In suitable weather, the annual pilgrimage to Trinity Island at the Derries upper took place at the weekend and was attended by hundreds of people from Kilmore and adjoining parishes. Indeed some pilgrims travelled in excess of one hundred miles to join the ceremonies which commenced with mass on the island, celebrated on Friday evening by Rev Peter Casey PP. Throughout Saturday, there was a steady stream of worshippers, with all kneeling in prayer on the sacred ground with that days pilgrimage concluding with the celebration of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass at 6pm after which the hard working ladies committee provided food to all present which was much appreciated by the large congregation and in particular by pilgrims who had travelled long journeys. The ceremonies on Sunday – the third day of the pilgrimage – which was again blessed with glorious weather, saw record numbers of pilgrims for the final ceremonies which concluded with the holy sacrifice of the mass followed by refreshments to which all present in the very large congregation were invited to join. The entire weekend of prayer and devotion was in every way an outstanding success and enormous credit must go to the chief organiser Very Rev Peter Casey PP who in partnership with his excellent team of voluntary helpers (male and female) attended to every detail, thus ensuring that the three day event at this sacred ground ran without a hitch, with a very special thank you to the O’Dowd family for their courtesy, kindness and total co-operation year in and year out and which makes this now annual event possible and successful and may the good Lord reward all concerned for their labours.
There is growing speculation that phase 2 on the work on the bye-road at Urney will shortly recommence which is very welcome news among the local community as well as all the road users.
Sam Bennett memorial
The local and district vintage club are finalising arrangements for this year’s annual Sam Bennett Memorial tractor runs which will take place on Saturday, 28 June, beginning from the Community Centre Car park at Main St, Ballinagh where registration can be made from 11am onwards with the tractor run timed to start at 12 noon. Over the years, this annual event receives massive support from people far and near which is much appreciated by the organisers and which in turn means that many deserving organisations receive generous financial support as a result of the success of the tractor run and so we appeal to everyone to please do support this year’s tractor run and do please remember the date June 28th.
Drumcor Active Retirement are organising a trip to Spanish Point, Co Clare from 14th to 17th July and further information and full particulars can be obtained by calling (049) 433 7168/ 4364848 or 4337759.