Monday, November 27, 2017

Let Us Pray for the Dead 2016-2017

May He support us all day long, 
till the shades lengthen and the evening comes, 
and the busy world is hushed, 
and the fever of life is over,              
and our work is done.

Then in His mercy may He give us a safe lodging, 
and a holy rest,
and peace at the last.   (John Henry Newman)

Saggart Cemetery (New Section)

Maura Browne
Wayne Keogh
Michael O'Dwyer
Christine O'Reilly
Christina Blackburn
Mary Dullaghan
Frances Whelan
Judy Lucey
Mary Drury
Bernie Callaghan
Eamonn Fitzgerald
Michaela Gonda
John O’Brien
Denis Kelly
Joan Mulvaney
Carmel McDermott
Rose McGlynn
Monica Hanlon
Charles Rudden
Maura Greaney
John Paul English
Eamonn Kenny
Elizabeth Erritty
Thomas Fairbanks
Brian O’Brien
Mary Gibbons
Marie O'Dwyer
Barry Lenihan
Joseph Rainsford
Thomas Moore
Susan Gibbons
James Murphy
Donald Hall
Esther Kenny
Kevin Shiji
Thomas Joyce
Jean Gordon
Eileen Ryan
Declan Slater
John Malone

New Cemetery, Newcastle

Joseph Sharry
Ernest Mooney
Ellen Fox
Patrick Farrell
Noel Mannix
Mary Rogers
Stephen Donnelly
Matthew Lee
Ann Kelly
Angela Burke
Una Healy
Imelda Nolan
Mary Condron
Mary Feely
May Hayes
Mai O’Reilly
James Kilgallon
Brenda Tier
Agnes Janssens
Robert Burke
Pauline Cullen
James Leonard

Louis Delahogue's Tribute to Fr Andrew Hart

Anno 1815
From the Epitaph of Fr Andrew Hart,  St Mary's, Saggart


                          A Little Historic Moment

Two years ago, on Sunday 22 November 2015, the bicentenary was marked of the death of Fr Andrew Hart, P.P. of the ‘United Parishes of Saggart, Rathcoole and Newcastle Lyons’ (d. 20 November 1815, aged 30).  Since the Mass that morning happened to be a children’s Communion Preparation Mass, the talk delivered by Donal McMahon had to be adapted for a young audience, with the emphasis being put on the 'man on the wall' (see the report here). On Sunday 19th this year, the day before his anniversary, Fr Hart’s life was again recalled, this time for grown-ups. On this occasion the focus was the address (in Latin) given to the students in Maynooth the day after Fr Hart’s funeral by Louis Delahogue, the French-born Professor of Theology who had taught him there, had known him there later as Dean, and who had attended his funeral. This address was now heard for the first time in English more than two hundred years later in Fr Hart's own parish church, not far away from the site of his burial, a site distinguished, as we know, by a fine life-sized effigy.

You can read the talk (and print a copy, if you wish) here.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Remembrance Masses 2017

The annual Masses to remember those who died during the past year will take place on the following dates in November::

Saggart/R'coole/Brittas    St Mary's,  Friday 3rd, 7.30 pm

Newcastle Lyons           St Finian's,  Saturday 25th, 7.00 pm  

Family members of the deceased have received invitations.     All parishioners are also very welcome to attend, to offer our support to those who have been bereaved this year and to pray for our own deceased loved ones from earlier years.

Please see the Newsletter for times of Mass for the feast of All Saints, 1st November.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Parishioners Who Died in WWI

John Nolan, b. Saggart (sixth name from top left) 
Click to enlarge

Archbishop Eamon Martin paid tribute to his grand-uncle Edward Doherty at  the unveiling of a plaque on the 22nd September last in St Patrick's Church, Iskaheen (in the Inishowen peninsula near Muff), to honour men from the area who died in World War I. Gunner Edward Doherty (Royal Garrison Artillery) died 19 September 1917, aged 33. Archbishop Martin had visited his grave last year where, as he says in the address he gave at the unveiling, '[I] knelt down and prayed at the white Portland headstone'. Read the text of his address and view a video of his visit  here.  

Today, 12 October 2017, is the day John Nolan from Saggart parish died a hundred years ago near Ypres (in Belgium), like Archbishop Martin's ancestor. He enlisted at the start of the war and was sent to France on 17 August 1914. On 18 June 1917 he was awarded the Military Medal and his name entered in the official London Gazette -- but, regrettably, without any accompanying citation. He was killed in action during the Third Battle of Ypres on 12th October, his body never being recovered. He is remembered on the memorial in Tyne Cot cemetery. (Thanks to David Power, South Dublin County Council Library, for this information. For a photo of the material compiled by David on John Nolan for the SDCC exhibition on the Third Battle of Ypres, see here.)

The 1901 census tells us (see link herethat he lived in a thatched cottage on Fortunestown Lane with his mother (55 and head of the family), his two sisters (23 and 22), and his brother Peter (17), he being 20 years old. The family were all Roman Catholic. Mary, a widow, lived in no.4 in a line of five houses. It was a 3rd class (i.e. thatched etc.) house, while their next-door neighbours lived in 2nd class ones. The other families describe their occupation as farmer/farm labourer, while Mary didn't enter any occupation for the females and 'general labourer' for the males. Ten years later, at the time of the next census, the Tippers of No.2 were in the Nolans' former home, while the Nolans themselves were gone out of Fortunestown.

William Newsom in No.5 was a horse trainer, as was his son John. He is down as owner of No.4, the Nolans' house. Our John no doubt learned a lot about horses from these neighbours and, having no land, went to work eventually for the Royal Horse Artillery/Royal Field Artillery, his regiment in the British army. That would explain why he didn't stay at home and find a job in the paper mill like the other young men in the area. He married later and, after his death at the age of 36, the official register of soldiers' effects tells us that Florence Emily inherited his -- a rather ironic word in this case -- estate.

Visit Tyne Cot cemetery here at the website of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission for more details about him, including a downloadable commemorative certificate. The 'Grave Registration' list shows him as one of eight Nolans buried in this cemetery, four with Irish addresses (no address or place of birth given for John). In our own Memorial Book to be found in the Memorial Gardens in Islandbridge (with illustrations by Harry Clarke) we find his name recorded along with his place of birth (see photo above). As we can see, he is one of ten men of the same name who all died in World War I.

Maybe we too could kneel, if only symbolically, and whisper a prayer for John Nolan today : in the words of the Mass, 'Remember, Lord, those who have died' -- in John's case, in a tragically violent way in World War I.  And let this small corner of his parish's website be dedicated to him.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Farewell, Fr Aidan. Welcome, Fr Kevin

After seven years of dedicated service to the two parishes of our pastoral area, Fr Aidan is moving to the parish of Castledermot. Newcastle parish where he was mainly based will be holding a farewell reception in his honour. This will take place on Wednesday, 13th September, in St Finian's Hall,  8 p.m,  All parishioners welcome.

Fr Kevin Doherty has been appointed as Co-Parish Priest of our two parishes. He was previously in Celbridge parish.  

See Fr Aidan's own words of farewell in the last here, bottom of p.2) of the newsletters he has put together himself week by week for a long number of years. For that and for all he has done for our joint parishes, on my own behalf and on behalf of whoever visits this site, I thank him.