Holy Week Ceremonies - Moycarkey Church, Holy Thursday, Mass at 7 p.m.; Quiet Prayer at the Altar of Repose 10 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Good Friday, Liturgy of the Passion with Holy Communion at 2.30 p.m.; Stations of the Cross at 7 p.m.; Holy Saturday, Easter Vigil with Mass at 7.30 p.m.
Littleton Church, Holy Thursday, Mass at 8.15 p.m.; Good Friday, Liturgy of the Passion with Holy Communion at 4 p.m.; Stations of the Cross at 8.15 p.m. with participation of members of the Church of Ireland; Holy Saturday, Easter Vigil with Mass at 9 p.m.
Two-Mile-Borris Church, Holy Thursday, Mass at 7.30 p.m.; Good Friday, Outdoor Stations of the Cross at Liathmore at 12 noon; Holy Saturday, Easter Vigil with Mass at 9 p.m. We invite all parishioners to celebrate these sacred days.
Penitential Service - Parish celebration of God’s mercy and compassion at Littleton Church on Monday, 18th April at 7.30 p.m. Avail of this opportunity to celebrate the sacrament of penance. A number of visiting priests will be available for confessions.
Priests Collection - Easter collection for the priests will be held at the Masses next weekend, 16th and 17th April. We ask everyone to contribute and we thank you for your generosity.
Month’s Mind Mass - The Month’s Mind Mass for Dan Pollard, Church View, Littleton will take place on this Saturday night, April 16th at 7.30 p.m. in St. Kevin’s Church, Littleton.
Recent Deaths - Peter Ryan, Cordangan, Tipperary Town, brother of Eileen Corcoran, Two-Mile-Borris; Margaret (Peg) Coffey, Roscrea; Michael Ryan, Kilcommon Village, father of Philip Ryan, Ballyerk. May they rest in peace.
Littleton Parade - For our 15th annual parade on a beautiful fresh sunny Spring morning, the streets of Littleton came alive with the “Sound of Music” when Peggy Costello in excellent voice sang “Hail Glorious St. Patrick” and “My Irish Molly”, with Pat Houlihan as M.C., Sean Ryan welcoming our visiting and local guests, one of our most senior citizens Neddy Gear officially opened the parade “as gaeilge” before the playing of our National Anthem.
Leading off the parade were our distinguished United Nations veterans followed by our experienced Grand Marshall, Martin McCarthy and the young Michael Bryan as St. Patrick who blessed the little children with his kind words. On home ground the Sean Treacy Moycarkey Borris pipe band entertained the crowd with traditional music and songs that have been sung for over a thousand years.
The Littleton, Pouldine and Two-Mile-Borris National Schools with their emphasis on green energy, Irish heroes will be the future saviours of the planet. The Moycarkey Montessori infants, the Traveller children with their mini ponies, Little Bo Peep, the Juvenile G.A.A. with their junior infant hurlers, the Munster finalists, Jedward from Eurovision together with the schools brought great excitement, beauty, energy and child like wonder to the parade.
We can be truly proud of Coolcroo A.C. in their 75th year and a membership of one hundred; the G.A.A. lotto with ‘Joe retired to bed’ after a huge windfall; the Goban Saor with his ‘Derrynaflan Ladies’ building local community; the newly formed community alert bringing security and friendship to our rural areas, the Littleton Hot Rod Racers with their exciting cars reminding us of our first car or motorbike.
“Oh what a really beautiful morning” it was when the Oklahoma Fold with senior local members and full technical and equine support from the Ballybeg stables and workshop of vintage engineering, helped rekindle fond memories of the good old days of horse and donkey power on the farm. Our visiting vintage groups from Thurles and Clonmore completed the picture of rural life and its positive outlook “Forget the recession, let’s have our own session”.
The Dermot Hurley pipe band from Cashel who have supported us for many years were well received as they did a powerful musical march through the village blessing our hearts with the sound of music. A Brazilian visitor was proud to see her National flag flying high.
However, it was when the Queen came to call on us, escorted by female Gardai off her motorized throne that the crowd were spell bound in awesome wonder at her finesse and elegance and we lived together a few magic moments of make belief and dreams come true. Followed by the powerful Mr. President Barrack Fitzpatrick Obama, with his Munster Limo and his brash security team on their way to the White House in the Tipperary venue at Noard, this was high emotion and street theatre at its best. We hear they are on stand-by for Moneygall.
There was a humorous change of mood when Mrs. Brown came down from Dublin to Littleton showing off her rather masculine leg and giving us a much needed laugh. We are thankful for the presence of the local business community, Cleary Motors, Thurles; Healy Lawnmowers; Murphy Machinery; Cantwell Electric; QWS and Ryan Transport; Dwan’s Hardware; Kia Motors, Horse & Jockey; Quick Sharp & Acorn Recycling; Darmody Fencing; Gleeson Steel, Gortnahoe who are the economic lifeline of the community; also to local shops who prepared inspiring window displays.
Sincere thanks to the following who helped us financially; North Tipp. Co. Co.; Gleeson Quarries; Moycarkey Montessori School; Clr. Seamus Hanafin; Thurles & District Vintage; Simon Cantwell Water Services; Amber Oil, Horse & Jockey; Robert O’Shea, Ballyvinane; Cleary’s Motors, Josie Croke; Clr. Jim Ryan, Clr. Billy Clancy; A.I.B.; Two-Mile-Borris N.S.; Donal Kearney; Margaret Cantwell; Centenary Co-Op.; Lisheen Mines; John Darmody; Thurles Parade Committee; Quicksharp and John Ryan, Premier Takeaway who donated the food on our social night. Our gratitude to those who made up our viewing stand; Clrs. Jim Ryan, Seamus Hanafin, Micheal Lowry, John Kennedy, Billy Clancy, Rev. Ian Cruickshank, Rev. George Bourke P.P. Noreen Haughney, Neddy Gear, Martha Melbourne, Josie Cooney, Paddy Graham, Supt. Michael Larden and to our judges, Martina Stapleton, P.J. Harrington and Donal McCarthy.
A final thanks to O’Dwyer Transport for the viewing stand, Muintir for use of the hall, Pat Houlihan for P.A. System, local Garda Linda Lyons for security, Fas for bunting and village clean up, Charlotte Cashin for Flowers and Shamrock, Mgt. Bannon, Martin O’Dwyer, Tom Heffernan, Tom Haughney, Eddie Loughnane, Mary Leahy, Mary Hayes, Joan Moloughney, Mgt. Leahy, and Joe O’Sullivan who helped with parade organisation. Also to Fr. George, Gerry Bowe, Tipp. F.M. and Mid West for media coverage; to Mick Collins and Statia Corbett for entertainment.
An overheard comment in Liberty Square, Thurles from a young man who reacted at the sight of Obama and his security team “Hey, that’s a good one” somehow sums up our parade. With so much energy, talent and good work on display we face the challenging year not only with a “Yes we can” but with a “Yes we did” in Littleton.