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AREA GATHERING CASTLECRINE 2014…

Another special experience on Ger and Noreen Keoghs farm  on the hill looking over to East Clare, over Ennis to North Clare, West to Moneypoint and South across the Shannon to Aughinish and Tarbert.
The view was mind blowing. We were blessed with the beautiful sunny evening. A big crowd, of all ages, turned out.
The Mass recalled and reflected on the story of a people and a place now and in the past. This included the Water Tower Old and New now supplying water to Shannon, Tulla, Kilkishen, O’Callaghans Mills, Six-milebridge, Newmarket-on-Fergus.
It included Castlecrine House and the Butler family. Relatives of people who worked there were at the Mass.

Mary Ann sang a beautiful song about life for the people who lived at that time.

Stone masonry was a skill peculiar to the area. Neil brought up a stone block to remind us.

John had his horses and carriage used to transport the gentry of the time. The bucket of water from the well, the swing from the local drawn plough, the vintage tractors etc., reminders of a time not long ago all connecting us to a past.

The occasion itself connected us to our present to our awe inspiring environment and of course, to one another, neighbours, community.

Thanks to all who participated in the Mass.

We had the tea and the chat, the music, the dancing with special emphasis on set dancing taught by Carmel to young and not so young.

Members of the choir enhanced the Mass.

The Scouts as always built the altar,

Christy Carey looked after the sound system, and of course, the buns, cakes, sandwiches provided by big numbers of people.

We Blessed the land and animals.

Thanks to everyone who made it so special.