeks. The course is free of charge and open to people living in the West Limerick area. To register for the programme contact Suzanne on 069 79114 or

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