The Parish of Templemichael and Ballymacormack recently published its annual 'Parish Review', which each year looks back on the events of the previous year.
This year the publication contains a special supplement focussing on St. Mel's Cathedral and the aftermath of the events of Christmas Day 2009.
"We had such a year with the Cathedral," said Kitty Hughes of the Parish Review Committee, speaking to the Leader. "We knew everyone would want to know about the Cathedral and so we asked journalists in Longford to write pieces about it. They took different aspects of it and they answered the questions that people were asking.
"It was great the way that people came together in the aftermath of the fire. Each week an ordinary gym is transformed into a beautiful place of worship. I feel that the Cathedral fire has brought to light a lot of hidden talent," said Kitty.
The 24 page full colour supplement to the Parish Review was edited by former Longford Leader editor Eugene McGee and involved the work of a
local journalists. Its articles include a look at the damage of the fire, the development of the St. Mel's Cathedral Centre, a section on frequently asked questions, the parish's commitment to restoration, the ongoing path towards restoration, Cathedral treasures and the Diocesan Museum. The Parish Review for 2010 also contains great contributions from many active organisations within the Parish of Templemichael and Ballymacormack. These include the Longford Branch of the Alzheimer's Society, the Attic Youth Cafe, GOAL and Longford Town ICA Guild. The publication also brings together some highlights of 2010 including the new Nativity Crib at the St Mel's Cathedral Centre.
"We are now looking forward to 2011 and the plans for the restoration. It spells the beginning of a new chapter," said Kitty.
The Parish Review was distributed throughout the Diocese last weekend and is currently available in local shops and at the St. Mel's Cathedral Centre at the weekend. If you have not received a copy, you are asked to check your local shop or contact your local parish priest.
The Parish Review Committee would like to extend a 'thank you' to all who contributed and helped with the publication.