On Friday night last Cashel Town Council accorded one of its final civic receptions when it honoured Rev Dr. Philip Knowles, who has retired as Dean of Cashel.
Mayor Cllr. Joe Moloney, in his opening address welcome Rev Knowles, his family members and invited guests to the council chamber.
The mayor chronicled Rev Knowles’s time in the town. The thread which ran through the mayor’s address and indeed through the comments of the other councillors were of a kind, pleasant, understanding man who endeared himself to all who came in contact with him. The mayor went on to say that Rev. Knowles’s many talents saw him achieve a lot in the nineteen years he was amongst us,respected for his ecumenism and interdominational ethos. He got to know all the people of Cashel and was at ease wherever the situation or occasion brought him. Whether through his musical or culinary prowess his enthusiastic fundraising abilities were never in doubt, the work carried out on the Cathedral Spire, the Bolton Library and Clonbeg Church bear testament to that. Mayor. Moloney concluded by wishing Rev Knowles, long, happy and healthy retirement and Cashel’s loss was Athy’s gain. In reply Rev. Knowles said it was a wonderful honour to him and he deeply appreciated the huge act of reward and respect bestowed upon him by the council. He said the attributes by the various speakers were but a reciprocation of those shown to him by the people of Cashel, which is why it took him nearly nine months to to make up his mind on leaving. He spoke of the enjoyment he got from the ecumenical activities believing that heaven is for all and not for any particular group. . His move to Athy he said is really a move home as a good deal of his young life was spent in or around the Curragh and county Kildare. He thanked the mayor, councillors and the town clerk for the honour bestowed on him.