The sun shined brightly on the very successful 5th annual St. Cronan’s Day Pilgrim/ Friendship walk organised by a small committee comprising of Adrian Hewson, Andrew Walsh, Margaret Ryan and Joan Murray.
The theme of this years’ walk was ‘Anniversaries’, remembering groups such asthe Chamber of Commerce which celebrates its 50th year in Roscrea this year. Beginning at the Methodist church Rev Brian Griffin welcomed everyone into the church, while his wife Eirene led the congregation on the organ in singing the hymn ‘All people that on earth do dwell’. Sadly we wished Brian and Eirene farewell as Brian retires from his ministry and they leave Roscrea later this year. The walk then proceeded to St. Cronan’s NS Rosemount, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary, where on St. Cronan’s monastic lands the Book of Dimma was written in the 8th century. All those associated with education in Roscrea were acknowledged including the various religious orders, technical schools, hedge schools and primary schools, a tradition which can be traced back to St. Cronan’s time. In the heat of the summer sun, images from the book of Dimma were presented to representatives of the local denominations within the town. The walk then proceeded via the Knock road to Kennedy park, celebrating its 50th year and has been home to many people now for half a century. Dom Richard Purcell ocso read the Gospel while children from Kennedy Park led those gathered in appropriate prayers. The walk concluded at St. Cronan’s Services, Grange by kind invitation of Patsy King and Mary Smith. It was here that the specially designed souvenir bookmarks were blessed and in conclusion all sang ‘Bind us together Lord’ led by Dom Richard Purcell ocso. We would especially like to thank all the staff and clients of St. Cronan’s Services, Grange who treated all the walkers to the finest cup of Roscrea hospitality and refreshments in the tradition of St. Cronan setting the bar for future walks. We are also very grateful to Andrew and Mary Walsh whose bus provided the walkers with transport back to the town centre. It was a very successful and memorable day for all.