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Bishop visits Kilmurry to acknowledge Fr. Harry Bohan’s contribution to our community.

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Sunday, Sept. 17th will always be remembered as a very special day for our village.

Not alone this year did we have our Traditional Harvest Festival Mass but we also had a first visit from Bishop Fintan Monahan to our local Church.

Once word filtered through from Fr. Harry that Bishop Fintan was visiting a sense of excitement and anticipation took hold in the village.


When the organising committee decided to also make it a special day of appreciation for Fr. Harry from our community there was no shortage of people willing to participate and offered to help in any way.

Ideas were flowing in fast and furious and on Sunday last we experienced a day which our community will never forget. We hope Bishop Fintan and Fr. Harry enjoyed the day as much as everyone involved did.

There was a lot of effort and time condensed into a relatively short period and the Kilmurry Harvest Festival Committee is very thankful to an awful lot people.

In the arranging of the event special thanks must go those who prepared the Church so beautifully for the day, those who were involved in cleaning, washing and touching up the external parts of the Church, those involved in arranging the various parts of the ceremonies.

We would also like to thank those who participated in the event especially the children who took part on the day, the Church Choir and Musicians, who prepared some special hymns and music for the day and all those involved in the actual ceremony – Altar Servers, Eucharistic Ministers, Readers and Sacristans


Special thanks must also go to those who developed the Harvest theme around the Church including the displays of items representing the times gone past including the Threshing Machines, Horse & Trap, Pony and Car with milk tankards, Potato Picking equipment, The Turf Fire, Plentiful supply of vegetables, the list goes on.

There were two very special presentations made to Fr. Harry on the day and a special word of thanks and appreciation must go to those involved in putting these presentations together.

After Mass we were all treated to light refreshments, teas and cakes and we want to say a special thanks to the Parents Associations for preparing the food and for those who provided the marquees which were arranged so discretely on the day.

Bishop Fintan commented on how beautiful the village was looking with all the flowers and shrubs and bunting. We must extend a special thank you to the Tidy Towns for the ongoing manner in which they ensure our village is presented.

Finally, we want also to pay a special thank you to Fr. Harry’s family for visiting us on the day and help in making a special day for Fr. Harry to remember

Last Sunday morning people were assembling at the Church at 9.00 am for 10.00am Mass. Bishop Fintan arrived at 9.30 am and it was nearer to 1.00 pm before people started, reluctantly, making the journey home.


It seemed as if nobody wanted this morning to finish and the last people to leave were Bishop Fintan and Fr. Harry.

It was truly a remarkable morning and the Harvest Festival Committee want to thank most sincerely Bishop Fintan for his visit, for the interest he showed in our displays and for the time he so generously afforded us – Bishop Fintan – Thank You so much.

It was also of course a very special day for Fr. Harry and from all those who make up our community what it is we say Mile Mile Buiochas for everything you do for our community.

Festival definitely getting close.. The 2015 Harvest Festival Brochure is out.

Check it out the Harvest Festival Brochure 2015 is now available online.Click on the image or Click Here for the full size festival brochureto see a full size version.

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Kilmurry, Sixmilebridge goes Vintage in 2014! (Clare Champion)

Kilmurry, Sixmilebridge goes Vintage in 2014! 

One of the highlights of the summer is the Kilmurry Harvest Festival – now in its 14th year.  Over that time the festival has built a reputation as having something for everyone and welcoming people from all over Ireland and the world.

2014 is going to be another great year with more than 9 days of events and activities – running from Wednesday August 6th to Sunday August 17th.  In addition to all the old favourites like Fishing, Road Bowling, Golf, Trad Music, the Quiz, the Kilmurry Bingo Night and Children’s t and Craft , the festival committee are as usual introducing a whole range of new events including the Official Kilmurry 10 K on Friday, August 8th, an Xbox FIFA 14 Soccer Competition on Wednesday August 6th and an All Star Mr and Mrs Competition on Friday 15th August in the Pump House – the festival headquarters for the 9 days.

Also back by popular demand are both the Soap Box Derby and the duck race on Sunday August 17th.

One of the cornerstones of the Festival is the Family Fun Day on Sunday August 10th. The Family Fun Day has grown from strength to strength and features all the fun of a fair with equestrian events, live acts and the famous Pig n the Spit!  However this year’s highlight is that the Family Fun Day is hosting the Irish Vintage Engine & Tractor Association All Ireland Rally – and will see members from all over Ireland in attendance.  While vintage has always been part of the Kilmurry Harvest Festival, 2014 is going to be very special. Speaking at the launch of the festival Sean Collins, President of the IVETA said “All our members who will exhibit at the national rally here is Kilmurry enjoy being able to show people how the introduction of technology to farms, home and the road changed all aspects of our lives. Young and not so young will really get a kick of seeing machinery, equipment and vehicles from by-gone eras all brought back to life on Sunday, August 10th in Kilmurry”.

The Kilmurry Harvest Festival brochure and full programme of events and activities is available on the Kilmurry Festival website – www.kilmurry.com


Picture – “Kilmurry Goes Vintage” – pictured at the launch of the Kilmurry Harvest Festival 2014 are Back: Christy Carey, Anne Marie Griffin, Anne Marie Sheedy, Brendan Roche, Christy Farrell, Alan O’Callaghan (Councillor), Sean Collins ( I.V.E.T.A) and Ger McErlian. Front:  Ruby Sheedy, Sallyanne Harrison, Dillon Lennon.


Note on Irish Vintage Engine and Tractor Association (IVETA)

The I.V.E.T.A. was formed in Nenagh, Co. Tipperary in 1979 by a group of vintage enthusiasts who wanted to promote the restoration and preservation of all aspects of our heritage. In its 35 years of existence the association has seen its membership spread to every county in Ireland and even some overseas and now has over 4,500 members. (http://www.iveta.ie/)

Great Irish BakeOff at Harvest Festival Field Day Sponsored by Centra SMB…


A big thanks to John and the team at Centra Sixmilebride for sponsoring this event…

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