Just home from Ballymote where I attended a Mass of Thanksgiving and Parish Celebration to mark the Golden Jubilee of Fr Gregory Hannan. Greg is from Gurteen and taught me when I was in St Nathy’s College. A good man for sure and I was glad to see him so well and contented this evening. There’s no doubt there is a huge amount of goodwill at the heart of people and, for this and so much more, we must be ever grateful.
Bishops Kelly and Flynn attended the celebrations along with a number of priests from the diocese and beyond. Paul Kivlehan, our recently ordained deacon, assisted at the Mass.
Parishioners from Ballymote were out in force with people also attending from Greg’s native Gurteen parish. There were people there from Swinford, Kilmovee and Ballisodare where Greg also ministered.
It was a special gathering of family, parishioners, friends and the many people touched through Greg’s ministry.