The funeral of the late Mr Bobby Ryan, aged 52, whose body was found in a disused slurry tank at Fawnagown, near Bansha, in Co Tipperary on April 30th last, will take place tomorrow.
Mr Ryan’s body was recovered almost two years after he had been reported missing, on June 3, 2011, after he left the farm outside Tipperary town and failed to turn up to his place of employment.
Mr Ryan during his lifetime had worked as a lorry driver and also a part-time Disc Jockey at weekends and was well known across South Tipperary by the stage-name, “Mr Moonlight.”
His removal to St John the Baptist Church, Cashel, took place at 7.30pm this evening and his funeral Mass will take place tomorrow, Monday 20th May, at 12.00 noon.
Gardaí launched an immediate murder enquiry following a post mortem on Mr Ryan’s remains.
It is understood that a middle-aged man from Tipperary is currently at the centre of Garda inquiries regarding his untimely death.
Picture shows just a small section of the many happy young people who received their First Holy Communion yesterday, in the Cathedral of The Assumption, here in Thurles, Co Tipperary, attending from a local primary school in the area.
First Communion is traditionally an important religious ceremony for Roman Catholic families. Among those raised in the Catholic tradition, Holy Communion is the third sacrament received from seven sacraments.
The social mission of First Communion is a rite of passage leading to Confirmation and a tradition surrounding same usually include large family gatherings and this was indeed evident in Thurles Cathedral yesterday, with only standing room available for this most joyous of Christian annual events.
Thurles Cathedral Of The Assumption
The Cathedral of the Assumption stands on a site which has ecclesiastical associations since the beginning of the 14th century when a Carmelite Priory was established in Thurles.
About the year 1730 a humble thatched chapel was erected in the vicinity of the former priory, courtesy of the generosity and goodwill of the local Mathew family. For the next eighty years this simple structure would serve the needs of a poor yet devout Roman Catholic Community.
During the years C.1804 -1807, at a cost of over (Stg) £10,000.00, Archbishop Thomas Bray replaced the thatched chapel with the very impressive “Big Chapel,” of Thurles. Though not formally constituted a Cathedral, this Big Chapel served as the Mother Church to the Archdiocese until, in September 1862, Archbishop Dr Patrick Leahy (Archbishop of Cashel & Emly from 1857 until 1875.) made a decision to substantially renovate and upgrade the then existing building.
The entire cost of the finished project amounted to some (Stg) £30,000.00, with the final design taken in good part from the Cathedral of Pisa in Italy.
Front Row: Josephine Cantwell, Gerry Bowe, Fr Joe Tynan & Phyllis Galvin
Back Row: Thomas Cantwell, Ger Cantwell, Billy Ryan, Liam McGuire & Jim Russell..
The picture above captures the recent presentation, from the Borris-Moyasta Group, to Fr.Joe Tynan C.C. Moycarkey-Borris, on the occasion of his 50th birthday.
History was made recently in the parish of Moycarkey-Borris, when Fr. Joe Tynan, became the first priest to publicly celebrate his own 50th birthday with a Mass in the Church of St James, Two-Mile-Borris, together with close family & friends. Later in the evening Fr.Tynan attended at a repast and social night in Corcoran’s Lounge, where Mr Bart Howard, Master of Ceremonies for the occasion, gave a detailed resume of Fr. Joe’s life and his many major achievements, both here in Tipperary and abroad.
While extensively involved in the parish life of his community, and amongst his many other commitments, Fr Joe lends his organisational skills to the North Tipperary Vintage Club, Little Development Association and was heavily involved in fund raising last year for the Brazilian Missions, through his promotion of the Circle of Life CD.
Father Joe is wished every health, happiness and many more birthdays, wherever his priestly duties may direct him in his future career.
Over 45 happy boys and girls received their Confirmation yesterday at the Church of The Sacred Heart, Borrisoleigh, Thurles, Co Tipperary, all attending from three primary schools in the immediate area.
The ceremony which began at 11.00am was presided over by His Grace, Dr Dermot Clifford, Archbishop of the Cashel & Emly Diocese.
Archbishop Clifford was in Rome recently to ordain four Deacons at the Irish College in Rome on Easter Tuesday April 2nd last.
Speaking to the newly confirmed candidates, His Grace spoke of his visit to St. Peters Square in Rome to attend a Wednesday audience with His Holiness, Pope Francis, and afterwards his one to one meeting with the Holy Father.
Archbishop Clifford conveyed the good wishes of the Diocese to His Holiness and in return the Pope asked the Archbishop to pray for him. The Archbishop also passed on a request from His Holiness, latter who asked to be prayed for, by all residents of the Cashel & Emly Diocese.
Dept Of Social Protection Cut Exceptional Needs Payments For Religious Ceremonies
Meanwhile, nationally the Government has announced it is cutting the exceptional needs payments for religious ceremonies. Over €3.4m was paid out to over 14,000 families in Communion and Confirmation grants in 2011. This payout was drastically reduced in 2012 with some 12,500 families receiving €1.5m in assistance. This year the Department of Social Protection has decided this grant will be axed altogether.
The Money Advice and Budgeting Service (MABS) advise parents in low income circumstances to make out a budget, to fully estimate what they can really afford. They also suggest that celebrations be held at home rather than at restaurants & hotel venues to avoid unnecessary hardships.
Photo’s courtesy G.Willoughby.
Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio has been elected as Pope and has chosen the Papal name Pope Francis I, thus becoming the first pontiff from the Americas and also the first from outside Europe in more than a millennium.
Pope Francis, aged 76 and now former archbishop of Buenos Aires, appeared on the central balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica just after 7.00pm Irish time and after white smoke poured from a chimney on the roof of the Sistine Chapel, latter signalling he had been chosen to lead the world’s 1.2 billion Roman Catholics.
Dressed for the first time in the white robes of his office, His Holiness urged the crowd “Pray for me.” He asked for prayers for himself, and for retired Pope Benedict XVI, whose recent resignation paved the way for the first ever Jesuit to join the papacy.
Pope Francis studied chemistry before joining the priesthood, and is the first non-European pope since Syrian born Gregory III in the eighth century, and the third successive non-Italian pontiff to be elected to this high office.
Pope Francis becomes the 266th pontiff in the Catholic Church’s 2,000-year history and his election was announced by French Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran with the Latin words “Annuntio vobis gaudium magnum. Habemus Papam” (Translated: “I announce to you a great joy. We have a pope.”)