SLAN LE FR. COLM
“A generous man who gave forty seven years of ministry to the Church and it’s people…” was how Bishop Eamon Walsh summed up Fr. Colm O’Siochru on Saturday, 10 November, when, Parish Priest, Fr. Frank McEvoy, Bishop Eamon and Fr. Colm concelebrated the Farewell Mass at St. Ita’s Church.
A capacity crowd gathered to show their appreciation for Fr. Colm’s fourteen years of service to the people of Kilmeade and the wider Narraghmore Parish. Though the occasion was sad, the music and singing from the combined choirs, with Margaret and Seamus accompanying, was uplifting, and included some of Fr. Colm’s best loved hymns, particularly those “as gaeilge”; his love of the Irish language is legendary. Indeed, during his time with us, “buladh bos” became part of the Kilmeade vernacular as Fr. Colm never failed to ask for a “buladh bos”, for his choirs, his altar servers, his sacristans and the children and their teachers from Scoil Ide Naofa.
The specially prepared Farewell Mass Booklet contained a very sincere and heartwarming tribute. Fr. Colm, himself, recalled the great welcome he received when he first arrived in Kilmeade on 12 July, 1998. Being an avid GAA fan he reminded the congregation of what an important year that was for Kildare football reminiscing about his return to the presbytery after Kildare had beaten Kerry, to see his Kerry flag at half mast!
At the end of Mass Fr. Frank presented him with a watch and rosary beads from each of the four churches, Kilmeade, Crookstown, Ballymount and Moone. After Mass people travelled to St. Laurence’s Community Complex where balloons in the Kerry colours adorned all the tables, which were groaning under the weight of beautiful refreshments, all lovingly prepared by parishoners.
Members of the Pastoral Councils were everywhere, ensuring that the tea and coffee pots were never empty! The centrepiece was the cake, in the shape of St. Ita’s Church, baked by the very talented Deirdre Hempenstall, with every detail of the church intricately crafted; well done Deirdre. The Queen of Kilmeade herself, Mary Hickey, our most senior Kilmeade resident, was there, as was Rachel Kelly, the first baby baptised by Fr. Colm fourteen years ago.
Later, on behalf of St. Laurence’s GFC, Larry Whelan presented Fr. Colm with a framed pictorial memento of the many sporting occasions he shared with the club throughout the years. The day was a fitting tribute to Fr. Colm, and well done to the Parish Pastoral Councils under the expert guidance of the Chairperson of the Kilmeade Pastoral Council, Nora O’Mahony.
One of the sentiments in the Farewell Booklet sums up perfectly the feelings of everyone, “We miss you and we wish you well. We hope and pray that you leave us knowing that we are glad that you came our way and served us so lovingly and diligently. You have inspired and nurtured us, you have cheered and encouraged us, and now as you move on to the next stage of your ministry, we wish you well from the depth of our hearts. Go with our love and know that there is always a Cead Mile Failte for you in the homes of Narraghmore”.
THE ROUNDABOUT LOUGH
On behalf of Kilmeade Tidy Towns, Anne Flood has asked that we congratulate Kildare County Council and engineer, Dave O’Flaherty, on the great work completed at the roundabout on the Dublin Road. The lough gates, surrounded by a variety of shrubs and vegetation, is a most unusual feature and has been favourably commented upon by all; a fitting gateway to the town of Athy. Well done to everyone involved.
Two of them this week. First up is Tom May who celebrates his eighteenth birthday and Aodhan Cullen who is ten years old.
Happy birthday boys.
BABY MAKES FOUR
Ballindrum has a new resident! Harry John Grufferty was born at Portlaoise Hospital on Friday, 26 October at ll.29a.m., weighing in at a fine 9lbs. 2ozs, much to the delight of his Mum and Dad, Niall and Siobhan, and his big sister, Lucy. A very welcome addition to the family for grandparents John and Kathleen Grufferty and John and Bridget Ryan and great grandparents, Grandma Peggy Ryan and Mick and Teresa Grufferty. Congratulations to you all and welcome to our community Harry John who will, no doubt, be counting cattle before he can even walk!
Kilmeadeite Joseph Gorman won the first ever “Laurence’s Got Talent” some years ago and then went on to win “Midlands Got Talent” last year. Now Joseph’s career is taking a step forward with the launch of his first CD “Candle on the Water” in St. Laurence’s Community Complex on Saturday, 1 December from 8 – 10p.m. The good news is that entry is free and, as well as great entertainment, you can enjoy some finger food. The CD costs €10 and all proceeds will go to the Jonathan Mulhall Trust Fund. Everyone welcome.
DANCING AT LUGHNASA
Under the direction of David Walsh, members of Athy Musical and Dramatic Society have been in rehearsal since early September for this production, currently being staged in the Arts Centre on Woodstock Street, Athy, and continuing until Friday, 23 November.
Tickets are on sale in The Gem and Winkles in Athy.
For all you Kilmeadeites who are dedicated followers of fashion, or simply just love a night out, there’s a real treat in store during the dreary month of November when, this Friday, 23 November, St. Laurences Camogie Club is holding a Mini Fashion Show in the Community Complex at 8pm. Tickets €10. For further information contact Patricia 086-8175992.