Celebration of a life well lived
Neighbours, family, friends, parishioners and clergy gathered at Gortletteragh Cemetery on Monday, November 10th for the interment of the remains of Fr. Tommy Flynn of Granard and formerly of Drumgrania.
The people came to pay their respects and also to celebrate a life well lived.
Fr. Tommy would have been pleased with the happy and joyful nature of his final farewell from this earth, beginning with the lovely prayer service on the Sunday evening in the Manor Nursing Home conducted by Canon Brian Brennan, his friend of sixty years from their student days in Maynooth, who was assisted by Sr. Maeve and the choir and his own family; and continuing on Monday with his funeral mass, which was concelebrated by Bishops Francis and Colm, who were joined by many more priests and by the school children from Killoe and Granard. Fr. Simon’s beautiful homily on the life of Fr. Tom, as he was known in clerical circles would have brought a smile to his face. Fr. Tommy was a very humble and unassuming man who lived the word of Christ in his everyday life; always seeing the good in people, never one to judge. He had a great affection for the people of Granard and for those in his native parish of Gortletteragh. It was fitting that one of the gifts brought to the altar during his funeral mass was a stone from Gortletteragh. This correspondent would often céilí with Fr. Tommy when passing his house. He would speak kindly of his Granard parishioners and especially the young people in the schools who accorded him so much respect. He appreciated their friendship. He had high regard for his parish priest, Fr. Simon Cadam and his predecessor, the late Canon Frank Kelly who were so supportive and accommodating during their shared Christian ministry over his sixteen years in the parish. As Fr. Tommy and myself were from Drumgrania townland, the chat always came around to how things were going down home and how his neighbours were doing. He would often reminisce on his schooldays with Master McKenna. He felt very connected to his home parish. Fr. Tommy had fond memories from 2009 when he was invited to lead an ecumenical service with Farnaught Church of Ireland Rector, Rev Bill Atkins at the opening of the Gortletteragh/Farnaught NS Reunion celebrations. Joining them at the celebration was Bishop Colm O’Reilly, Fr. John Quinn and a host of others from the religious life, and parishioners of every faith. He was thrilled to be back on the Sunday in St. Mary’s Church, Gortletteragh celebrating the Reunion mass with his own people. Fr. Tommy was laid to rest in the Flynn family plot in Gortletteragh cemetery as was his wish. His fellow priests and Bishop Francis bade their graveside farewell to Fr. Tommy by the impromptu singing of ‘Salve Regína’ and how appropriate it was as he had a deep devotion to the Blessed Virgin. We tender sympathy with his brother Jude, sister Peggy, brother- in-laws, nieces and nephews, relatives, parishioners, friends and with the clergy of Diocese of Ardagh and Clonmacnois. Solas geal na bhFlaithis ar a anam dílis.
The Leitrim Vintage & Heritage Club will be holding an Autojumble in Cornageeha Community Centre on Sunday, November 23rd. It is an indoor and outdoor event with many items on sale, vintage and classic parts, new and old for cars, tractors and motorcycles; models and collectables, memorabilia, books, manuals, etc. There is also a ‘Vintage Vehicles for Sale’ section. To enter a vehicle, call 086 7304510. For bookings or stand enquiries, call 087 6537510 before November 22nd. Food and refreshments are available and free car parking. Doors open at 10 am. and everyone is invited along.
Gortletteragh/Fenagh Under 21s had a good championship win over Seán Ó hEslin on Saturday last. Well done lads.
The 2015 edition of the Leitrim Guardian will be launched on this Friday night and will be on sale locally over the weekend.