Sr Margaret Doyle, Mooncoin
Anniversary: Tullahought: Greta Purcell, Kilmacoliver
Mass Times: Weekend: Windgap: Saturday, 7.30 pm. Tullahought: Sunday, 10 am.
Weekdays: Masses at usual times (except in the event of a funeral).
Readers: August: 6, Tom Mackey; 13, Eimear O’Shea; 15, Ciara Smith; 20, Rita Phelan; 27, Caoimhe O’Shea
Eucharistic Ministers: August: 6, Breda O’Shea; 13, Eileen O’Gorman; 15, Margaret Mackey; 20, Joan Waters; 26, Liz Jackson
Collectors for August: Richie Downey, Mary Lonergan.
Tullahought: Eucharistic Ministers: July: 31, Eileen Grace, August: 7, Leo Conalty; 14, Patricia Power; 21, Mary Walsh; 28, Eileen Grace.
Mystery Tour of Templeorum: During Heritage week 2016 the South Kilkenny Historical Society is putting on a Local History Mystery Tour of Templeorum on Sunday, 28th August from 3pm to 6pm. Meeting place: Templeorum Church (Eddie Synnott, 086 8124349).
Fr Raftice: Fr Raftice has moved from the nursing home in Ferrybank to that of Drakelands in Kilkenny and is keeping well as he approaches his 86th birthday. Nár laga Dia é.
Do you what to know more about your Church and your faith? If so why not take part in a course offered in St Kieran’s College for the coming year. Two nights a week from Oct to Dec and Jan to May this course will explore areas such as Scripture, Moral Theology, the Church, Liturgy and Sacraments, and Church History. It is intended for those who are new to theology and those who want to explore it a little further. For further information see www.ossory.ie or contact 056-7753624 or 087-9081470.
Callan’s World War I Memorial due for unveiling Sunday 28 August. Callan’s Memorial to the memory of all who participated in World War I will be unveiled on Sunday 28 August 2016. Many from outside Callan signed up for military service in World War I in Callan including some from Windgap. We are making a list of those from Windgap who fought in WWI. At present we have 15 names from the parish of Windgap.
Callan CBS Kenya Immersion Programme: A group of 15 students and 3 teachers (including Cian Ryan) from Coláiste Eamon Rís will be travelling to Kenya next Easter to take part in an immersion programme. They will be busy fundraising throughout the coming year having to raise €30,000 towards the trip. In addition each participating student will have to raise €500 towards his own expenses.
Pilgrimage to the Shrines of France: 7 - 14 Oct.
An opportunity to visit Lourdes,Avignon,Ars,Paray-Le Monial, Nevers, Paris & Lisieux; 7 nights; cost €799 including insurance. For further information please contact Fr. Larry O'Keeffe, PP Mooncoin Co. Kilkenny.
Curates of Windgap: John Walsh (contd.): When Fr Walsh was in Windgap he attended the funeral in Kilmacow of Fr Nicholas Phelan who died of “typus fever” in the Rower in April 1867 and who was buried in his native Kilmacow late in the evening before the requiem Mass next day in Kilmacow. The date of Fr Walsh’s appointment as curate in Callan is uncertain but he was succeeded by Edmund or Edward Walsh, a native of Clogga, Mooncoin. Edmund was baptised 21 January 1840, probably the day after his birth. The son of James Walsh and Ellen Walsh, he studied for the priesthood in St. John’s College, Waterford. At that time the diocesan seminary in Kilkenny (St. Kieran’s) was not functioning and had been limping along for almost two decades. He was ordained probably in 1866. His first curacy was in Windgap where he spent a year (July 1866-July 1867). It was a time of Fenian activity in Ireland and in March 1867 the police stations in Kells, Windgap and Harley Park were ‘broken up’ (moved, I presume) because of their proximity to other houses which might have been set on fire and caused great danger. In March 1867 the local newspaper reported a large encampment of Fenians on Slievenamon and the presence of two companies of soldiers in the workhouse in Callan, presumably to counter Fenian activity. The Freeman’s Journal reported on 10 April the arrest in Callan of
“a young man named John Locke, an assistant in one of our National Schools, who was at once lodged in the local bridewelL Sub-Inspector Lawless and party then proceeded to his residence, accompanied by a crowd of women and lads, and made a most diligent search, but nothing treasonable was discovered. It appears the prisoner is a person- of nice literary tastes ... In the evening- the prisoner was removed to Kilkenny jail under a strong escort.
John Locke’s poetic prowess was already recognised. Presumably he had sympathisers in the parish, but if he had, the bishop did not know about them, for on the occasion of his visit to Windgap the previous June he congratulated its priests and people on being entirely free from “Fenianism and drunkenness”! The PP must have given the Bishop (a native of Luffany) a good report. Fr Walsh served subsequently as curate in Glenmore (1867-71), Rosbercon (1871-81), Urlingford (1881-85), Castlecomer (June-Sept.1885) and Inistioge (Febr.1887-Dec.1888); he retired from active ministry in Inistioge.
The Lingaun: “The trout and salmon always in the Lingawn, and the stately deer, all life and celerity, on its green arborous banks” (“An breac ‘sa bradán a gcomhnaighe ann san Loingeán agus an fiadh mordha, do beodha, biodhgamhuil, air bhruachaibh glasa, craobhacha na h-abhann”). This tradition was recorded by John Dunne, schoolteacher in Poulacapple (resident of Garryricken). He also wrote in a footnote to his article “The Fenian Traditions of Sliabh na mBan” published in the JKAS in 1851, that Cuinneóg was the word used for a churn in Killamery. It means in Irish a churn or a pail. Is it still used?