A time to re­flect

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - By MYLES BUCHANAN

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

Reser­voir.

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.

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