Following the recent renovations, Ballyouskill Church was re-opened on Saturday, December 22. The rededication ceremony was preformed by Dr Seamus Freeman, Bishop of Ossory assisted by the Very Reverend Tommy Murphy PP, and Very Reverend Canon Grant PE, all of whom concelebrated the mass. Bishop Freeman expressed great satisfaction with the work carried out and commended the parishioners on their dedication and support. Fr Murphy continued these sentiments by thanking Kevin Moore, Contractor; O’Brien Brothers, Painters and John Cahill, Electrician on the wonderful work carried out in such a short space of time. He also extended thanks all others who assisted in any way with the renovations and ceremonies thereafter. There was a very good attendance at the rededication ceremony but there was an even larger attendance at the Vigil Mass on Christmas Eve when the church was packed to capacity. Special thanks to Katherine Hyland organist and the local choir for enhancing both ceremonies.
The Wheel Inn
On the opposite side of the road in Ballyouskill the Wheel Inn had its official re-opening session on Sunday, December 23 with much ceol, craic and entertainment from local musicians and characters. Mr Frank Brennan, proprietor has been extremely busy over the Christmas season and we wish him continued success.
25 Progressive Card Games
The winners of the 25 Progressive Card Games in Ballyouskill on Friday, December 28 were Paddy and Tony Walsh (10 games); Murty Brophy and Tom Kealy (10 games). The winners of the raffle were Sean O’Shea (€25 Voucher); Paddy Walsh (Bottle of Whiskey); Pat Foley (Box of Chocolates); John Dalton (Box of Chocolates).
Congratulations to Colette Dunne daughter of Paddy and Bernie Dunne of Russellstown, Attanagh who recently graduated with a Master’s Degree in Human Nutrition and Metabolism at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland.
Older people in the community were saddened to learn of the death of Ned Holohan late of Portlaoise who died on December 27. The last member of his generation of the Holohans of Bawnraheen, he was predeceased by his brothers Stephen and Martin and his sister Ann. Ned was a baker by trade and was very well known in this locality in times gone by. Burial took place following requiem mass in Portlaoise cemetery. Sympathy is extended to his family, relatives and friends.