Historical Walking Tour
Clondra Historical Walking Tour Sat 17th Aug. Meet at Croghans for a cup of tea at 1.30, walk starts at 2 for one hour approx. All welcome.
Congratulations and best wishes to Francis and Olivia Fallon, Clonard, Clondra on the birth of their baby girl, Micheala.
Cemetery Sunday in the parish takes place on Sunday August 18th with Mass in Killashee at 10.30am, Ballinakill at 3pm and prayers in Clondra at 7.30pm followed by evening mass at 8pm. Collection in Killashee cemetery will be taken up at the entrance gate to the cemetery. We would like to encourage people to tidy up their family graves for cemetery Sunday.
The death of Betty Neary Knappogue Clondra, occurred recently following a long illness bravely borne. The late Betty was a native of Tullamore and came to live in Clondra with her husband Tony and family in the mid 1970s. Betty was a wonderful mother and homemaker and her family and grandchildren were always her first priority. She was a lady of many talents, made lovely home made breads, enjoyed knitting and did exquisite embroidery and was also an avid reader, having green fingers and in the good weather Betty loved to spend time in and attend the garden. In earlier years Betty was very involved in Irish dancing feiseanna, along with her daughter Sheila who qualified as an Irish dance teacher, organising and attending many feises all over Co Longford and Tullamore. Many parents and pupils have very fine memories of meeting with Betty at these events and loved her relaxed manner and droll sense of humour. Betty was laid to rest in Newtownforbes cemetery. To her heartbroken husband Tony, daughters Beatrice, Sheila, Denise, sons, Joseph and Damien, grandchildren, sons in law, daughters in law, extended relatives friends and neighbours we extend our deepest sympathy. RIP.
The Clinch Gathering
Elizabeth Clinch emigrated to the USA in 1883 and never returned to her homeland again. Contact was lost with her extended family for over fifty years and was renewed again just a year ago and last weekend seven members of her extended family returned to see Clondra village where she grew up and also to visit the old homestead where the Clinch family lived in Begnagh (Skaugh). Then they returned to Rhynnmount to meet up with over forty cousins of the Oats, Kennedy Walsh, Murphy and Leavy families to renew acquaintances where celebrations continued into the early hours and were resumed again the next day before they set off on a sightseeing tour of Ireland.
The Gathering Killashee/Clondra
2013 is the year of the Gathering. This involves Ireland remembering and reaching out to our emigrants and friends throughout the world. Most families in the parish of Killashee/Clondra have someone that they know abroad. That could be a son, daughter, brother, sister, aunt, uncle cousin or more distant relative or friend. We would like to give you the opportunity to remember them in the parish this September at our commemorative Masses on Saturday 14th September 2013 in St Brendan’s Church Clondra at 8pm and Sunday September 15, 2013 in St Patricks Church Killashee at 10.30pm. This is a time to think of all our loved ones, be they still with us or passed on. Members of the pastoral council are hoping to visit all homes in our parish to explain how you can be part of our celebrations. Please return your forms as soon as possible. We are also looking for people to volunteer to help provide refreshments after both masses.