The month of July marks the first anniversary of the passing of Fr Paudie Moloughney, Laharden and Kiltegan Missionary Fathers.
He is sadly missed by the parishioners of Moycarkey who grew to love him over the years, primarily because of his Godliness and his simplistic approach to life, where love and caring for your fellow man underpinned his philosophy.
Anyone who spent quality time in his company were invigorated by his gentle warm understanding smile and attentive ear. Many who shared their personal life troubles and worries with Fr Paudie experienced a calming of the turbulent seas of their anxiety, pain and worry to a serene ripple of tranquillity.
What endeared Fr Paudie to people was that this devout aspect of his life was beautifully balanced with his man of the people mischievous side of his personality which explored all aspects of sport, culture, music & dance, history, tradition, language and folklore.
To honour the memory of Fr Paudie on his 1st anniversary a small committee have come together to pool their thoughts and ideas on how best to commemorate him.
It was decided that a walk would be held on Sunday evening July 3rd with a start time of 6 p.m. Registration will take place from 4 p.m. in the Muintir na Tire hall, Littleton.
It is hoped walkers will pay a €10 registration fee, the proceeds of which will go to the chosen charity, The Kiltegan Fathers Mission for The Republic of South Sudan.
Walk route: • Start at Muintir na Tire Hall – Left along Littleton/Thurles road – Right at Laharden cross – Right at Briens cross – Right at Lacken cross to arrive back at Muintir na Tire Hall. •
On completion of the walk you can enjoy tea, light refreshments, chat, music and craic in the Muintir na Tire Hall.
The theme “The Circle of Life Walk” reminds us of another July evening in 2011 when The Circle of Life CD launch in Littleton marked the Ruby Anniversary of Fr Paudie Moloughney’s ordination.
The chosen walk route follows a circle route which is one Fr Paudie would have walked for leisure or to celebrate Mass in Littleton Church or Two-Mile-Borris Church.
Always remember Fr Paudie loved walking, he undertook countless walks for charity. He also completed the Appalachian Trail, the longest hiking trail in the world, which is 2,200 miles long and passes through 14 American States, walkers have to endure all the hazards nature will present them throughout months of hiking.
Fr Paudie kept a daily diary throughout the months of this walk and each day he remembered and prayed for dear friends deceased and living back home in Ireland and throughout the world.
He also valued the closeness to nature he experienced while walking the trail, also he loved the opportunity to meet people from other countries and cultures with whom he could share his thoughts and stories.
Fr Paudie also walked The Pilgrimage Route of Santiago de Compostela or St James Trail in north-western Spain.
Fr Paudies Circle of Life walk is for all parishioners and those beyond our Parish, there is no upper age limit and infants in strollers are welcome, you are not bound by any rules on Paudie's walk, only to stay safe.
If you wish to take a rest or stop and chat at a water station please do so, you might wish to take time out and sit on a roadside wall and reflect on The Circle of Life as Fr Paudie often did.
Fr Paudie was always a free spirit and of the belief that “Rules are for the guidance of wise men and the obedience of fools”
It is thus very fitting that we commemorate Fr Paudie’s first anniversary by walking in friendship one of Fr Paudie’s walks in the belief that he will walk with us in spirit on a July evening.