Community Notes Aug 6th
August 03, 2022
Retirement of Fr. Hickey PP
Fr. Hickey retires at the end of the month. News of his retirement has been circulating for a number of weeks but it was confirmed officially last week. He has spent some twenty- two years of devoted, priestly service with us in Timoleague and his departure has caused much sadness to his parishioners. However, we have been honoured and privileged to have had him among us during that time. He has been extremely proud of the parish and its parishioners and its two beautiful churches. Fr. Paddy as a noted historian also has a special “gra” for the two imposing monastic ruins in the parish, namely the Cistercian monastery at Abbeymahon and the Franciscan Friary at Timoleague.
Now that he is taking leave of us – he is only going up the road to Newcestown, another parish close to his heart, where he served as a curate in his youth. Before he takes leave of us, he will celebrate mass within the walls of our beloved Abbey at Timoleague on Tuesday evening August 30th at 7pm. This occasion will be one of joy and celebration with perhaps a tint of sadness thrown in, as he performs one of his final duties with us as our parish priest. Refreshments will be served afterwards at The Community Hall.
A public meeting will be held at the Abbey on Tue. August 9th. at 7pm to make arrangements for the mass. Those who wish to give a helping hand and assist in any way will be most welcome.
Fit- Up Theatre
On Thursday evening last, Irene Kelleher gave a brilliant performance of her play “Wake” before a large appreciative audience at Timoleague Hall. On this Thursday Aug. 4th. “The Parish” will be performed at Timoleague beginning at 8pm. This play has been written by Michael Ryan and Sean Kellaher and both will star in the production of this hilarious comedy. Michael and Sean bring to life a range of characters that can be found in every rural community.
Timoleague Harvest Festival makes a welcome return after a number of years on the side-line. It runs from Friday August 12th to Sunday August 22nd. A comprehensive programme of events is planned. There will be music on the street on the first Saturday night performed by The Phoenix Band. The adult fancy dress parade will be held on Sunday night followed by the official opening. On Monday night a historical walk will take place through the streets of the village. Diarmuid Kingston and Donal Whooley will relive the events that happened here 100 years ago during The War of Independence and The Civil War. Mike Denver plays in the Timoleague Parish Church on Thursday Aug. 18th. There will be open- air music on the streets on Fri. with Gerard Ahern and The Old Moderns. The following night Pa Fitz will entertain on the street. An afternoon tea dance will take place at The Community Hall on Sunday afternoon.
The ever -popular Mc Fadden’s Fun Fair will be at The Green for the duration of the festival.
Charity Vintage Working Day
A date for the diary. A charity vintage working day being run by West Cork Ploughing and Threshing Association and sponsored by Derry O’Donovan Ltd. will be held on Sunday August 14th at Jerry O’Leary’s Farm at Castleview. More details next week.