it was a night of celebrations in Knockaroo last Friday night as the local Church was re-opened following a makeover.
The rededication Mass was celebrated by Bishop of Ossory, Seamus Freeman who was joined by Parish Priest, Fr Jackie Robinson, Dean Seamus McEvoy from Errill and Fr Fintan Burke who also has connections to Knockaroo.
Knockaroo Church is the third church in the parish to be renovated in the last eight years. Fr Robinson was delighted with how the evening went.
“It’s a hugh achievement, but as I said on Friday night it’s all down to the generosity of the parishoners who give so generously to the envelope and plate collections each week, and who also support all the fundraising. I don’t have the final figure yet, but it will have cost approximately €340,000,” he said.
This included a €60,000 loan from the diocese, which Fr Robinson hopes to pay off next year.
“The Church was packed to capacity, it was a lovely night with a great atmosphere,” he said.
Most importantly the PP believed that the congregation was happy with their new Church.
“Everyone was thrilled and delighted. They thought the colour scheme, the painting, the carpets, the altar was lovely. People had the highest praise for the work,” said the PP.
Members of the four choirs in the parish, under the direction of Geraldine Campion, provided the music on the night. Local school children formed their own mini orchestra and performed instrumental music.
“The school children were excellent, under the baton of Paula Dowling. The choirs have been practicing for the last six weeks and they really added to the atmosphere of the occasion,” Fr Robinson enthused.
Refreshments were provided in the local hall after Mass. While the Church was closed, Mass was held in the local hall every Sunday.