Great Week of Celebration in Killeshandra Parish
Celebrations of the 150th Anniversary of St Brigid’s Church began on Monday 16th September with a much acclaimed concert in the Church. Artists featured included the Virginia Gospel Choir who set the tone during the first half of the show with their unique brand of Gospel Music.
Prior to the interval parish priest Fr. Dan Sheridan launched a book entitled St. Brigid’s Church Killeshandra Sesquicentennial 1863 -2013 edited by Brian Connolly. The book contains the ecclesiastical history of the parish, details of all past and present clergy who served and continue to serve in the parish. Biographical details of diocesan priests native to the parish are also included. Of great benefit is the inclusion of all headstone inscriptions in the adjoining cemeteries – a map of the old cemetery will prove most beneficial.
Part 2 of the concert featured St. Brigid’s Church choir, Marie Therese McCartin quartet, Killeshandra Junior Comhaltas and soloists Geraldine McCaffrey, Lil Fleming, Claire O’Reilly and Fr. Darragh Connolly. Musical accompaniment was by Ms. Eileen Tackney. Many spot prizes were distributed on the night thanks to the generosity of many sponsors.
Friday 20th of September was a special evening of celebration as it marked the 150th Anniversary of the opening and dedication to the exact day. Mass of Rededication was celebrated by parish priest Fr. Dan Sheridan, assisted by diocesan priests native to the parish, Fr. Colm Hurley P.E., newly arrived curate Fr. Donald Hannon and priests from St. Brigid’s Pastoral Area. The homilist on the special occasion was Fr. John Phair parish priest of Templeport and native of Killeshandra. Eamonn Sexton, Chairman of the parish pastoral council, welcomed everybody and thanked all those who had made it such successful week of celebration in the parish. Before the final blessing Fr. Dan thanked all who had skillfully contributed to the renovation works both inside and outside – Peter Maguire Construction, Donald McDonald and his workforce from Kilkenny Marble Works for the impressive new Reredos and much praised new entrance steps, Woodford Decorators and Terry Boyle Electrical all under the watchful eye of Michael Fitzpatrick Architect. Brass work was completed by Brian Nerney, Streete, Co. Westmeath. Afterwards everybody retired to the local national school for refreshments prepared and served by the local ladies catering committee.