Moira Humphreys stands down as sacristan in Sallins after 47 years

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Moira stands down as sacristan in Sallins

Moira Humphreys (seated front) and (from left) Fr. Eddie Moore, Bishop Denis Nulty, Fr. Colum Swan. Standing: Fr. Joe O'Neill, Mary Humphreys, Cian and Aoife O'Doherty and Fr. Liam Morgan

The Bishop of Kildare and Leighlin Most. Revd. Denis Nulty was the among the many people who turned out recently to pay tribute to Moira Humphreys.

Ms. Humphreys has retired after serving in the role for almost five decades as sacristan in Sallins.

The attendance at her retirement event also included parish priest of Naas Fr. Liam Morgan, Fr. Alex Kochatt, Fr. Colum Swan, Fr. Eddie Moore and Fr. Joe O’Neill. Sallins is part of the combined parish of Naas, Sallins and Two Mile House.

It’s church is one of the more unusual churches in the area.

Originally built of wood and tin, it celebrated its 90th anniversary in 2014.

Moira was honoured for her serving for her 47 years service at the Church of Our Lady and Guardian Angels.

Members of the community also turned out to mark the milestone with a special mass celebration which was then followed by a social event at the nearby community centre. Moira’s dedicated and unparalleled service as well as her outstanding commitment was acknowledged by the parish and the wider community. “While priests come and go, Moira has been the constant face of Sallins; quietly working away with us; week in, week out, part of the sacramental occasions of our parish,” Fr. Liam observed in a message on the parish website.

He added: “It is a work that she has carried out with sensitivity, warmth, welcome and a helpfulness that always went above and beyond the call of duty.”

He said the priests have enjoyed Moira’s good nature, the chats in the sacristy before going out to celebrate mass as well as “her willingness to guide and direct us, especially when new to the parish.”

He added Moira has been a good and faithful servant to Sallins parish and God.