Then and Now

 

On Thursday, Oct 23, 2014, we celebrated a  happy event was  in St Cronan’s, Brackenstown. We were joined by  clergy and parishioners from our neighbouring parishes, St Colmcille’s   Swords and St Finian’s, River Valley. Our guests of honour were  Rev’d Cannon R.W. Deane, Rector of St Columba’s Church of Ireland, Swords and a fair representation of his  parishioners.

St Columba’s church building had suffered serious storm damage over  several hard winters. The time had come for major repair work, entailing hefty expenditure. Their Roman catholic neighbours organised some fundraising for the restoration fund,  and the resulting contribution was handed over to Canon Robert Deane  at the conclusion of a short service in St Cronan’s.

 

HISTORY

St. Columba's Church before the storm damage

Following the  ceremony, our hospitality team provided light refreshments. For me, and for everyone I talked to, the prevailing atmosphere was one of sheer happiness. I was reminded of the day St Cronan’s Church was dedicated, in December, 1977, 37 years ago now. On that evening there was an atmosphere of quiet joy within in the church. This same atmosphere seemed to prevail on this particular Thursday evening, one of quiet joy and contentment.

 

Storm damage to our homes is a disaster we all dread, and the older homes are the most vulnerable. The scene is similar with churches.  Built on the original Colomban monastic hill-site in Swords,  St Columba’s can often find itself in the path of the storm.  Restoration and re-enforcement work becomes a necessity. however costly it may be.

 

We wish our neighbours, the parishioners of St Columba’s church, every blessing and  success with their restoration work, and with them, we look forward to the day when their church will be back in use.

 

"Ar scath a cheile a mhaireann na daoine"

Presentation of Cheque for Roof Restoration Fund in

St. Columba's Church

 

From left to right:  Fr. Des Doyle, Fr. Michael Carey,

Revd. Robert Dean, Fr. Paul Thornton

and Fr. Joseph Njanackal