Saturday, October 19 saw a celebration in Allenwood GAA in honour of the retirement of the popular parish priest Fr. Eddie Moore.
The event followed on from an a Mass in late June when retired Bishop Jim Moriarty lead a large group of priests, family and parishioners in the 50th anniversary celebration mass for Fr. Eddie.
Fr. Eddie spent 21 years of his 50 years as a priest in Allen Parish, and he was noted for his good work, which can be seen all over the parish.
This work, including the recent refurbishment of the church in Allenwood was the celebrating theme of the evening.
On the night parishioners from all corners of Allen parish, including Allen, Allenwood, Milltown, Kilmeague, Robertstown and Ballyteague some of which represented the various clubs and associations in the parish.
The parish of Allen is particuarly large in the geographical, if not population sense and boasts no less than four GAA clubs and four national schools.
Joining in the celebrations were Fr. Eddie’s family, local and neighbouring priests, former parishioners from Kildare, Kill, Portlaois and Kilkock.
The evening was organised by parishioners and consisted of light refreshments by Glennons, music from Kildare’s ‘Twice Shy’.
There were also set dancers organised by Liz Hand and Syl Bell, as well as photography by Dessie Boland and various presentations - including a slide show giving a snapshot of Fr. Eddie’s time in the parish.
The priests of Allen Parish are now Fr. Willie Byrne PP and Fr. Eddie Kavanagh CC.
There are now three churchs in the parish of Allen, but there are records and the remains throughout the parish of no less than 12 small places of worship throughout the area.