Bal­ly­hea Par­ish An­nual out now

The Corkman - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

THE very pro­gres­sive par­ish priest of Bal­ly­hea, Right Rev­erend Mon­signor James O’Brien, pro­duced a very at­trac­tive Bal­ly­hea Par­ish An­nual over the Christ­mas pe­riod, which pre­sented a cross sec­tion of the par­ish and of the groups and or­gan­i­sa­tions that work through­out the year for the ben­e­fit of the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

The book records the visit of the group of par­ish­ioners from the Arch­dio­cese of Toledo in Spain that vis­ited Bal­ly­hea en route to the World Gath­er­ing of Fam­i­lies hosted by Pope Fran­cis at Croke Park and in the Phoenix Park in Dublin last Au­gust.

The ac­tiv­i­ties of the Bal­ly­hea Na­tional School and pre-school is re­counted, as are those of the com­mu­nity coun­cil, the GAA, the So­ci­ety of the St. Vin­cent de Paul, the Gun Club and Com­mu­nity Alert, as well as Charleville Agri­cul­tural Show, whose grounds are also lo­cated within the par­ish.

Look­ing back in his­tory, the an­nual re­calls and pays trib­ute to the many re­li­gious vo­ca­tions to the priest­hood and the re­li­gious life that have em­anated from the par­ish, es­pe­cially the priests and nuns who have worked self­lessly on the mis­sions spread­ing the Gospel of Christ to the far­thest ends of the earth. “They serve as an in­spi­ra­tion for the youth of the par­ish to fol­low in their foot­steps,” states the ar­ti­cle.

As 2018 also marked the cen­te­nary of the end of the Great War there is also a brief ac­count of the War Chap­lains from the dio­cese of Cloyne who served in the trenches of Flan­ders.

There is also a piece on the ar­chi­tect who built the church, which is par­tic­u­larly rel­e­vant to to­day given that the win­dows are be­ing re­placed along with other ren­o­va­tions in the lo­cal St. Mary’s Church.

The an­nual is a ‘must’ for any­body from the Bal­ly­hea par­ish, be they liv­ing presently in the par­ish, any­where in Ire­land or abroad to keep them abreast of life as it is lived to­day in their na­tive lo­cal­ity.

Above: This group were in high spir­its at the Nol­laig na mBan cel­e­bra­tion at the Charleville Park Ho­tel. In­cluded are Jen­nifer Dil­lon, Tina Sup­ple, Kate Joanne Dono­van, EEileen Sup­ple, Jane O’Dea and Noreen Walsh. Right: Ide Forde, Siob­han Curtin and Mairead Cre­gan at the Nol­laig na mBan cel­e­bra­tion in the Charleville Park Ho­tel.

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