A large crowd gathered in the sunshine at the Bennett family farm in Paddock last week, the ancestral home of Bishop Daniel Delany.
They were there from all parts of the world to see the unveiling of a plaque which marked the 200th anniversary of the death of Bishop Delany, who is the founder of the Brigidine Sisters and the Patrician Brothers.
Seamus Bennett whose land the Bishop’s home is located on, welcomed everyone, and told the story of his late father Peter who bought the farm in 1956 and instead of knocking down the Delany homeplace, decided to fence it off. The last inhabitants left in the 1920s and one of them - Martin Delaney - was also there for the plaque unveiling.
The house was restored in 2008 and 2009, and now stands proud as a testament to Bishop Delany.
Brigidine Sr Louise Cleary who travelled from Australia, and Patrician Brother Jerome Ellens who travelled from India unveiled the plaque of Bishop Delany, and afterwards Fr Willie Hennessy gave a blessing. Sr Claire Griffin and Brother Stephen Sweetman then read some words of wisdom from Bishop Delany, including “what you are, those who come after you will be.”
Sr Carmel McEvoy, a Mountrath native, also spoke, thanking the Bennett family for their hospitality. The crowd then travelled to St Fintan’s Church in Mountrath where Bishop Nulty said a celebratory mass.