An Cúigiú Domhnach Fichead Saor: 16/17 Meán Fómhair 2016
Recent Death: Daniel (Danny) Brennan, Arles, Co. Laois
Anniversaries: Windgap: Watty Culleton, Coolhill.
Tullahought: Thomas Purcell, Inchanagloch.
MassTimes: Weekend: Windgap: Saturday, 7.30 pm. Tullahought: Sunday, 10 am.
Weekdays: Tuesday, 9.a.m. Otherwise at usual times (except in the event of a funeral).
Windgap: Readers: September: 17, Marie Brown; 24, Larry O’Shea; October: 1, Sean Foley; 8, Heather O’Brien.
Eucharistic Ministers: September: 17, Ann O’Shea; 24, Breda O’Shea; October: 1, Eileen O’Gorman; 8, Margaret Mackey; 15, Joan Waters; 22, Liz Jackson.
Collectors for September: Tom & Margaret Mackey.
Tullahought: Eucharistic Ministers:, September: 4, Leo Conalty; 11, Patricia Power; 18, Mary Walsh; 25, Eileen Grace.
Windgap: Weekday Mass on Tuesdays changed to 9 a.m.
Harvest Festival this weekend in Windgap and Tullahought. Our thanks to all who have prepared the churches so beautifully.
Ballytobin Open Day: The annual Open Day at the Camphill Community, Ballytobin will take place on Sunday, 18th September, from 2.00 pm to 5.00 pm. This is an important fund-raising occasion for the community.
Camogie: Comhghairdeas to the Kilkenny Senior and Intermediate Teams on their All-Ireland wins and particularly to our club players.
Windgap Senior Camogie Team are playing Piltown in the first round of the championship on Sunday 18th Sept – in Windgap. All support welcome (Anne)
Windgap Junior Hurlers are playing Piltown in Piltown at 11.30 am this Sunday in the last round of the league. Your support would be much appreciated.
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.
Pietà House: Kilkenny Federation ICA are having a Loop Walk in aid of Pietà House on Saturday, 8 October at 11 a.m. The walk will start at the lake. Refreshments will be served in the community centre afterwards. All are welcome. Further enquiries to Maria Landy at 0879518384.
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.
Fr Nicholas Sheehy Commemoration: Sat. 24th September, 11.00 am, The Main Guard, Clonmel, Tipperary County Museum will host a talk by Prof. Maurice Bric (UCD) on the 250th anniversary of Fr Sheehy’s execution. Adm free. Fr Sheehy, PP of Clogheen, Burncourt and Ballyporeen, was hanged, drawn & quartered in 1766 having been found guilty in a show trial which stemmed from his supposed involvement with the Whiteboy movement. To book your seat please contact Julia on 07 61 06 5254 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Golden Jubilee: Sr Alice Aylward celebrated her Golden Jubilee last Sunday in Tullahought and sent a very nice thank you card in which she expresses her thanks to the parish community. She wrote: “I was amazed and overwhelmed by the hearty welcome and lavish hospitality ... To me the whole event demonstrated a vibrant, committed parish community, the fruits of whose labours are evident everywhere in the scenic and picturesque surroundings. Borrowing from Laudato Si, Tullahought area/vicinity, “is a caress of God”. Míle buíochas! May you be richly blessed! Beannachtaí” (Sr Alice Aylward).
Faugheen Meeting: Dunoair have appealed the Tipperary Co. Co. refusal for eight wind turbines overlooking the Knockroe Passage Tomb to An Bord Pleanála. The Caiseal Conservation Committee and the Suir Valley Environmental Group are holding a public information meeting on Thursday, 22 September, in Faugheen Clubhouse at 8pm. Please come along and find out what you can do to help; we will have advice for all those who wish to send observations to An Bord Pleanála. It is important to see a good crowd there, so please spread the word. Thanks to all who turned out in Knockroe for the visit of Minister Heather Humphreys during the week and for Dr Muiris Ó Suilleabháin’s talk (Richard Walsh).
Priests of the Parish: James Purcell was born in Gaulstown, Kilmacow, early in 1842 and studied in St. Kyran's College (1856/7-61), and Maynooth (1861-69). He was ordained in 1869. He served as curate in Gowran (1869 - 72) before being appointed to Windgap on 8 December 1872. He spent four and a half years in Windgap. While there he had the pleasure of seeing a local lad James Cosgrave (W. Reg.: Cosgrive, born 1848 Barnathasna), then a pupil of St. Kieran’s, and later a priest of Ossory diocese, obtain the degree of Bachelor of Philosophy at the Catholic University, in June 1874. He had the altogether sadder experience of having to look after a close friend Fr Joseph Dunphy who spent his last days with him in Windgap. A native of Kilmacow, who had been teaching in St. Kieran’s and a younger contemporary of his in Maynooth, Fr Dunphy died at the age of thirty. Solemn Office and High Mass for him were held in Windgap Chapel on 3 January 1876 after which he was buried in Kilmacow with his relatives.
Fr Purcell subsequently served as curate in Ballycallan (July 1877-June 1885) and Slieverue (June 1885 - Dec.1889) before his appointment as PP Dunnamaggin on 16/17 Decembe.1889. He served for almost thirty-three years as parish priest of Dunnamaggin, living in Kilmoganny (in what is now St. Joseph’s Home). He died 17 March 1922 in his 81st year. His funeral mass was celebrated in Kilmoganny and he was buried in front of the chapel in Kilmoganny where there is a monument with an inscription in Irish to his memory. Votes of sympathy at his passing were passed by the various clubs in Kilmoganny – the Gaelic League Class, the local Company of the IRA, the Sinn Fein Club, the Temperance Club, and the Old-Age Pension Sub-Committee.
Fr Purcell was described in his obituary as a man of extremely fine physique and noted athletic prowess. For some years before he died he was invalided and was helped in the parish by his nephew and curate Fr Edmond Purcell.
Callan WWI Memorial contains the names of 188 men and three women who enlisted in Callan for the Great War. We are compiling our own list for the parish of Windgap. People from the parish enlisted in Callan, Carrick, Clonmel, England, New York, USA, and Brisbane, Australia.