Heard of two very important birthdays in mmm my our parish in the past couple of days. First up and is popular Matthews Cross lady Nancy Aulsberry who celebrated her 92nd birthday. I’m sure Nancy’s family made sure that her day was very special in spite of current conditions. We wish Nancy many more happy birthdays and continued good health.
Next on the birthday list is our well known local DJ John O Shea who celebrated his birthday also last week. No age has been revealed but he must be coming up on 21 at this stage. John celebrated with the family during the day and then that night he was on our airwaves doing what he does best. Hope he remembered to play himself a request.
We extend our deepest sympathy to Fiona Crotty Laffan in Carriganure in the recent death of her beloved Dad. The great John Crotty from Kilmanahan was a hard working family man who gave his time and devotion firstly to his family but was also always on hand to help neighbours and friends especially if there was a digger involved. I had the absolute pleasure of meeting John many times and he was wonderful to chat to and had many great stories to tell but was also interested in finding out about you. He had great pride in his family and loved his grandchildren teaching them to work hard, respect those around you and always look after family. We send our sincere condolences to the love of his life his adored wife Ann, his children Anthony, Francis, Marie, Mojella and Fiona, his treasured grandchildren and his many many friends. May the soil rest gently on him and may his sweet gentle soul rest in peace.
We also send our sympathies to Aileen Stephenson Newtown on the recent death of her brother Des Manahan. Des who lived in the beautiful area of Ballinamintra, Dunmore East was of course a very well known figure around Waterford and beyond. His love for the theatre and the arts was evident in every performance. I had the pleasure of seeing Des on stage many times and he always put 100% of himself into each role. Our sympathies go to his beloved wife Mona and all his family.y We pray that he now sits at the piano of the Lord leading all in song.
Keep in mind that Ballyduff AFC are continuing their fundraising clothes collection for the next couple of weeks so if you are clearing out those wardrobes please bag up your items and drop them off to the dressing rooms at Ballyduff AFC any day between 11am and 4pm. You can drop clothes curtains bed clothes shoes handbags soft toys towels and blankets. If you have no transport or do not want to go out but would like to donate some items please contact me Linda Spillane on 087 9838392 and I will arrange someone to call to you.5
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