Fr. Dan O’Riordan and the Castleisland Parish Choir have been smothered in praise from all quarters since they so ably represented the parish at the RTÉ television and radio mass on Sunday.
Involvement and Enjoyment
Many of the participants spoke of the whole experience as one of great community involvement and enjoyment.
Members of the viewing and listening audience from the parish and well beyond responded to the effort and the polish of the broadcast presentation.
Pride is a sin but it’s surely forgivable in certain circumstances – in circumstances such as this.
As a child I remember seeing Tim McCarthy singing An Maidrín Rua on an early evening children’s programme on Telifís Éireann.
On Sunday morning his appearance on TV bridged a gap of over 50 years for some of his contemporaries.
Pride and Positivity
I wished the Castleisland parish representatives well on The Maine Valley Post Facebook page on Sunday morning. The post provided an opportunity for people associated with the area to do likewise and they did with pride and positivity.
Included here is a selection of the comments which came in on the day and days after:
Mairead O’Flynn: “Congratulations to all from Castleisland today. Absolutely flawless. Wonderful singing and music.”
Siobhan Crowley: “It was beautiful well done.”
Bronagh McKenna: “Congratulations to you all, lovely mass and beautiful singing.”
Bernie McNally: “Congratulations everyone, you were all brilliant.”
Margaret Reidy: “Ciarrai Abú. Well done Fr. Dan n Choir. Ye did Castleisland Kerry and Ireland proud. I watched and listened with abated breath. A joy to behold. God Bless U all. We miss Fr. Dan in Tralee but happy to see him happy in d next capital…Castleisland.”
Jane Crowley: “Everyone did a wonderful job. Beautiful mass and choir, ye all did castleisland parish proud.”
Deirdre Stack: “Fantastic job today. Well done to everyone. Did the parish very proud indeed!!
Trisha Gleasure: “Congrats to you all it was fantastic.”
The Parish Travelling Party Included:
Fr. Dan O’Riordan pictured with: Joan Walsh, Sacristan; Noreen O’Sullivan, Nora Fealey, Bríd Wrenn, Nicky McAuliffe, Anne McAuliffe, Peter Howarth, Mary Howarth, Mary O’Donoghue, Mike Broderick, Anne O’Donoghue, Siobhan O’Donoghue, Bridget Herlihy, Carmel O’Driscoll, Andrew Moynihan, Deidre Moynihan, Donal Nelligan , Joanna Moynihan, Altar Server; Hannah Herlihy, Altar Server; Mark O’Donoghue, Reader; Moira Hughes, Reader; Frances Moynihan, Prayer of the Faithful; Martina O’Donoghue, Prayer of the Faithful; John Flaherty, Eucharistic Minister; Con Moynihan, musician; Marie Nelligan, gifts; Jack Shanahan, Introduction; Eliza Shanahan, Gerard Breen, bus driver. Parish Choir members included are: Bríd Mills, Grace McCarthy, Julie Twomey, Mary Walsh, Joan Brosnan, Ailish Walsh, Celia Regan, Emer Nelligan, Anne O’Shea, Anne McCarthy, Teresa Cronin, Noreen Cremins, Betty Walsh, Betty O’Rourke, Kathleen McAuliffe, Betty McAuliffe, Renee McCarthy, Joe Walsh, Michael Horan, Jerome O’Driscoll, Tim McCarthy, David Breen, Mikie O’Connor, Jean Horgan, Maura Hartnett, Margaret O’ Leary, Sheila Walsh, Noreen O’Callaghan.
To see the mass which was celebrated by Fr. Dan O’Riordan on RTÉ on Sunday click on the link here: https://www.rte.ie/player/ie/show/masses-and-services-936/10838284
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