The delightful warm weather and bright colourful atmosphere added to the sense of occasion that marked Fr Harry’s golden jubilee (June 8th 2013) celebrating 50 years of exemplary faithful service of a good and loving priest. Born in Scarriff, Co Clare in 1938, Fr Harry is the eldest of five children. He attended Scarriff National School and St Flannan’s College, Ennis before commencing his priesthood studies in Carlow College in 1956. He was ordained in the Cathedral of the Assumption Carlow on June 8th 1963. Fr Harry ministered in Eyrecourt Galway, Feakle & Killena/flagmount, Ballywilliam & Portroe, Co Tipperary, Quin/Clooney/Mahera, Killimer/Knockerra. He has been with us in Clarecastle/Ballyea since 1998. Parishioners from all the parishes that Fr Harry ministered to processed with candles to signify the start of a very special Mass of Thanksgiving. A very appropriate liturgy was significantly enhanced by the combined choirs of Clarecastle and Ballyea. Soloists and musicians excelled and Fr Tom Hogan delivered a memorable homily with key themes centring on Fr Harry’s home and all homes being the real church, a sacred place and the virtue of 50 years of faithfulness. Family and parishioners participated by way of readings, prayers and reflections. Over 350 people availed of refreshments at the local primary school where bishop Kieran spoke eloquently about Fr Harry’s dedication to church and community. The joint Parish Councils of Clarecastle/Ballyea and the School Principal made presentations to Fr Harry to commemorate the occasion. Fr Harry spoke of his great joy in ministering to all the parishes he served and acknowledged the great support he has enjoyed from Parish/Pastoral Councils down through years. He thanked his family for their great demonstration of support and all who helped in any way to make his jubilee celebration the occasion that it was.
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