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Farewell Evening for Fr Alwill
Fr Alwill’s Farewell Evening
began with the Celebration of a Thanksgiving Mass
to mark the 40th Anniversary of his Ordination.
Concelebrating with Fr Gerry were Fr Oliver Kelly and Fr John McTiernan
The Mass was attended by a large congregation
a was concelebrated by local and neighbouring priests.
After the Mass a Presentation Function
was held in the Festival Marquee.
Tommy McLoughlin, Chairperson of the Pastoral Council,
presented Fr Gerry with a beautiful watercolour painting of the three local churches.
The painting is by local artist, Ethel McVeigh.
Other presentations were made by …..
The Chairpersons and Principals of Tarmon and Drumkeeran National Schools
The Festival Committee and the Rowenberry Enterprises
St Vincent de Paul and the Friendship Club
The Parish Finance Committee and The John McKenna Society
Drumkeeran Tidy Towns and Drumkeeran GAA Club
Lough Allen College
Fr Alwill and his neighbours from Killeshandra, Owen, Eamonn and Annie.
John and Rosa Brandt, Sara Bouchier, Mona and Geraldine Travers
John McTiernan, Rita McPadden, Veronica McTiernan and Kitty McNama
P. J. Daly, Bob Harris, and in the background, Paddy McMorrow.
Ethel McVeigh, Mairead Harris and Peggy Horan.
To conclude the evening the choir gave renditions of Come Back Paddy Reilly, Cavan Girl and Lovely Leitrim.
In his homily during the Mass Fr Alwill thanked the people of the parish
for the kindness and support they had given him over his twelve years in the parish.
Tommy McLoughlin and Seamus Gallagher thanked all who had planned
and prepared for the Mass and the function.
Our thanks to
for the photographs