Cemetery Masses - Old Cemetery, Moycarkey on Wednesday, 29th June at 7.30 p.m.; Ballymoreen Cemetery on Thursday, 7th July at 7.30 p.m.; Littleton Cemetery on Wednesday, 13th July at 7.30 p.m. All who have family members and relatives buried there and all members of the community are welcome. If the weather is unfavourable, the Masses will be in the churches.
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament - Friday, July 1st (First Friday), Masses as follows, St. James, Two-Mile-Borris, Mass at 10 a.m. followed by adoration until 12 noon. St. Peter’s in Chain, Moycarkey, Adoration from 6.30 p.m. to 7.30 p.m. followed by Mass. St. Kevin’s Church, Littleton, Adoration from 6.30 p.m. to 7.30 p.m. followed by Mass. Confessions before all Masses.
Bannon’s G.S. - Results of the Nenagh G.C. Outing, 1st Joe Clohessy, 2nd Eamon Doyle, 3rd Billy Corcoran, 4th Mick Reddan, 5th P.J. Claffey, Over 20, Tom Kiely. Next outing, Captain’s Prize (John Costigan) on July 16th in the Heritage Club, Killenard.
Recent Deaths - Josie Fanning, Skehana and Anthony Coyne (father of Ann Costello, Fanning Park).
Month’s Mind Mass - For Kitty McLoughlin, Coolkennedy in Moycarkey Church on Friday next, 1st July at 7.30 p.m.
Littleton Variety Show - The DVD of the ‘Raise the Roof’ concert is now on sale at 10 euro. Proceeds of the DVD go to Fr. Paudie Moloughney’s Missionary Fund in Brazil. For orders contact Stella Quinn (087) 9567723 or Mary O’Gorman (087) 2513204.
Litter - Thanks to North Tipp. Co. Council’s Litter Warden, Francis Casey who this week removed litter and an old fridge from the Liskeveen area. Mobile CCTV cameras are currently being used and some fines have been issued. With national and worldwide interest in our area due to the Tipperary Venue project at Noard, residents in all areas are requested to help keep their local road free of litter and immediately report any black spots to the Co. Council at freephone 1800 250 350. We also thank our local schools who are preparing the next generation for a litter free countryside.
Golden Mile - Centenary Thurles Co.op will hold their annual Golden Mile Handicap on this Saturday night in the Moyne Sportsfield (by very kind permission) at 8.15 p.m. This will be preceded by a Golf competition plus numerous side shows. All proceeds will go towards North Tipperary Hospice. Your support appreciated.
The Late Josie Fanning - The death occurred on June 18th at Ardeen Nursing Home, Thurles of Josie Fanning (nee Dwyer), Skehana. Josie was resident in the home for over two years and had been in failing health for a few weeks. In her 87th year she was a member of the Dwyer family of Whitford, Holycross. She came to Two-Mile-Borris in 1957 when she married John Fanning T.D. for North Tipperary (1951-1969) and M.C.C. North Tipperary Co. Council (1945-1979). Josie threw in all her organisational skills into the lead community in her adopted parish from her arrival. A great community worker she was responsible for and involved in establishing the I.C.A., Apostolic Society, Legion of Mary and the Festival Committee. She always looked forward to the festivals in the 1970’s and with her friends Hannie Phelan and Nancy Ryan organised the wheel of fortune and this event was always guaranteed to show a profit. She was responsible for renovating a store room in the village as a community hall and signed it over to the locals. Her work rate was phenomenal and she was at the heart of all events, giving her time cheerfully. Her professionalism ensured that success was guaranteed in all her ventures.
At the removal of the remains to the Church of St. James on Monday evening and again at the Requiem Mass and funeral on Tuesday there was a large turn out to pay their final homage to a woman of icon status. The remains were received into the church by Fr. George Bourke and Fr. Conor Hayes. A guard of honour was provided by the I.C.A. Ladies committee, Hall committee and other groups. A repast was arranged by the local ladies in the Community Hall as a tribute to Josie. This was a gesture that we all know Josie would have appreciated as the hall was the centre of her many activities.
The Requiem Mass was celebrated by Fr. Conor Hayes, Kilteely (cousin of the Fanning family) who was chief concelebrant with Fr. George Bourke, Moycarkey-Borris, Fr. Martin Hayes, Thurles, Fr. Thomas Breen, Holycross and Fr. Cecil Tierney, Holycross. Appropriate hymns and music was provided by the church choir. Burial took place afterwards in the local cemetery with Fr. Conor Hayes and Fr. George Bourke officiating.
Fr. Conor Hayes in his homily spoke of the different strands of Josie’s life from her great work in farming, her community involvement, her hospitality to all callers to the home in Skehana. The callers were many especially at weekends as constituents called to their local T.D. with queries and problems. He also spoke of her hearty laugh as she enjoyed the lighter moments, her great generosity, her kindness and voluntary work for all local events. She enjoyed her participation and leadership and was always delighted to play card games and the weekly whist drives. Her busy weekly schedule included driving her husband to the train for his trips to the Dail and to the Co. Council meetings in Nenagh and other committees of which John was a member. He thanked all involved in the obsequies especially the many who had travelled long distances to pay their final respects. The many employees of Fannings can vouch for her generosity and especially the daily meals, excellently prepared by Josie, an excellent cook and host. As a neighbour she had few equals and was there to lend a helping hand in times of need and stress and her comforting approach was genuine and always done with the correct manner and sensitivity and of great consolation to the beneficiaries R.I.P.
She is deeply mourned by her brothers Philly and Thade, nieces, nephews, sisters-in-law, relatives, neighbours and friends who are offered condolences in their great loss. Ni bheid a leitheid in Bhuirgeas aris. “We have loved Josie in life, let us not forget her in death”.