Congratulations to our three sacristans Bridget, Mary and Bernadette on receiving recognition for long and dedicated service to the church. Bishop Fintan presented them with Benemeremti Medals on Saturday 19th January 2019 having given in excess of 116 years service between them. Photos courtesy of Veronica McMahon.
Congratulations Canon Reuben! We rejoice with Canon Reuben on the Diamond Jubilee of his ordination. We ask God’s continued blessing on him. As a parish community it allows us an opportunity to give thanks to God for the privilege of having been blessed for so long with the wonderful presence that Canon Reuben is in terms of gentle leadership. For the last sixty years he has served in the Diocese of Killaloe at St. Flannan’s College, Ennis, and here in Newmarket on Fergus. His commitment and service over six decades has been absolute. We join with his family and many friends in celebration of the man, the priest and the humble servant of God. Ad Multos Annos! Photos courtesy of John O'Brien
Canon Reuben and Máire Ní Ghruagáin were invited by President Michael D Higgins to Áras an Uachtaráin to mark the occasion of the launch of their recent publication 'The Story of Newmarket on Fergus' . They were accompanied on the trip by Fr Tom Fitzpatrick P.P.,Martin Lynch, Marian O'Leary, John O'Brien, Flan Enright, Pat Keogh and Mary Power. Photos courtesy of John O'Brien
The Village Carnival got off to a great start Friday evening with the parade, followed by the childrens disco in the Green. Well done to all those who dressed up for the parade. Great efforts were made.The theme from the movie ‘Frozen’was very evident. The array of animals on display from the agricultural society delighted everyone
We pray for the happy repose of the soul of Fr Tim Tuohy, Retired Parish Priest of Mullagh (Kilmurry-Ibrickane), Born on 25th February 1926. Fr Tim Tuohy was a native of Feakle, Co Clare and was a priest of the Diocese of Killaloe for 63 years. He studied for the priesthood at St Patrick's College, Maynooth where he was ordained in 1951. Following ordination he was appointed temporarily to the emigrant Mission in Brentwood Diocese but returned that December to take up a post on the staff of St Flannans College. In 1954 he was seconded to the Diocese of Kildare and Leighlin serving first in Daingean and then in Edenderry, both in Co Offaly. In 1958 he returned to the diocese to become curate in Broadford. He was appointed CC Mullagh(Kilmurry Ibrickane) in 1960 and CC Killaloe in 1965. He was appointed Curate in Newmarket on Fergus in 1968. His first appointment as Parish Priest was in Kyle and Knock parish in 1984 and he moved in 1986 to become PP of Mullagh (Kilmurry Ibrickane) where he had previously served as Curate. He retired as Parish priest in July 2002 but continued to serve as Associate Pastor until his retirement from active ministry in 2012. Suaimhneas síoraí tabhair dó a Thiarna, agus go lonraí solas suthain air. Photos courtesy of Kevin Arthur
Many people from both Newmarket and Shannon attended last Sunday’s Mass at the Mass Rock in Knockane. Fr Tom Ryan lead the pilgrims on foot from the car park at the town centre in Shannon to Knockane. A sight to behold when they appeared over the hill to the sound of the Newmarket on Fergus Brass Band resonating from the valley below. Fr. Tom Fitzpatrick and Canon Reuben Butler were there to meet everyone as they arrived. A beautiful rendition from Triona and Marinella of ‘An raibh tú ag an gCarraig’ a song which speaks of Penal Days when the Mass was celebrated in secret at remote gatherings. The "Carraig" was the "Mass rock" used as a meeting-place and altar. According to native Irish "sean nos" singers, the words appear as a love song, "Were you at the Rock and did you see my Valentine?" (meaning either the priest or the Host). However, it was a code addressed to a disguised priest or congregant, so the enemy would not grasp the true meaning even if he spoke Irish. Great credit is due to all the people who prepared the road to the site and the area surrounding it and those who set up the Altar, chairs and PA. Many thanks to Jerry Cahill who kindly gave permission to hold this event on his land. Many thanks to Kevin Arthur for the photos. Some more photos can be viewed on the Shannon Parish Website http://www.shannonparish.ie/gallery/?album=1&gallery=231