Ballydonahane Mass Rock

A new sign, funded from parish resources, has been erected in Ballydonahane to indicate the location of the Mass Rock. The sign, crafted from copper by Mark Wilson of Mountshannon, was commissioned by the team of parishioners who have lovingly tended this sacred space in recent years and they, like the local people who voluntarily gave many hours and many lorryloads of stone to make the Mass Rock site accessible, prefer to remain anonymous.

Freddie celebrates 90th Birthday

Freddie Walsh of Ballinahinch celebrated his 90th birthday with family and friends in Tulla on 16th January 2020. Freddie is a stalwart of our parish and is known  by many through his presence at parish ceremonies, through his following of parish and county hurling teams, through his involvement in several successful racehorses and through his transportation of students to secondary school in Scariff and Tulla in what became famous as Freddie’s Bus. Freddie’s sister Sr Assumpta, his nephew Vivion and his nieces Angela and Paula were among the many who gathered in John Minogue’s to congratulate Freddie and to wish him many more years of health and happiness.

Farewell to a Gentleman

Pat Malone of Bodyke died on 11th January 2020 in his 89th year. For many, the death of the famous Bodyke shopkeeper was like the death of a family member because Pat, his wife Maureen and their children Brendan and Barbara were so much part of the daily life of local people. We knew them almost as well as we knew members of our own families and the Malones knew us and cared for us. Many families in the locality experienced that care in happy times and in difficult times and are truly saddened by his passing.

New Boxes of Envelopes

The new envelopes will be available for distribution only after Mass in both churches next weekend (January 18th/19th) and the following few weekends.

Carrownagowan Wind Farm

Coillte, the national forestry company, plan to apply to An Bord Pleanala in February 2020 for permission to develop a wind farm in the hills bordering Caherhurley and Inchalahogue. The 19 turbines which would comprise the  proposed Carrownagowan Wind Farm would be clearly visible in the lower hills opposite  The Cobbler’s Rest. While our community might benefit financially from such a development the issues of visual impact, noise and traffic disruption also need to be considered.Please see and please watch out for notice of an upcoming public meeting.

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