By Dan Walsh
The 49th annual Kilmore Parish Journal was ‘ghost launched’ this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic restrictions and quickly found itself being swept off the shelves and into the homes of Kilmore people at home and abroad. Christmas would not be the same in Kilmore without the Journal which has a legion of readers.
The effects of the Covid-19 lockdown are captured in images while a survey on some of the Kilmore Diaspora makes interesting reading.
Ciaran Hayes from Grange works as a Water Treatment Engineer in Singapore. “One unusual restriction during the lockdown was that you had to be alone outside the home,” said Ciaran, who added; “So, despite sharing an apartment with my partner, we were not allowed even go for a walk together for about a month!”
The parish has welcomed a new parish priest, Fr Pat Mernagh, who has left the Defence Forces having been Chaplain for the past 16 years at McKee Barracks, Dublin.
There was a warm send off for the departing parish priest Fr Denis Doyle who dedicated 18 years to the people of the community having arrived in 2002.
There was bad news in the parish too. “The year 2020 will be remembered by fishermen as one of our worst years. We started the year with very bad weather from November to January. Just as the weather picked up in February Covid-19 hit the markets in Europe and knocked fish prices flat and since then demand and prices have never recovered.”
In sport, Kilmore produced two county champions in 2020. Kilmore GAA Ladies Football Club won the County Intermediate Championship and Kilmore also won the County Junior A Hurling Championship – and both victorious groups were chosen to share the front page of this year’s Journal.
And for the historically minded readers there is a comprehensive article on Sigginstown Castle, which is a history of several hundred years and many families, penned by Liz and Gordon Jones, who purchased the castle in 2016.
Kilmore Parish Journal, No. 49 2020/21, Editor Seamus O’Brien, ISSN 1649 2846. Still a few copies left.