The year now fading into history has brought many changes in the parish of Two-Mile-Borris/Moycarkey/Littleton. In this review Gerry Bowe highlights some of the happenings, the lows and the achievements that will soon become history.
Visit to Brazil - In 2009 a group of people from Littleton came together and decided to produce a CD which would be called “The Circle of Friends”. It was decided that the money raised from the sales of the CD would go towards supporting Fr. Paudie Moloughney’s mission work in Brazil. Paudie from Laharden, is a member of St. Patrick’s Missionary Society, Kiltegan, Co. Wicklow for the past forty years.
The production team was organised and put together by Stella Quinn along with Johnny Quinlan, Ellie Cooney, John Ryan, John Moloughney, Andrea Cooney, Andy Cooney, Paddy Costello, Fr. Joe Tynan, Padraig Dwyer, Peggy Costello, Noel Cooney, Mandy Fennessy, Kay Ryan, Linda Bryan, Melise Morris, John O’Gorman, Fran Curry and Tipp FM’s Phil Purcell.
The overall production took place in Garf Studios, New Inn, Co. Tipperary under the ownership of Joe Callaghan. The total money raised from the sales realised E8,000. In September, 2012 five people from Littleton travelled to Brazil and met the parishioners of Jurvena, where Fr. Paudie is currently serving. The group consisted of Fr. Joe Tynan, C.C., Littleton, Stella Quinn, Bart Howard, Liam Morris and Mary Ryan.
During their stay for almost a month they presented the cheque for €8,000 (24,000 real) to Fr. Paudie and his flock. This will go a long way in completing a lot of parish work in one of the local churches under construction and was sincerely appreciated by the local people. Thanks are due to so many people throughout Ireland and Littleton for their generosity.
New Logo - The famous blue and gold logo has been abandoned by the Centenary Thurles & Ballyduff branch after forty five years and is replaced with a modern and colourful crest of a new design.
First Mass - Br. Joseph (Larry) Ryan was ordained to the priesthood in February at Mellifont Abbey, Collon, Co. Louth. He celebrated his first Mass in the parish on March 14th in St. Kevin’s Church, Littleton. He is continuing with the monastic community in Mellifont and in the surrounding areas. Fr. Ryan was formerly of Thurles Road, Ballydavid and is wished every blessing in the vineyard of the Lord.