Fr. Anthony McSweeney was celebrant at this year’s St. Patrick’s Day Mass, which happened to fall on a Sunday resulting in a packed Holy Trinity Parish Church. On St. Patrick’s Day annually, the local Scouts and Girl Guides come out in force with their leaders and make a terrific impact dressed in their uniforms, holding banners and flags. Many of the Slievenamon Ladybirds and Brownies were also decked out for St. Patrick’s Day wearing their ‘green’ accessories for the occasion. Fr. McSweeney congratulated them on their attendance and also referred to the lovely opening reading by Michael James Phelan explaining the origin of the shamrock.
The primary school children’s choir is an integral part of St. Patrick’s Day Mass in Fethard for many years and this year’s choir, led by teacher Ms Rita Kenny, was no exception. The eighty plus children accompanied by organist, Ms Goldie Newport, sang beautifully and all involved received a rousing round of applause at the end of the Mass.
This year it was also lovely to see so many visitors back home with their families in Fethard for St. Patrick’s Day. One face in the congregation was noticeably missing this year and not through his own fault – that person was Tony Newport who we believe has never missed the school choir singing on St. Patrick’s Day up to this year, due to his recuperation after a minor operation. We send Tony our best wishes for a speedy recovery and look forward to his return to full health.
Fr. McSweeney, at the conclusion, thanked all for attending, Scouts, Girl Guides, the teachers, children’s choir, Goldie Newport, Sr. Winnie, and all who helped decorate the church with flowers for the occasion. Finally he sent best wishes and blessing to all our families and relatives living throughout the world.