Mick Burke and Anthony ‘Slacks’ Ryan, members of the organising committee who died in the past year, were fondly remembered at Monday’s Mass at the Holy Year Cross, writes Eamonn Wynne.
Their memory and those of others who died in the past year were recalled by committee member Tony Cronin before the start of the annual Mass.
The Holy Year Cross was erected just over 1,000 feet above sea level at Cnoc a Chomortais, or Scrouthea Hill, on August 20 1950 and every year since Mass has been celebrated there on the August Bank Holiday Monday.
The Mass at the hilltop overlooking Clonmel was blessed with sunshine and attracted another large congregation last Monday. The celebrant was Fr. Slawomir Jarzas, Ss Peter and Paul’s.
In his homily he recalled St. John Vianney, the patron saint of all priests, whose feast day was celebrated on the same day, Monday, August 4, the date of his death in 1859.
Contributions made by massgoers enabled the committee to support four local organisations/charitites in the past year - the Old Bridge Community Association, the Jack Hogan Fund, the Red Cross and Ss Peter and Paul’s Church renovation fund.