Sadness At Emily’s Sudden Passing - Our parish was thrown into untold sadness and shock at the unexpected death of Emily Wilson,(10) on Saturday May 4th.
Emily the only child of Nick and Catriona is deeply missed by her heart broken parents, her granny and grandma, granda and grandpa, godparents Emma and Edgar, aunts, uncles, grandaunts, granduncles and Marian, school pals, teachers and all her wonderful friends. Removal took place from Doyle’s Funeral Home, Urlingford for The Sacred Heart Church, Gortnahoe on Tuesday 7th. Mass of The Angels was on Wednesday followed by burial in Good Shepherd Cemetery. Peace to your gentle soul Emily.
Community Text Alert Launch Date - A new community text alert service will be officially launched in the Sports Centre Scoil Ruain, Killenaule by the local Community Alert groups on Friday, May 17th at 7pm. It is hoped that the formal launch of the scheme will help to ‘alleviate peoples fears’ about crimes being committed in their areas, for this reason it is hoped as many people as possible will attend from each of the communities involved. This is a first in Rural Ireland where neighbouring Community Alert groups have come together to launch their text alert initiatives, in the fight against crime. The Communities involved are Killenaule, Ballingarry, Ballinure, Gortnahoe-Glengoole and Littleton/Moycarkey/Two-Mile-Borris. To date 1550 households have signed up to the new community text alert initiative in partnership with An Garda Siochana and Muintir Na Tire.
A Crime Prevention awareness evening will also be held in conjunction with the launch. Various stands relating to crime prevention and awareness will be on display. All are welcome.
Bereavement - The death occurred of Margaret (Peggy) Egan, (nee Egan), Bawnreigh, Gortnahoe on Thursday, May 9th in her 95th year, pre-deceased by her husband Tom in the loving care of Matron and Staff of St. Teresa’s Nursing Home, Thurles. Deeply regretted by her sons Ned and Tom, daughters Eileen (O’Brien), Kathleen (Pyne), Angela (Kelly), Marianne (Moroney), Ethna (Early), Christine (Barnaville), grandchildren, great grandchildren, brother Francis, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends. Removal took place from Egan’s Funeral Home, Thurles to The Church of The Sacred Heart, Gortnahoe on Saturday, May 11th. Requiem Mass was on Sunday followed by burial in Good Shepherd Cemetery. May she rest in peace.
Mary Willies Golf Society - Next outing is in Abbeyleix on this Saturday, May 18th. If you wish to play phone (087) 3946224.
Death - The death occurred of Jimmy McGrath, Glengoole and London. Funeral arrangements later. May he rest in peace.
Gortnahoe G.A.A. Club - Gortnahoe Glengoole G.A.A. Club are looking for volunteers to help out on Thursday nights. Readers who want to join can ring Jim (087) 6942457.
Student Mass - The Annual Student Mass for the Junior Cert. and Leaving Cert. students of the Parish of was held in Gortnahoe Church last Friday night. There was a great turnout of students and they have to be congratulated for their attendance and participation in the Mass. Fr. Irwin was the main concelebrant assisted by Fr. O’Rourke. Fr. Irwin, in his homily, gave very inspiring words to the students. He also wished, on behalf of the parish, to let the students know that they are in our thoughts for the exams and as they enter the next stage of their lives. It was very much appreciated to see the parents of the students at the Mass and a word of thanks to the parents who journeyed with their youngsters and encouraged them in what can be a stressful time. A sincere thanks to Conor O’Mahony for his beautiful music during the Communion. The feedback from the students was that they were very grateful that the parish had this special night for them. Each student was given a memorial candle and a prayer card as a momentum of the night. Refreshments were served in the Hall after the Mass for both students and parents. A sincere thanks to the Faith and Formation Parish Team for organising this annual event which is very much appreciated by students and parents alike.
The Gathering - A meeting for “The Gathering” was held in Gortnahoe Hall last Thursday night. This was the first get together of people to come up with ideas to celebrate “The Gathering” which is being held in all other parishes throughout Ireland. Suggestions which are at the early stages was to hold some event in or around the end of September. One suggestion was to gather together old photographs relating especially to the old schools, the Creameries, other public get togethers back through the years. We would hope that if any family has old treasured photographs, a member of the committee would call to their house and scan the photograph so that the original can be left at the family home. A further meeting will be held within the next two weeks and details will be on the parish newsletter. However in the meantime we would appreciate families to help us in this regard and to share such treasured photographs with their parishioners.