A time to reflect
Marie Brophy and Maire McDonald at the blessing of the memorial garden in memory of those who moved to make way for the Poulaphouca Reservoir.
BISHOP Eamonn Walsh was a recent visitor to St Joseph’s Church, Valleymount as he helped celebrate 11.15 a.m. Sunday mass.
This was followed by the blessing of the Memory Garden located at the front of the Parochial House.
The garden commemorates the memory of the families who were displaced and affected by the flooding of the Valley in 1939–1940 to make way for the creation of the Poulaphouca
Bishop Walsh’s attendance was part of a three-day Art and Heritage Festival held in Valleymount. He was thanked for his encouraging and supportive homily as part of the mass, before officially carrying out the blessing of the Memorial Garden.
Special thanks were also passed on to Kevin Byrne and his family, along with many members of the local community who created the garden and donated materials, time and energy to make it possible.
If anyone would like to contribute a donation towards the expense of creating the garden, please leave it in an envelope for the sacristan in Valleymount Church.
The festival also included a performance in Valleymount Hall by the only recently formed Valleymount Theatre Company of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, the classic Shakespeare comedy fittingly staged on midsummer eve.
Valleymount Hall also hosted a heritage exhibition on the history of the parish.
Relatives of the families who were moved from the Valley to make way for the Poulaphouca Reservoir.
Martin Twyford, Michael O’Brien, Bridie Gleeson, Clare O’Brien and Paddy Gleeson.
Andrew Quinn, Joe Quinn, Ballinahown, and David Quinn.
Seamus Doyle, Bishop Eamonn Walsh and Kevin Byrne.
Sean O’Neill, Bishop Eamonn Walsh and Deacon Gerry Malone.
Ita Hll and Rosemary Cleary.