The late Fr Tom Flynn
On Wednesday morning, November 5th last all in the parish of Granard and indeed the entire Diocese was saddened to learn that our beloved curate Fr. Tom Flynn had lost his battle with prolonged illness at the regional hospital in Mullingar on Tuesday night. Fr.Tom joined us in Granard almost fifteen years ago having served as Parish Priest in Killoe for a number of years previously and right from the start he proved to be very popular with everyone but especially with the youth of the parish who loved meeting him and listening to his very witty jokes. Fr. Tom and the then parish priest in Granard the much loved and lamented Canon Frank Kelly had been friends in their seminary days and it was very obvious to all that there was a great friendship between them still and one helped out the other in all parish activities. While the late Conon Frank was a very outgoing and public person and Fr. Tom was a more reserved and private person, it is important to note that Canon Kelly’s kindness and help to his curate was always very obvious. When one thinks of Fr. Tom words like saintly, holy, loving, kind and gentle all come to mind as he epitomized everyone of them and we here in the parish of Granard were very privileged to have him to lead us in prayer, to join in our celebrations and to comfort us in sadness for the past number of years and we thank him for all of this. As well as been a very religious man Fr. Tom knew how to enjoy life in his own little way and he was a great man to have a chat with especially if one could talk football and while he might have had trouble recalling who he met yesterday or even parishioners names it was no bother to talk about great games and players of the past especially if St. Mel’s or his native Leitrim was involved. Of course he always encouraged and followed the fortunes of both clubs in the parish of Granard, St. Mary’s and Ballymore, but one felt that his loyalties were in Killoe as I recall him inquiring who Ballymore was playing one weekend and when I told him that Killoe was the opposition he put his tomb under his chin and his fingers over his nose and said with a smile, may the best team win. Along with football, Fr. Tom enjoyed drama and always spoke very fondly of Yew Tree Players in his former parish of Killoe and whenever they were on stage he would return to support them and indeed the welcome that was afforded to him really showed how much he was loved by all his former parishioners. He was also a great supporter of the local group Killeen Dramatic Society and over the years he encouraged them to make a comeback and we have no doubt that he would be very happy to see them back on stage now. Fr. Tom’s visits to the local schools was always looked forward to by all the children and some of them who are now young men and women will recall the jokes he shared with them and indeed they will put many’s the smile on many faces. Fr. Tom had a great love for Our Blessed Lady and some years ago he made the trip to Lourdes and on his return he had a rosary beads for all the children making their first communion in the parish and this gesture was much appreciated by all the children and no doubt some of them still have that rosary now. Fr. Tom’s remains reposed in Our Lady’s Manor, Edgeworthstown on Sunday evening and huge crowds filed past his open coffin and his removal arrived at St. Mary’s in Granard at 6pm where it was met with a number of Guards of Honour consisting of the local football clubs and other organizations which he encouraged. His funeral on Monday was largely attended and a big number of priests led by Bishop Francis Duffy and Bishop Emeritus Colm O’Reilly offered holy Mass for the happy repose of his soul and his Parish Priest Fr Simon Cadam paid a warm and loving tribute to him. Following the Mass he made his final journey (via Killoe) to his native Gortletteragh where he was laid to rest alongside his parents and family members in the local cemetery. We offer our sincere sympathy to his brother Jude sister Peggy brother in law, nephews and nieces and to his many friends who will miss him so much. May he rest in peace.
Congratulations to Aileen and Mark Richford, Mullingar on the birth of their first baby, a boy recently. The new arrival is to be named Tadgh and he is a welcome grandson for Paddy and Rose Kiernan, Muckerstaff.
Granard Area Action Group Ltd. are holding their annual Table Quiz in Fay’s Bar on Friday, 21 November at 9pm. As this is the only public fundraiser held during the year the group would greatly appreciate your support.
Congratulations to Lisa Kiernan, daughter of Vincent and Breige, Muckerstaff and Cian O’Brien Moate who announced their engagement recently. We wish you the very best with your future plans.
Granard garden club will meet in Lus na Greine on Monday night next, November 24th at 8pm and all members are reminded to attend and new members welcome.
Sincere sympathy is extended to the McCarthy and McKeon families on the death of Mrs. Mary McCarthy which occurred last week. The late Mary was a native of Sonnagh, Aughnacliffe and was aunt to Fr. Colman, Carrigy, Killoe to who we also offer sympathy. Sympathy is also offered to the Lynch family, Glannagh on the death of Johnny Lynch which occurred in New York recently. May they rest in peace.
Ballymore football club will hold their annual general meeting in Killeen School on Friday, November 28th next at 7pm and all members are encouraged to attend.
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