Newtowncashel notes



Corr: John Kenny. Tel: 087 0507686 e-mail:

Farewell Fr. Brady

On Saturday night last our parish held a ‘Farewell Celebration’ for our Parish Priest, Fr. Brady. This night began with a ‘Mass of Thanksgiving’. The Church was packed with people from all over the parish and beyond coming together to wish Fr. Brady well. The Pastoral Council sincerely thank all who made the Mass very special; Servers, Choirs, Readers, and all the people who took part in the different processions. Sincere thanks to all who cleaned inside and outside the Church, making sure it looked its best. Afterwards, we travelled down to the ‘The Hill’ for the social part of the evening. Sincere thanks to all who worked so hard ensuring that we were treated to some very tasty refreshments, along with excellent music and song from the young local talent in our community. In addition Fr. Brady was presented with a ‘Waterford Crystal Lamp’ and a Cheque from the Parish, expressing the thanks and good wishes from the people of Cashel. The Regional Pioneers and Parents Association also made presentations with other clubs and committees in the parish joining the parish presentation. The evening brought the entire parish together to say a very fitting farewell to a man that has made a huge contribution to our parish over the past two decades. In September 1994 Fr. Brady was appointed as Parish Priest to Newtowncashel. Since then he has touched the lives of so many in the parish. Church Grounds, House and Land have been maintained to a very high standard over the past 20 years with Fr. Brady taking a personal interest in all work carried out, very often on site himself making sure all was going according to plan! As a result, he leaves behind an excellent Church for worship and magnificent grounds. Throughout his time in Cashel, Fr. Brady was a hugely Prayerful and Spiritual Man. As we know a great deal of time, planning and preparation went into all Church and Sacramental preparation. At Christmas and Easter, everything was meticulously done and ordered. Additionally, he took great interest in how people were doing and progressing with life. He was a man that involved himself with many organisations in the parish, always keen to progress Newtowncashel further. During his time he made an immense contribution in the refurbishment and extension of ‘The Hill. In addition, many parishioners and beyond have remarked that no matter where Fr. Brady was he always spoke friendly or waved, meaning a lot to so many. The Pastoral Council wish to thank the People of Newtowncashel for their generosity over recent weeks, ensuring that Fr. Brady got the ‘Farewell Celebration’ he deserved. As Fr. Brady prepares to take up his appointment in Shannonbridge, we the Pastoral Council join with the people of Cashel in wishing him good health and happiness as he continues his work and vocation in the weeks, months and years ahead. On a much more personal level,this correspondent has to say that Fr.Brady was a true gentleman,and had a strong sense of fairness and virtue.His contribution to the Parish was immense,and there are untold instances where he did so many things for so many people which was never made public. Regarding these local notes,his comprehensive weekly newsletter,compromised much of the material that appears in it ,as most people informed me to ‘put in what was in the newsletter’!You were always guaranteed professional and to the point information.I thank him for the use of the newsletter’s material. Suffice to say,Best Wishes Fr.Brady,you will be greatly missed from our Parish.


The Diocesan Pilgrimage to Knock takes place on Sunday the 6th of September. The bus leaves from The Hill at 10a.m. Tickets are €16.00 each,available at Kenny’s Foodstore, The Village.

Pattern Day

Pattern Day will be celebrated at Lady Well, Derrydarragh,on Saturday the 5th of September. Mass follows recitation of The Rosary at 6p.m.

Harvest Festival

The Harvest Festival and Field Day scheduled for last Sunday was cancelled due to the forecast of adverse weather. In lieu of the Festival and Field Day a fundraising night will be held in Gav’s Bar, Kenagh on Saturday the 5th of September. Barbeque and Pig on a spit. Proceeds in aid of St. Christopher’s.

Cemetery Sunday

Cashel Cemetery 30th of August. Mass and prayers for the dead at 6p.m. This Mass will replace the 10.30a.m. Mass in the Church. Drivers are asked to leave the parking areas in the immediate vicinity of the cemeteries free for cars transporting persons of diminished or limited mobility. All are requested to co-operate with the stewards at Cashel Cemetery and avoid causing an obstruction. The driveway into the cemetery should be used for set-down only, not for parking. Plot holders are urged to look after the resting places of their departed. A collection will be taken up at Cashel graveyard on Cemetery Sunday. The proceeds go,in their entirety, to the upkeep and maintenance of the burial grounds. The Cemeteries committee would appreciate generous support.

Broadband competition

Following another successful meeting last week, we continue with another meeting this Thursday evening the 27th of August in The Hill at 8.30p.m. The purpose of these meetings is to put together a submission to Eircom for their competition to supply a community or parish with broadband which is worth €250,000 of an investment. If you are interested in contributing in any way please do come along.

Drama Group

The group are holding their AGM on Monday night, August 31 at 9pm in The Hill. All members are expected to attend and new members are welcome.

Community Games

Newtowncashel Community Games AGM will take place on Tuesday the 1st of September at 8pm in GAA clubhouse. Please forward nominations for positions on the committee as soon as possible.


Best of luck to the Cashel team who play near neighbours Rathcline, this Saturday evening at 5.45pm in the county semi-final at Glennon Bros. Pearse Park. Please support the team as they seek to reach the County Final.