Set dancing - will re-commence on the Thursday, 7th April in St.Michael’s Community Hall, Holycross. All welcome.
Lenten Food Appeal - This weekend contributors to the Lenten Food Appeal are kindly asked to bring along porridge to the Abbey on Saturday and Sunday.
Masses During Lent - Abbey, Morning Mass at 10 a.m. Evening Mass Friday (Novena Mass 8 p.m.). Ballycahill, Morning Mass on Mondays and Wednesdays at 9 a.m. Evening Mass, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7 p.m.
Triumphant - Holycross-Ballycahill Dram Group with their production of the Brian Farrell ‘Lovers At Versailles’ were the winners of the confined section of the Co. Tipperary Drama Festival which was held in the Community Centre here over nine nights. The other groups in the confined section were Skibbereen, Conna and Schull. On Saturday night, when the final adjudication was given and when the adjudicator announced the local group as winners, the packed hall responded with rapturous applaud. The ecstasy continued as the adjudicator continued with the announcement; Best Producer/Director Pat McGrath, Best Actress Diane Lacey and daughter Jackie was acclaimed Best Supporting Actress, he remarked that it was almost impossible to weigh up their performance but at the end he said it narrowly tilted towards Diane. An “old stager” Diane, she has over many years played with distinction in many plays. Two others with long association with drama and acting, Tommy Lanigan, Ballycahill who was an actor in the ‘Lovers At Versailles’ and Pat McGrath the Producer/Director has been associated with the Drama Group since its inception 29 years ago, both as actor and producer. All excelled in their acting together with the newer Thespians on stage in this play. It augers well for the future of drama in this parish. Over the nine days, audiences experienced excellent drams, wonderful productions. School children had their day too with the schools competition. All in it was a most successful festival and considering the recessional times we are presently living in the nightly attendances was great. The organisers of this annual event are ever so appreciative of sponsors, donations, raffle gifts etc and anyone who involved themselves over the period and not forgetting our dedicated audience - many thanks to all.
Death of Mrs. Judy Casey - The death has taken place last weekend of Judy Casey, (nee Kelly, Mitchel Street, Thurles) wife of the late Dan who had predeceased her some years ago. Deceased and her late husband came to reside in Cormackstown from England where they worked. An octogenarian, Judy was a lovely lady, caring, considerate and religious. She was kind and friendly, a good neighbour and friend. She will be sadly missed by her son Timmy and daughter Mary to whom we extend our sympathy. Her remains were brought to the Abbey on Saturday evening and on Sunday morning after the 11 a.m. Mass her remains were brought to Thurles for interment in St. Patrick’s Cemetery. Many relatives, neighbours and numerous friends were present for their obsequies. Peace to her gentle soul.
Death of Danny O’Keeffe - The death occurred in Milford Hospice, Limerick of Danny O’Keeffe, Glenbane. Deceased who had borne bravely a long illness, succumbed last Friday. His death at such a young age only in his late fifties, caused much regret and sadness in the parish. Only son of the late Paddy and Kitty O’Keeffe, Galbertstown, he was a hard worker, a good business and progressive man in his building company. He was rather quiet and unassuming in his nature. In his youthful days he was a keen footballer, playing both with Moycarkey and Holycross and winning a County medal with Holycross.
In later years he required an interest in horses and racing. His equine interest resulted in the purchasing of a few horses, actually on the day he died, one of his horses was running in Thurles and was leading in the race when he dismounted his jockey. Ruby Walsh and his horse came along and won the race. Another interest of his was high powered motorbikes, the interest somewhat waned when he had met with an accident which gratefully wasn’t too serious. A conscientious and diligent worker, a well organised man whose diary was kept up to date and his work commitments carried out. His death at such a young age is all the more poignant. Peace to his kindly soul.
To his wife Margaret (whose father the late John Doyle, hurler was recently interred), to his sons Adrian and Barry, his sisters Peggy Ryan, Mary Callinan, Eileen Lanigan and Pat Ryan, daughters-in-law Mary and Siobhan, mother-in-law, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law and relatives we offer our sympathy. After Requiem Mass celebrated in the Abbey by Fr. Ray Ready (uncle-in-law) and concelebrated by Canon Liam Ryan (uncle), Rev. Tom Breen, Rev. Eugene Everard, Fr. Egan, Fr. Holmes, his coffin draped in the colours of Moycarkey and Holycross he was interred in the Abbey Cemetery. The popularity of Danny and his family was evident by the huge congregation that attended Mass and funeral. Members of the G.A.A. clubs and the “Bikers” Association formed a Guard of Honour at his removal from his home to the Abbey and in the graveyard.