A Missionary From Clonakilty Via Africa - Last weekend Mass goers to St. Michael’s Church were spoken to by a Franciscan Sister concerning her life in Africa. Sr. Mary Ryan who was a native of Clonakilty, Co. Cork spoke at all weekend Masses. Sr. Mary went to Africa originally in the 1960’s as a lay-missionary. She returned to Ireland after three years and became a Franciscan nun. Then she returned to East Africa where the Franciscan sisters then operated. They now work also in the South of Africa in countries like Zimbabwe, Zambia and South Africa. In the early years of Sr. Mary’s mission, most of the Sisters worked in schools or hospitals. Nowadays, the Sisters have moved on to other aspects of social work. Sr. Mary is a midwife tutor. She works in Uganda and has done so for a couple of decades.
The Franciscan sisters also work in Kenya in East Africa. In recent years, the order has been requested to work in Southern Sudan which is one of the world’s newest countries. Sr. Mary spoke most impressively and was well received by the congregations. The basket collections at Mass were donated to Sr. Mary’s missionary efforts. She also requested people to pray for the missions and for missionaries. In the event of people not being prepared for a mission collection when they came to Mass, they may contribute still to the Franciscan sisters through Fr. McGrath P.P. Envelopes and magazines are also available in the church. We wish Sr. Mary every success in her mission, both at home and in Africa.
Concerts At Crocanoir - Eurovision winner Charlie McGettigan made a return visit to Crocanoir recently. His songs and stories made him a great favourite with the captivated audience. The Crocanoir Concerts are now firmly established and are attracting music lovers from a wide area. The next Crocanoir Concert is this Saturday night, March 26th.
Featured is Colm Sands, a very well known artist from Rostrevor in County Down. The concert begins at 8 p.m. See www.crocanoir.com for more details and events planned for the coming months. Crocanoir welcomes tourists from all over the world. At the most recent count, Ballycullen had been visited by people from 25 different countries. Many come to research their roots in the area. Others come to wander the woodland paths and to enjoy the solitude. More come to play some music and to visit local attractions. Many returning emigrants use Crocanoir as a base when visiting family in the area. They of course help to boost the local economy by shopping in the area. If you need a place to bring family and friends together, just come as far as “the end of the boreen”.
Where Is? - From time to time, we have referred to various townsland names in the area which have fallen into disuse. One can find some of these names recorded in public documents and some are remembered in the speech of the people. Recently, I was told that there was a townsland in the parish called “Ballycashin” or “Ballycashen”. I myself have never heard of this place nor have I seen the name written down. Perhaps some kind reader might have an idea of where it is or when it existed and be kind enough to pass on the information. Some week soon, we’ll publish a list of townsland names which have fallen into disuse. Perhaps when Ordinance Survey maps of the area were first published over a hundred years ago, some of these names were then in use and duly recorded.
Parish Newsletter - Archbishop Clifford will administer the Sacrament of Confirmation to 47 girls and boys from the local area in St. Michael’s Church on this Wednesday, March 23rd at 11 p.m. Lenten Devotions consisting of Stations of the Cross and Benediction are taking place each Sunday evening at 7 p.m. in St. Michael’s Church for the duration of Lent.
Sympathy is expressed to Dan Kennedy of Kilvemnon on the death of his father Philip Kennedy in Thurles.
Congratulations to Kevin Maher, Ballycullen who was recently married to Olwen Noonan, Drangan. Kevin returned from Australia for the wedding.
Playgroup - Mullinahone Community Playgroup is now taking enrolments for September 2011. Enrolment packs are available at the playschool from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. - Monday to Friday. Limited places are available. Phone (052) 9153622.
Community Games - Well done to the children who travelled to Silvermines last Saturday for the County Finals. Thanks to all parents who took time to transport the children. Congrats to Kate Gleeson who won a silver medal in the girls under 12 and to Cillian White who won a bronze medal in the boys Under 12 Model making.
Our Own Place - The final lecture in “Our Own Place” series will take place on Wednesday, April 6th in St. Michael’s National School at 8.30 p.m. The subject matter of this lecture will be the central theme of Kickham’s Knocknagow “Looking for a Land Lease” and the struggle for the land in Mullinahone (The Land War).