Order of Malta mark 24 years in Cashel

Community Service

There was a full house at the Nagle Centre, in Canopy Street, on September 14, when the Cashel Order of Malta unit celebrated 24 years in the town.

Order of Malta members travelling from as far as Wexford and Athlone.

A lecture, presented by Commander Tom Hanly D.M, Irish Association SMDM gave a fascinating glimpse into the history of the, the oldest order of medieval chivalry, and their connection to Ireland, the order having first come to Ireland in 1172. The current Irish organisation can be traced back to 1938 and its foundation in Galway by Professor Conor O'Malley.

The organisation now has over 5000 members nationally, runs over 160 ambulances and not only offers first aid cover for sporting and community events but also provides transport for sick and infirm people as well as taking member of the public on pilgrimages both in Ireland and overseas, with perhaps their greatest role is now assisting people with daily living activities.

Richard Hennessy thanked everyone for attending and the local unit for their assistance in creating a mini-museum for the celebration of nearly a quarter of a century of service in Cashel.